I love this hotel for its location near the Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangendo Hall (and within walking distance of Kiyomizu Temple), its 850-year-old garden that was once part of Emperor Goshirakawa's residence, and its spa, which boasts more Asian treatments than any other hotel spa in Japan, including acupuncture, moxibustion, and shiatsu. Its lobby is stunning, with a modern take on traditional latticework that covers its walls and ceiling. Rooms, too, are top-notch, combining Japanese touches such as kimono-fabric-covered headboards and elegant teaware with modern conveniences like large safes (with electric hookups for laptops) and DVD players (the hotel has a free DVD library). For travelers looking for a splurge, eight deluxe rooms have tatami areas plus Japanese-style tubs placed next to balconies, with views of the garden or National Museum. I also like the hotel's restaurants (including Touzan for Japanese and Sette for Italian), which use organic vegetables from the hotel's own garden, maintained by hotel staff. In short, this hotel is a great choice for many reasons, but note that its rates reflect the seasons, making it a bargain in the off season but pricey much of the year.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
644–2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood Near National Museum Transportation Bus: 100, 206, or 208 to Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo (1 min.) Phone 075/541-1234 Prices ¥22,000–¥43,000 single or double, ¥63,000–¥84,000 deluxe rooms; rates exclude tax Units 189 Amenities 3 restaurants, bar, lounge, babysitting, concierge, gym (free for hotel guests), room service, spa (¥1,600), free Wi-Fi Web site Hyatt Regency KyotoBook a Room Now