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Guest House Bola-Bola Reviews

25-17 Horigauchi-cho Uzumasa Ukyoku Kyoto city, Kyoto, Japan

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294 Total Reviews
  • 96%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 96%Staff
  • 96%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 92%Facilities

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they actually sell the rooms to construction workers who work at night to sleep there in the day, so we were told to be quiet even in the middle of the day. when we complained about those workers smoking and wearing only underwear in public areas, the hosts told us this was normal in Japan and we should not expect everything as the same as home. We were three women and we didn't feel safe alone with seven or eight topless men so close. not very clean either.


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.


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

  • 23rd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • 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!

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