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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 9
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

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HKKittyT
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful house, excellent location, a wonderful experience.”
Reviewed 28 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013
3
people found this review helpful

We have just spent 5 nights at Komachiya, and had a fabulous time. The house itself was gorgeous, and felt very traditional whilst also being incredibly comfortable. It was warm and cosy despite the cold weather outside, (including a heated bathroom and toilet seats) and we felt we had everything we needed for the duration of our stay. The nearest underground station is a couple of minutes walk away, there are two 24 hour shops a moments walk from the house, as well as fresh fruit, veg, fish and meat available in the covered market where the house is situated. The house was spotlessly clean, and a cleaner came during our visit to give the place a once over as well. Masae (the owner) was very helpful, friendly and spoke excellent English. We felt very safe, secure and happy staying at the house, and really felt as though we were getting to experience a greater degree of everyday Japanese life than if we had stayed in a hotel. Our children (aged 7, 7 and 5) adored the house, although it was a bit stressful for the first day or two, living in fear of them accidentally putting a foot or hand through the paper doors by mistake. However, after the initial excitement, they calmed down and loved playing on the tatami mats and taking their indoor slippers on and off. The stairs were quite slippery and steep which might be an issue for some people. Although there is only one bathroom, there are two separate toilets, one upstairs and one downstairs. The kitchen was well equipped, there were masses of towels, bedding and so on, and Masae provided guide books as well as lots of other information about the local area. It is well situated for visiting lots of temples and gardens, many of which you can walk to. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: Beautiful house, great location, very clean.
Liked least: Not much natural light, but can't be helped due to being in a covered market.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Cheryl F
Vienna, Virginia, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An extremely good value and a great experience”
Reviewed 22 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
3
people found this review helpful

This charming, traditional Kyoto town house accommodated our group (sometimes as many as 6 adults) and our varied interests without any difficulties. Location was ideal -- close to the subway, bus stops, groceries, post office, and an easy walk to many main attractions on Kyoto’s east side. The neighborhood shopping arcade just outside the front door added local color without being inconvenient in any way. The house was meticulously maintained, and everything worked just as it should. The owner was very responsive to occasional concerns and questions that arose during our visit, including supplying us with information (maps, directions, schedules) to make our visit successful. In short, Komachiya was an extremely good value, and we had a great experience.

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Liked best: location
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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LondonMar...
London
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Utterly charming!”
Reviewed 11 January 2013 for a stay in November 2012
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Five people stayed here comfortably - everything you could need, including internet access and a couple of bicycles for the adventurous. Set in a little covered market alleyway - no noise nuisance, and all you could want for everyday food supplies within a few steps, also a nice friendly little coffee shop (which did an interesting salad and toast breakfast), a pretty canal walk, and a gift shop. Walking distance from the train station, the big shrine locally (we were there for a wedding) and the main shopping roads. We all want to go back!
The property is traditionally wooden carpenter built, so it's STRICTLY non smoking, if that matters to you.

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Liked best: happi-coats to meditate in!
Liked least: no dislikes at all.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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PF-Switze...
Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful, clean, and convenient. Well located and in fun surroundings”
Reviewed 26 August 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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Traditional Japanese home conveniently located next to a subway station and within walking distance to the old town (Gion), parks and temples. The home is within a 200 meter long covered market which adds to the charm and fun of the site. The market is quiet and does not create any noticeable noise in the house. The home contains all of the necessary comforts and is very well kept and clean. The owner is amiable and was extremely helpful in giving us advice on visiting Kyoto.

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Liked best: Traditional house within a market and well situated.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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drama_tra...
Mexico City, Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great location for family or close friends”
Reviewed 15 August 2011 for a stay in July 2011

We went to Kyoto to ... well, does any one need a reason to go to Kyoto? but we timed our trip to coincide with the main floats during Gion festival.
The machiya manager e-mailed me days in advance for our arrival time. We advised her we would arrive at 9:30 and expect to store our luggage at the station until check in time. Whilst on the shinkansen, we were advised that we could drop the bags off as soon as we arrived and return at our leisure. This made it so much easier for us as the day was sunny and 35C. The same excellent service was extended to us on our last day.
We were given maps and advise of local events. Help and direction were only an e-mail, ext or phone call away.
The "river" at the end of the street was a great hit with the children to cool off, they all ditched their shoes and were wading in the stream. You walk past 2 temples on the way to Gion, have your choice of train or bus as both are very close. The townhouse is in a shopping strip so getting food is too easy.
The townhouse also comes with 2 foldable bikes to use but we never got round to it.

It's good for a large group who know each other well as the sliding doors are paper thin (literally) and all sounds carry through the house. We were in the bedroom downstairs and can hear all the children's footsteps above - lucky they go to bed before us.

For us, the house is a much better option than a hotel and the children loves the laptop and internet already in the house. WiFi is also available for our smart phones.

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Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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