Chanced upon this hotel coincidentally because Kyoto is busy over this period. Hotel rates were sky high so it dawned upon me that I should consider hotels on the outskirts to save some cost.
I was pleasantly pleased with the location. Hotel Reiah is a short 2 minutes walk away from Ishiyama JR! You can hear the trains pass by if you leave the room windows open so you would not miss it. The station is approximately 5 stops away from Kyoto JR (around 20 min) and costs ¥230 per person each way; which is rather affordable in my opinion.
Service staff were responsive and understand English perfectly. Although at times, they can be over eager when it comes to payments i.e. parking charges, late check-out charges etc.
Room size is sufficient although I wished that the toilet was bigger. The room was not considered spick-and-span for Japanese standard (I found hair from the previous occupant). Nonetheless, it is generally well-maintained. Firm Serta beds were offered, providing us with good rest over the course of 3 nights. Free breakfast came along with the room. However they only serve it from 6.30am to 9am which is useless for people who like to sleep in a little more during holidays like my spouse and I.
One downside that made us very uncomfortable was the hotel did not provide do not disturb signs. Varying from 9am to 10am daily, the housekeeping staff will knock on your door or simply allow herself into your room without permission! The housekeepers tend to make up every room on the same level all at the same time (step by step). No safes were provided, at least for my room. So please take extra caution with regards to your valuables.
All in all, this is a no-frills hotel that satisfies travelers' basic needs. I would recommend it to budget driven tourists who do not mind a little travelling for a different experience in the areas less travelled.
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- Reiah Hotel Ohtsu Ishiyama Otsu, Japan - Shiga