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Housekeeping8
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8.0
Very good
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Excellent location - 980 meters from city center
  • Sanjusangendo Hall640 m
  • Kiyomizu Temple700 m
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine2.8 km
  • Eikando Zenrinji Temple3 km
  • Nijo Castle3.57 km
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace3.77 km
  • Ginkaku-ji Temple4.35 km
  • Ryoanji Temple7.15 km
  • Arashiyama Mountain9.47 km
  • 1-star Guesthouse/bed and breakfast
    Newly renovated
    Free Wi-Fi

    Guesthouse Soi

    509-2 Shimouma-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0873 - See map
    "I booked a japanese Loft triple with toilet & bathroom, it is new, clean & tidy, It is very good that the host couple can communicate with Cantoneses,..."
    SZE H. - July 26, 2016
    Exceptional service
    9.4 rating for service
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 93% of guests
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.1 rating for cleanliness
    Excellent comfort
    8.8 room quality and comfort
    • 950 meters to public transportation

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Smoking area

    • Shared kitchen

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    Value for money9.0
    Distance to city center2 km
    Location rating8.0
    Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
    Distance to airport37.9 km

    Rooms available at Guesthouse Soi

    8.8
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Japanese Style Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Japanese Style Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 futon
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    Quadruple Room with Bathroom
    Quadruple Room with Bathroom
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Street view
    • 2 bunk beds
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    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Bathroom - Mixed
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Bathroom - Mixed
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 bunk beds
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    Japanese Style with Bath
    Japanese Style with Bath
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    • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 futon
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    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Non-smoking
    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 futon
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    Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 bunk beds
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    Loft Single
    Loft Single
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    • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed and 1 futon
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    Loft Triple
    Loft Triple
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 bunk beds
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    Western Style Room
    Western Style Room
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed and 1 sofa bed
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at Guesthouse Soi?

    Check-in is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The property offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

    How do I get to Guesthouse Soi?

    For those who wish to drive their own cars, Guesthouse Soi has a car park that's close to the property.

    What is the smoking policy at Guesthouse Soi?

    Guesthouse Soi does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas. The property offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

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    What people love about Guesthouse Soi

    • 9.2
      Exceptional

      "The time I spent here was really warm and lovely, and I will definitely recommend here to others"

      JO-AN

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      March 24, 2017

    • 9.2
      Exceptional

      "I would highly recommend staying at this guesthouse for easy access to kyoto city."

      Eleanor

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      May 31, 2018

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Location

      "5 mins walking to the bus station, quiet residential area in the evening."

      SHIXUE

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      September 14, 2017

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    Overall rating:
    8.8
    Excellent
    275 reviews
    Cleanliness
    9.1
    Facilities
    8.7
    Location
    8.0
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    What travelers say they love:
    This guesthouse is in a very well located area to access man...
    Eleanor from United Kingdom
    Couple
    More about Guesthouse Soi

    More about Guesthouse Soi

    Located in a peaceful and quite area near Kiyomizu Temple, Guesthouse Soi is easy to access from Kyoto station to Gion. This is a family-run guest house by a Singapore-Japanese couple who devotes their time to ensure a pleasant stay for their guests.

    The house is a mixture of traditional and efficient equipment. All rooms are equipped with all the amenities one needs. The garden is a great treat as well. Families and groups are welcome as guests have choices of dorm beds and private rooms. With the impeccable service, Guesthouse Soi is the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Kyoto.

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    Most talked about facilities

    Breakfast
    6 mentions
    Housekeeping
    4 mentions

    What they offer

    9.6
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "The Japanese breakfast was really good, rooms were clean and..."

    Chau

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    October 27, 2017

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    Nearest essentials

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    Food and dining

    Breakfast options

    American
    Asian

    Nearby restaurants

    Japanese cuisine
    Japanese cuisine
    Kakouokamoto
    180 m Japanese
    Akebono
    290 m Japanese, Sushi
    Monchan
    320 m Japanese
    American cuisine
    American cuisine
    Kashiwaya Mitsusada
    930 m American
    Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Gion Hotel
    1.3 km American
    Kyo Cafe Komusa
    1.4 km American
    Asian cuisine
    Asian cuisine
    Okonomiyaki Kiraku Kiyomizugojozakaten
    170 m Asian, Japanese
    Chakra Restaurant
    400 m Asian, Indian
    Teuchi Soba Saka
    440 m Asian

    What's nearby

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    Reviews of Guesthouse Soi from real guests

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    8.8
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    Cleanliness9.1
    Facilities8.7
    Location8.0
    Room comfort and quality8.8
    Service9.4
    Value for money9.0
    High score for Kyoto
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    9+ Exceptional (109)
    8-9 Excellent (57)
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    <6 Below Expectation (7)
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    John from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 8 nights in November 2018

    Wonderful place.”

    Sim-san and family are so accommodating and welcoming every visitor warmly with their great hospitality skills and effort.Nevertheless they extend their warm hospitality to the guest as tho they are part of their extend family. They were always there to help and give tips on travelling in kyoto and give the best advices and places to visit in kyoto. Anyone wants a local perspective of Kyoto, this the place to be in and to immerse with them.

