Translated by Sandy Lau
A Female-Friendly Kyoto Hostel! Make Memories At CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo
Written by Rina N
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo is a comfortable and safe hostel designed by women, for women. This female-friendly lodging, furnished with facilities like a spacious powder room and high-quality beauty appliances, is also nearby major sightseeing, food, and shopping spots in Kyoto.
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo: A Female-Friendly Hostel
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies (CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo) is a women-only hostel specialized for female travelers. Groups can have a comfortable, fun stay, and it is an ideal, safe accommodation, ideal for those staying at a dormitory-type lodging for the first time.
CAFETEL is a popular choice of lodging in Kyoto. This article introduces how to get there and the amenities at CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo.
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Access to CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo
CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo is conveniently located three minutes on foot from the Kyoto Municipal Subway Sanjo Keihan Station. It is a ten minute walk to popular sightseeing spots such as the elegant townscape of Gion and Shijo Kawaramachi, a lively shopping district. The hostel makes an excellent base for sightseeing.
If you're traveling by train from JR Kyoto Station, take the Karasuma Line bound for Karasuma Oike Station. Then, transfer to the Tozai Line and head to Sanjo Keihan Station. The total travel time is roughly 15 minutes and will cost 260 yen. Alternatively, it takes 15 minutes by taxi from JR Kyoto Station and costs around 1,500 yen.
Check the official website for details on access.
1. Relax at the Charming Cafe Lounge
The name "CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo" comes from the blending of two words: cafe and hostel. When you head into the hostel, the first thing that will catch your eye is the adorably decorated cafe. The illustrations depicted on the pale pink wallpaper add a playful touch to the space.
The cafe's carnation pink coffee machine stands out even when seen from outside the building. It's considered a trademark of the cafe and is said to occasionally bring in locals when they see the machine from the outside.
Guests can use the cafe space as a lounge. There are seats equipped with Wi-Fi and power outlets, so guests can research their destinations with their computer or smartphone. You can also bring outside food into the lounge to eat, which is great for travelers staying long-term. The cafe also has a breakfast and lunch menu, so you'll be ready for the day after eating a light meal at the hostel.
Guests and locals can be seen relaxing in the cafe. Feel free to chat with fellow guests or interact with the locals in the cafe and ask them about their recommended sightseeing spots in Kyoto!
2. Choose Between Private Rooms and Dormitories
The guestrooms are on the second and third floors. There are two types of rooms: private rooms that accommodate up to three people or dormitories furnished with four beds. You can choose between private rooms ideal for group travel or dormitories for solo travelers, depending on your travel style.
Private Rooms Perfect for a Special Trip
The private rooms, furnished with three beds per room, are great for small groups. The adorable, photogenic interior is inspired by glamping (a luxurious form of camping). Room rates start from 4,000 yen/night per person.
The furnishings differ depending on the room. Some examples include a room with a view of the Kamo River and one where three people can sleep side by side.
All rooms are furnished with more than three power outlets and hangers. The room also has a large mirror that allows guests to take their time getting dressed. You truly feel comfortable and well-prepared for a fun trip with all the amenities.
Safe Dormitories for Solo Travel
Picture courtesy of CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo
The dormitories, furnished with four beds in one room, are tastefully decorated to bring out the warmth from the wood. Room rates start at 3,500 yen per person/night.
Aside from the power outlets and hangers, rooms also come with a locker and a key to ensure a safe stay for guests traveling alone. Suitcases and other large belongings can be kept at the front desk for a fee.
Please check the official website for details on the guestrooms.
3. A Spacious Powder Room Stocked with Self-Cafe Appliances
The spacious powder room may be CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo’s most attractive feature. There are ten wall mirrors available in this clean space, allowing several people to use the room all at once in the morning.
Picture courtesy of CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo
Self-care and beauty appliances—including hairdryers, hair irons, and a facial steamer—are available in all varieties. All of the tools are pink-colored and adorable! Guests can have fun trying popular gadgets and products during their stay.
4. Clean Showers and Full Set of Amenities
The showers and dressing rooms are private. Each shower stall comes with a full set of amenities, complete with shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and facial soap, so you can show up without bringing anything.
There's also a shower stall with a bathtub in it for guests to soak in hot water and recover after a long day of travel.
You can even stay long-term with a minimal amount of clothing since the hostel has washing and drying machines.
Make Long-Lasting Memories in a Cozy Place
Picture courtesy of& CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo
"Since your accommodation is also part of traveling, we want you to make fond memories while staying in a comfy and cozy place," a CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo employee told us.
At the time of this article, our writer felt her heart skip a beat at the cute paper cups in the cafe and the hostel's beautiful interior. They relayed this information when asked how the lodging successfully incorporated designs and facilities that would satisfy the needs of female travelers.
"A young female team, much like the facility's target audience, is in charge of the hostel from project design to operations. We've put many of the things that we thought would be nice to have in the hostel."
This hostel is made for women by women, so we agree that the facilities and amenities are things ladies would be glad to have.
Whether you're on a group vacation or solo trip to Kyoto, stay at CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo and make memories that will be treasured for years to come!
Main image courtesy of CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo
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