The world-class reputation of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group is well known, and rightfully deserved, with their knack of picking prime spots for each property also on show once more, here in Kyoto. Refinement, quality and reliably attentive service go hand-in-hand with this hotel, a place which aims to embody the essence of a traditional Japanese ‘ryokan’ or guesthouse, but with all of the first class touches and attention to detail of a five-star hotel. The onsite spa is a must, with its pampering massages and rejuvenating therapies being the perfect antidote to Kyoto’s bustling city streets. Multiple restaurants and sushi bars, charming outdoor spaces, zen gardens and guestrooms which look out across the river or mountains complete the story, with the highlights of the city and decent transport links all within a short walking distance; sublime.
Services and Facilities
Spa with sauna, steam room and treatment rooms
Treasure hunts, balloon art and pastry-making classes for kids
Laundry and dry-cleaning service
Parking (additional cost)
Dining is as decadent as you would expect from the Ritz-Carlton, with Japanese staples on offer across all but one restaurant, La Locanda, whipping up delicious Italian fare for something a little different. The other eateries also hit the mark with specialty Japanese cuisine including kaiseki, sushi, teppan-yaki and tempura, while the lounges and bars ooze sophistication; ideal for a round of aperitifs and night-caps, as well as light meals and lunches.