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Matsumi-an and Kamogawa-an are the same location and together can accommodate maximum11 people
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

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Nguyen L
San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Spectacular Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 2 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Our family of 9 adults and 1 baby stayed at Matsumi-an and Kamogawa-an. Matsumi-an and Kamogawa-an are adjacent to each other and shared the same "courtyard". Matsumi-an faces the main street while Kamogawa-an faces the river. The 2 buildings are separated by a Zen Garden. This was the main reason we decided to stay here. We wanted to be close to each other. This review is for Matsumi-an. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised how traditional the machiya was, yet it has been renovated with modern amenities. We felt very comfortable since each room had an individual AC unit. There was a stove, refrigerator, microwave, grill oven, and hot water kettle. The cabinets had utensils, plates, cups, pots and pans for us to use. The bathroom was very clean and had towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, body sponge, etc for us to use. The Japanese futons were surprisingly very comfortable. The comforter was very light (down or down alternative) and had very soft sheets. Even though we were next to a river, we didn't have any mosquito problems inside the house. Every room in the house has a "mosquito repellant" container. I didn't know what was in it, but it worked fairly well. The machiya is centrally located and is within a 12-15 minute walk to Kyoto station. The Post Office is about a 2 minute walk where we were able to withdraw cash at the ATM inside. Most local stores/restaurants in Japan don't accept credit card. Please make sure you always have cash handy. Japanese banks normally don't take foreign debit cards, you'll need to use 7 Bank from 7 - Eleven, or go to a Post Office to use their ATM. CitiBank is an exception. If you have a CitiBank account, you can use your CitiBank debitcard at CitiBank Japan.

There were 4 bicycles for us to use around town. We didn't take advantage of it since we had a large group of 10. We either walked or took the cab most of the time. I really enjoyed my stay here.

If there is one concern, I would say that the staircase is quite steep. You need to be extra cautious when walking downstairs at night for the restroom or late night snack. Other than that, we had a wonderful time at Matsumi-an and would recommend it to our friends and family.

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Liked best: Cleanliness, traditional feel, and location.
Liked least: The stairs were steep. I think adding a rail would make it much safer.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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insookmol...
Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Computable and clean”
Reviewed 27 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Clean and modern house with kitchen, washer and dryer.
Suitable for 4 adults 2 single beds and Japanese style joint bedroom next. Only problem is sleeping area is upstairs with no bathroom.
Convenient location 30min walking distance to center of city.

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Liked best: Dinning area
Liked least: Upstairs bedrooms
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Canada4me
Brisbane
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Just the right mix of tradition and modern convenience”
Reviewed 27 April 2015 for a stay in March 2014

My son and I stayed here for 10 days and could not have chosen better. This house was located just out of the busiest parts of Kyoto but easy walk to several Metro lines and lots of buses just at the end of the street. We hardly used them though as walking was easy and interesting and we could get to all the historical areas.

The house was a little tricky to find at first because we caught a different airport bus than the one indicated on the directions and the drop-off was not in the same place. (Our fault). We did not know this though, so followed the directions and were completely lost. A few minute taxi ride took us back to the house though and the picture of the shop out the front helped to locate it.

The owners were great. They had given us a pin number to enter the house but came by the next morning to check all was OK and whether we needed anything.

We used this house as a base to explore the region with my son even taking day trips on the fast train to the closes snow fields 1.5 hrs away. They were not the largest but had plently to entertain an experience Black run skier. The metro connect to the main train line making it a short trip into Osaka city ( 35mins) but we had somewhere peaceful at the end of the day.

Good points - there were two mini - marts less than 5 mins walk - one with an ATM that accepted our cards ( not easy to find in Japan). There was a choice of metro lines within 1 mins walk and a choice of restaurants within 2 mins walk - including right out the front.

Not so Good points - There was not wi-fi but a computer was provided for our use so no issue with that. The stairs are very steep and very narrow so heavy large bags should stay downs stairs.

Despite these things I loved the stay and would definitely recommend this to anyone who does not have mobility issues.

Sorry I have taken so long to review but thought I had already.

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Liked best: The traditional feel and being part of the real Kyoto not just the tourist part.
Liked least: The stairs - just a little narrow and I was worried about marking the wall with my bag.
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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margaret3...
Taiwan
1 review
“Very comfortable and fabulous place to stay”
Reviewed 12 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Very comfortable and fabulous place to stay. The house very beautiful and warm ,kitchen amenities and the bedding super comfortable. it's a best choice for family trip,even with friends. we all love the house and have a wonderful time here, If we back to kyoto again here will be our first choice.

By the way, we were got lots of helped from k's house employee, they not just can speak very fluently English and also provide the good service to customer. The Whole experience make our trip very please.

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Liked best: mattress / Heated floor / Luxury toilet
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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StanfordC...
1 review
“Convenient access to various attraction sites, very helpful services from staff”
Reviewed 11 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Location is very good, just 15-20 mins walk from JR Kyoto station, and 2-3 mins walk to Shichijo (Keihan Line). Very convenient because Gion-Shijo, Kiyomizu-Gojo & Fushimiinari are all on Keihan Line. Furthermore, from Gion-Shijo it's again a 2-3 mins walk to Kawaramachi (Hankyu Kyoto Line) which could access Osaka / Umeda or even Kobe. In all, despite a bit far from JR Kyoto station, vicinity to Keihan Line is very convenient for us.

Very timely e-mail responses with good English which are very helpful to us who do not understand Japanese. The staff were very kind to help us check availability of various local restaurants upon our request and arrange reservation for us. We enjoyed no in-room clean-up / other services because we stayed for 3 nights only, but still I found their services to tenants very helpful.

All the in-door area are properly air-conditioned so I felt very warm even during early spring (around 10 degrees Celsius). However the rooms are a bit dry even with the humidifiers turned on. And the lighting is not bright enough. Otherwise, there are various tools one can use to cook their own meals so on average the in-door environment is again very good.

I would recommend this to those who enjoyed privacy and traditional Japanese house with modern facilities.

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