Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
What We Love
- The 800-year-old pond garden that makes up the hotel’s placid center
- Twice-daily housekeeping service
- 24/7 access to the hotel’s pool, steam rooms, and saunas
- The traditional onsite teahouse (which rolls out a bar menu in the evenings), accessible by a glass bridge
What To Know
- The hotel is less than a mile from the Kiyomizudera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The concierge can organize cultural excursions, ranging from pottery classes to sake tastings
- Complimentary bottles, diapers, wipes, lotion, powder, shampoo and safety pins are available for families with babies
- The business center offers translation and interpretation services
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
It took almost five years to complete this understatedly elegant property, which takes design cues from Kyoto’s revered Zen temples. Eye-catching waterfalls, natural wood panels, tatami walls, and stone pathways contrast with in-room creature comforts such as walk-in closets, rain showers and televisions, conveniently built into the bathroom mirrors. The plush seven-room spa, perfect after an action-packed day of temple hikes and market jaunts (the hotel is an easy five-minute walk from a number of area attractions including the Kyoto National Museum), prides itself on using strictly all-natural pampering products and is decked with a VIP couples’ suite—ideal for side-by-side massages. Perhaps the biggest convenience: a multilingual concierge to ensure you’re completely equipped for an insider’s tour of Japan’s exquisite former capital.
Quirky creations by local artisans, such as washi paper lamps, multicolored throw pillows, and intricate lacquer ware define each of the 64 guest rooms, visual testaments to Japanese minimalism with their clean lines and natural light. Opt for the accommodations with private outdoor balconies (there are 10 to choose from), which afford picture-perfect views of the jagged Higashiyama Mountains.
A 200-year-old cypress counter stands in for traditional table service at Wakon on the hotel’s third floor, which overlooks the hotel’s one-of-a-kind pond garden. Helmed by award-winning chef Rei Masuda (who trained under the almighty Jiro Sukiyabashi), the menu featured a freshly caught selection of Edo-style sushi.
Just a seven-minute cab ride from Kyoto Station, the hotel is set at the foot of the Higashiyama Mountains and within easy reach of Sannen-zaka, a narrow street teeming with traditional merchant homes that now house souvenir shops, tea stalls, and noodle joints.
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Great Service - Great Facility - Everything you would expect from Four Seasons Hotels and Everything you would want in a hotel stay! I would chose this hotel any time! I always look forward to staying at a Four Seasons Property - they are amazing!
Once again we chose to stay in this beautiful hotel when we returned to Japan for a holiday. We had such a great experience two years ago we wanted to stay again.
Our room was just perfect- on the third floor with easy access to restaurants and the gym and spa area.
We ate on a number of occasions in the Brasserie in the evening and felt the menu had improved and quality of food was outstanding. We particularly enjoyed the chicken teriyaki from the Japanese section of the menu as well as the fish dishes using locally caught fish such as the crispy amadai. We liked the way Nicholas Owen, Executive Chef, circulated amongst guests especially at breakfast, checking all was to our satisfaction. Breakfasts were also sumptuous with the oatmeal porridge being one of our favourite items on the menu as well as the buffet on offer. The service in the restaurant was outstanding with staff making you feel special. We particularly enjoyed the service from Haruna who turned out to be from Skegness originally!
One of our favourite treats was to visit the tea house for pre dinner drinks where we enjoyed both the champagne and gin and tonic. Kazuma was an excellent hostess as was the young man who served us on two occasions but whose name escapes me.
I made regular use of the excellent fitness suite as well as the pool.
We also used the concierge service a number of times to assist us with a trip to Lake Biwa and booking restaurant meals both in the hotel and in a neighbouring restaurant. Top notch service at all times.
We just loved our stay and cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. Its location is excellent for visiting the main historic sites and many temples and shrines - all within easy walking distance if you don’t mind the heat and humidity. The cool atmosphere on your return from a day’s sightseeing was always welcome.
If we return to Kyoto this will once again be our hotel choice. Thank you to all the staff for making the first 5 days of our Japanese holiday so special - a hard act to beat!
Superb hotel in a beautiful setting and impeccable service. We were very impressed by all aspects from the lovely Executive Suite looking out on to the 800 year old pond garden to the charming spa staff and attention to every detail.
We stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto for 2 nights in July 2019. The hotel and facilities were excellent. The staff were attentive to our every need and offered services to make our stay a memorable one.
What a unique property! Very new hotel built around an 800 year old pond and garden. The hotel provides all the modern comfort of a city hotel with hints of tasteful traditional Japanese design.
The hard product here is just about perfect. Everything in the hotel feels spotlessly clean brand new. The design is breathtaking. And the amenities are second to none. The underground pool and spa facilities in particular are UNBELIEVABLE. I can’t imagine there is a hotel anywhere in Kyoto with comparable facilities.
The service here was great. I’d give it a 9/10. Just a step below the Ritz in Tokyo which was 10/10 service perfection. Service at the FS was kind and accommodating but lacked that personal touch from the Ritz in Tokyo.
The downside here is definitely the cost. It’s one of the most expensive hotels in Kyoto. And the absorbent cost applies to all food, beverages and activities in the hotel. However, at no point did I feel like it was not worth it.
If you are looking for a luxury stay in Kyoto put this on your short list.