    Reviewed December 10, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    Nur from Malaysia
    Group
    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

    Excellent”

    The receptionist/staff very helpful. She give us advice where to go first at Kyoto and find a cab for us because we are getting late to Osaka. You also can buy One day kyoto pass (600yen) at the guesthouse. The toilet very clean. But the nearest bus stop around 300m so you need to walk a bit. But its ok if you dont hv heavy luggage to carry around with. So i think its worth with the money. 👍🏻

    Reviewed November 17, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Rinno from Indonesia
    Family with teens
    Japanese Style with Bath
    Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

    Recommended!!”

    We spent 3 nights and really felt like home. It was very comfort because the staff is very nice and helpful. Near the umamachi bus stop and lawson. The guesthouse is also have all services you need, like laundry, bus ticket pass, map, and bicycle. I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone.

    Reviewed October 25, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Mui from Hong Kong
    Group
    Loft Single
    Stayed 1 night in November 2017

    Exceptional”

    Very good and comfort room. Near Kiyomizu-dera Temple. A bit far from train station.

    Reviewed September 16, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Ann from United States
    Couple
    Japanese Style Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in May 2018

    Comfy Japanese tatami room!”

    Try the Japanese breakfast (500 yen of time of posting)! Wish this guesthouse provided free slippers, and would've liked if the shower stalls were more divided/sectioned off so that when you change into clothes your feet can dry off naturally.

    Reviewed June 05, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Eleanor from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Japanese Style Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

    lovely guesthouse”

    This guesthouse is in a very well located area to access many shrines and also for going out to dinner. The area is quiet which allows for a peaceful night sleep, but within a 15 minute walk you can access all of the restaurants in Gion. The room we stayed in was a typical Japanese style room where we were to make our own beds up. The shower and toilet areas were generally very clean and good. We did also make use of the breakfast on one day for 500 yen although it is quite basic and we preferred to eat out for breakfast instead. I would highly recommend staying at this guesthouse for easy access to kyoto city.

    Reviewed May 31, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Irene from Philippines
    Couple
    Japanese Style Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in November 2017

    Still our favorite in Japan!”

    It was our first time in Japan and our itinerary includes Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka. Still our favorite would be in Kyoto even if we stayed just for a night. We love our 'Ryokan'-inspired room. We literally have the small table, seat cushions, complete with a tea set. We have to push the table and cushions aside to make way for our futon beds. The futon is very comfortable as they provide double futons aside from the comforter. Bathroom, toilet and dining areas are shared Every thing is so clean! Bathroom is complete with soap, shampoo and conditioner. They also provide hair dryer and towels. In case you want to eat breakfast there, they can also prepare for only 500 Yen/ person. Wifi is also provided. The only downside would probably be the location. The closest bus stop is around 5-10 minutes walk away with downhill/uphill slope. We arrived to Kyoto from Tokyo via bus and we had to take a taxi cab to bring all our luggages. Overall, we still enjoyed our stay!

    Reviewed December 05, 2017
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Kevin from Malaysia
    Couple
    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in September 2017

    Homely, clean and cosy”

    The cleanliness of the room, overall cosiness of the guest house, location which was a 15mins bus ride to Gion shopping and dining area and central location to most of the must-see temples/ shrines was what stood out about this highly recommended accommodation. Masato-san and Maki were very warm and informative host on how to get around the city and even helped booked popular restaurants for us! Thank you for making us feel at home during our stay!

    Reviewed September 11, 2017
    9.2
    Exceptional
    ivy from China
    Couple
    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in July 2017

    Value for money good choice ”

    This place is near by most tourism place. Very easy going around by bus. And 24 hrs LAWSON near by Too. Best choice for couple with budget . Inside basic things wz aircon and fan. Luckily have both. Very hot summer time in Kyoto. Share bath room with toilet very clean with shower gel and shampoo. Also have Landry facility 100 yen. If I'm not wrong. . Breakfast is nice. 300 yen for coffee and toast or plus some ham bacons fruits 500yen. They are selling one day bus tickets(500 yen Same as supermarket price ) as well. Very useful . Near by Guest house only bus access. To let you know after get off bus Need go up a lop about 5-10 mins walking distance to guesthouse. It's. Not easy with big heavy luggage. Owner is kind speak well English Chinese and Japanese. They give good suggestions going around.

    Reviewed July 22, 2017
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Michelle from United States
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

    Loved the place. ”

    It was so clean, so nice, and the staff wonderful--the only complaint was that I was in a room facing the street and had a really hard time sleeping, which was a shame because the bed and the little cubicle were so nice!

