This place is pretty amazing for a hostel. Gorgeous building, lots of common space, lovely onsen. Just don't leave the window open at night like my roommate did- lots of mosquitos on the water. Not too difficult to find or far from the shopping streets.
The staff here is awesome! The ladies cooked every night and were happy to share anything I expressed curiosity about- yum! The location is out of the way and a bit hard to find; when you get off the bus from Kamakura station, cross the main road and go up the street next to the car dealership, turn left just after the canal, and it's past the park on the right. Overall, it was a great place to stay! Thank you!
I stayed in the 4 bed female dorm. The mattress was comfortable, the common room large, the shower was available whenever I wanted to use it, everything was clean. The bar downstairs was convenient. The only downside is that it's a bit of a walk from Kyoto station.
I stayed here for the Yuki Matsuri and was pleasantly surprised to find the Susukino site only a couple blocks away. Careful when booking about the smoking options, if you have a choice. The hotel room was warm, clean, and comfortable, the breakfast generous for the price. The towels are rough, though, so bring your own.
I have to say, I was only here to sleep and I chose the hostel because it's so close to Teramachi, the huge shopping area. But the bed was comfortable and there are plenty of showers and sinks around. My first night was great, the second I had rude neighbors who left thier reading lights on all night. Not the hostel's fault. Bit of advice: if you leave your stuff in the luggage room the morning you leave, don't put it at the back, or you'll have to unbury it when you leave later. o_O
I had a good stay here. I was rather surprised when most of the guests were up as early as I was- 6:30. Real travelers! The beds were comfortable and my bed had a storage area above it, which was useful. The staff are friendly, the garden is pretty. My only real complaint about the place is that it's really dark. So if you need good light to apply make-up or whatever, it's not easy to do. Heh.
I liked this hostel- big kitchen, lots of common space to talk to people in, quiet rooms. I needed to stay an extra night and it was no problem. The staff was very nice and helpful. The wi-fi only works sporadically, no matter where you are in the building, but that's not unusual. It's great that you can call for a pick-up at the station and get a ride back, too.
I stayed for 6 nights and it was a pretty good time. The hostel is a bit of a walk from the station, but it's right on Kappabashi-dori, which is fun. The lay out is a little weird- the common room is the reception and you come out of the shower into the kitchen, which is a little awkward. I never had to wait for the shower, though, so it's nice that it's that small. The staff was very nice and helpful, the internet reliable, everything clean. Good place.
Great place! Taka and Yuka are _so_ nice! Very convenient to the subway, or a nice walk from downtown. I stayed in the dorm and it was clean and quiet, despite the paper walls. There are a lot of Japanese guests, so I got to try out my fledgeling Japanese skills ^_^' . The kitties are pretty but very shy. I would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone staying in Kyoto and I hope to stay there again!
This place is great if you want to stay at a quiet, traditional place. Gorgeous house and very friendly staff. If I'm only staying one night again, though, I think I'll stay somewhere a little more centrally located- I felt like I spent a lot of my limited time waiting for trains to and from the guest house, and added to the limited hours for check-in, I felt rushed. Still, if you're staying more than one night, this is an excellent guest house.
The staff is very helpful, the dorm I stayed in (6-bed all F dorm) was peaceful, which is what I wanted. The bathrooms could use a bleaching- the showers are a bit moldy.