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
While visiting Kyoto with friends, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency. Excellent service and conveniently located. The rooms could be a little bigger, since they don’t have sufficient closet space, and we stayed for five nights. Considering an upgrade is a good idea. Very clean rooms and a comfortable bed, and wonderful pillows. The breakfast was excellent and more so when having Pablo waiting on us, his service made our breakfast experience a great momento. Every morning re remembered what each one of us liked and was prepared for it.
This hotel is farther from central Kyoto than I normally stay at, but I was in middle of a Hyatt hotel run for status so I booked the place for 4 days in April. The area is next to Sanjusangendo, which is a little further out from many of the popular destinations in Kyoto. It's walkable to Kiyomizudera and the pagoda, but it's a decent distance from those 2. In terms of amenities, the place is a decent representation of a mid tier Hyatt property. It is unfortunately priced like one of their higher end properties, as there was no other Hyatt property nearby at this time. Now with the opening of the Park Hyatt in Kyoto, perhaps this will be priced more accordingly. The rooms are well kept, clean and quiet.
We spent seven days in kyoto area using Hyatt as base. It’s location in southeast central kyoto not far from kyoto train station and close to museums shrines and Gion is superb. Rooms and amenities are great. Good bar and restaurant. Very accommodating staff. Great beds! Highly recommend this place!