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“Great Boutique hotel!”
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The Screen
Ranked #101 of 373 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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“Great Boutique hotel!”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

The Screen Kyoto is a great boutique hotel in a nice neighbourhood of Kyoto,just by Imperial Gardens.
We traveled to Kyoto as a part of out honeymoon trip, so we were greeted by welcome champagne and got an upgrade to the executive suite.
All the rooms in a hotel are designed by different designers and all are completely different.
The hotel have a lounge, a perfect restaurant and a bar. The Screen can be used for special events as well, due to its design.
I would definetely recommend this hotel to everyone if you want something different and nice in Kyoto.

Room Tip: All rooms are great:)
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Stayed here 3 night, hotel is about a 10 minute walk to the center of Kyoto, cute little restaurants, antique stores along the way. The hotel is a modern and quiet, doesn't have a pool or exercise room. Our room had a huge double bed, large bathroom and lounge area, sofa, chairs, etc. Breakfast was beautiful, on our second day I ordered the 13 course traditional breakfast, its worth experiencing it once. Service is impeccable, the staff were so kind, one morning leaving the hotel it was raining, they ran after us to gave us an umbrella. There aren't many rooms, but they have a rooftop bar that's lovely. We had dinner in Kyoto, never at the hotel. We don't speak Japanese but didn't find it a problem communicating. Really enjoyed our stay, would love to go back!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

amazing! this boutique hotel was perfect. rooms were way roomier than expected. room amenities were all there with an amazing Jacuzzi tub. not in the midst of craziness which is what we wanted but still close enough to the train stations for easy access. and a nice easy walk to some of the major highlights of Kyoto like nishiki market. it felt more like living in Kyoto amongst the traditional streets than gion for example.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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372 reviews
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Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

Boutique hotel with only 13 rooms

Great location near the imperial palace, and nice interiors.

We had one small hiccup, the window in our room (room 101) was ajar and they could not close it properly - hopefully they will fix that soon, as we had aircon on to keep the chill of the room in February. They did offer a room swap for one out of three nights (!) but we stayed where we were - we prefer a cool room to sleep in and the screen to the bedroom helped keep the chill factor out 

The interiors are all design led and look good, the free wifi is only available in the basement cafe and computers provided on first floor 

Not wheel chair friendly, you have to go down to basement level to get the lift to your floor - v annoying when your staying on the first/ground floor 

Staff were friendly and always tried to help as much as possible - but lacked ability to communicate in English - we were not worried, we were in a non- English speaking country after all - but may not be good for some non- Japanese speaking visitors

  • Stayed February 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2013

this is a beautiful small hotel in the art district of Kyoto, close to antique shops and amazing paper shops. Each room is different, with lots of room. The rooftop private bar for guests only, is a great place to have an evening drink looking over the lights of Kyoto. breakfast, both traditional Japanese and Western, is generous and fresh cooked. The staff happily booked evening events for me and were delightful. even though I was visiting so soon after the Tsunami, it was a flawless service and a.very special experience.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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London
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed at the Hotel Screen for four nights on our honeymoon. The hotel is small with few "hotel" facilities i.e. no gym, pool etc. but our room was really lovely with a massive bed (which was unbelievably comfortable), sofa area, and a large bathroom. We didn't have breakfast at the hotel and found a great bakery about 10 shops down which serves excellent cakes, sandwiches and patisserie products.

We liked the area in which the hotel is situated. There was a great record shop and bar about a 5 minutes walk/cycle from the hotel called Japonica. Also Cafe Independants in the 1928 building was cool: the building is a crumbling art deco relic and really interesting to look around.

The staff at the Screen were helpful and polite but didn't speak amazing English. We managed fine though and they did all the things we needed: rented bikes, recommended restaurants and organised sending our bags for us to Tokyo with a few more hand gestures required than normal.

Overall, this is a nice and peaceful place to stay in Kyoto, especially if you're getting over jetlag and want somewhere chilled to relax outside of the more hectic Gion/downtown area.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 302 which had an amazingly comfortable bed, big glass windows and sofa area.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

When we arrived we were shown to a small room with, I'm pretty sure, no windows at all. To be fair we were moved to a better room with a cinema-screen sized window when we expressed our dissatisfaction, so be careful which room you book.

This is not really a hotel. You pay for a room in a city. The breakfast is expensive and not worth it as there is a good bakery 5 minutes up the street. Most of the staff have a lot of difficulty with very basic English. There is no wi-fi except in the soul-less lobby. The restaurant is clinical and in any case closed early on the first night shortly after we had arrived and said we'd be down for dinner in 5 minutes - unbelievably rude!

For a short stay, Gion is probably the ideal location but the Screen is on an attractive local road with interesting shops and restaurants and walkable to Gion (about 25 minutes).

But I wouldn't stay here again and I wouldn't recommend it.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Screen
Address: 640-1 Shimogoryomae-cho, Tera-machi, Maruta-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0995, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Spa Hotel in Kyoto
#24 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
#29 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Screen 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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