This ryokan is in the category of "traditional ryokans", recognised by Japan's goverment.
A ryokan is a classical Japanese hotel with futons on the floor and typical furniture (low tables, etc..).
- It could not be more centrical. It is surrounded by shops, restaurants, 2 metro stations, 1 bus station, and just 1 minute walking from the famous Pochonto street.
- Also it has a great public bath, always very clean, and free access to internet in the lobby.
- Rooms are traditionally furnished. Ours was very big (it was a superior room).
- Breakfast is served in the room, which is very comfortable
- It is so centrical, that there is noise during the night, especially in the weekends. Everyone is just passing by the street.
- Rooms are a little bit beat up. Everything is clean, but we missed the charm that we were expecting from a ryokan of this category. The furniture and the bathroom are worn out .
- Breakfast is a difficult proof in the morning. It is possible to choose between Japanese and Western style breakfast. None of them are satisfactory.
- Service can be considered both a good and a bad point. Breakfast is served in the room but only until 8.30. Half an hour earlier of your breakfast time, they knock on the door and 2-3 people enter the room to change bed linen. This is somehow strange, and we would have preferred to be on our own, and that they had changed bed linen once we had left the ryokan in the morning. In any case, it is important to acknowledge that in Japan this type of service is considered as a very good attention to the client.
Overall, we had a nice stay in the ryokan, maybe because it was our first ryokan in Japan. But if I have the opportunity to come back, I might try another ryokan in Kyoto.
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