Kyoto UTANO Youth Hostel Reviews
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Great place for a long time stay. A bit further outside of town, but still a realy nice location with the bus stop right in front. In the evenings they offer a free event. Breakfast can be good. You can't access the rooms from 10am to 3pm because of cleaning, but it doesn't matter if you go out and see stuff anyway. Very good security. Nice big bathrooms. Laundry is okay, but the dryer is a nightmare. Very friendly and helpful staff.
The hostel was expensive for a dorm room, I think breakfast should have been included or at least half the cost they requested (almost 700 yen). The atmosphere was unusual, nobody really spoke much in the communal area. You have to leave your room everyday from 10am to 3pm, they block off the entrances. I found this unusual, unfair and it was not explained upon check in. The hostel I thought was run like a military camp- loud speaker announcements made, lots of rules, additional costs
Excellent hostel with really clean, spacious, privacy maintaining rooms. Offered breakfast, had lots of friendly communal spaces and garden and really tried to bring everyone together with optional evening activities. About 40 minutes by bus from Kyoto Station but the bus is direct so essentially no walking door to door making it quite convenient.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Overall, I enjoyed my stay. Though personally, I found that the hostel somewhat lacks character. The staff is helpful, and I can't complain about that; however I do feel that they could have been more engaging. I attended the events hosted by the hostel on several occasions, but I failed to have a memorable interaction with any of the staff members. In addition, the facilities - while clean - are quite bland. The single most interesting component was the indoor public bath. I enjoyed that a lot.
This was a great place. It was spacious, clean, organized, and everything had easy to understand instructions in English and other languages. The wi-fi was decent enough. There was lots of free parking and the hostel was near a bus stop. (You can buy a day-pass for the bus right at the hostel.) Plus there is an onsen right there in the hostel. The place is down right beautiful!
Noisy wooden beds/doors makes it hard to sleep once someone is up. WiFi doesn't work in rooms at least on the 200 side. Apart from that good hostel they offer food options for breakfast and dinner which is good cos there's not any restaurants nearby.