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Guesthouse Soi

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Overview of Guesthouse Soi

Guesthouse Soi

2.0 star property
Convenient to Kiyomizu Temple
9.2 out of 10 Superb
9.2/10 Superb

279 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
The price is $34
Price available on 6/5/2023
509-2 Shimoma-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 605-0873
Main amenities
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Multilingual staff
  • Concierge services
  • Luggage storage
  • Limited hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Laundry facilities
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Hair dryer

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Higashiyama Ward
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 13 min walk
  • Kawaramachi Street - 23 min walk
  • Kyoto Tower - 27 min walk
  • Nishiki Market - 27 min walk
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine - 38 min walk
  • Sanjusangen-do Temple - 1 min drive
  • Yasaka Shrine - 2 min drive
  • Shijo Street - 2 min drive
  • Heian Shrine - 3 min drive
  • Nanzen-ji Temple - 3 min drive

Getting around

  • Itami Airport (ITM) - 54 min drive
  • Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) - 79 min drive
  • Kiyomizu-gojo Station - 13 min walk
  • Shichijo Station - 15 min walk
  • Gion-shijo Station - 22 min walk
  • Gojo Station - 22 min walk
  • Tofukuji Station - 23 min walk
  • Higashiyama Station - 27 min walk


  • 十六代権太夫 - 5 min walk
  • 市川屋珈琲 - 5 min walk
  • Tea House - 2 min walk
  • Local Sake and Beer Stand 336 - 8 min walk
  • Brasserie - 3 min walk

About this property

Guesthouse Soi

When you stay at Guesthouse Soi, you'll be just a 5-minute drive from Kiyomizu Temple and Kawaramachi Street. Other features include a terrace and a garden. The local sightseeing and nearby shopping get good marks from fellow travelers.


Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 72 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 14 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 3 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and an access code; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • One child (9 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 2014
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Reception hall


  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Well-lit path to entrance

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Ceiling fan
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A city tax may be collected at the property. The city tax ranges from JPY 200-1,000 per person, per night based on the nightly room rate. Please note that further exemptions may apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 72 hours between bookings.


The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels, etc. ). Additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have elevators.
This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Guesthouse Soi formerly Sim's Cozy Guesthouse House Kyoto
Guesthouse Soi formerly Sim's Cozy Guesthouse House
Guesthouse Soi formerly Sim's Cozy Guesthouse Kyoto
Guesthouse Soi formerly Sim's Cozy Guesthouse
Guesthouse Soi House Kyoto
Guesthouse Soi House
Guesthouse Soi Kyoto
Soi Kyoto
Guesthouse Soi Kyoto
Guesthouse Soi Guesthouse
Guesthouse Soi Guesthouse Kyoto

Frequently asked questions

Does Guesthouse Soi offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Guesthouse Soi does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Guesthouse Soi?
As of Jun 3, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Guesthouse Soi on Jun 5, 2023 start from $34, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Guesthouse Soi?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Guesthouse Soi?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Guesthouse Soi?
Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Guesthouse Soi.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Guesthouse Soi?
You can check in from 3 PM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Guesthouse Soi and nearby?
Guesthouse Soi has a garden.
What's the area around Guesthouse Soi like?
Guesthouse Soi is a short 13-minute walk from Kiyomizu Temple and 10 minutes' walk from Sanjusangen-do Temple. The local area is considered walkable as well as being good for public transport.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

The staff, Maki-san and her family, were so incredibly considerate and accommodating. I really appreciated them. We had several hiccups in our plans and they made sure we still had a clean room, gave us medicine and soup for the one of us when she got sick, and invited us to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s with them and fed us cake and traditional soba. I doubt we could’ve had better accommodations anywhere else. Even though it was a bit of a walk to get to a bus and there weren’t many restaurants open near the guesthouse, I wouldn’t change anything about our stay. I highly recommend staying at Guesthouse Soi, and I am planning to send a thank you package to Maki-san and her family to express my gratitude for their hospitality that went above and beyond what was expected.
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very Good

Everything was loverly :-)
Kristen, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Nice Place to Stay
Soi is located close to Kiyomizu-dera and not far from anywhere in Kyoto. JIll, the host was very helpful in every aspect that we needed. The room was cozy and very "Large" in Japan's standard. The hostel is accessible by bus from Kyoto station and to all the tourist spot that you may want to go to. My wife and I stayed two nights there in February and will definitely return to stay there again in the future. Thank you Jill.
Eliot, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Budget Stay
Good location, easily accessible by public transportation. Good service by Jill.
Eliot, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

This is a very good place to stay for both short and longer visits to Kyoto! It was very easy to find - the signage was very clear. The hosts were nice and helpful and could speak both English and Chinese. The location is close to the Gion district and the nearest JR station is a 25 minute walk. The one downside was the communal bathrooms. I would definitely recommend to everyone, and would choose to stay here again if I ever return to Kyoto.
2-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Lovely staff, go above and beyond to help and make sure you're comfortable
2-night trip with friends
Verified Orbitz guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great guest house good value and nice people. The service was also very good. I had a late check in and there was no stress about that. You do have to do your breakfast dishes which must be the first time I’ve ever seen that but maybe I do not stay at hostels and guest houses much.
1-night trip
Verified Lastminute guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Loved our time here - great balance of room types - free breakfast and most important lovely staff. Thank you
2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

This is a truly unique accommodation: budget dorm-room like, but we secured a "family room" all to ourselves, with own bathroom and shower. The bunk beds were fun!
CW, 2-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Wonderful stay at the guesthouse with extremely friendly owners who provided us travel and shopping tips to travel in Kyoto. The guesthouse is located at a peaceful neighbourhood and yet near many places of attractions. We enjoy the daily short walk to the bus stop or main road to catch a taxi to Kyoto station. We will come back again.
3-night family trip
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