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Sleeping mats and blankets provided for sleeping on the tatami floor. Rotating fan and air conditioner set at 25 C. Kyoto was very hot/humid so it would have been nice to lower the temperature. The hostel owner was kind enough to say that construction was happening nearby during our stay, but failed to mention the proximity to a railroad - in the backyard of the hostel. Light sleepers beware! Best part of staying here: Bike rentals are ¥500 for the day ($5) - great for riding out to Arashiyama!
It was a little hard to find it at first, because Google maps did not show its road on the map. When we got close to the spot, there was a little alley and a little sign saying "Bola Bola -->". We followed the sign and it was exactly where it was supposed to be. The owner received us very well.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 18-24
- (1 review)
Wonderful little family-run hostel, very friendly and helpful staff. Off the beaten path a little, so that's good if you want some quiet or want to explore the west side of Kyoto. Easy enough to access by rail+subway. Thanks for a great stay.
Bola-Bola was great overall. Although it's a bit out of the centre, it's close to a train station. The owner is super nice and helpful. The feel of the place is really nice but the only problem is if you are Northern-European-sized, you will feel a bit like you're living in the Ewok village. Also, don't count on the Wi-Fi working ever. The hot water also didn't work in one of the bathrooms. All that being said, this place was still awesome and we have very fond memories. I would recommend it!
Great place a little off the beaten path, but the 11 bus is your best friend for moving b/t the hostel and central Kyoto. The staff is super helpful, and this place has a very homely feel. It is a great example of a Japanese style home, with tatami-mat rooms. So a bit old as a building with all that entails, but perfect if you want that Japanese feel. The onsen nearby is quite nice, albeit a bit pricey (as most things in Japan are, about 1300 yen I think to enter).
Nice, quiet place, a little far from central Kyoto, but perfect for arashiyama and if you're willing to take the nearby bus and trains to your other destinations. The staff is wonderful, and rather than a business a oriented hostel, this is more of a nice home stay in a Japanese-style home. Very comfortable all around.
nice and helpful staff, international guests, beautiful traditional hostel, warm atmosphere, great experience staying at bola bola, nice restaurants nearby, friendly neighborhood
- Novice Nomad
- Hong Kong
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
We were very comfortable and really enjoyed our stay.
The hostel is really nice, one station far away from the Bamboo forest and the Golden pavilion, the staff was really hepful, the guy gave us lots of information and maps. He also attended always our requests in English and with a smile. The only negative point would be that the building is just 4 meters away from the railways of a tram and it´s quite noisy when the tram starts early in the morning, so better bring with you earplugs. Appart from that, everything was perfect
Coffee and tea available as promised. Loved the kotatsu in the common area as well as the maps provided by the host detailing how to get to nearby sites. Kitchen facilities were good. The shower area had a very nice outdoor feel to it. There was an onsen nearby for bathing, but be aware. No tatoos!