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I was traveling with girlfriends and we only stayed at Mume for one night. If you are looking for a glamorous luxury hotel this is not, but it has one of the best services I've ever experienced (and we've all stayed at great hotels around...More
Our group had 3 wonderful and memorable nights at Hotel Mume. We were in the Wind room which faces the canal.
I know it has been said before but the main reasons I love this boutique hotel are the following:
1. Best location near Gion...More
We were well looked after at Hotel Mume including some great recommendations for places to see and restaurants to eat at.
Breakfast was generous and tasty. Happy hour was good but missing out on some good Japanese whiskies and gins - I would have been...More
When we checked in, we met another couple staying at Mume for their sixth visit. Yes, this boutique hotel is that good. The staff could not be more accommodating and welcoming. They flagged taxis for us, had umbrellas at the ready, hosted a wonderful happy...More
Beautiful and convenient though Hotel Mume is, the real draw is the spectacularly helpful staff. It seemed as if literally nothing would be too much trouble, from dealing with the embarrassment of leaving one’s credit card with the taxi driver, to recommending some cultural activity...More
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.