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
We enjoyed our stay from the first to the last moment. The service is exceptional. The rooms are very confortable and very functional. Reception and door staff are very competent and friendly. Concierge service is outstanding. The restaurants are superb. Will go back whenever in Kyoto/Japan.
Good location, just outside the city center but easy access to downtown, Higashiyama and Gion. Lovely hotel with contemporary, spa-like design, plush but minimalist at the same time. Our king room was compact but beautifully decorated with bamboo paneling and a headboard of silk-upholstered panels. The spacious bathroom had a separate water closet and tub/shower room; all were beautifully appointed. The lobby, lounge and restaurants have a soothing feel, and the staff is excellent and multilingual. The breakfast buffet was ample, with many selections and excellent baked goods. Pricey, but worth it to have such a quiet, relaxing place to return to after a busy day of sightseeing in Kyoto.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto exceeded all expectations. What a lovely and serene place to return to after a day of sightseeing in the area. Great location and amenities and we particularly enjoyed breakfast as well as dinner in Touzan. We hope to visit again someday!
We stayed for 6 nights with my 20 yo daughter.
I am Explorist with Hyatt, so it was natural for me to pick up a Hyatt with such great reviews. And that was certainly good decision.
The location is perfect: close to couple underground station and not far from Kyoto station. More than that - when you arrive, the hotel gives you free ride from Kyoto station. I am sure if you pay for that cab ride - it would not be expensive. But it was just so relaxing - we went to the taxi station Hyatt mentions at their web-site, told them we were going to Hyatt Regency, and we were on our way, no questions asked - especially nice if you don't speak Japanese :) There is also famous Sanjusangendo Temple ("The temple of a 1000 Buddhas") - just across the street: you can go there early in the morning real easy - to beat the crowds.
The hotel itself provides everything you can possibly need. We had great experience with the concierge even before we arrived: they were able to book Moss Temple reservation for us, which you need to do in advance by mail - that was SO helpful. As it would be tricky to do from US at the last moment!
The hotel even provides private Maiko performance every day in the evening - just for its guests. I went three times - I enjoyed it so much!
The room was on the small side, had troubles figuring out where to place our suitcases. But we had the simplest and smallest room as I booked for points. The bathroom was spacious and comfortable though - even in our smallest room! The bathroom had plenty of amenities and both rain and portable shower heads. There were electrical tea kettle, tea and coffee amenities.
The great feature in the room was that you were able to order everything through a provided I-pod sitting on the table in the room. We got room service, iron and ironing board, additional amenities we wanted and international adapter for charging my laptop (Japanese outlets are the same as American, except for they were two-prong only - not three prong I needed for a laptop).
Everything in the room was exceptionally clean and in working order.
The breakfast was just perfect: great variety, everything was very fresh and tasty. There is a bakery on-site too, kind of pricey but still is nice to have that option.
The service was wonderful: front desk, bell services, housekeeping and room service - extremely hospitable and helpful. My daughter can speak Japanese, and it was helpful. But what is great about hotels like Hyatt - you can get by without knowing Japanese, stuff can speak English.
When we will be back to Japan some time with my husband - this hotel would be definitely our choice for Kyoto!
I decided to stay at Hyatt Regency Kyoto with my 2 young children, aged 4 & 1 years old. Initially booked twin bedcorner deluxe, large enough to house my kids but got upgraded to twin bed with balcony deluxe for 5 nights stay! Thanks to Mr Takeshisa Abe whom I was lucky to be served by upon my check in. The room was incredibly huge, with standalone wooden bathtub, outdoor balcony, huge sofa to sleep 1 adult! It was definitely a super great experience as I loved loved this room & the hotel impeccable service. Housekeeping came twice per day,concierge team gave great dining recommendations, in house dining options like Trattoria Sette (Italian) & Touzan served excellent food. It is a very good hotel for family with young children. Thank you @Hyatt Regency Kyoto, @Mr Takeshisa Abe for your hospitality, it has been an unforgettable stay for my family!