Aoi Hotel Kyoto

Aoi Hotel Kyoto

What kind of Machiya House is Aoi Hotel Kyoto?

Located on the banks of the Kamo River, the machiya house is like a vacation home in Kyoto. It is the perfect place for couples and solo travelers who want to spend a luxurious time as they can fully enjoy the feeling of an extraordinary trip.

The entrance has a long, narrow passageway, and stone lanterns and green bamboos create a Kyoto-like atmosphere. For first-time visitors, the entrance is so small that you might walk right past it, but it is like a hiding place.

There is a terrace on the rooftop where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Higashiyama and the Kamo River. The terrace is furnished with tables and chairs, so you can enjoy a nice breeze while reading a book or sipping a drink and watching the colors of the sky change with time, and the peaceful mountains of Kyoto.

All of the rooms have art and high-quality furniture that will make you feel the traditional beauty of Kyoto, so you’ll want to use them as a workation as well. Staying here, you will feel as if you are living in Kyoto.

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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, the location is great to access to public transportation.  It takes around 5min on foot from Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station or Gion Shijo Station. The machiya house is located along the river, so even if it’s your first time here, you won’t get lost.

Alternatively, if you take a taxi from Kyoto Station, it takes 10min and costs around JPY1,000. Most of the TAXI drivers wouldn’t know the property, so show the address and TEL No. in the below Japanese as they can enter the phone number into the car navigation system to confirm the destination.

葵ホテル京都
〒600-8013 京都府京都市下京区天王町146
電話番号 075 354 7770

There are many attractive spots within walking distance, such as the Gion, Yasaka Shrine, and Kiyomizu Temple, etc. The area around the machiya houses has a downtown atmosphere, but a short walk will take you to the Gion, Hanamikoji Street, and Kiyomizu Temple areas, where you will be charmed by the Kyoto-like atmosphere.

Rooms I would recommend?

Each room in this townhouse is designed with a different flavor, and all are unique, so you can choose the one that best suits your style and purpose of stay.

I would recommend the following rooms for their facilities, convenience and user-friendly.

Room 101 has a 6-mat Japanese-style room, living room, terrace, kitchen, and bath. The living room is decorated with a folding screen from the Edo period (1603-1868) and furnished with simple yet useful Cassina furniture. There is also a spacious terrace overlooking the Kamo River, where you can enjoy the seasonal beauty of nature and the murmuring of the river. Buy a bottle of Kyoto’s local sake or wine, and enjoy the view while toasting.

Room 201 is a room where you can experience the elegant atmosphere of Kyoto, with folding screens and antiques scattered throughout. The living room is furnished with a large dining table and Cassina furniture, and the terrace offers a panoramic view of the Kamo River.

Then five new premium rooms have been added in 2018. These rooms have a modern space with a subtle Japanese interior design. With two king-sized beds and a sofa, these rooms are a comfortable space that makes you want to spend all your time in the room. The large windows offer a panoramic view of the outside.

On the other hand, we do not recommend room 301, which is a Sukiya-style room; the beauty of the 500-year-old Sukiya architecture is simple yet sophisticated and high quality, but the design is impractical and difficult to use. I felt that this room was not suitable for a long stay. This is the only room where children under 10 years old are not allowed to stay.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, pajamas, English tea bags, and a green tea set, etc. The bath amenity was the domestically produced “Tamano Skin”. It has a fruity and refreshing scent of figs and citrus and is very comfortable to use. Not only shampoo and conditioner, but also cotton swabs, shower caps, and other small amenities are all available, so you can minimize the amount of luggage you need to bring beforehand.

Also, the rooms are equipped with tea utensils and teapots that are typical of Kyoto. Sencha and hojicha teas from Marukyu Koyamaen are available. It’s great to be able to enjoy the taste of a long-established company easily. A refrigerator, a kettle, a microwave oven, and a washing machine are also available.

Bathrooms vary a bit from room to room, but some rooms are equipped with a Japanese cypress bathtub. You can enjoy bath time surrounded by the warmth and fragrance of wood. Even if you don’t usually soak in the tub, you will find it so comfortable that you will want to take a long bath.

There are some convenience stores nearby.  Room service is not available.  The free Wi-Fi reception was good.

How about In-house Facilities?

This is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak legs, you may want to find other properties.  There are few steps in the room, though.

There is no communal bath, no lounge, and no cafe, etc.
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How about meals?

Basically, the machiya house does not provide any cooking services. You can order a catered meal, though.

Also, there are many restaurants near the property where you can enjoy Kyoto-style cuisine. If you are visiting Kyoto for the first time, please ask the staff.

My impressions

The most important I would like to highlight is the staff is very warm, helpful, and polite.  If you want to experience family hospitality, you may want to stay here.

Aoi HOTEL KYOTO, where you can experience the traditions of Kyoto firsthand, is sure to make your trip more enjoyable with its Kyoto-like atmosphere.

The best season to stay here would be in spring.  The weather is just nice, not so hot, and not so cold.   You can fully enjoy beautiful Kamogawa River views during the season.  When we stayed here, we got rental bicycles to go sightseeing.  It was quite pleasant to run feeling the wind blowing. 

There would be many tourists anywhere in downtown Kyoto during spring and fall.  Also, traffic would be very heavy, especially on weekends and Japan’s public holidays.  That’s why bicycles would be very useful.  *Please note that there is no bicycle parking at this machiya house. You may want to rent one each time you use it.

Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Aoi Hotel Kyoto

Style Modern Machiya-style hotel
Check-in and out times
14:00/11:00
Estimated Price 54,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail aoi@kyoto-stay.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the hotel
Booking Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is not available
Location Aoi Hotel Kyoto’s MAP
Access  10min by TAXI from JR Kyoto Station
Address and TEL 146 Tennōchō, Shimogyō-Ku, Kyōto-shi,
Kyōto-fu JAPAN 600-8013
Tel +81 75-354-7770
Open Time 10:00-18:00 JST
Official Homepage Aoi Hotel Kyoto’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.

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