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Hostel Kyotokko (ex Kyoto Cheapest Inn) Reviews

783 Sabamatsu-cho, Marutamachi-dori Matsuyacyo Nis, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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629 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 71%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 71%Atmosphere
  • 68%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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I wish I had booked a second night at Len hostel instead of getting stuck here, it was the same price too! Staff weren't very friendly and the older man behind the counter seemed grumpy the whole time. It felt like they had crammed as many people in as possible to the rooms and it was dark and smelt bad. On top of this they wanted an additional 1000yen deposit which haven't been mentioned before arrival


It's a very nice place, we will go with my friends 1 night but I liked much! We recomended this 100%

  • 26th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Considering it's only a little cheaper than other hostels the standard is much lower. The bathroom facilities are poor and there are only a few showers for most guests which are located in the common area. The rooftop area is unwelcoming. Sometimes the room was hot and a/c was not in guests control. The staff were helpful and the location was good in my opinion. The buses in Kyoto are very good and with a bus map it's a great way to travel around as subway stops don't reach as far as buses.


Nice place. Cool rooftop i guess. Not all the staff spoke good English. Had a cheese cake stolen hahaha first time something was stolen in japan


The staff was very nice and sweet! We got th private ensuit, which was ok, clean sheets, bathroom. Location was ok for us, not the most convenient, but it's right in the middle between west side and east side. So if you stay a couple of days, it's quite convenient. :))


The hostel was OK, a bit dirty, taking your shoes of before entering a room should be a rule, especially when it rains... It was crowded, but the people I met there made the experience. Location was good and the staff was friendly and helpful. Price/quality I would say the hostel doesn't live up to the expectations.

  • 8th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Pros: Very helpful staff Easy access from kyoto station Travellers from around the globe A nice small bar very close to it Toast and coffee for breakfast (free) Cons: A little far away from main attractions in Shiju dori The area gets deserted after 8PM


Friendly interns


very friendly staff ...high recommended


They claim this is the cheapest hostel in Kyoto which is far off. The roof garden is great. Nice view to the city day and night. Nice to have a beer at night in the roof garden.

  • 6th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hungary
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The hostel is not so near the metro, so you have to walk about 20 minutes to take a train to go to the centre. They have an internal bike rental, so you can take the bike from the hostel without going to a rental shop.


A little bit far from the city center, I have to take a cab one time when I missed the last bus. The owners, lovely japanese couple and their daughter are very helpful. They will give you inside tips about kyoto that you cant find in any guide such as the flea market in one of the temples. That was a really priceless experience.


A really cool cheap place, good facilities and the location is superb - right next door to Kijo castle and a short walk from the Imperial Palace gardens. The rooftop garden is awesome, a great place to sit and chill in the ear;y evening!


very good option for a budget stay, helpful staff and decent bus links to reach it. the dorm is large, 20 people, but never felt too busy. facilities could be better, the internet and wifi seem slow, and at busy times you need to wait for one of the three showers. but there is a large tv, a decent basic breakfast and plenty of information about kyoto available.


Staff is very nice helping you with various issues. Location is ok, some distance to the train or bus station but manageable. Hostel feels rather small and cramped. There is only little ventilation in the room. Rooftop garden is cool with a great view.


I loved this place, the man that runs it was an excellent host. The beds are big and the rooms are set out nicely, there are so many things offered here as well, you can buy used kimonos, vegetarian curries and breakfast and tea/coffee is free! It was so easy to get around, there are four stations within 5 min walking distance, and the Nijo castle is pretty much visible from the hostel, I would definitely stay here again.


It's ok if you looking for something cheap.... Pretty good breakfast but very crowded and bad smelling rooms

  • 27th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This hostel was in a fairly good location, staff were helpful and security good. Cool roof terrace. Airconditioning in the dorm room was not turned on for the 1st two nights we stayed there, so temperatures while trying to sleep were up near 29 degrees celsius. They didnt turn on the aircon during the day so pretty roasting when trying to have a rest day at the hostel. The aircon in the reception area seemed to be on all the time. Toliet and shower rooms could do with a good disinfect & clean

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