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“Serenity in Kyoto”

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Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Ranked #9 of 398 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 April 2007

Recently stayed 4 nights at the Hyatt Kyoto. From the moment I stepped out of the taxi you feel at peace. The decor is minimilist chic - soothing colours and quiet. Rooms are compact but completely functional and the decor is sublime. The bathroom was comprised of 3 small areas which worked together. The prices in the restaurants vary widely. A cup of coffee ranges from free to $10 depending on where you have it. (the free coffee is outside the main entrance early in the morning). The service from the front desk, concierge, housekeeping was efficient and there were no problems with communication. There is a bus stop outside of the hotel which is very easy to use to see the sights of Kyoto. Sightseeing companies unfortunately do not do a pick up at this hotel as of yet, but a taxi is about $7 to the train station. Do not mis the temples and shrines which are an easy walk from the hotel. At night you can sleep with the window open and not be disturbed by traffic the benefit of not being in the centre of the city. I would not think of staying anywhere else in Kyoto.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 March 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Hyatt Kyoto for 2 nights during our belated honeymoon in March 2007. We loved this hotel.
The Hyatt Kyoto is new and gorgeous. The best thing about the hotel is that it doesn't feel like every other 5-star hotel in any major international city. The hotel includes uniquely Japanese touches. For example, the rooms are decorated with kimono fabrics. The beautiful bathroom is Japanese style, with a deep bathtub, separate shower, and a stool so one can sit and scrub down before soaking in the tub. The high-tech toilet comes with a heated seat. There was bamboo planted outside the windows. And there is a pretty garden with a cherry blossom tree outside the hotel.
The Hyatt is in a great location close to Gion and major sights. We used taxis to get around, and the cost was pretty reasonable. The hotel is located across the street from the national museum and next to a beautiful temple with 1,001 statutes of Buddhas.
We splurged on the breakfast buffet one morning and it was really good. There was yummy fruit (not cheap in Japan!), pastries, yogurt, cereal, eggs, mini-pancakes, mini-waffles, potatoes, salad, a whole ham, quiche, tomatoes, smoked salmon, cheeses, juices, etc.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2007

I can really recommend this new Hyatt if you want to go western style in Kyoto.
We were for 10 days in Kyoto and Mount Koya. The first 6 nights we slept Japanese style. It was very nice to have the last days in a western style hotel (bed instead of sleeping on the floor, croissants instead of tofu and seeweed for breakfast!).
The service in this hotel was excellent. The rooms nice. And the location across the main museum was good. It seemed that all the staff spoke English.
And don´t miss the hotel shop. They have great beautiful gifts to bring back home!

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2007

We initially booked just one night in Kyoto, but after checking in to the Hyatt, decided to come back after our visit to Osaka - as we spent the entire day in this wonderful hotel.

The staff were charming (although, they didn't let me practice my Japanese!) and the rooms were simple and luxurious. We were a big fan of the large shower "room" and the beautiful view over the garden.

The hotel was suprisingly affordable, as we had paid an equatable amount at other Japanese hotels which were no where as large and beautifully appointed at the Hyatt. On our second stay we chose the Set Dinner and Stay package, where we endulged in a set dinner in Touzan, the Japanese restaurant. I would recommend this highly.

When I get the chance to visit again, I will definately stay at the HR Kyoto.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2007

I had a nice 2 night experience at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto. I would recommend this hotel. The service was outstanding and the room comfortable and light. The bed was very comfortable. I did feel the rate for Saturday night was a little too high.

Because of the amazing temple, next door, this is a wonderful place to stay. The temple is phenominal. You must go!!

Seriously, both my friend and I both thought our room was haunted. No, I am not kidding. He swears he saw a vision in the bathroom when I was in the spa. I swear I heard something in the room, when I opened the door, coming back, one evening.

Speaking of the spa, amazing! I had an acupuncture/massage treatment that was very nice. Who knew that Sake also has a warming effect when poured in the small tub to soak your feet?

On the downside, we had breakfast in the lobby restaurant. The waffles were fine but why the staff (it seemed like 50 wait staff) needed to be on staff, is beyond me. More annoyingly, some of them had those headsets on that made them look like they were at a Janet Jackson concert. It is not necessary to have 5 different waiters assist with you breakfast order.

I liked the hotel overall and would stay again!

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled on business
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Thank Matt89
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Reviewed 5 March 2007

We chose this hotel after having read the reviews on this site. Thinking it would be pricey, especially a Hyatt in Japan, we were amazed to see on the hotel's website a king bedded room for approx. 90 sterling, less during midweek, in February. Very reasonable for this standard of hotel. The pictures on the hotel website give a good idea of this hotel's minimalist and Zen style. It is really every bit as beautiful as it looks. The room (standard) was stylish and pristine. Gorgeous silks over the bed in lieu of headboard were a stylish touch. Generous wardrobes, ample bath area with separate toilet, sink area and wetroom with fab shower and black floortiles and bath. Staff were efficient and friendly. Lobby and public areas very chic and spotless. Nice art touches. We ate in the Grill a few times and the food was superb and fresh. It overlooks a lovely little Zen garden. Also a very nice Italian restaurant on 1st floor which is a cafe during the day serving excellent French pastries and there is an in house pattiserie too. Frequented by lots of local ladies that lunch! Overall a great location too we found, opposite Kyoto Museum and a major temple right next door(Sanjusangendo). Bus stop outside, but we found taxis pretty reasonable. We will return, Kyoto has so much to see. We were in Gion at 5.30pm on a Friday evening and saw many Geisha.
TH & KGH, Jersey, C.I.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2007

Stayed: December 2006
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Address: 644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kyoto Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Kyoto
#4 Spa Hotel in Kyoto
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
#7 Family Hotel in Kyoto
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range: $354 - $734 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hyatt Regency Kyoto 4.5*
Number of rooms: 187
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