We stayed in Amber House for six days and it was indeed the highlight of our Japan trip. The house is absolutely stunning, beautiful, serene, and full of character – there’s a lovely scent of wood and the stairs squeak snugly, giving the house a life of its own. It was a real pleasure to come back home at the end of a long sightseeing day and be greeted by those clean lines and that soothing Japanese décor.
Amber House is right in the middle of Gion, the most attractive neighbourhood in Kyoto, but is set in a quiet alley next to a temple so the only sounds you hear are those from the prayer bells and the cicadas. We absolutely loved having more space than in the usual Japanese hotel room – a sofa to relax in the evening, spacious bedrooms, wardrobes… it was just a dream for us and our teenage daughter and none of us noticed the lack of a tv set (I hope the owners won’t provide any in the future – it’s just not needed!). The kitchen is fully equipped and we absolutely loved shopping for groceries in the supermarket nearby in order to have breakfast at home. It really gave us that homey feeling that as tourists we wouldn’t have experienced otherwise. I particularly loved the super efficient washing machine that was a blessing in the August heat, and of course the cell phone, a real added bonus.
Juko and Saki deserve a special mention. Helpful and very professional, they have been really precious during our stay. Every single request we might come up to, from collecting our postcard from Saihoji Temple to booking our seats at Maiko Theatre, was efficiently handled in a jiff. We feel we haven’t thanked them enough for making our stay so smooth and hassle-free.
Amber House is a real gem – I dream of going back again someday.
If you are lucky enough to find Amber House Gion with open availability during your stay in Kyoto, you most definitely should take advantage of it. It is beautiful, comfortable and well-appointed. A true must to experience a more traditional Japanese living environment (while maintaining a Western level of comfort and convenience). It is located on a quiet and charming street in the heart of Old Kyoto.
Highly recommend. Please note all bedrooms are located in the second level; toilet is on the first. Stairs are well lit and have night lights but you will need to go down the stairs in the middle of the night of you need to use the restroom. This is not a complaint but a note to others in case it matters.
The Amber House Gion is the perfect location from which to explore Kyoto. Junko and Saki were both concerned that we had all we needed during our stay, and both speak very good English. The house itself is located at the end of a very quiet street which is away from the noise and commotion of the main tourist attractions but close enough to walk to. We loved waking up to the drumming from the temple next door. Although we loved eating at many of the local restaurants, it was also nice to be able to make some meals at the house. Having access to the washer/dryer combo and an iron and ironing board was also helpful. Curtis and the girls have compiled a binder that provides very useful information ranging from where to eat or grocery shop to where to seek medical attention if that becomes necessary. They really have thought of everything, and we will definitely stay here if we are ever in Kyoto again.
This stay was amazing! The house is beautiful, super clean, perfect interior! It was the best experience in a ryokan i could think of. I would go there anytime soon!
We got a lot of help from the hosts, great tips about where to eat and just felt at home there! I would recommend it to all of my friends! Loved my stay there!
Without a doubt, Amber House is Kyoto's best location for easy walking, or transiting to all the special places, districts, historic shrines and parks this magnificent city has to offer. Our two week stay was a delight - the house is quiet, cozy, and well outfitted, the staff couldn't be more helpful, it is really beyond belief.
I read all the reviews, and they are accurate, and say it all - I would recommend Amber House without a doubt - we plan to return. Rich U
I have stayed in 2 of Curtis's place in Gion (Both at the Amber house and the Gion house, on 2 separate occasions) and i would really love to recommend both places to stay.
The location is really convenient within walking distance from major tourist attractions and yet without the usual ruckus that tourists bring. The accommodation is in a quiet part of the neighbourhood with friendly neighbours around and a handy grocery shop round the corner.
Kyoto is known for its temples and shrines, and having Kenninji just next door would really add to the experience. Imagine waking up the calm morning chants from the temple - there's no better way to start your mornings than that.
The houses are very well equipped with everything thing you will possibly need and very clean and well kept too! Lovely and spacious too!
The friendly people working with Curtis are very helpful and kind too. If you would need any help during your stay, they would be the go to person! I had the privilege of meeting Curtis himself on the morning before my departure which was a very nice touch.
I look forward to coming back to stay the next time i'm in Kyoto :)
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We stayed in this condo for a week in November of 2016. Everything was as advertised: two spacious bedrooms on the second floor, living room and kitchen on the second, plenty of closet space, very clean. Location is perfect: in the center of touristy Gion but in a quite alley so you get the best of the both worlds. A lot of attractions in the walking distance. I would definitely recommend it