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Ikoi-no-Ie Kyoto Reviews
An affordable and feel at home place to experience a traditional Japanese guesthouse Feb 05, 2011
It was our first time to stay in a Ryokan (traditional Japanese guesthouse) and we felt really so lucky to have
found Ikoi-no-ie in Kyoto. Staying here was like being in a good friend's house, we felt really at home and comfortable
and a perfect way to complement the experience of traditional Japan in beautiful Kyoto.
The staff are very helpful, friendly and accomdodating. Even from our inquiries thru email, they were very responsive and helpful. They give very clear instructions and directions which were very important because this ryokan is discreetly situated in a quiet neighborhood of Kyoto (but not far from the Kyoto's main train station). Upon check-in you have to go to their office in another street a few meters away from the actual ryokan you'd be staying. But don't worry, somebody would assist you to bring you and your luggage to the ryokan you'd be staying at. The staff were also happy to answer your questions, like where's the nearest bus stop, nearest convenience store, how to go to where you want to go, where's a good place to eat, etc etc. They speak good English, by the way ;)
The ryokan is very clean and very homey. We took a room with a private toilet. The toilet was small, which I think was quite usual for ryokans and they provide just towels and not toiletries but nevertheless it was ok. The room has airconditioning, which was so essential for us since we were there during winter and we needed good heating. Their thick comforter also made our sleep on the mattress over tatami mats good. The mattress came in single size though so we had to join them together but I guess there's no double size though.
This ryokan does not have a curfew, there's no staff around but it is safe as they have 24 hour surveillance cameras
and also they provide you with a password on the door and they change this after every few days. And hey, it's Japan
and it's Kyoto, so don't worry :)
The common area has a small kitchen where you could cook food. There's a fridge where you could store food. There's a computer there and you can rent it to use for printing or surfing the net. But if you have your laptop, there's free wifi within the room and the common area.
One very distinct thing that I found nice and cute about this ryokan was how they put handwritten instructions and
illustrations in an informal and fun way, and all in English! So you'd really not be clueless at all. Then they
have this what I called "pass-it-on box" where guests could leave anything they don't need/want anymore and other guests can take whatever they want from that box. They also have this bulletin board where guests can post their
recommendations like if you found a nice restaurant or a must see place. Where can you find more reliable
recommendations than that from fellow travelers, right?
I think one of the best indicators that you are in a good accomodation is when they dare to have a guestbook where
guests can sign and express their thoughts about their stay. Ikoi-no-ie had one of that and we only read good words and most of the guests said they would stay there again and recommend it to their friends. That was not a surprise, of course, because from our experience during our 4 days, 3 nights' stay here, we could say only good things too and would definitely stay there again when we go to Kyoto again and would definitely recommend this to anyone.
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