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
I can’t say enough good things about the Hyatt Regency in Kyoto. The staff is friendly, professional, uber responsive, and attentive to every detail, going above and beyond at every step. The hotel is beautiful and immaculate both in the shared spaces and in the rooms. Accommodations were very comfortable and super clean and quiet. Finally got over jet lag at the Hyatt, because I could get a quiet night’s sleep in a comfortable bed. The food is some of the best I’ve had at any hotel. I also have food allergies and never had a single issue there. I ate most of my meals in Kyoto at the hotel, because the quality of the food was the best, there were many options, and the service was incredible. Be sure to have the breakfast buffet!! They spoiled me. No other hotel after measured up.
This hotel was excellent in very many ways. The staff was especially kind and helpful in all respects and the Concierge service was outstanding. The restaurants were all very good; my only reservation was that I did not particularly like the set menu in the Japanese style restaurant and would order the ala carte menu instead there.
I have had great stays at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto. The hotel is overall nice and comfortable. The service is everything you would expect from a 5 star hotel with the Hyatt name. I would recommend this hotel if you are visiting Kyoto