Saturday, October 17, 2015

[ Hostel Review ] A Piece of Modern in Kyoto, at Piece Hostel Sanjo


They say if you want to feel the traditional way of Japan, you should visit Kyoto. Yes I did, but instead staying in traditional Ryokan Hotel, I booked a new hostel in Sanjo area called Piece Hostel. Actually I had never intended to stay in this hostel, but since there was no room available at my friend's hostel so I had to look somewhere else to stay. I think I should thanked booking.com for putting this hostel on the first list when I was searching for hostel in Kyoto.

This hostel is the second project from Piece hostel. Their first hostel is Piece Hostel in Minami area, really near to Kyoto station. While Piece hostel Minami has so much white color in thei property, in Piece hostel sanjo they put grey as the dominant color. Both of the design were modern, stylish and futuristic *me playing as smart ass interior designer LOL*. Actually they renovated a traditional ryokan into this stylish hostel.

The curtain covering the hostel's entrance giving a traditional touch to Piece hostel. But when you come and open the curtain, you will see the modern look of the hostel.

Traditional look of the hostel

wait for it..wait for it

"Lobby" which also luggage store space 

Common Room (Kitchen Area & Terrace)

Before I taking you to see the room, let me take you to Piece Hostel common room. Next to the lobby you will see free computers area. There were three iMac for you to use at anytime, but beware of their keyboard it had a different keyboard arrangement from what I usually used, REALLY.

3 iMac ready to serve you

If you go straight from computers area, you will find the common room. So far, this is my favorite common room in Japan's Hostel. Actually, the common room, kitchen area and terrace are become one. Free breakfast were served starting 7 am at the common area, well although it turned out they ready to serve breakfast from 6.30 am. 

You will find pastries, potato salad, DIY miso soup and rice selections every day. My favorite were potato salad and their Wakana rice (I think It was white rice combined with wakame (seaweed), it salty but I like it). You can also fill up your tumbler with water in this area, free flow tea and coffee also available 24 hours. 

hello FREE breakfast

 anyone want some pastries?

don't forget to wash your dishes after use

Shower & Laundry Room


While you might find toilets in each floor of this building, laundry room and shower room is only available in basement floor. There are many shower rooms to be used and they also provide a dressing room. The shower has a unique knob which will automatically shut down depends on how long you press the knob down. It start from 5 seconds to one minute maximum water flow before it shuts down by itself, so you may need to press the knob again and again, nice technology to save the water.

I stayed for three nights in this hostel and it was my 3rd to 6th day in Japan, so I decided to put some of my clothes to the laundry machine. It will cost you 200 yen for washing machine and 100 yen for drying machine, well it cost me another 100 yen for another drying machine spin. It still a little bit wet on its first spin.


Shower room and dressing room

 it easy to use and you will get free detergent for washing machine

The Room

They are not only provide dormitory type room, from 4beds up to 10beds rooms, but also has single, double private room and also a family room (applicable for 6 people). in 10beds room they provide you a locker but it was not big enough to store your luggage nor your backpack, but it was bigger than the one I found in Drop inn Osaka hostel. You can store your luggage on the corner of the room. 

If in another hostel you may only get 1 pillow with no selection of pillow type, in this hostel I found something new. If you were not comfort with your pillow in your room, you can just go outside looking for pillow rack and start hunting for pillow that might suitable for you. From too soft pillow until a bit hard pillow (psst I took 2 pillows hahaha) and under the pillow rack you might found sandals rack which you can use. 

Image Source : http://www.piecehostel.com/sanjo/en 


Image Source : http://www.piecehostel.com/sanjo/en

Pillow rack - find it next to the elevator 

Apart from the interior and exterior of the hostel, I also fell in love with its neighborhood. It well located in the middle of city center, it is near to Teramachi shopping street and Nishiki Food market. Along the Sanjo Dori you will also find some local brand good stores.
  
If next time you come to visit Kyoto, I recommended you to stay at this hostel. I had a good time in this hostel and I am sure you will too.


604-8074 531, Asakuro-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City
Ph (+81)75 - 746-3688
sanjo@piecehostel.com

29 comments:

  1. Ini style hostelnya keren oii. Sukaaa... Bisa jadi pilihan nginep kalo mlipir Kyoto nih. Meski dormitory roomnya musuh pengidap klaustrophobia ya Mei hehehe

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    1. eh tapi aku ga ngerasa sesek loh kooh, ruangannya ga sekecil capsul hotel. Nah atau biasanya aku siasatin kepala justru di deket gordennya, gordennya dibuka dikit hehehehe

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  2. meskipun hostel gini, apik banget penataannya ya.

