Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma
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We stayed here for 3 nights, and were quite happy. Originally we were concerned about communication but the staff spoke quite enough English to check us in/out and even for me to ask about getting a Toyoko Inn membership card (DEFINITELY do this if you are staying a few nights or coming back soon, the membership costs a small amount but then you get a discount!).
Breakfast: Not as fancy as at our ryokan (we didn't expect that, though) but very fresh, didn't seem like things were sitting around, they were constantly bringing out new stuff. We had rice balls, soup, veggies/salad, bread, little pastries. I loved it!
Rooms: small by US standards but I'm told that is common in Japan. Plenty of room for us, our baggage (which fits under the bed!). We had a little desk and a teapot. Everything was spotless. The bed was OK, not terrible but not the most comfortable I've had either.
Service: Lovely! Everyone was friendly, both the desk staff and the 'breakfast ladies.' I would stay at this location, or this chain, again!
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We are boarding in 15 minutes so will catch up with you all when we are in Aussie land!!!
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