This ryokan, in the heart of Giin, was an excellent one. The staff were all pleasant and polite, especially if you can speak some Japanese. The rooms were in excellent condition an, and while I personally wasn't able to eat their breakfast or dinner while I was there, they looked delicious. The internet they offered was respectable: not fast but not slow either. Finally, the sento they had on the first floor was excellent.
As for the traditional aesthetics, I think this ryokan did very well. All the staff were wearing very nice spring kimono, which were appropriate for the season. The rooms each had three ikebana: one under the shoe box at the entrance, one in the tokonoma, and one on a side table. Of course, they had a yukata for each guest available as well as towels for the sent. It was all very nice.
As far as complaints go, the only one I have is that the futons were a little short for me. Of course I'm a big American guy so I find it hard to fault them for that.
"Close to everything- really in the middle of Gion"
Quiet- yet steps away the bustle of tourists on one of the most popular streets in Gion. we got a large room with a huge bathroom/bath and shower area and the beds were comfortable. My only complaint was the AC leaked on the carpet (luckily, where we did not walk) and the room would get hot and stuffy in the mornings despite the AC being on. Not a big deal though- everything else was great.
The whole design of the capsule hotel has been taken to a new level. LCD HD digital TV, high speed wifi, you name it. One problem is since the elevator is in a public area, it's a must to wear the in house pajama to be identified as capsule hotel guest vs walk in sauna customers. Overall is a nice capsule hotel experience.
We decided to experience a traditional Japanese hotel or Ryokan. The Sakanoue was a terrific place to spend one or two nights. The staff is so nice but no one speaks English. The room rate includes a massive and delicious breakfast and a Japanese style dinner. If you like Japanese food, it would be wonderful for you.