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    1. iyahhh, simpel minimalis tapi keceh yaah :)

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    2. Ainunnnn :(( kok aku ga bisa buka webmu yaah :((

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    3. hiks, iya kah?
      bentar ya. jadi ga enak kalo mau ada tamu main2 ke rumahku hehe

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  3. ihhhh beda bgt ama hostel biasa yaaa... makanannya lbh bnyk ragam walopun memang hrs nyuci piring sndiri :D..

    mei, anak kecil umur 4 thn kira2 bisa masuk ga ya? kbnyakan hostel ga ngebatasin umur anak kecil..

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    1. iyah aku paling mewah biasanya dapet roti pake telur omelet ahhahah, di sini bisa ambil apapun sepuasnya, nasi, miso, potato salad, pastry, surgaaa kak hahah

      nah itu yg aku kurang tau, kalo di webnya dia bilang boleh anak-anak di atas 10 tahun, tapi kmrn pas aku di sana ketemu traveller yg bawa balita gitu, dan secara mereka punya private room yg kamar mandinya ensuite harusnya mereka ngebolehin sih yah, tapi better tanya via email sih kak buat make sure.

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  4. Duh mei, bikin kangen Jepang hks

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    1. aku ajaa masih mau balik lagi bangett miii

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  5. nice concept of the way they arrange the beds

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    1. awalnya aku ga suka kalo "bolong" roomnya dari sisi sempitnya instead of sisi lebarnya kasur, tapi di dalam ga sesek kak dan kasurnya nyaman apdahal cuma kayak kasurnya nobita gitu

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  6. Akkk ini adeknya Piece Hostel Kyoto kenapa kece banget??? Tahun lalu nginep di Piece Hostel Kyoto aja udah terkesima dan jadi hostel favorit. Kapan-kapan kalo ke Kyoto HARUSSS nyobain nginep di sini pokoknya! Suka banget sama nuansa common room dan lobby nya yang walaupun hostel tapi elegasn

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    1. ihhhhh ada ga review Piece Hostel yg di Minami? mauuu bacaaaa

      kalo yg di sana serba putih yahh, di sini serba hitam ehheheh alter ego sepertinya :P

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  7. Hostelnya gede yaa.. kitchen areanya ky di hoteell. btw 3 malem di Kyoto psti puas bangeet. Aku di sana cm 1,5 hr jadi krg ngeeksplor.. haha tp all the more reason to go back to Japan! Yuk balik jepang lg hehehe

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    1. hahaha iyah bener, seumur-umur nginep di hostel baru di edu hostel sama di sini aja nih yang sarapan kayaknya rameeee bener

      yukkk aku mau lagii kalo ke Jepang *eh nabung dulu, nabung dulu*

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  8. Gileee ini hostelnya mewah bangeeet, kereeeen!! Ajakin aku ke Jepang kaaaaak :'(

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    1. meevaaaah yah kak :3 jarang-jarang
      aku bahagiaa sampe nangis ga mau pulang :))

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  9. meidiii, ini hostel dari luar juga tsakep amat.
    itu siapa pakai koper Pucca, mauuuu. hehehe...

    sanjo ini deket area mana, ya? waktu gue mau ke Kyoto susah amat nyari hostel lucu begini, strategis pula ya tempatnya. keren!

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    1. hahaha yuki iyaah dari depan aja udah eyecatching, itu punya tamu yg belum bisa check-in :P nanti kamu diomelin kalo ngambil koper orang hahahah

      Sanjo ini deket subway Sanjo, hmm deket Nishiki Market sama Terramachi shopping street kiii

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  10. wah seru bgt,, biarpun hostel tp bersih bgt,, fasilitasnya juga oke..

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    1. iyahh, aku salut sama kamar mandinya, kering dan bersih terus lohhh ren :3 ayooo ke Osaka n Kyoto heheheheheh

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  11. Lucu yaaa bantal nya ada rak nya sendiri

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    1. iyahh :3 boleh ambil banyak *eh emang ga ada yg jagain sih soalnya* hahahaha

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  12. Hostelnya bersih. Hahaha, aku juga biasanya suka minta tambahan guling alih2 ngambil dua bantal. Tapi dimaafkan kok kak ;)

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    1. iyooo, kalo ada guling I will prefer bolster all the time :))

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  13. Sedih ditolak nginep di hostel ini Mei karena Kiddos are under 10, jadilah akhirnya airbnb di deket Kyoto Station.

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    1. huhuhuhuhu sayang yah kak :(
      padahal seru banget, tapi beneran loh kak pas aku di sini ketemu balita

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  14. Duh, nyaman banget hotelnya...cuma mimpi bisa jalan2 sampai ke Jepang

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