    Reviewed June 15, 2017
    9.2
    Exceptional
    JO-AN from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 3 nights in March 2017

    Comfortable and lovely”

    It's a guesthouse running by a Singaporean-Japanese family.I was really surprised that every staff can speak three languages(English,Japanese and Chinese) here, which will be very convenient to the guests all over the world.What's more, they are very friendly and sweet.They even will remind you the weather tomorrow and give suggestions to the schedule you made voluntarily.The time I spent here was really warm and lovely, and I will definitely recommend here to others.Thank you so much Guesthouse Soi!:)

    Reviewed March 24, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Kamonmard from Thailand
    Group
    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

    Impressive stay”

    I stayed here for 2 night. It's very nice to be here. The room is Japanese style, I really joyful for this tradition. This place can walk to bus station easily and nearby mini mart (Lawsan) Staff very lovely, they can speak my language as well (Thai). Breakfast is delicious. I am very impressive to be here.

    Reviewed January 18, 2017
    8.4
    Excellent
    Jagjeet from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Loft Single
    Stayed 1 night in August 2016

    Lovely little place”

    Staff were friendly and helpful, whenever I popped back in. I came in late the and hardly spent much time enjoying the guest house there's so much to see in Kyoto. They had a white board of events which I would not have known about had they not written up. Also helped with dinner recommendations, how to get around and general conversation. I stayed in two different rooms and I was pleased with cleanliness and condition of rooms. The breakfast was good too and kept me fuelled as I went touring around the city. It's a little bit out of the way but I enjoyed the walk as coming back from Gion I could stop by Yasaka Shrine each night and just enjoy the lights without masses of people, there's a fair few temples nearby within walking distance so it's handy for that. I enjoyed my stay and would go back again.

    Reviewed August 24, 2016
    8.8
    Excellent
    SZE from China
    Family with teens
    Loft Triple
    Stayed 1 night in July 2016

    Clean & tidy room, with very nice staffs”

    I booked a japanese Loft triple with toilet & bathroom, it is new, clean & tidy, It is very good that the host couple can communicate with Cantoneses, Putonghua & English. They are very nice. Only a bit far from JR to the hotel, must take bus or taxi.

    Reviewed July 26, 2016
    8.4
    Excellent
    Mariana from Singapore
    Couple
    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 4 nights in April 2016

    Great owner”

    The location is good. Accessible by bus to Kyoto station, Gion district. Walking distance to Kiyomizudera temple. SG + Japanese couple owner. They are very helpful, friendly and nice. Toilet and bath room are clean! Great Japanese style breakfast. Highly recommended for stay in Kyoto!!

    Reviewed April 19, 2016
    8.7
    Excellent
    TA from Malaysia
    Family with teens
    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

    Recommended for ppl who like japanese syle room”

    location, value for money, friendly staff

    The guesthouse is runs by a Singaporean owner and his Japanese wife, hence all their staff are able to speak well in English and Mandarin. The guesthouse's location is very good, only 1 to 2 bus stop away from Kiyomizudera Temple and many others attraction as well. The guesthouse was build up with old building part and a newly renovated part, rooms in old building part got some smells, but it's not really a big deal if you like the traditional japanese style room. They also offer the bicycle rent at a very reasonable price, a great place which you can meet and make friend with other countries ppl.

    Reviewed October 24, 2015
    8.3
    Excellent
    Soh from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2015

    Cosy inn with basic amenities”

    1. Owner's wife, Maki-San was very friendly and helpful 2. Cosy and clean room 3. Public bathing and toilet area was kept clean

    Overall it was a good stay except the last night when there were 2 groups of youngsters who were chatting along the corridors late into the night. The noise insulation of the rooms are not that fantastic, thus it was really frustrating and I had to tell them off twice. Other than that, everything was wonderful. Location was fairly okay, we took cab everywhere since it was rather affordable as compared to Tokyo.

    Reviewed January 31, 2015
    5.7
    Chumpon from Thailand
    Couple
    Japanese Style Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in November 2014

    comfortable, acceptable location, not good food”

    room style, clean and convenient bathroom, friendly staffs

    10~15 minutes walk from the bus stop. Nice and clean shared bathroom. Friendly staffs. Need to pay more for breakfast which is not worth. Expensive but the standard price of the hotel in the area is already expensive.

    Reviewed January 26, 2015
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Sheera from Malaysia
    Couple
    Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in November 2014

    Better than staying in a hotel”

    Friendly staff, clean and quiet environment, authentic experience

    The staff were very friendly and helpful. The most important thing is they could speak many languages fluently and there was no problem in communication at all. Frankly speaking, we thought it was better than staying in a hotel. The room was very clean and well designed to cater the needs of foreign visitors while providing an authentic experience at the same time.

    Reviewed December 26, 2014
    8.7
    Excellent
    Angeline from Malaysia
    Group
    Loft Triple
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2014

    Sims Cosy lives up to its name”

    very cosy. clean rooms and toilets. very friendly owner.

    Sims Cosy Guesthouse lives up to its name as it is really very cosy. Interior design and furniture arrangement are well planned, you dont feel squeezy/cramped despite the small floor area. Rooms and toilets are clean (toilets are a little small though). Owner (Singaporean who married a Japanese wife) speaks english and that helps a lot with our stay, directions and iternary planning. Owner and family members are all very friendly and helpful. Did not manage to try the meals but pricing seems reasonable and affordable. Rented bikes from Sims Cosy and it cost half of what it would have cost if rented from Kyoto Station.

    Reviewed December 09, 2014
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