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“VERY thin walls but all else excellent” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Eco and Tec Kyoto
Ranked #7 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong, China
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201 reviews
62 hotel reviews
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“VERY thin walls but all else excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

I stayed here 3 nights and was amazed at how thin the walls were. I could hear every bit of conversation from the hallway and from the adjacent rooms. That was not fun and it definitely kept me up at night.

Otherwise, all else here was great. The location was excellent, in the center of the Higashiyama area, and very central to all types of public transportation, so you can get anywhere quickly. The hotel staff was very helpful and gave me excellent information regarding public transportation options - loads of maps within the lobby as well. There are 2 massage chairs in the lobby free for use, as well as an internet station, and loads of kitchen devices (including hot water for drinks, microwave, tea bags, etc.). I made oatmeal packets here every morning for breakfast. My room had a mini-fridge in it, and they gave me a japanese robe to use as well. The hotel also had 2 sets of washer/dryers which were free to use.

The free internet in the room was pretty fast. The room was clean, but the bed was hard (less than ideal). Housekeeping only comes if you stay longer than 4 days, I believe. The neighborhood itself is great, and there are several restaurants, shops, and general stores for toiletries and basic groceries all within a 3 block radius.

I enjoyed my stay here but was admittedly frustrated with the very thin walls.

Room Tip: No elevator, so if you have trouble climbing stairs, ask for a ground floor room
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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 Reviewed 3 April 2012

Eco and Tec (E&T) is a small hotel perfectly located in a quiet residential street and within walking distance of many of the sights in Kyoto - Gion (15 mins), Pontocho (15 mins), the Philosopher's Path and walking route which heads to the south and includes 5 historic temples (the start is just a couple of minutes walk from E&T), and Heian Jingu (10 mins to the north). Not far from Heian Jingu is the Kyoto Handicraft Centre. There is another walking route heading north (starting about 10 mins walk east of E&T) which will take you to Nanzen-ji (20 mins total walk from E&T), Eikan-do (a further 15 mins), Honen-in (a further 20 mins) and finally Gingkuku-ji (a further 10 mins). As others have mentioned, the Higashiyama subway is nearby (which travels east - west), and a little further on is the Keihan-Sanjo subway (which travels north - south and will get you to the southernmost sights of Tofukuji Temple and Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine. Apart from the latter subway, we mostly used the bus system to get around to the more distant attractions, including Arashiyama and Kinkakuji Temple - the bus system is easy and relatively cheap (the tourist information centre can provide a map of routes, all conveniently colorcoded).

A taxi from Kyoto Station to E&T cost 1541 yen (about US$20)

As for E&T itself, our twin room was small by western standards but perfectly acceptable. The room included a flat screen TV (but no english language channels) on a small table, a bar refrigerator, and a small desk and stool. There were wardrobes along the corridor from the entrance. The bathroom was also small but perfectly functional with plenty of hot water in the hand basin as well as the shower. Complimentary wireless internet was available in the room. The room was spotlessly clean, as was the whole hotel. A couple of negatives about the bathroom - first there was a step up at the entrance of about 30cm which was not so bad going in but could be a bit tricky coming out, especially for the more elderly; and second, the shower was above a small bathtub whose side was be at least 60cm high - again could be tricky for some people.

Apart from complimentary in-room wifi, the hotel also has a large common room on the ground level which has a number of tables and chairs, complimentary tea and coffee, a microwave for heating food, a complimentary computer for internet usage, 2 complimentary massage chairs and a drink dispenser with reasonable prices. A laundry is also on the ground floor with 2 complimentary washing machines and 2 dryers (washing powder is 50 yen).

Staff speak English and are very helpful.

A note about money exchange, particularly for the A$. Whilst the official rate during our visit was A$=86Yen, the exchange rate in Kyoto (at a number of alternative places) was about 76Yen. On the other hand, the US$ was receiving 79-80Yen. It seems that Australians coming to Japan should bring US dollars, or better still change money to Yen in Australia before coming.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

It took me ages to finally find a hotel in Kyoto - most ryokans and hostels seemed too expensive and had shared bathrooms but Eco + Tec had super clean, modern, quiet and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. We stayed in a twin room for around 11,000yen per night - for Kyoto, that price is totally reasonable. The hotel is located in a pleasant back street in Higashiyama, close to a peaceful canal only a few minutes walk to the subway station. We walked to most places right from the hotel and took the bus from Sanjo station (10 mins walk) to the attractions further out. The hotel provides lots of little extras which sets it apart from the many generic business hotels found all over Japan... there was a help-yourself drinks counter with water, tea, coffee, a welcoming common area, free massage chairs (!!), great Wi-Fi and free laundry. We stayed for 6 nights and loved coming back here at night... the rooms were filled with sunlight in the mornings and birds twittered outside in the trees. There was a separate cupboard in our room to house our open suitcases - a great touch - why don't all hotels have these? The one and only criticism is that the hotel doesn't have an elevator so carrying a 20kg suitcase up the stairs can be tricky. There are only 3 floors though so I guess it's not that much of a drama. All in all, a GREAT hotel experience!

Room Tip: Room 208 was on the sunny side of the building and the Wi-Fi from the common area downstairs even wo...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Singapore, Singapore
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25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

This hotel was a wonderful base for exploring Kyoto, being right in the middle of the Philosophers Path, a temple and 'old Kyoto' walk that takes in all of the major sights except for Kinkuji, Ryo-anji and Fushimi Inari. About 5 minutes from our door, we were at the spectacular gate of Chion-In and the unimaginably beautiful old-Kyoto sites that stretch for several kilometres. Gion can be reached by a 15 minute walk hugging the pretty canal on the next street. There are limited food options around though - best take the short walk to abundant Gion. There is a station and major buse routes just around the corner but if you like walking to sights, this hotel is in the perfect location.

Every small thing that makes life a little easier was provided - a front desk staffed from 6am-1am, free massage chairs in the lobby, a large breakfast room with complimentary drinks and food preparation facilities and free laundry facilities (powder was 50 yen). Our room was neat and clean and the hotel is in a quite side street with no noise. Staff were amazing and spoke English.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank wallabyandwhirlwind
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Singapore
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26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

I stayed in a single room for 4 nights and found the place to be very comfortable, clean and spacious. It was a convenient base to visit the famous temples along Jingu-michi (e.g. Shoren-in, Chion-in, Kodai-ji), museums in the Okazaki area and also Nanzenji, etc along the Philosopher's Walk. All these within walking distance. I particularly liked the fact that they provide free use of washer and dryer (2 each) and clothes pole and hangers you can use in your balcony. As usual, tea and coffee are available in the common area or you can ask for a hot water boiler to use in the room. The staff are friendly and helpful and there are plenty of brochures and maps you can pick up in the common area. Also free internet.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Zipometer
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Additional Information about Eco and Tec Kyoto

Property: Eco and Tec Kyoto
Address: 40 Awadaguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
#8 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
#17 Business Hotel in Kyoto
#20 Family Hotel in Kyoto
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,399 - ₹ 8,889
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Eco and Tec Kyoto 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
「3rd House」 The new stay style which aims at harmony with environment With the service which considered environment, while having you pass comfortably like a house, I contribute to a guest to the earth through management at society.Just 3minutes walk from Higashiyama Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line, the hotel boasts a quiet location dotted with temples and shrines while being within reach of the bustling shopping district.Eco+Tec Kyoto will ensure you get the most out of your long stay in Kyoto in a style that takes the environment into consideration. ... more   less 
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