“ Address: 644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari / Higashiyama-ku / Kyoto / Japan / 605-0941 / Tel: +81 75 541 1234 „
I was recently lucky enough to stay at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto in Japan. The hotel is on first impressions very Japanese and very impressive. You are welcomed and are immediately felt to be special.
The rooms are fabulous, very spacious (particularly for Japanese standards) with wood paneling on one wall with a frosted window through to the bathroom. The wall with the bed against has a full wall length headboard which is made up of different kimono fabrics and wood paneling. The beds are big, I had a double which was at least a king size and was very comfy.
The decoration is very Japanese and in keeping with the surroundings. The floor lights and reading lights are various sizes of Japanese lanterns.
There is huge wardrobe space with toweling robes and slippers, a giant flat screen tv and desk aread for work and stylish tea and coffee facilities with crockery.
The bathroom is fab modern Japanese, the toilet is in a separate room and has a heated seat with a control panel that the starship enterprise would be proud of. The bathroom is open plan with a fab Japanese sink and dressing table effect with hairdryer and loads of freebies. There is a wet room with a deep Japanese bath and a rain shower and the biggest fluffiest white towels.
The hotel facilities are also extensive with various eating and drinking options.
Touzan restaurant has Japanese based food and is open for lunch between 11.30am and 2.30pm and for dinner between 5.30pm and 10pm. Trattoria Sette (as you probably guessed is Italian or as they say Casual Italian) and is open from 11am to 10pm, they also have a pastry boutique in the trattoria which is open from 11am - 9pm. The Grill, which is located in the lobby floor, is a steak and seafood restaurant and probably the hotels main restauarent and is open for breakfast from 6.30am - 10.30am and for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm and for dinner from 5.30pm to 10pm. I have to admit I didn't eat in any of the restaurants but they looked and smelt fabulous and have had good reports on them from friends who also stayed there.
There is also a comprehensive in room dining menu featuring dishes from their restaurants and catering for both Japanese and international tastes, additionally they have a comprehensive in room breakfast menu and if you are a Hyatt Passport member you can get complimentary tea and coffee delivered at breakfast.
For all the fitness fanatics there is the Riraku Spa and Fitness Centre, the fitness centre is open from 6.30am to 10pm and the Spa is open from 10am to 10pm. The spa is based on Japanese traditions offering acupuncture, moxibustion (their words not mine) and relaxation therapies that balance the mind, body and soul!
The hotel costs on average £150 - 160 per room per night, which is not the cheapest in the city but is not too bad considering Japan tends to be far more expensive than most countries and the hotel is a 4 to 5 star.
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is perfectly located in the historic district of Kyoto it is right across from the Kyoto National Museum, which was established in 1895 and next door to the Sanjusangen-do Temple (a very impressive temple which dates back to 1164 and has 1001 nearly identical Goddess of Mercy statues in its Main Hall and it is also the longest wooden structure in the world). The nearest station is only a short walk (not even 5 mins) and is Schichioji on the Keihan Main Line, which is also only 2 stops away from the Gion District (station stop: Keihan Shijo) at the (one of the most popular areas in Kyoto).
The hotel is located in a fabulous neighbourhood, close to sites, which is quiet. The staff cannot do enough to help you and are very polite and courteous. The accommodation is excellent with some of the comfiest beds and an impressive lobby area. If you are a Hyatt Passport member you can earn points on a stay here. The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is an excellent hotel in a beautiful city, well worth a visit and a great base for any stay, I only wish my stay was a bit longer so I could enjoy the hotel and city more.