Free shuttle every 20 minutes to/from Karasumaoike Subway Station
The Hotaru restaurant serves traditional Kyoto kaiseki (a menu of small Japanese dishes)
Cool views from the rooftop pool and terrace
What To Know
Bikes are available to rent
WiFi is free
Rooftop pool is open July to September
It's a short walk to Kyoto's imperial palace
Parking on site
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Classy crash pad with a rooftop pool and terrace within walking distance of Kyoto's imperial palace
In west Kyoto-Gosho, close to the imperial palace, the Kyoto Brighton is a classy crash pad with a rooftop pool and terrace. Beyond the light-flooded atrium, glass elevators whisk guests up to the 182 spacious rooms, which all have clearly defined seating and sleeping areas. The decor is simple, with light woods and plum carpets and sofas, and all rooms feature nifty air purifiers and bathrooms with soaking tubs and rain showers. There are four restaurants to choose from, including Kakan, which specializes in Cantonese fare, and Hotaru, a top-notch eatery that serves Kyoto style kaiseki (a multicourse menu of small, artistically presented dishes). The lobby bar is also an all-day tea lounge that serves organic brews and bowls of traditional matcha green tea.
In the Area
Kyoto is one of the world’s greatest cultural destinations, and the sights begin just steps from the hotel. The imperial palace, residence of Japan's royal family until 1868, is just down the road. Sanjusangendo Buddhist Temple dates from 1266 and is one of the world’s largest wooden structures; inside, 1,000 life-size statues of Kannon (the deity of mercy) flank a giant 1,000-armed Kannon. Visit 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 on the side of a hill. From here, it’s an atmospheric walk through the historical streets to Gion, the largest of Kyoto’s geisha districts.
Kyoto Brighton Hotel
How to Get There
Flights are available to Kansai International Airport (KIX) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from KIX, about 60 miles away, are approximately $35 per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from KIX are approximately $180, each way.