Hotel Anteroom, Kyoto

Japan is one of the most expensive destinations to travel to, even with a good exchange rate. The accommodation options in the historic city of Kyoto vary from exclusive traditional ryokans to cheap, trendy hostels. Hotel Anteroom is a brilliant option for those desiring the privacy and comfort of a hotel at low cost.

The functional building was built 28 years ago and is found just south of Kyoto’s main station. It was once used as student housing before being transformed in 2011 into the chic design-focused hotel it is today. With 61 rooms, 49 of which are single bedrooms, this hotel is perfect for solo business and leisure travellers.

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The rooms are intelligently designed to make the best use of minimal space, with bespoke furniture and artwork by local artists (all for sale) adding some colour and character. On the beds, handmade Japanese nightwear is offered for guests to wear, and in the bathrooms Provençal toiletries by Provinskia are complimentary. The beds are simply dressed but are comfortable and the surroundings feel homely.

Design, culture and art are clearly of paramount importance to the Anteroom team. On the ground floor the hotel showcases Japanese art in regular exhibitions, free for all to enjoy, whether you are staying at the hotel or not. When I stayed they were showing the work of Nobukazu Takemura, a popular Japanese musician and artist. Also on the ground floor is a casual bar for drinking and working, and a small boutique selling a few design-conscious items.

Travellers will be pleased to discover free laundry facilities on the ground floor and a wholesome £6 breakfast option with juice, coffee and pitta wraps. The hotel offer free bike hire for up to two hours, perfect for exploring the nearby sights such as the famed shrine Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Rooms at Hotel Anteroom start at just ¥6000 (£36) which is even cheaper than some hostels. Those requiring a more luxurious space can opt for one of the stylish twin terrace rooms.

The company have recently opened Bunka Hostel in Tokyo, the perfect place to stay to enjoy Japan’s vibrant capital.

More information and book a room at Hotel Anteroom here.

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