Hyatt Regency Kyoto
What We Love
- Contemporary rooms designed with Kyoto in mind, featuring kimono fabrics and washi paper
- Location: Away from the busy city center, yet easily accessible by quick taxi ride
- In-house restaurants are worth a night in
What To Know
- Rooms, though well appointed, are a little small
- The hotel is a two-hour ride from Kansai International Airport or a ten-minute taxi ride from Kyoto train station
- In-room Wi-Fi costs about $15 a day, but it’s free in the lobby
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Hyatt is surrounded by a tranquil bamboo grove, and the lattice walls in its traditional lobby are ornamented with deeply grained, straw-colored washi paper. The assemblage of lobby sofas gets plenty of use as guests meet, greet and use the free Wi-Fi.
Bed and Bath
In the Hyatt’s 189 rooms, spread over five floors, headboards are covered in wide swaths of kimono fabric and the washi motif continues with soothing room lighting. The sleek bathroom, with a step-up shower, traditional ofuro tub, and black granite floors, comprises about one-third of the room. The distant sound of a Buddhist temple’s bell might serve as a wake-up call.
Among the hotel’s three top-flight restaurants, you’ll first notice the Grill, set off the lobby and with a view of historical gardens. It serves an extensive Western-style breakfast buffet, and seasonal lunches and dinners. For a deluxe Japanese breakfast (including rice, miso soup, grilled fish and other delicacies) for lunch or dinner, head downstairs to take in Touzan’s garden views. In the dimly lit Touzan Bar, impeccably suited bartenders pour specialty cocktails. Trattoria Sette serves Italian-style dishes in a bright, cheerful room. There’s also an on-site bake shop, and cooking classes with the hotel’s chefs are available. The Riraku Spa has 10 treatment rooms, wet and dry saunas, a whirlpool, and a gym.
In the Area
Kyoto is one of the world’s greatest cultural destinations, and the sights begin just steps from the hotel. Sanjusangendo Buddhist Temple dates from 1266 and is one of the world’s largest wooden structures; inside, 1,000 life-sized statues of Kannon (the deity of mercy) flank a giant 1,000-armed Kannon. Visit the nearby Kawai Kanjiro House, the residence-turned-museum of an eccentric 20th-century ceramic artist. Kiyomizu Temple, with its famous balcony offering views of the city, is dramatically perched up a hill a few hundred yards away. From here, it’s an atmospheric walk through the historical streets to Gion, the largest of Kyoto’s geisha districts.
How to Get There
The service part of hotel is 4 stars including front desk, concierge, bartender in bar and people who get taxis and tell driver in Japanese where you are going and restaurant staff.
However, the property deserves 3 stars. First, breakfast for Hyatt members is discounted to $30+ dollars!!! We just came from Conrad Hilton in Tokyo and their member FREE breakfast is actually better than this one. There’s no pool no jacuzzi. The restaurants and bar are pathetically boring. There’s No vibe and thus not very encouraging!!! It’s a nicely decorated hotel but there’s no lively feeling. They need music!!!!!! They have a geisha in training for 10m but that’s a performance in which a few minutes is good enough. Management need to b a bit more business minded and create energy in hotel bc there is none.
The room is small and the mattress hard.
Again we’ve been lucky to get complimentary upgrades for our other hotels but not this one.
Average property w good service.
The hotel can be reached via a 700-1000 JPY taxi ride from JR Kyoto. It is also along the #206 inner city bus route which passes several tourist attractions. The Western breakfast buffet selection was limited; whereas the fish from the Japanese set was overcooked on 3 of the 4 occasions we tried it. Dining options around the hotel are limited, with only a Mac and 1-2 Japanese restaurants about 15 mins away.
The staff are lovely and helpful. They couldn't have been better. The rooms are fine, though the step up and down from the shower to the sink area caused some problems in the dark at night and there was no way to leave the area lit without the whole room being lit up. The breakfast service was very poor—quite surprising compared to our other experiences in Japan and unlike the rest of the staff at the hotel. The buffet did not have a very good selection. When we could get the waiter's attention it took a long time for our ordered food to arrive. The tables were not cleaned off properly between guests. The kitchen is open to the dining room which created a problem for one of us who has asthma and found the smoke bothersome. Room service food sat in the halls overnight creating a bad odor. I would try to find a different hotel in Kyoto next time. It might cost more but it would be worth it.
Hotel is very nice and staff has been fantastic. I must say that the quality of the breakfast is superb compared other local chain hotel. Set in a very quiet environment, the perfect place to relax and recharge.
Enjoyed a wonderful stay here. Rooms were modern and comfortable. Had a daily Maiko performance followed by a photo taking session. Great touch. The dedication to great service is demonstrated when I requested for early check in 3 hours before check in time, as my Wife was unwell so she could rest. Was informed that the room we booked would not be ready at time of check-in but they will make another room available for her to rest while they get our room ready. Great thoughtfulness for their customers. 👏👏👏