Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto Reviews
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Not for everyone. Not terrible but not great either.
Loved this small hostel, rooms and equipment like from Miyazaki's cartoons, small kitchen and dining room was simply 'cute', and I normally don't use this word. Warning for all tall travellers as myself... I hit my head frequently during my stay, but still liked the place. Little bit far from all major attractions and subway but if you are reasonably fit you can get everywhere on bike for 500 yen/day, and cycling in Osaka is one of the most amazing experiences I had in Japan.
Noisy, unclean, insect ridden, many small corridors and low beams. Unclean floors but no shoes. Sections of building lack roofing
The good side is that its in an old traditional japanese style house. The downsides are: only one shared bathroom, anyone can enter the hostel whenever they want as the staff is absent most of the time, beside they are pretty much unfriendly, always seemed to be bothered... And the hostel is quite far from the center
there are no locks anywhere except the toilet. there is only one shower, which has no lock. bedrooms also have no locks, there are curtains around the bunk beds, but they're see through. there's no privacy at all.
Best place to stay of you're looking for an authentic japanese house to stay in. A fantastic rabbit warren of beautiful traditional japanese rooms. Be sure to bring your own towels for the shower though- the owner has none for hire!
We did like this hostel, although it was small it was very curious. Lots of hidden rooms and great decor. Beds were pretty uncomfortable though, a very thin fold up mattress on solid wooden beds, ouch.
I really did not like this place... You got 2 kinds of 'small'. The nice and cosy and the anoying small. This one was the last one. Everything in the house made noise, so you woke up everytime someone walked, opend a door or just moved in his sleep... The bed was the worst of all! On the pic it looks like a european style, but it's just a futon on self made bunkbed... A single futon is already a bit hard, but its even harder on a wooden plank. Go somewhere else! A-yado