This lovely home is in the heart of the geisha district. You can sense the history as soon as you enter. Every detail has been carefully chosen; from the fresh flower arrangements to the comfortable bed and even they way the dishes and drink ware is artfully displayed. Junko is such a gracious hostess. Her recommendations and communication with local businesses were a big help. Thank you Curtis for curating such a wonderful place for travelers to experience Old Kyoto.
I was advised by a family member to stay in the Gion district in Kyoto on our recent trip to Japan and I'm so glad we did !! However what made our stay in that quaint and atmospheric district so memorable, was our accommodation at Amber House. Everything about it was perfect - the location in a quiet no through street, the outstanding amenities, and the gorgeous ambience.
It was spotlessly clean, stocked with basics for our short stay, a really comfortable bed for us and a futon in the second bedroom for our daughter who travelled with us. Curtis and his staff gave us great advice about local restaurants and nothing was too much trouble for them. I really didn't want to go home. We will be back .
If you're up in the air on whether to stay in a hotel or rent a house let me help you decide , this house rental is the way to go! We wanted to experience Japan and feel like we were immersed in the culture. Staying at the house felt like we took a step back in time yet has the modern amenities to make our stay comfortable. The architecture of the home was amazing and the staff support was phenomenal ! Junko would get back to us right away with any questions we had and would help us if we wanted to make reservations anywhere. The cell phone they provided us with was a life saver! I can't say enough positive things about "Old Kyoto" rentals. This was our 1st trip to Japan and they made everything run seamlessly and our experience memorable. Thanks so much Curtis for an extraordinary stay!
From start to end, our 4-night stay at the Amber House was nothing but first-class, and the highlight of our recent visit to Asia. During the early planning stage, owner Curtis was very responsive and prompt with the reservation process and answering all questions that we had. Then we had bombarded his assistants Junko and Saki with multiple restaurant reservation requests, and they were eager, prompt, and diligent in getting us all the reservations that we had wanted... how awesome is that! Needless to say, when we arrived in Kyoto, the access to the Amber House was smooth and glitch-free. The property itself is simply amazing... clean, elegant and minimalistic, a perfect spot of serenity in the heart of the Gion district (we did not ever hear the gongs going off at the adjacent temple as one of the reviewers claimed). The kitchen was a real bonus... we made breakfast each morning and it was a real treat to be able to cook with local ingredients! We couldn't have asked for anything more!
We stayed 5 days at Amber House in Gion and it was an incredible experience. They had a cell phone that we could use in case we needed anything and they also had a list of places to go in the neighborhood that they liked. The place was clean and was a great home for a few days. The location was superb in that you're right in the middle of Gion but tucked into a little corner so its quiet and feels safe. We highly recommend this as a place to stay.