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Sparkling Dolphins Inn Kyoto

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Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

This hotel is located less than a 10 minute walk from the Kyoto train station. Which is pretty handy. And there are plenty of convenience stores around as well as places to eat. Don't expect the most comfortable sleep but it works pretty good if you are only staying for a night or 2.

Thank Jen B
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

The only good thing of the hotel is the location... the rooms are small and they dont cleanit..... noone helpyou.. they just let you a phone number in case you need help.. so there is not service.. not cleaning on the Room... so dont expect much..... for 80 usd per Night.....

Thank Ferguzum A
Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

We stay here for 5 nights. Good location. 15 mins walking distance to Kyoto Station. It's near to 3 Convenient stores (7 Eleven, Lawson and Family Mart). You can do your laundry. The room are very nice, love the Tatami floor. Toilet and shower room with a bath tub are separated. Very friendly owners, they can speak little English language....

1Thank Han F
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Reviewed 28 November 2015

the inn was very spacious, with a lift, kyoto free wifi (need to register). We didn't have problems sharing for 4 people as it was just a stop over. Better get your map before going to the hotel as it is quite a distance walking. Taxi ride is around 600 yen. Overall it was a comfortable stay.

Thank Shamila T
Mississauga, Canada
Reviewed 16 October 2015

We arrived from Osaka and walked up to the hotel. there was a note stating that cleaning was being done with a bell to press for attention. However despite waiting for half an hour, we gave up and went for a walk along the river and had food from a 7eleven. We tried again to get attention after a couple...

2Thank Will S
Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

We got a private room and booked through a 3rd party site so I think we personally overpaid but I believe the rates were fair. The gentleman at that front desk was very nice and helpful. The rooms were clean and the location was not bad. Just a 30min walk to the heart of town/the restaurant district. Don't rent bikes...

Thank Unknown_hunter
Reviewed 4 May 2015 via mobile

This hostel is clean and fairly central. Minutes from the train station as well. They offer bike rentals, laundry and kitchen. There is one shower and one toilet. If you're thinking of a good nights sleep forget it. There aren't matresses on the bed but super thin mats you can feel the wood through. If you sleep on your side...

1Thank EpicArcher
Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

As previously mentioned, you need to go to a separate hotel to check in first, so make sure before you leave to get a copy of their access map via their website. It will make things a lot easier. Both hotels were easy to find and Sparkling Dolphin was only a12 min walk from Kyoto station. When we saw our...

Thank Kazz166
Reviewed 2 April 2015

Stayed there for 3 nights fm 26th-28th March. We spend 1 hr going round looking for this place. Reception area was so crammed with the 3 of us with suitcases. Have to remove our shoes and use commmunal slippers which was digusting. The doors swing outwards and it was difficult to carry our luggages whilst holding out the door. Luggage...

2Thank angeltulip
Reviewed 7 January 2015

Stayed 3 nights at this hostel. The male owner was not so friendly. Poor electrical wiring in the kitchen which was not informed earlier to us. My wife was scolded by the male owner for using the microwave and water heater at the same time. No water kettle provided in the room by the way. Overall, the room was extremely...

2Thank Rizuan

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Southern Kyoto
Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
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Address: 56 Kamigoryocho, Higashi Kujyo, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8015, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Southern Kyoto
Price Range: ₹ 5,056 - ₹ 8,751 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sparkling Dolphins Inn Kyoto 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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“don't book directly from the hotel website since you have to book for two nights”
shamilat2014, 27 Nov 2015 | Read review
“there are other hotels nearer to Kyoto station with affordable price even for walk-in tourists.”
Asleluigi01, 25 May 2014 | Read review
“All units were the same, as far as we experienced, and all quite near the elevator/stairwell.”
tabisuki5, 21 Feb 2014 | Read review
“Don't choose the dort, and never ever, beds 7 and 8”
silviag687, 16 Oct 2012 | Read review
“This hotel is not for people who need amenities. It was great as a "base of operations" for sightseeing.”
MaH-LCTX, 26 May 2012 | Read review
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