Where to stay in Kyoto 4 cheap and typical Japanese hotels

stay in Kyoto 4 cheap and typical Japanese hotels

Japan has a reputation as an expensive country, but nevertheless it is still possible to travel there without breaking the bank. To reduce the budget spent on accommodation, I propose a list of four cheap hotels in Kyoto (from 15 to 30 euros per night for low season rates). They are all equally typical, Japanese style, because it is a shame to travel to Japan by sleeping in impersonal hotels that could be found anywhere else in the world. I spent ten days in Kyoto and I will give you all my tips in a future article. Warning: if you go to Kyoto during cherry blossom, the hotels are full well in advance and the prices are much higher.

A capsule and spa hotel

The Centurion Capsule & Spa is one of my favorite hotels in Kyoto. A mix between a capsule design hotel and a spa with a jacuzzi and sauna area, modeled on Japanese onsen, the thermal baths. Very new (opened in 2016), this is a very clean property with English speaking staff at the front desk. There are several ranges of comfort for capsules and it is also possible to book family rooms for 4 or 6 people. There are mixed floors, and others reserved for men or women. Rates start from 2,500 yen per night and per person (about 21 euros)

Common room on the ground floor, wifi throughout the hotel and coin launderette. One can put his valuables in coded lockers and leave his suitcase in front of his capsule. Located in the basement with the spa area, the showers are separate men / women: you have to undress in the locker room and go naked, like the jaccuzi and sauna. This is the same principle as in the Japanese onsen, the thermal baths.


  • Very good situation on Shijo-dori, between Karasuma and Kawaramachi railway stations, and very close to Nishiki market, a district with lots of restaurants and bars to go out at night.
  • The spa area open until 1am. A real pleasure to swim in the evening in the jacuzzi with massage jets. As in the onsen, the water is enriched with radium, which gives it therapeutic virtues.
  • A yukata , a kind of light kimono, is provided free of charge for the duration of the stay. You can put it down to take a shower at the spa. Typical Japanese experience guaranteed!
  • Full of beauty products are provided, including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, skincare oil, toothbrush, hair dryer, and even straightener …
  • Luggage storage free. I was able to leave my suitcase there for two days to go to Osaka.

The least:

  • The capsules are not very well soundproofed . They are closed with a thin sliding wall and you hear the sounds of passage and the neighbors snoring.
  • There is little room to store his belongings . You must leave your suitcase or backpack in the hallway.
  • The capsules are a bit ventilation . Better not to be claustrophobic, but that’s the lot of all capsule hotels.

⇒  Book a stay at the Centurion Cabin & Spa Kyoto

The Kyoto Ryokan Capsule is an interesting mix between two types of typical Japanese accommodations: the capsule hotel and the ryokan, the traditional Japanese inns. You can sleep in a capsule with a tatami floor. It is a rather upscale capsule hotel, with very comfortable capsules and a good mattress. There are bathrooms and individual showers. You can also book private rooms with futon for those who want more privacy. Rates start from 3,500 yen (approx. 30 euros) per person per night. The hotel is located next to JR Kyoto Station. It’s a plus if you arrive and leave by train, and it’s convenient to take public transport to visit Kyoto and the surrounding area, but it’s a bit sad as well

5 tips for choosing a good hotel in New York

5 tips for choosing a good hotel in New York

For the best stay in New York, the choice of hotel is far from trivial. Here are my tips for making the right choice!A room at the Cambria Hotel, a beautiful address in the heart of Midtown.

If I propose you this article it is not without reason: at the beginning of November 2017, a young couple going on holiday in New York launched a call for help on our Facebook group Destination New York … Sophie and her friend had reserved to Blue Moon Hotel, an establishment that turned out to be absolutely despicable: “It’s a disaster! Sophie says, “It’s a dormitory with cockroaches !!!! Fortunately, thanks to the mobilization of the group, they were able to find a much more suitable hotel and enjoy New York. To avoid such a mishap, here are my 5 tips!

1 / Follow the recommended hotels

  • To choose a good hotel with your eyes closed, you can first follow the list of  recommended hotels in New York . This list includes hotels that enjoy excellent feedback from the blog team and members of the forum. The list goes from 2 * to 5 * to cover all budgets.
  • This list is obviously updated regularly, as and when feedback from each.

2 / Consult the reviews!

  • Before you book a hotel, check the web to see what people are saying! In particular, you can find the opinions of New York Forum members in the hotel tests section .
  • And if you do not find an opinion on a hotel that interests you, do not hesitate to send a call on the forum, in the Questions section before leaving for New York .

3 / Beware of prices too low

  • In terms of hospitality, the rule is simple in New York: the higher the prices, the higher the quality is at-go, and vice versa. A hotel at 50 € per night will never offer you the same services as a hotel at 150 € per night. If the price is unduly too low, it is because there is an eel under rock!
  • It is therefore necessary to compare prices to have a general market trend when you book. This will allow you to locate the hotels in relation to each other.

4 / Privilege a good location

  • For a good stay in New York, I advise you to choose the location of your hotel with care. If this is your first time in New York, I highly recommend choosing a hotel in Manhattan, the heart of New York.
  • The advantage of having a hotel in Manhattan is two-fold: you will live in the heart of the action, with New York at the bottom of the building, and, given the dense subway system in Manhattan, you’ll be necessarily close to a metro station. The ideal to discover New York!

5 / Contact the hotel in case of question

  • If you have any doubt about the hotel you intend to choose, do not hesitate to contact reception, by e-mail or by phone. This will allow you to remove any doubt, for example on the bathroom, the view, the location. Prevention is better than cure ! If the hotel is unable to respond to your requests, beware.
  • By contacting the hotel in advance, you can also request a room that will best meet your expectations, be it high floor or with views or quiet.

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