Ratings based on 31 verified reviews

4.3 out of 5
64% of guests recommend
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.1 Room comfort
4.1 Hotel condition
Expedia-verified reviews
5 out of 5
by a verified traveller from Melbourne Australia

Posted 11-Nov-2018
This was my favourite stay in Japan. It was a lovely experience to stay in a traditional Ryokan with tatami mats, futons, Shoji and fluffy doonas. Our hosts were friendly, warm and helpful with good English communication. We arrived a few hours before our check in time but were warmly welcomed and shown to our room. Hospitality extended to a delicious fluffy cream filled sponge waiting for us on our return to our room, and a delicious western style breakfast including bacon and eggs and freshly brewed black coffee (our choice, a Japanese breakfast also on offer) at a beautifully laid out table. Our kids loved the croissants and breads with fruity jams, the yogurt and freshly squeezed apple juice. Our hostess also instructed our daughter to make some traditional green tea. I left belongings which they organized to be sent to my next accommodation. These arrived the next day. (A Sunday !!!!). Very fond memories of this place. :)
Comment from Hotel Management
15-Nov-2018 by Hotobil, Hotel Management
Thanky you for review! We are happy that you guys got good time in Hotobil. We recomend wearing Kimono for your daugher for next time :) We hope see you again soon!! Thank you very much!!!
4 out of 5
by a verified traveller

This traveller left a rating score only Posted 20-Jul-2018
4 out of 5
by Christopher

Posted 24-Apr-2017 on Hotels
The breakfast was incredible-- and the host was absolutely wonderful. Beautiful traditional room as well. The location was a little difficult to find for non-Japanese speakers. The shared bathroom and lack of of privacy (simply a paper wall between you and your neighbor) is charming if you want that experience but could be a slight set back if you are counting on some privacy. Very nice experience overall.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by a verified traveller

Best meal in Japan. I enjoyed it so much. Thanks!

Posted 23-Apr-2017
Truly a gem. Glad I stayed there. Was a blessing and a perfect experience. She is an excellent chef. I had the Japanese breakfast, seafood. Thank you Mieko-san!!!
4 out of 5
by a verified traveller

Posted 02-Dec-2016 on Hotels
We had dinner on site and it was just amazing. The owner made us a traditional Japanese dinner, great food and service, beautifully laid out and presented, she spoiled us.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by a verified traveller from Hong Kong

Posted 04-Apr-2016
Clean and quiet house with amazing delicious home-made Japanese-style breakfast. Close to bus stop. Very good shampoo and conditioner.
5 out of 5
by a verified traveller

A little bit of Japan

Posted 06-Dec-2014 on Hotels
A Homely stay which gives you insighht to Local Japan. Host was a perfectionist and went ut of her way to provide a enjoyable stay. Take the opportunity to enjoy dinner as thiis was one of our best in Japan..
2 out of 5
by a verified traveller from New York, NY

Modest Room on Second Floor of Private Residence

Posted 03-Nov-2014
Location: A ten minute walk to a public bus stop, itself considerable distance from shopping, transportation and points of interest
Located at a hard-to-find address in a modest neighborhood of Nara, this private residence offers one traditional Japanese room (not the several implied by its Web site, which shows pictures of the same room from different angles and alternate furnishings) at the top of narrow stairs, with a balcony used for storing cleaning and laundry supplies overlooking a parking lot. Clean toilet and bath located in adjoining hall, shared with another even more modest room. Bring your own sandals, arrange your own futons and maybe horse your bags up the stairs. The owner (only "staff" we encountered) tries mightily, providing tea, dinner and breakfast. No other facilities and no alcohol available aside from homemade sake unless the owner is asked to go shopping. This is not a hotel but a room on the second floor of a private residence, a B&B in European or American terms.
5 out of 5
by a verified traveller

Great place

Posted 02-Nov-2014 on Hotels
Hotel was homestyle. Comfortable. Host was really really really nice! She cooked us breakfast at 5:30 AM when we had to leave early. Her puppy is also amazing. Highly recommended.
5 out of 5
by a verified traveller

Good experience

Posted 19-Mar-2019 on Hotels
Owner was very kind snd friendly. And breakfast was so nice