I knew I was in for a special experience from the moment we were welcomed at the Inn. We were tired from a long day of travel from Tokyo and a bit chilly (Kyoto is decidedly cooler than Tokyo) from the walk from the subway station, so it was like a slice of heaven to be greeted into the warm lobby by a team of welcoming attendants, sat by a steaming fire, and handed a delicious cup of tea. The next three days were filled with experiences like this...the staff anticipates your every need and then exceeds your expectations. It's like having 6 doting mothers care for you in every possible way. For example - I became sick with a respiratory infection and let them know... they found an English-speaking doctor for me within a few blocks, and when I returned, they knew I would want to rest so my bed was laid out for me, the room lights were dimmed, the room temperature adjusted warmed, and a robe and slippers were set out for me. The rest of the time spent there was just as special - tea and snacks brought to your room, wonderful meals prepared for you, etc. The Inn itself is sparse and beautiful. It is a wonderful mixture of traditional elements and modern/luxury appointments. Certainly the cost is very high, but again - this is a once in a lifetime experience. Fair warning - we did not realize that the alcohol would be charged separately and only discovered this when we received our final bill.
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