We came here on our honeymoon and can honestly report it was above and beyond the highlight of our trip. The service is beyond outstanding. We have stayed in many 5 (and 6!) star hotels in over 50 countries and this blew everything away. There is no better place to stay in Kyoto, Japan, or anywhere else! Yoshie not only made all our dinner reservations for us (our Japanese is abysmal), but one night she even walked us to our restaurant and ordered for us as the owners didn't speak English! Mume offered a full breakfast every morning that was absolutely delicious, and a happy hour (that lasted two) in the afternoons with my husband's favorite scotch on hand. We arrived to a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers and a bottle of complimentary champagne for our honeymoon. When the owner found out my husband loved Keith Jarrett, we found a Keith Jarrett CD in our room the next time we entered it. The location was perfect for us: right in the center of Gion on a quiet, art-lined street...we saw more geishas scurrying to and from than we ever could have hoped for. Our room was gorgeous, with stunning design, and was so high-end that the toilet seat lifted when you neared the commode so you didn't have to touch it. We were in heaven for our 5 night stay and didn't want to leave.
We can't wait to go back! thank you so much for such an incredible experience. My husband and I are truly humbled by the grace, warmth and hospitality shown to us at Hotel Mume.
We can't recommend it highly enough.