It's possible to walk to several attractions from here. The staff are really nice and polite when you have anything to ask, but otherwise they just leave you alone. The Japanese feel was really there and we thoroughly enjoyed the bath and the garden (where we took plenty of photos in the provided yukatas). The rooms are clean and the futons are impossibly soft. It's peaceful too: even though we visited around the New Year's period, the place was quiet and only had a few guests.
The foot warmer was a godsend in the freezing rooms (it was winter when we were there). Everyone got a room each with their own key: the privacy was pretty awesome. It's very homey: we spent a few evenings sitting in one person's room watching the TV and playing card games. The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable, and have a strong command of English. The place was easily located (a feat considering our group was directionally challenged), and is close to many budget shopping spots.
It's easy to walk to cultural hot-spots such as Kiyomizudera or Gion from here. The staff is very friendly and will help in recommending and booking activities for you. The common room is very cozy, and Wi-Fi is good. It's hard to connect to Wi-Fi in the rooms though. The temperature in the rooms are controlled, so you're never too hot or cold. The shower rooms are kind of small, but usable.
It's not too easy to locate if your sense of direction is as bad as ours, but the place is recognizable after you see it. The person who runs the guesthouse is meticulous and spent time ensuring every guest knew how the different facilities worked. The hot shower was awesome, especially in the winter season we visited. The housekeeping guy who came in next day was really sweet and helped us get information about our next location while we were waiting for someone to finish packing.
The staff was friendly and helped in the cancellation of this extra booking when one of our group couldn't make it.
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- Female, 18-24
- (11 reviews)
Excellent hostel. Lots of fun things to do, most attractions within walking distance. Many places to explore right outside. Rooms were kept clean and the staff were all very friendly.
Booked a private twin bed room; it was huge. Staff was friendly though not very fluent in English. Still quite accessible and easy to find even though it's in the Old Town. It's known enough that if you book tours that have pick-up routes, the tour guides can find you and bring you out directly from the hostel.
It's in a nice and quiet place (except in the dead of the night when the cats fight. But that's not their fault). There are interesting things to see right outside the door. The people are nice, and the place is clean. The door to the private bathroom jammed when we shut the door fully, so we propped it shut with our bags. Wasn't much trouble. Had a bit of an issue with the deposit paid (had to pay it again when we reached), but we just left it as a tip since it was a pretty good stay overall.
The stay was great :) Thank you for making it a nice place to return to after a long day of getting lost in Amsterdam :P It would be nice to have something to block the light switches in the dorm though; a few of us kept smacking the bed-lights on by accident while sleeping D:
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Hooks within the shower cubicles would be nice.