We had the pleasure of being the first to stay at the Indigo House and enjoyed it immensely. The description is accurate: it is beautiful, light, airy and quiet. The rooms are a perfect blend of convenient technology and traditional aesthetic. You can hear insects. The indoor garden is not only beautiful; the glass doors slide open to let in fresh air. I can imagine how pleasant it will be in the warm months. The windows in the main bedroom also open to allow a through breeze, and a view into the open spaces. The bathroom is the best I have seen in Japan. There is plenty of storage space for unpacked clothes, and for getting luggage out of sight. The kitchen is compact but well designed. I like to cook and found everything there. All the equipment—cooking utensils and tableware—is of good quality; a pleasant extra, but one in keeping with the design of the apartment as a whole. The house is in a quiet lane right in the heart of the Gion, so walking to the supermarket, or in my case, to the subway for a commute, was itself a great Kyoto experience. Indeed, if you don’t want to go out, you can have one just by being there.
The proximity of other apartments owned by Curtis was useful for us: a friend took the house across the street. There are great restaurants around and Junko and Saki are both excellent guides and facilitators. As the website says, it is suitable for two or 3 adults, or a couple with children. The second bedroom is fine but small. The upper level does however have two good sized bedrooms, as does Amber House across the lane. We stayed there too and loved it.
A note to Tripadvisor: floor plans would make a really valuable addition to the information supplied for apartments. I like to see the juxtaposition of sleeping spaces, size of rooms etc. It was, for example, useful for me to know that the bedrooms in Indigo House are widely separated and so provide privacy.
What a lovely oasis in the heart of Kyoto! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Indigo House. After hours of magnificent temple hopping we loved coming home and relaxing in our own little home away from home. Whether soaking in the deep tub in the lovely bathroom with indoor garden, relaxing in the gorgeous spacious bedroom, or sitting in the kitchen for coffee and planning our next foray into this amazing city; the Indigo House met all of our needs. Beautiful touches like fresh flowers, the latest local guidebooks and even an iPhone for our personal use, made us feel quite at home. They have achieved a lovely modern restoration while still capturing the historic essence and flavor of the original house. On a pretty quiet side street but only minutes away from shopping, dining and wonderful people watching in the fascinating historic Gion district - the location was ideal. Bring your walking shoes - there is so much to see all within walking distance. Junko and Saki at Another World properties were just up the road and a phone call away to answer any questions we had about the house and the area. They were so accommodating and it was an added bonus to have such nice English speaking contacts nearby. We agreed that staying at this property really made our stay in Kyoto a very unique and special experience indeed!
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