Stayed here for four nights with a group tour. Staff delightful and very helpful. Rooms nice size for Japan, with a huge wet area for bath and shower. This hotel is so well located with just a short stroll to massive shopping area, and to the Gion district. Plenty of restaurants to choose from. Breakfasts were a bit ordinary sitting in an enclosed room on plastic chairs and tables, and food cold. Coffee good though, but a short walk away is a Starbucks for the coffee die hards. Nice stay, staff make it extra nice. Little gift on departure, which is always a nice gesture.
Located in the most lovely area in Kyoto, the hotel was a homely and very warm welcome to Japan. A traditional and simple Japanese style room equipped with everything. Breakfast served every morning was delicious Japanese style breakfast. The room also had it's own sauna and jacuzzi which was an interesting surprise. Would love to go back to here.
Stay for 3 nights at this hotel. The staff is very friendly and speak little english but he is willing to help you. Room is clean and small but still enough space to open 2 luggages. Anyway out bathroom is quite big with normal size bathtub, a Japan style shower where you can sit down and pour water from top and still have more space to a person lay down, which they dont squeeze everything in a small area. The light is yellow and quite dark to me. They even have a video tape player in room which is super old school, and remind me abt The Ring ( maybe there is a videotape already there).
Location is super good, jus walk abt less than 5 minutes then you reach Gion. Afterall, this hotel is a good choice for couples with affordable price.
Room very basic but clean. View looked out over a car park. This hotel is located in heart of Gion and as such surrounding roads are very narrow. This we found was a reason most taxis would not take us directly to the door which was a bit scary at night. Breakfast was included which was a traditional Japanese style. Nothing was kept in food warmers so cold scrambled eggs were not good. Staff were not as friendly as other Japanese hotels we stayed in which was a bit disappointing.
The exterior looks like a flat complex. However, in 1970's ? the owner or the architectural designer would have been just a little drawn to California style. They decorated inside like a resort hotel in West Coast (US) with some European columns and Terracotta Tiles covering entrance floor. Also I saw a big black Vintage Car decorated at the Lobby under a fake Sakura tree and a extra large carmine Japanese umbrella. Appearing Tawdry and Coquettish ?
The Spacious Room was also uniquely furnished with a huge pink bed with shabby matress, a huge pink jacuzzi (but it's bubble jet facility seems to have broken a long time ago...), and uncomfortable beach chairs.
Then, I realized that it was 'Hotel KING' till just a few years ago. It was one of short-stay hotels built in '60-'70 near Gion for couples. Recently it changed business model and name.
The room was clean. Also it looked girlish and homely in morning light. Breakfast was't bad. So Interesting experience !