Extremely over priced for what you get. The equivalent of a 4/5 * hotel which it is not. We'd thought we'd splash out on a nice ryokan experience at the beginning of our holiday. This isn't a true ryokan (we experienced many of these in the rest of the holiday). It's a hotel with a hot bath.
On the good side - the staff were without exception wonderful, friendly, helpful and went beyond for us several times. Especially when we arrived back soaked through and they gave us access to the staff laundry drying machine. The foyer area which lovely Japanese garden is also very nice.
The bedroom - is a typical ryokan layout. Tatami mats, seating area, futons etc. Futons I found very hard but that's just personal so I got an extra mat out of the cupboard which made it a bit better. Lovely view towards the mountain (and over the large swimming pool of green algae filled water). Walls are fairly thin- we were kept awake by the conversation in the next room.
The biggest disappointment were the meals. The breakdown on the bill at the end made these a staggering £100 a meal. They are served in a massive room with surgically bright lighting bit like a big school hall, no attempt at atmosphere. First night was the best - typical Japanese meal, sushimi, miso soup, tofu, rice etc. Whatever you do don't have the Chicken Hot Pot (cheap gristly, boney, fat chicken which you cook yourself in a pot of stock) or the Shabu Shabu (even cheaper slices of gristly beef with so much fat attached its inedible- this you cook yourself in boiling water thus removing any flavour at all). Having had Kobe Beef elsewhere yes it should have some fat running through it but this was inedible.
The pool - as mentioned before you couldn't use.
Location - it is in a pretty area right on the edge of Kyoto so you do get lovely views of mountains and the cherry blossom. But this means you are extremely far from any tube line. The hotel provides a lift down to either Golden Pavilion or nearest tube at 9am or 10am. We missed this by a minute so one of the reception staff extremely kindly took us down in his own car. The staff here were lovely but that's the only redeeming feature. If you're going to spend this kind of money on something you'd be better off going elsewhere - this just isn't worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting large communal baths and a beautiful garden that changes its colour with the season, Ryokan Nenrinbo is a traditional Japanese-style accommodation nestled in peaceful Kyoto mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nenrinbo Hotel Kyoto