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“Great individual hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Screen
Ranked #88 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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12 reviews
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“Great individual hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

If you like the sterile familiarity of a room in the Holiday Inn, this hotel is not for you. If you like small hotels with modern individuality though, The Screen will be right up your street.

We had room 302, a corner room with lots of natural light. Huge comfortable bed, separate lounge area with large white leather settee. Free wifi with in-room access point. All the room ameneties you could hope for.

Substantial and excellent breakfast, either western style (yogurt and cereal, fresh fruits, excellent croissant and other warm bread, soup!, bacon, egg, and sausage), or Japanese style (20 different dishes). Super friendly staff with reasonable English. Private residents lounge with complimentary drinks until 7pm. Interesting small old shops in the street, as well as famous tea house. Many local japanese restaurants nearby - not haute cuisine, but relaxed, good value, and helpful. Also several very good French bakeries. We ate in the hotel restaurant one night (Bron Ronnery) and enjoyed it, though quite expensive for what it was. Breakfast is in the same room, which is a modern take on a traditional Japanese room.

Five minute walk to local railway station (not JR), next to the river. Good for Gion, Sanjusangen-do temple, Fushimi Inari shrine. Buses from Tokyo station are close too. 15 minutes by taxi from Tokyo station, ~Y1300 from the north side of the station. We had the address written down in Japanese courtesy of iphone maps, and no problem getting there several times. The street is well known but the hotel is not.

Would stay there again, and certainly recommend it.

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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Beijing, China
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Very big room designed by a couple of artists of Thailand, everything is white and a huge window wall which gives you a brilliant sight. More TV channels and one is with English. Free WiFi available in the room. Very friendly staff. One lovely girl with short hair gave detailed answers to every question, including how to go to main sightseeing locations, where are the hot springs, etc. She gave us several version useful maps, highlighted the hotel and bus lines, wrote a note in Japanese for buying a one-day bus ticket from a driver. Thanks to her great help, our trip in Kyoto went very smoothly.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Blu-champagne
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Kamakura, Japan
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94 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

For the price we paid, we were really expecting a lot better than this. First impressions were good - friendly service and a stylish lobby... but then we got to our room. We stayed in the room designed by a Chinese designer and .. well.. what can I say.. it was really poor taste. There was no window in the room at all, so it was dingy, like a basement. Awful white mesh curtains all around the room (apparently designed to look like fog or mist or something!!?) really didn't help things. The toilet was a tiny coffin-type setup and resembled a public toilet. The shower was dysfunctional - nothing to catch the water and nowhere to put our amenities or clothes. Bathtub was one of those traditional things with legs. Looks pretty but didn't feel inviting.

There is no lift right to the lobby so we had to carry our heavy bags up a flight of stairs upon check-out. For the same reason coming in and out of the hotel room was a bit of a hassle, having to tramp through the cafe and up and down stairs. Taxi drivers often don't know it either, so that can be quite inconvenient too.

You have to ask for wifi and they bring up a router. I mean seriously - this is Japan and the 21st century. At this price, are they for real!??

One thing I will say is that they had nice amenities available - Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, Nespresso coffee and some traditional sweets. For the money you pay though, these are the only hints that you're supposed to be in a decent hotel. This place was far inferior to other Japanese hotels in the same price range.

Room Tip: Avoid the Chinese one - it's totally misconceived.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank beroccstar
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San Francisco
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

After staying in hostels I decided to trip myself to something a little but nicer with my booking at The Screen.

Overall it was just alright with nothing amazing. The breakfast options are quite expensive, the lobby and dining areas are tiny, the hallways to the rooms are dark, the location is not very close to any subway station (approx 15 minute walk) but bus stations are close, there is no vibe/energy in the hotel and feels a bit boring. Peaceful but still boring.

On the the plus side, the rooms are impeccably clean. My room has a great entertainment system, lovely tea and coffee selections and very comfortable kind bed.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Room 102 was large and spacious. Though a bit dark. Overall enjoyed ourselves and hotel guest services arranged some lovely amenities for our special occasion. Breakfast seemed over priced but there was a very quaint bakery/cafe less than a min away. Location was fine and meant everything was relatively within walking distance from the hotel (20 mins) for most sights. Lounge where evening drinks were served needs revamping to make more appealing.
Overall I would recommend. Thanks for the lovely stay!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Wilco188
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

if you like boutique hotels, you'll love this spot.

By Japanese standards, the rooms were spacious - each room had been designed by a different designer. The hotel is also perfectly located and a walk away from numerous tourist attractions.

If you're in Tokyo for a week, it's definitely worth a day or two in Kyoto.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tom H
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Jackson, Wyoming
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22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Great location. Nice street with small shops. Close to some parks and within walking distance to great little restaurants. The price was right about $160 the room was large. I love the simple modern design. Some people have mentioned the shower water making a mess. I did no find that to be a problem The wifi worked great. The staff was super friendly and helpful. English was ok not fully fluent, it added to the flavor and adventure of the trip. We stayed 2 nights.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Screen

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:
#15 Spa Hotel in Kyoto
#24 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
#25 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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