146 Tenno-Cho Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto, 600-8013
6 Rooms

New designer boutique hotel strikes the right balance

The Aoi Hotel Kyoto mixes modern minimalism and Scandinavian vintage furniture with traditional Japanese interior design to good effect. This is a new luxury boutique hotel (opened in 2015) that feels more like you're in your own self-service apartment, thanks to the large size of the rooms at either 35sqm or 70sqm.

There are only six rooms at Aoi and all of them come packed of the usual luxury hotel amenities including free Wi-Fi and Bose sound systems. Bathrooms feature a with a deep cedar Japanese tub and shower, slippers and free toiletries.

The larger rooms have a private balcony with views overlooking Kyoto's Kamo River. In-room dining is easy with a kitchen/dining area that comes equipped with a refrigerator and microwave.

Aoi Hotel is located on a quiet street, but still in the heart of Kyoto. Kawaramachi Station is a 5 minute walk away with Yasaka Shrine a little further. Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Heian Shrine and JR Kyoto Station can all be reached within a 15-minute drive. Guests can rent a bike at a location 100m from the hotel, or jump in a taxi directly outside the hotel.

Aoi does not serve meals and doesn't have a restaurant or any communal reception areas. However, this hotel is all about location and being very close to the shopping and entertainment district of Gion more than makes up for this.

There are many cafes and restaurants within easy walking distance - try the Kaiseki dinner at the Matsunoya restaurant next to the hotel. The concierge service can help with all restaurant bookings and tours in the area.

Review updated March 10, 2017

What's around

  • Kyoto Tourist Information Center - 0.3 km / 0.2 mi
  • Kenninji Temple - 0.4 km / 0.2 mi
  • Gion Corner - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
  • Yasaka Shrine - 0.8 km / 0.5 mi
  • Honnoji Temple - 1 km / 0.6 mi
  • Kodaiji Temple - 1 km / 0.6 mi
Based on 56 Reviews
San Francisco, California
Trip type:
Solo travel
Excellent place but poor concierge
Sep 11, 2017
The stay itself is excellent. Nice location, easy check-in, easy check-out, nice amenities. However, I booked a restaurant through their concierge and they sent me the wrong address. Ruined my... more »
Martin J
Doha, Qatar
Trip type:
Excellent room, location, service
Sep 9, 2017
This was the best hotel on our Japan trip. It's a small unassuming house from the outside. Space is extremely limited around the reception, in the lift, on the staircase.... more »
Chelsea P
Trip type:
Friends getaway
Wonderful experience!
Aug 25, 2017
Great hotel. Incredibly helpful and friendly staff. Clean room. Updated & modern style.l. Full amenities in room with washer & dryer, heated bathtub, fridge & freezer. Very close to all... more »
Trip type:
Excellent stay at upscale ryokan
Aug 15, 2017
We were so pleased with Aoi Hotel from the moment we arrived. The space had all the ammeneties to make us feel right at home. The location was very near... more »
Tokyo, Japan
Trip type:
Fabulous stay
Aug 11, 2017
We stayed 2 nights in a room with view on the Kamo river. Everything was perfect: location (in Gion, 3 min from subway stations, surrounded with 7/11 and family mart);... more »

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  • Concierge services
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage

House Rules

  • Smoke-free property
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