If you’re planning a trip to Japan, you’ll absolutely want to take some time to visit Kyoto. The city is filled with wonderful things to see, amazing foods to try, and plenty of interesting places to visit. If you’re looking for an affordable, traveler friendly place to stay while you’re there, allow me to recommend Piece Hostel. Don’t let the hostel label turn you away. Piece hostel offers comfort, convenience, and commodities for a very reasonable fee.
Piece Hostel Kyoto
Address: 601-8004 Kyoto, Kyoto, Minami-ku Higashikujo Higashisannocho 21-1 (see map)
Access: 10mins walk from JR Kyoto Station
Contact: +81 75-693-7077
Convenience is paramount
One of the best reasons to recommend Piece Hostel is because of its convenience. As a hostel, they are used to catering to foreign travelers. This means several things for potential guests. Firstly, it means they’re more flexible with check in/check out times than most hotels. They’ll be happy to watch your luggage if you arrive early, or leave late. They also have a number of staff who speak English and are more than happy to help answer questions and provide suggestions. Piece Hostel is also located just a short walk from Kyoto Station. With just a quick stroll, you can catch a train to just about anywhere you might like to go. Not only that, but the station itself is an amazing place to visit, and hosts a number of quality restaurants. Reservations can, and should, be made ahead of time online to make the check-in process as simple as possible. The hostel itself is located off a quiet side-street near the station, which is a plus for light sleepers. There’s also a Lawson’s convenience store very close in case you need to pick something up.
Value and quality
Traveling in Japan can be expensive, and saving money on the places you stay can make a big difference. That said, you want to make sure you’re not compromising comfort and quality. Thankfully, you can get both at Piece Hostel. Accommodations start at around 2,400 JPY a night (around 20.39 USD) for the large mixed dormitory rooms. Piece Hostel offers a variety of different room styles including 18 bed dormitories, single rooms, double rooms, and even a family room that includes two bunk beds and a sofa bed. Thankfully, the room rates stay pretty low even for the private rooms. A private double bed room, for example, starts at about 6,800 JPY a night (57.77 USD). While it’s a bit more than a dormitory room, the price per person doesn’t increase much. Additionally, Piece Hostel provides quality lodging despite the low price. The beds are well kept and very comfortable, and there are plentiful bathroom facilities. The private rooms are somewhat small, but comfortable and modern. All the beds feature comfortable memory foam mattresses. The dormitory rooms include combination security lockers, electrical outlets, and privacy curtains. The hostel will provide a pair of slippers to wear around as well, though you might find they run a little small. The bathroom facilities are well kept, cleaned daily, and stocked with soap and shampoo. The showers are on the first floor of the hostel and deserve a special mention for being clean and having enough water pressure to feel almost like a massage. The communal space also includes a large kitchen and an open terrace.
Going above and beyond
Piece Hostel is comfortable, inexpensive, and convenient. That said, there are a few other things that help set it apart from other accommodations. Piece Hostel provides a free breakfast for all guests every morning. Breakfast is a light fare of breads, miso soup, and potato salad. Coffee and tea are available as well. Piece Hostel provides 3 coin laundry machines for guest use just outside the communal area. Bike rental is also available through the hostel, and can be a great way to explore Kyoto. Piece Hostel also has a huge map of Kyoto in the lobby marked with good spots to visit and favorite restaurants. They also stock a variety of brochures, maps, and other information about the surrounding area. The communal area has a small library of books for guests to browse as well. Piece Hostel provides free Wi-Fi for guests that is quite fast. Piece Hostel also regularly hosts events in their communal area including beer tastings, cooking classes, and special meals. They have beer available on tap, juices, soda, and other alcohol available for purchase.
Everything you'll need and then some
Piece Hostel has created a modern, comfortable place to stay that won’t upset your travel budget. As you’d expect from a hostel, the rooms are somewhat small and sparse; most importantly though, they are comfortable and clean. Piece Hostel provides a number of services and conveniences that pull it ahead of the pack. It’s an ideal place to stay if you plan to spend most of your day out sightseeing, but want to make sure you have a comfortable place to sleep when you return. The common room of Piece Hostel was busy during most of our stay, and it was a great place to meet other travelers and swap recommendations. Piece Hostel provides all the essentials for a quality stay. Thankfully, it also goes above and beyond this with a variety of helpful extras.