I was lucky enough to spend five nights in this fantastic hotel in July. THe experience begins as you leave your car. The entrance to the hotel is behind a discreet and elegant low wall which blends in to the local environs. The entrance then leads on to a serene flowing waterway which echoes the river running alongside the hotel. Once inside the building the design and attention to detail continue to amaze, the style is both contemporary and traditional Japanese influence. The lobby is relaxing and welcoming. The restaurants were all superb. The swimming pool was a delight. The bedrooms were beautifully appointed with the BEST bathtub ( Japanese style soaking tub) Little details such as a choice of bath salts and the uber-large bath sheet were perfect. The bed was extremely comfortable and of course covered in fantastic linen. The highlight however was the exceptional service. Every single member of staff we encountered was beyond helpful. I hope that the RC matins these high standards as I shall definitely be returning.
- 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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