Hyatt Regency is a stylish design hotel located in the traditional and historic area of Higashiyama Shichijo, in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. Located just a few minutes away from JR Kyoto Train Station, it features spacious rooms and luxury suites suitable for business and leisure travellers alike. The hotel hosts The Grill, serving French cuisine; casual Italian restaurant Trattoria Sette; and Touzan Japanese Restaurant & Bar. Its Riraku Spa offers body and facial treatments based on Eastern and Western traditional techniques, which give relaxation in body and soul.
Insider Tip: The hotel is 2 bus stops from the Kiyomizu Temple, one of Kyoto's best attractions. It also allows convenient access to Kyoto Station if you want to travel to Nara or Osaka for a day trip.
This 6-storey atrium hotel is situated west of Nakadachiuri gate of Kyoto Imperial Palace. Kyoto Brighton Hotel elegantly combines Kyoto style and British heritage. It offers European, Chinese, Steak house, and Japanese restaurants; a bar & cafe; banquet facilities; and business services. Guestrooms include deep soaking bathtubs with rain shower, high quality beddings, humidifier, air-purifier, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs with DVD players, and mini bars.
Insider Tip: Free shuttle bus from Karasuma Oike subway station near exit #1 is available between 8:20 am - 9:40 pm. The shuttle leaves the hotel at 10, 30 and 50 minutes past the hour and returns from Karasuma Oike subway station on the hour and 20 and 40 minutes past the hour.
Built in 2007, Hotel Monterey Kyoto elegantly combines Kyoto style and British heritage. It is designed around the theme of the arts and crafts of Scotland and its ancient capital of Edinburgh. Kyoto and Edinburgh share much in common in their old streets, traditional ways of life, and culture, as beautiful ancient capital cities of Europe and Asia. The hotel offers French and Japanese restaurants, a bar, banquet facilities, business services, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Its 327 refined rooms include European-style décor, Sleep Number mattresses, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and mini bars.
Insider Tip: This hotel is centrally located at the heart of Kyoto's Higashiyama district, a walking distance from geisha district Gion and Shirakawa Minami Dori.
Standing on the Higashiyama Hills overlooking the beautiful ancient capital, The Westin Miyako Kyoto is surrounded by abundant nature, fully displaying the beauty of each season. Immerse yourself in a feeling of inspired serenity while visiting the hotel’s garden, a registered cultural property of the City of Kyoto, or enjoy a stroll or wood bathing along the bird watching trail of the wild bird sanctuary forest.
Insider Tip: You must visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine - famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates – located just a short train trip away.
Located near the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and downtown Kyoto, The Screen delivers superb access to the local culture of a city that prides itself on preserving tradition while inventing new forms of innovation and creation. The hotel offers you 13 different guest rooms designed by 13 different domestic and international creators. It is known as a 'Personalised Boutique Hotel', offering you the luxury of choosing your own sense of style and a unique chance to experience an overall feeling of intellectual-stimulation through its emotional and exciting accommodation concepts.
Insider Tip: Wander by Pontocho Alley, a street full of bars and excellent food options. Pop into Hello Dolly, an old English club, to enjoy a classy drink accompanied by excellent jazz.
This exquisite ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) is so beautiful, every Japanese architect, it is said, wants to stay here at least once in their lifetime. With more than 300 years of history, this is among the very oldest ryokan in Kyoto. Eleventh generation proprietor Mr Sato explains that the staff subscribe to the Kyoto “omotenashi” tradition (loosely translated as “generous hospitality”), so you can expect only the best service.
Insider Tip: Even if you’re not staying here, visit the ryokan’s Gallery Yukei store around the corner to purchase their exclusive products, from sweets and tea to pyjamas and towels.
278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Tel: 81 75 211 5566
Kyoto’s newest luxury hotel – opening in February 2014 – is located right on the Kamo River. It has perhaps the best views of the Higashiyama East mountains in the city. Just a few blocks north of the city centre, the location is quiet, yet convenient. The resort boasts four world-class restaurants including a Pierre Herme patisserie, a spa and banquet rooms – all in a trendy atmosphere designed to be international and modern yet deeply inspired by traditional Kyoto.
Insider Tip: Rooms on the East side have a perfect view of the Higashiyama (eastern) Mountains.
At Hotel Kanra, Western-style boutique hotel design meets traditional Kyoto architecture in a subtle aesthetic feast of the mind and senses. The contemporary room layout is based on the Kyoto machiya (wooden townhouse). Decorative motifs are styled from patterns found throughout the city. These include the flow of the Kamo River, the standing cedars of the North Mountains, and the rock gardens of the Zen temples. The restaurant features traditional Kyoto vegetables and fresh herbs in its modern interpretation of traditional dishes.
Insider Tip: Unexpectedly for a moderately priced accommodation, the bathrooms come with exquisite white Japanese cypress wooden bathtubs that when filled with hot water, are an aromatic treat.
A reasonably-priced ryokan conveniently located near Kyoto Station, Kazariya is a recently renovated, Edo-era Chinese medicine pharmacy and living quarters. The proprietress, Ms Uesaka, makes ikebana fresh flower arrangements for each room. An inexpensive shared dorm room for female guests is available.
Insider Tip: Fans of vintage paraphernalia will appreciate the original Chinese medicine signboards that still hang in the entrance.
Proprietress Ms Teng renovated an 80-year-old traditional Kyoto machiya townhouse to create a guesthouse where visitors can experience life from centuries past. It’s traditional but with modern comforts. The room rate is reasonable and the central location is ideal. Teng, who speaks English, Chinese and Japanese, is warm and friendly. She always strives to help her guests fully enjoy Kyoto.
Insider Tip: Be sure to explore the quaint little Furukawa arcade shopping street just around the corner which features restaurants and shops selling local produce.