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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The family run Inn is great, with friendly staff and owners. Simple, but tasty breakfast. Good location to many major attractions BUT if you want a good nights sleep consider the traditional paper thing walls. Snoring and talking from other rooms made it difficult to sleep. The floor sleeping though was comfortable, but wouldn't suit everyone. Good for a night...

Thank brett k
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed type B Japanese style room , ensuire bathroom. Dim lighting, tatami, futon, traditional Japanese decor, tea set & cosy size all makes our room calm & restful place to return to happily every night. We especially love the balcony. It is tiny but cosy. There are 2 comfortable chairs to relax & enjoy a cup of green tea...

2Thank hijacque
Mukilteo, Washington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This inn is a few easy blocks walk from the main train station. We had a "western" style room (room 505) and found it very clean and comfortable. Though considered western, it still had an interesting Japanese vibe to it, including a Japanese style bath. Breakfast was basic, but served with a smile and chit-chat with other guests. Nothing fancy...

Thank BeverlyRae
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Trying to find accommodation in Kyoto (or most of Japan!!) for odd-sized groups like our family of 5 is a real challenge. Most budget-friendly hotels only fit 2 to a room with no allowance for an extra bed. So the Matsubaya Ryokan was a real gem for us. Conveniently located about 10minutes from the main Kyoto JR station, and 25min...

Thank Clement T
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed for 3 days.very clean place but what stood out was the staff: Koychiro,Toshi and Budi..we had 100 questions to ask they patiently answered all. Rooms are clean and well appointed, they provide a paid bfst service that sets you up for the day. about 10 min walk from Kyoto central station

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Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 10 December 2016

We stayed in this Inn last last month. This is the third time we used this inn as our base for visiting Kyoto. The best reason for staying in this hotel is its closeness to the Kyoto Train Station. The rooms are OK. They are clean but in Japan, this is the basic requirement. We stayed in the so called...

Thank KWC2012
Reviewed 26 November 2016

We were looking forward to the ryokan experience and left disappointed. I will agree with the other reviewers that the staff are very welcoming and friendly however considering you pay the equivalent for a nice hotel you expect a certain standard. Our room was 201 which is first floor and facing the road. While it doesn't seem busy, if you...

3Thank Madbenjoel
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We really enjoyed our time at the this ryokan. The staff was incredibly warm and hospitable. They spoke perfect English and made it a point to give us direction, tell us about the area, and made themselves available to answer questions. They ryokan was also very clean and tidy. We're very happy that we stayed in a ryokan in Kyoto...

Thank Michael M
Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 4 November 2016

I have stayed about ten times in different REAL Ryokans in Kyoto. This is a fake for silly tourists. The stuff is friendly and knows English but everything else is terrible. They don't serve you like in a Ryokan. First there is no bath - which it the real fun of Ryokans. Second no dinners and breakfasts are served in...

1Thank tp19492016
Franklin, Massachusetts
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Now- my husband and I (on honeymoon) had a modest budget, and this ryokan delivered a traditional Japanese experience without breaking the bank. There were many reasons why this was my favorite hotel in all the places we stayed in Japan: (1) Close to Kyoto station. (2) VERY close to a bike rental shop and temple (3) The room was...

Thank Stephanie O

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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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Address: Higashinotoin Nishi-iru, Kamijuzuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8150, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kyoto Station
Price Range: RM425 - RM1,788 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Matsubaya Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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“Don't expect too many hours of sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles 73brettk, 11 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Western style still has a Japanese feel.”
 of 5 bubbles BeverlyRae, 29 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Avoid the Japanese style rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles KWC2012, 10 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Don't take 201!”
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 of 5 bubbles Madbenjoel, 25 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Just don't stay here.”
 of 5 bubbles tp19492016, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
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