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Matsubaya Inn

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Vienna, Virginia
Reviewed 7 July 2013

This is not an authentic ryokan; instead it is a hotel that has converted the rooms into ryokan style. The rooms are tiny and bathrooms are even smaller, but worth the price. We stayed here for two nights and it was fun because once you are in your room, it's like you are in a real ryokan based on the...

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Singapore, null, Singapore
Reviewed 24 June 2013

A few minutes walk from Kyoto station (I'm a fast walker though, 6.5km/h with full backpack walking speed), clean and relatively spacious room. I speak Japanese but from what I've seen and heard from staff interactions with other guests; they speak pretty decent English too. It's also within walking distance of some attractions like Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizudera, Heian Jingu, Gion corner...

Thank Dethyl
Reviewed 7 June 2013

15 min walk to train and underground stations the location was okay. staff very friendly but the room was a little dark. ground floor had a communal area which made it all a bit like a hostel especially with washing machine facitities upstairs as well. perhaps a little overpriced but then you are in a great city.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 1 June 2013

Based on reviews on this site we were expecting a much better place than we actully found. First, we were asked for money upfront-which doesn't go a long way towards making you feel "at home"...The room itself was very nice , EXCEPT - it had a weird but distinctly unpleasant odor ( we couldn't decide if it was from the...

6Thank keynans
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 24 May 2013

Situated 15 mins walk from kyoto main station. Simple modern ryokan that is complete and not over priced . Staff are friendly and knowledgeably on tourist attraction. Washing machine and dryer are available with two PC to use free. Traditional tea and biscuits are provided. Breakfast are available at1000 yen. Disadvantage is the wall are a bit thin that the...

2Thank janicelcl
Reviewed 24 May 2013

Stayed 3 nights at this Japanese Ryokan. It is located a good 10-15 min walk from the train station. We tried the local Japanese breakfast on the first morning and had a good spread. The room was small but with toilet attached, it was great. It was cleaned daily and well equipped with the Japanese dressing gowns, tea, etc. We...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 23 May 2013

This ryokan hotel is located only 10 minutes from Kyoto station and main bus stations, which made traveling so much easier. Lovely rooms, great service. The reception staff are a gem, very helpful and friendly. Mattress (futon) can be a bit thin if you're used to the thick western spring mattress, so ask for an extra one to put on...

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 22 May 2013

Matsubaya ryokan was a very cosy place to stay. We were there last december. The room was nice, well heated, very clean, with a tea set we could use. Some of the night we preferred to have some bento dinners in the room rather than going to a restaurant. The staff was exceptionally friendly. The last day we put some...

Thank Albenica
Reviewed 22 May 2013

This is a perfect base within ten minute stroll of the station. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. The room was japanese ryokan style and just right. You will meet lots of other travellers here at breakfast. Would return without a second thought.

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Wrocław, Dolnoslaskie, Poland
Reviewed 21 May 2013

I saw that people rate this not as real ryokan. I dont know what it is - a real ryokan - but I know that Matsubaya gave me a feeling of real japanese style hotel! It was clean, nice and friendly service, good breakfast (although japanese breakfast for european may be a bit of a challenge...:) ). Wi-Fi working ok...

Thank yochim

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Staying in Shimogyo-ku

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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about Matsubaya Inn

Address: Higashinotoin Nishi-iru, Kamijuzuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8150, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kyoto Station
Price Range: $178 - $321 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Matsubaya Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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“Don't expect too many hours of sleep.”
73brettk, 11 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Western style still has a Japanese feel.”
BeverlyRae, 29 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Avoid the Japanese style rooms.”
KWC2012, 10 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Don't take 201!”
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Madbenjoel, 25 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Just don't stay here.”
tp19492016, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
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