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Guesthouse Soi

"It was very comfort because the staff is very nice and helpful."

Rinno - October 25, 2018
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Guesthouse Soi

509-2 Shimouma-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0873 - See map
Newly renovated
Free Wi-Fi
Property highlights
Hygiene Plus
This property has self-selected and self-certified the hygiene measures
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Close to Sanjusangendo Temple
Within 640 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Sanjusangendo Temple 640 m
Kiyomizu-dera Temple 760 m
Gion 1.4 km
Kyoto Station Building 1.8 km
Nishiki Market Shopping District 2.0 km
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine 2.8 km
Nijō Castle 3.5 km
Ginkakuji Temple 4.3 km
Kinkakuji Temple 6.9 km
Arashiyama Monkey Park 9.8 km
Nearby landmarks
Otani Hombyo 200 m
Ruins Myohoin Gate 240 m
Imahie Shrine 280 m
Engawa 290 m
Gym Vinaccia 330 m
Hanabirahitotsu, Higashioji-dori 340 m
Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Hall 350 m
Kyoto Cermaic Center 380 m
Ippuya 390 m
Gojo-Zaka Crossing 410 m

8.0

Excellent

Location rating score

980 meters from city center
Hygiene Plus
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Safety Features
Temperature check for guests and staff
Body thermometer
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit
  • 950 meters to public transportation

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Garden

  • Smoking area

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Value for money9.0
Distance to city center2 km
Location rating8.0
Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
Distance to airport38.5 km

Rooms available at Guesthouse Soi

Excellent
Room comfort & quality
8.8
Japanese-Style Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 sofa bed and 2 futons
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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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Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room with Bathroom
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1 bunk bed
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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
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 bunk beds
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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
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 bunk beds
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Japanese Style with Bath
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 futon
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Loft Single
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed and 1 futon
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Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

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

Check-in is from 03:00 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 hotel 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 hotel.

Is breakfast offered at Guesthouse Soi?

Wake up to a great buffet breakfast at Guesthouse Soi. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 600 JPY if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

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.

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What people love about Guesthouse Soi

  • 8.4

    Excellent

    "The receptionist/staff very helpful."

    Nur

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    November 17, 2018

  • 8.0

    Very good

    "Overall, I was very satisfied :•D"

    Cecilia

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    October 15, 2019

  • 8.0

    Very good
    Staff 

    "The staff was very helpful!"

    Cecilia

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    October 15, 2019

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Overall rating:

8.9

Excellent
539 reviews
Cleanliness
9.1
Facilities
8.7
Location
8.0
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What travelers say they love:
Comfortable and just nice for backpacker.
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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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Breakfast

6 mentions

Housekeeping

4 mentions

What they offer

8.0

Very good
Breakfast

"Towels and breakfast were provided too."

Cecilia

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October 15, 2019

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Cleanliness9.1
Facilities8.7
Location8.0
Room comfort and quality8.8
Service9.4
Value for money9.0
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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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7.3
Very good
kung from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in December 2014

Cozy”

Location, cozy and wifi

I am a bad map reader. I missed at there. So, for the people just like me. Once you get off from the bus from Kyoto Station, please turn right (when you are facing the wall/shops/house) and walk to the traffic light at the T junction. Please turn right and walk straight once u turn right to the road at the T junction(the road opposite the convenient shop-Lawson). Walk uphill a bit for about 10 mins, the guesthouse is on your right side. The hostel is cozy as long as you don't mind the giant footsteps sound, chatting sound from other room or room banging sound. I don't mind because I can sleep easily and won't annoy by the voice once I sleep. The location is not bad. You can take the bus to Kyoto Station easily. And you can walk to Kiyomizu-Dera 清水寺.

Reviewed December 18, 2014

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8.3
Excellent
Kathleen from Germany
Couple
Stayed 6 nights in September 2014

This is really a warm and cozy guesthouse”

friendliness, very helpful, room

We arrived a little late, without further notice, but it was no problem at all. The room was a japanese style room, with tatami and futon. It was the budget room, but it was still very nice. When there was cleaning, we could have a peek into the other rooms and they were nice as well. They have a policy, that they only clean after the 4th day and they exchange then the towels. You can exchange them earlier for a small fee of 100yen. From a ecological viewpoint, i really recommend this, because at home you also don´t exchange your towels every day, at least I don´t. We took the breakfast every day, because it was nice to take it at the common room, if you want to say so. The breakfast is western style and buffet style. It basically consists of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, salad, toast, 3 types of jam, butter, coffee, milk, orange juice, cereals. The bacon, eggs and sausages are made fresh. They only prepare a little bit in advance, and if it's gone, they make it again. Quite nice. When you say, you want breakfast, you can choose at what time you want it, but i guess it's just for planning ahead. Sometimes they have special occassions, like a family dinner, where you can dine with the family. This is because the guesthouse is run by two families of which one has kids. So, if you want some japanese, chinese, malayan hospitality and a cozy atmosphere, I really recommend this guesthouse.

Reviewed September 09, 2014

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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

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9.6
Exceptional
MOONCHANG from South Korea
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in September 2016

So nice guest house!!”

good place for traveling in Kyoto and very kind staffs! I really recommend at the guest house if you want to trip in Kyoto.

Reviewed September 21, 2016

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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

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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

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9.0
Exceptional
Junsen from Malaysia
Family with young children
Japanese Style Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in June 2015

Nicely managed guesthouse”

Friendly owner & staff

The owner & staff were very friendly & helpful. The guesthouse is basic but comfortable, and in many ways charming. Old wing may be noisy with thin walls.

Reviewed June 11, 2015

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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

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5.3
Kathe from Malaysia
Couple
Japanese Style Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in October 2014

clean , location”

clean

About 10 minute. Bus No :206 ride from Kyoto rail stn. to Umamachi junction, short 200 m. walk up East, corner property was easy to find and get to. Conveniently close to both Kyoto station and culturally-rich east Kyoto. JPY500 breakfast option of eggs/ toast/ bacon/ salad/ sausage was generous self-serve when i stay there for 2 days , same breakfast as 2 days.in the room they have green tea bag. but i get for only first day, the next day no more. because is it cold when in the night for enjoy in the room of green tea. but is it only for first day. the rest is fine.

Reviewed November 04, 2014

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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

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7.6
Very good
ATCHA from Thailand
Group
Loft Triple
Stayed 1 night in June 2016

Perfect price”

Near from train station and shop; Lawson, restaurant. Guesthouse look like old Japanese style. make feel good.

Reviewed October 24, 2016

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