We stayed here one week and hated to leave. Everything was perfect. We really loved the tiny deck, the tub looking out into the courtyard, the feeling of so much privacy. We would definitely book this again.
My husband, a friend and I stayed at the Upper Gion House during cherry blossom season for 2 weeks. The location was amazing! It was located on a quiet small street in the Gion District. Fresco and Lawson's convenient stores is about a 4-5 minute walk. The condo (machiya) was very clean and spacious with a large living room, fully equipped kitchen, Western and Japanese-style bedrooms and a lovely bathroom with a large shower head, bathtub and heated tile floors! Even the wood hallway floors were heated! A nice feature since the weather was on the cool side. Junko and Saki were wonderful if we needed any additional information. There was also a detailed guest book full of information and recommended restaurants. We enjoyed Zero Cafe which was right next door. We would definitely stay here again the next time we visit Kyoto! We have already recommended this place to our friends!
Stayed here for 6 nights - booked directly thru owner Curtis (via e~mail) who was so easy to communicate with. Location is really good - 2 mn walk to Hanamikoji Dori- one of the most beautiful streets in Kyoto (especially at dusk) - kitchen in apartment is easy to use - if you want to make breakfast yourself or have some dinner (if you're too tired after a day of sightseeing).
Shower and huge bath are great, heated floors are so nice when you wake up <in Winter> can split up 2 bedrooms with sliding screen.
Can walk to subway in 5 mns to go South (Fushimi) or North (Kibune/Kurama) or across river (about 7mns walk) is Hankyu station - can go anywhere in Kyoto + express train to Osaka(Umeda) leaves from there. Two 24hr Supermarkets are only 5 mns walk away.
Local staff - Junko-san & Saki-san are close by & willing to help with anything & can help with some goos local advice too.
We had the best time staying @ The Gion House.
Only trouble we had was people staying upstairs had TV on really loud one night - don't think they realised the sound carried downstairs- asked them to turn it down ~ No Problem
We loved our stay at the Gion House, upper level. It was in a perfect location and we were able to walk and taxi to amazing places everyday. There were loads of local restaurants to choose from too with the help of Junko, all reservations were made effortlessly. Curtis, Junko and Saki were are lovely to deal with. We had no issues with anything! We would highly recommend this as a place to stay in Kyoto.
We travelled as a family of 4 to Kyoto in October. We loved our stay at the Gion House, upper level. It was in a perfect location and we were able to walk to beautiful temples and other amazing places everyday. There were loads of local restaurants to choose from too. Curtis, Junko and Saki were super helpful and prompt in their communication with us before our arrival and instructions were clear and helpful. We had no issues with anything! Everything was fantastic and we would highly recommend this as a place to stay in Kyoto.