This is the very first time I have ever stayed in a hostel in my life. Japan is after all a very clean place, and should offer top notch facilities even in hostels. Plus it has great reviews on TripAdvisor. Having heard so much about it, I was anxious to experience it for myself. This stay was actually forced upon myself, due to the high prices of accommodation in Kyoto. The most basic 3-star hotels were going at about RM550 per room per night, whereas this place was 3400¥ per person per night for a Private Twin room with ensuite bathroom. This works out to be about RM260 per room per night. In short, we loved it!
Upon arrival, we had to pay a 1000¥ deposit for the key, which is refundable upon checkout. Since we were staying for 4 nights, we were each given a coupon to redeem for either 1 day's worth of bicycle rental, a set of postcards, or 200¥ off per person. Kyoto is a great place to cycle as it is relatively flat, so we opted for the bicycle ride which would have cost 500¥ otherwise.
|We got Room 205, which was at the end of the corridor|
|Open the main door, and this is what you'll see. A closet on the right, a toilet and a bath straight on|
|The closet has extra bedding if you need it|
We specifically asked for a room on the 2nd floor, which is just 1 storey above the ground floor. I would have preferred Ground floor, but there were no ensuite private rooms on the ground floor. Wi-fi was available with a separate router point on each floor, but they were having problems with internet on some of the nights we were there.
|Our 2 beds, unmade. Took us 20 minutes to do it according to the book|
|That's the lovely manual on how to make your bed. The TV had only Japanese channels|
The rooms were quite alright in size and had everything we needed. A separate toilet and bathroom was great, especially having a bathtub to sooth our aches after a whole day of walking (though it was only half a tub). The most creative thing was the toilet bowl, where you can wash your hands above the toilet after flushing, look at the picture below.
|When the toilet tank refills, you can use the water to wash your hands before it enters the tank|
|Half a bathtub, with good hot water pressure|
Other facilities provided were a lovely kitchen and lounge area to relax, with 2 PCs for everyone to use. Free coffee and tea and cooking utensils. Also a baggage room to store your luggage after checkout. The best part is, a notice board near the reception to tell you today's weather, any happenings around the city, and where to spot the early sakura blossoms. We took one of their advise on a craft market that only opens on the first Thursday of each month, and we loved it!
|The modern kitchen, with free coffee & tea on your near right. Sorry for the shaky photo|
|The lounge area with 2 PCs at the far left.|
|The 1-day free bike rental if you stay 4 nights here|
If you'd like to find out more info, this is their website
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