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“Highly Reccommend” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Super Hotel Kyoto Shijokawaramachi

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Super Hotel Kyoto Shijokawaramachi
Ranked #78 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
81 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Highly Reccommend”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012

Great location right in the middle of Kyoto's shopping area, 10minute walk to Gion and Higashiyama, with Kiyomizu not far at all. The hotel itself is a little hard to get to initially as its on a street with no car access. Once you know where it is its very convenient to get back to.

The hotel is super clean and the staff are loveley.
The breakfast buffet is great, sausages, egg salad, pastries, salad, corn soup, and unlimited soft drinks or coffee from the vending machine.

I will definately be back

very hard to beat for the $$

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

I booked this hotel via their website and it took a while to get it finalised due to language barriers but I'm glad things worked out!
Our taxi driver (from Kyoto Station) did not know exactly where the hotel was so dropped us off at the entrance of Shin-Kyogoku shopping arcade. We asked the police "koban" where Super Hotel was. They must have been asked this many times because they had a hand-drawn map of where to find it! Basically, it's the 3rd right down Shin-Kyogoku arcade.
To enter the hotel, you take the lift from the street level. The staff were very friendly, helpful and most spoke English as well. The room itself was small and very clean, as expected. We had a non-smoking double bed room which had all the usual amenities needed like fridge, hair dryer, TV, internet line. It did get a bit noisy in the morning with people talking loudly in the corridors. The hotel had a few policies in place which I found unique but liked. Firstly, if you don't get your bedsheets changed every day, you get a free bottle of water (I thought this was great - the cleaners will still empty your rubbish, make your bed and clean the bathroom). Also, at reception, they have a wall full of pillows of different height and hardness. It's a first-come first-served policy, so we chose ours right after checking in and stuck with those. The original pillows supplied in each room are filled with hard balls, so if you like soft pillows, make sure you get one early. In addition, all females who stay get to choose 5 freebies every day (e.g. face masks, eye masks, feet coolers, shower caps, massage oil etc). The free breakfast buffet each morning ends quite early so this was an incentive to get up early. It was quite basic but enough to sustain us until lunch, and consisted of things like croissants, bread, coleslaw salad, seaweed salad, lotus root salad, mini sausages, milk/juice etc.
As for location, Kawaramachi station is right at the entrance of Shin-Kyogoku so you don't need to walk far at all, however getting around Kyoto is mostly done by bus. We found many attractions in Kyoto walkable (i.e. up to 1hr walking) so we found ourselves walking quite a bit (it was a good chance to look at Kyoto in detail). For instance, we walked to Kiyomizudera for the autumn illumination, which was amazing! Other places to go if you're short on time include Ginkakuji (breathtaking), Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari, Nanzenji, Chionin. Nearby the hotel, there's plenty to explore including Shin-Kyogoku and Teramachi shopping arcades, Nishiki market, Pontocho alley and Shijo street (the main street).
All in all, we found the hotel comfortable and the little perks made it that bit special. The location was great. We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank lionbeardog
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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

Budeget is always a concern when travelling around Japan. Kyoto is a lovely city with an irresistable charm. It is also a very expensive city to spend time at. It was with great delight to stay in this ultra-modern hotel at a reasonable price of JPY8K per night for a single room. The room was clean, rather tiny but comfy with all amenities present. Being a gal, I liked the additional touch of being able to choose my own pillow. A little cabinet filled with women's stuff like mask, bath oil, etc was also given free to the ladies. There was also a complimentary onsen available for guest use at specific timings. thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and will definately seek out this hotel again. High recommended for budget travellers looking for a good bargain.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank purplechopstick
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Manila
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

Reservations were done over the phone since we wanted to book 1 room for triple sharing. No down payments whatsoever. They immediately sent a confirmation number and a week prior to the booked dates, they sent another email asking for confirmation. We booked at this hotel for 2 nights and loved everything about it!

Prior to the trip, I printed out the map and directions provided by the website and showed it to the taxi driver which we took from JR Kyoto Station. It was a very near, less than 10 minute ride. Got off by the main road and walked inwards to where the hotel is, just a block away. Having a large suitcase and additional trolley didn't matter because the streets were smooth.

Upon check-in in the lobby, full payment was made and we were given a receipt with the room "key code" printed on it to punch on the numerical keypads to allow entry to the room. The codes are reset for every new guest staying for safety. Before going up to the rooms, there is a variety of pillows available for guests to choose. Although the rooms already have pillows (semi-firm by standard), some Japanese prefer more firm pillows while foreigners prefer the softer-fluffier kinds. You may find these at the pillow corner in the lobby. Bathrobes are also made available for guests use.

Surprisingly, the Super Room (for 3 persons) was very very spacious and was more than enough. It had 2 beds, 1 couch, a television, LAN cable internet access and the bathroom of course. It was of the right size for a typical Japanese hotel bathroom. Just do not expect it to be huge. Nevertheless, it was sparkling clean, complete with shampoo, conditioner, body soap, toothbrush and towels.

An "onsen" is located on the lobby floor with the hours alternating for men and women's use. The lobby floor is also where you have breakfast every morning where they serve different kinds of freshly baked breads with butter and jam, eggs, salads, soup, sausages and the best part is the vending machine for beverages is free during breakfast hours. You can choose among the different drinks available like milk, cold coffee, hot coffee, cold tea, hot tea, juices and softdrinks.

The location was very good. only a block away from the main road where shopping malls are located and the Hankyu Line. The lobby has a lot of printed brochures of the places to go and the staff is ready to handout English versions and maps of the bus stations or train stations you will need to access to get to your destination. During a rainy afternoon, they even lent us umbrellas to use which were to be returned to the front desk upon return. The place is also in a good location for roaming around in the night as it is only a few blocks away from the drinking alleys, where the nightlife is. We just went towards wherever our feet took us and found our way.

Hotel staff also kept our luggage for us for a few hours after we checked out as we still wanted to make the most of our day in Kyoto.

We had a great time at this place and would definitely come back. I highly recommend this place whether you are a solo traveler, with friends or with family and kids.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank wireless_md
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Calgary
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124 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

I stayed here two years ago and loved it. Said that, decided to go back on this second trip to beautiful Japan.
This place has excellent customer service and excellent value (we booked through their website and everything works like a breeze). It has a lovely Onsen, although the hours for the men are not the best. Buffet breakfast is very good, and we miss the freshly baked "croissant au chocolat"!
Rooms are tiny, but functional. Very clean. Wifi available in the lobby, plus 3 computers for guest use. Two years ago they had a free phone in the lobby for international calls, which sadly no longer exists.
Location is superb. Very close to shops, restaurants, Gion. It's a 10-min bus drive from JR Station.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Fortaleza_7
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Property: Super Hotel Kyoto Shijokawaramachi
Address: 538-1 Shinkyogokudori, Chukyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8042, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shinkyogoku Shopping District , Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
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Ranked #78 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,777 - ₹ 10,602
Number of rooms: 177
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