This is truly a spectacular hotel. We were fortunate to spend four nights here in mid-March and have to echo the sentiments of those who’ve commented on the amazing interior. It’s stunning. I can’t imagine anyone entering the hotel and not being “wowed”.
We were in a luxury Kamogawa room overlooking the river. I understand there are numerous room categories and this suited us perfectly (particularly the huge soaking tub).
I had to work while on vacation. This was almost a treat given the constant changing river views in front of me. Although we were there before the cherry blossoms, I can imagine how beautiful they must be as viewed from the hotel.
I had a wonderful massage in the spa and we throughly enjoyed a swim in the warm pool (with retro swim caps!) and sauna after.
The breakfast buffet was copious and very good as was the Italian restaurant. I’d highly recommend both. And after a day out, it was a real treat to sit by the fire in the lounge for tea or a cocktail.
But here’s what really differentiates the hotel for me.
I arrived at the hotel after spending five days quite ill in Tokyo. Even the day we arrived I’d considered returning to the States rather than continue the trip. I’m so very glad that I went on the Ritz. I couldn’t have been better received or taken care of. The wonderful Four Seasons Marunouchi (please see that review) had contacted the Ritz on my behalf and wow, did they come through for me. I was cosseted and looked after as if a VIP. There was seeming nothing that was too much trouble.
Dinner out was not always an option given how I felt and I spent more time in my room and the hotel than I might otherwise, so I know whereof I speak.
The thoughtfulness and kindness displayed was extraordinary. I can’t recommend this hotel highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in February 2014 as the first luxury urban resort in Japan, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto sits serenely on the banks of the Kamogawa river, with sweeping views of the famous Higashiyama mountains. The resort features 134 guest rooms and suites, four restaurants and bars, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, and four different types of banquet rooms ranging from corporate dinners, to meetings, exhibitions and private events. The resort also boasts a unique partnership with Pierre Hermé Paris, creator of Haute Pàtisserie, showcasing popular creations and introducing an exclusive range of signature desserts. Blending the centuries old traditions and rich culture of Japan's ancient capital with modern luxury, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto brings to life the cultural heart of Japan. The hotel is in close proximity to Kyoto's popular downtown areas including Gion, Pontocho and the city's retail and entertainment district. ... more less
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