Tonight Oliver Gilmour, the manager of Kyoto City Center Hostel, the rudest hostel manager I have ever met, threw the two of us out on the street. It was after 10pm and it’s a Sunday and Kyoto is full. What on earth did he think we were going to do? The trouble began this morning when I found the kitchen was out of bounds because he had filled the hostel so much that people were sleeping in there too. There must have been over 30 people in just a three bedroom house with only one shower. He went in and out to get our bags of food but there was no way we could eat there. I asked him in front of the long queue for the shower if I’d be able to use it tomorrow morning. He got really defensive and told me not to make him feel guilty. So I quietly agreed and left for a great day of sightseeing (I’ll write about that when I am in a better mood).
When we got back tonight he came to see me and I asked in my best Japanese (though he is Brazillian and speaks perfect, but rude, english) if I could eat there in the morning. He said ‘perhaps’ and then launched into a tirade of how rude I had been to ask him and that if I didn’t like it I could leave. Lorraine tried to say that a kitchen was listed on the website but he blankly told her not to speak to him, he was only prepared to talk to me. And I mean to me, he wouldn’t listen. And then he told us to leave right then and there. I stayed as calm as I could. Seated on a stool and not pointing or doing any of the aggressive body language he was. But it didn’t work. He just got worse. I didn’t even raise my voice until, as he stood over Lorraine watching her pack, he said “don’t cry, I’m not smacking you or anything”. That made me angry. We left and called the wonderful K’s Hostel who have taken us in for one night only. Tomorrow we have to find a new place and I need to get to the immigration office.
Let me make this perfectly clear. Never, ever, EVER, stay at Kyoto City Center Hostel. They are small, under equipped and staggeringly rude. If it wasn’t for K’s Hostel I’d be sleeping in the park tonight. I’ve written reviews on the sites I can find in the hope that it will save other backpackers the hassle of staying at that horrible place.