Warm and inviting, the Hyatt Regency Kyoto lets its Japanese style shine, while making sure guests from around the world still feel at home. Located in the historic area of Higashiyama Shichijo, the hotel caters to a combination of business and leisure travelers.
The main lobby is airy and bright. It is obvious from the minute you arrive, communication will not be an issue. The staff is multilingual and both the front desk and concierge are happy to help with everything from money exchange, to airport transportation, and dinner reservations.
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto has 189 guest rooms. Minimalist design and smart use of space make rooms feel bigger, while not only retaining functionality, but letting personality show. The colorful kimono fabric headboard immediately catches your eye when you enter the room.
The bathroom is in essence divided into three practical spaces. It has a separate bath and shower room, a toilet area with door and an open vanity space with a single sink. The layout allows three people to use the bathroom at the same time and still have a decent amount of privacy. This is an especially nice perk for a traveling family.
Guest rooms offer a nice selection of amenities including flat screen televisions and safes, but there are also some unexpected extras like a DVD player and an electric hot water kettle to make tea. The Hyatt Regency Kyoto also offers a handy amenity they call the Convenience Collection. Forget toothpaste? Can’t find your hair brush or want a cup of tea? They’ll deliver it to your room quickly, even at 4am.
Always empty during my stay, the fitness center is large with an assortment of cardiovascular equipment. The schedule varies, but group classes are also available. The hotel has a beautiful Japanese garden if a quick walk is more your style.
There are three restaurants in the hotel, offering a variety of choices from steak and seafood, casual Italian and Japanese food. Some room packages include breakfast. The buffet has the expected egg, cereal and pastry options, but the restaurant also serves a traditional Japanese style breakfast that includes herring, seasonal vegetables, rice, pickles and Miso Soup. The Japanese breakfast takes about a half an hour to prepare, so it’s best to order the night before and the staff will have it ready when you arrive.
The hotel’s location offers a variety of sightseeing options within walking distance. The Kyoto National Museum is located across the street. The Sanjusangendo Temple, the Yogen-in Temple and the Chishaku-in Temple are all located within a block or so of the hotel. If you planning on using any city buses while you are in town, there’s a stop just outside the lobby. The hotel concierge will help with routes and the necessary change.
Dana’s stay was hosted by the Hyatt Regency Kyoto, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.