Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto Ekimae

Noodles and Onsen Moments from the Station

By Bonson Lam    - 4 min read

What do you look for in a hotel? Do you look for a comfortable bed, clean rooms, Wi-Fi and a convenient base to see the sights? A luxury resort with five star restaurants, somewhere you never want to leave? If you are in the former category, the Dormy Inn could be just right for you.

Dormy Inn is a well-run business hotel chain with locations in Japan and South Korea. Business Hotels and Resorts are different. Five star resorts, like some ryokans or the Hyatt are a destination in itself, while business hotels are used as a base to see other destinations, as a means to an end.

Business Hotels like Dormy Inn on the other hand, are used as a base. For example, a visitor would leave their luggage in the hotel room, and then spend a whole day sightseeing outside the hotel. Being a home “base”, they also have luggage storage and coin operated washing machines and clothes dryers. This is a great idea when you are traveling for a long time and you run out of clothes. Of course if you have time, you can do your laundry in your own bathroom and pull out the retractable clothes line to dry overnight.

Most guests are business people, traveling salesmen and the like. There are the occasional retired couple or college graduate, plus a smattering of people from overseas. This hotel is designed more for the Japanese speaking market, with little in the way of English TVs or Western dishes for breakfast, but don’t let that put you off. The staff at reception speak a little English, so if they don’t understand, rephrasing or writing the question neatly in English or with a picture diagram would help. On the other hand, they are always trying to help you, and it is the little touches, like folding your clothes in your room, help to make a stay here special

Compared with other Dormy Inns, the Kyoto hotel is part of the premium offering, with a relaxing communal bath and sauna area on the top floor with the feeling of a countryside hot spring. In Japan, the tradition after a big night out is to enjoy some ramen with your friends, and here they have a complementary noodle supper between 9pm and 11pm. All you need to do is go to the counter and they will cook to order. There is also a complementary microwave oven. In the morning, there is a paid breakfast buffet for 1500 yen per person offering a wide selection of fresh Japanese items, such as Kyoto vegetables and pickles as well as grilled fish; it is like a mini tour of Kyoto cuisine.

On the other hand, if you are not into a big breakfast, or would like something more European, the Lawson’s Convenience Store is next door, where you can buy yogurt, juice and bread. There are also a number of cafes nearby. For lunch and dinner, Kyoto station has a number of good restaurants, including Ramen Alley, an eat street above the station. Aoi Soba offers traditional dishes at a cheap and cheerful price, while Pontoiru gives you the experience of trying fusion pasta with chopsticks. The Man in the Moon Pub is a fun place to enjoy a wide selection of beer and spirits while watching the latest sports tournament.

Within walking distance you can take part in a tea ceremony, or visit one of Kyoto’s oldest temples at Higashi Honganji.

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Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric lane ways of Kyoto last century. From the skies above Sapporo to the old charm of Naha's alleyways, I have been enchanted by the beauty and variety on every island. I am humbled to have met many distinguished people in my role as Regional Partner, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperial Family. From sushi cooking classes to Ninja training grounds I welcome your ideas on what you like from JapanTravel.com. Please visit us in Kyoto or Osaka and have some green tea or sake with us. 

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Moira Cotter 6 years ago
I just stayed at the Dormy Inn for the weekend. We particularly enjoyed the free noodles at night and the onsen after a long day of walking was brilliant. The variety of breakfast items was impressive too. There are some western items on the breakfast buffet now, I had waffles, fruit & yoghurt alongside my miso soup, potato and prawn cakes.
Bonson Lam Author 7 years ago
Most business hotels like the Dormy or the Toyoko Inn have a retractable clothes line over the bath, so you can do some laundry in the bathroom, mainly undergarments and such. On the other hand if I am staying a few days, some guesthouses can do your washing for you for 500 yen, like Roujiya. You have to hang it on the outside clothes line though, but the view of the old family workshops in Nijo is filled with character from another time. https://en.japantravel.com/kyoto/kyoto-guesthouse-roujiya/1350
Theo Lübbe 7 years ago
Laundry in the bathroom? :O Do the various hotels generally not mind if one does this? I avoided doing so because I didn't want to be do anything that might seem strange or even unreasonable.
Bonson Lam Author 3 months ago
I think for very small items, that can hang on the retractable clothes line in the bathroom, that is quite possible, but for anything thicker, it is best to use the hotel laundry service. Many Japanese hotels have a common laundry area, equipped with coin operated washing machines and dryers.