I was very pleased with Hotel Unizo. The location is fabulous, not far from the hustle and bustle of the main drag but surprisingly quiet for being on a main street, Shijo-dori. Nice amenities, clean room, wonderful bathtub to soak in after a long day and tired muscles from walking the sights. A Tully's coffee is located just next door; the coffee is excellent and it's a good landmark. An easy walk away from the Shijo subway stop on the Karasuma subway line, and the Shijo stop is only two stops away from Kyoto Station. As you exit the Shijo station, just be sure that you are heading in the direction away from the Nishiki Market, Gion, etc. The hotel is on the other side of the major thoroughfare -- Karasuma street.The only reason I did not give this hotel a five is the surprisingly limited English ability of the front desk staff. It was very mixed, with some staff apparently not really understanding basic English. They were very kind though and tried to be helpful, but it would have been helpful to have more Japanese under my belt at this hotel. Nevertheless, I would be happy to stay at Unizo again on a future trip to Kyoto. As another recent reviewer stated, it's a fine place for a female solo traveler. I was not aware of a "woman only" floor but like that idea very much. One tip-- ask the front desk for bottled water if you'd like bottled water. They don't supply it, but if you ask for it, they readily hand you a bottle of water from just behind the front desk. Note as well that they will put a bottle of water in your room for each day that you indicate that you are willing to "go green" and not have them wash linens/towels etc. (There's a placard you put outside your door each morning to alert them that you're choosing the green option.)
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