I have visited this hotel several times in the past few years and it has always been positive experience. I could not find another hotel in Kyoto at par with the Hyatt Regency.
The location is superb: 50 meters to Sanjūsangen-dō, right across the street of the Kyoto National museum, 150 meters to the Toyokuni Shrine and much more - even Gion can be reached on foot (well, it takes a few approx. 15 minutes, but it's downhill).
The interior of the hotel is very nice, especially the wooden lobby hall (which has free wifi-internet. If you book through hyatt.com you might get free cabled internet access in your room).
The size of the rooms are ok (not huge, but good for Japanese standards). Needless to say that the rooms are well maintained and very clean, with a large wash/shower area and the mandatory Japanese high-tech toilet.
The walls of the rooms are thin - unless you have a corner room, you might have to put up with some noise (depending on your neighbour).
The guests seem to a very international crowd. The fact that staff speaks good English (for Japan) might be a supportive factor.
The restaurants in the hotel have good quality Japanese and western food. Especially the Italian restaurant stands out. The grill is a bit over priced from my pov and quality is so-so (I had a fish that I hardly could find on the plate which smelled very fishy - usually a sign for 'fishy'-food ;-) Yeah well, but who orders fish in a grill restaurant anyway... As I didn't have a beer or wine with the fish, I was charged USD 8.5 for not ordering an alcoholic beverage. A hint to the management: such actions do not improve the guest experience!
The breakfast in the same restaurant is great. You have two choices: the 'garden' breakfast (which is continental buffet) - or a full (including warm food) break fast. The latter one is about doubled the price - it's up to you to decide it it's worth it.
The gym of the hotel is a bit tricky to find (there is a separate elevator on the 2nd floor wing of the hotel, that indirectly (with a stop at the spa reception) brings you to the basement). The machines are well maintained, clean, latest stuff - including a good selection of free weights. I have not met anyone in the gym - maybe they are all exhausted from sight seeing...
In the immediate surrounding of the hotel you also find: a drink vending machine at the bus stop right in front of the hotel (saves you from the higher mini-bar prices), a convenience shop 3 minutes down the street and a McDonalds (4 minutes to walk down the street).
A nice smoking corner is just around the hotel corner (for those who need it) - the small forest surrounding the hotel is also home to a few squirrels which you might see there.
In any case: you cannot go wrong with this hotel.
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