Kyoto, set in Kansai region on the island of Honshu, has many choices for hotels, which give the guests a pleasant and lovely experience in the city. If you are traveling and Kansai region and still in a dilemma on where to stay, don’t worry, we have broken down ten best hotels in Kyoto.
Kyoto has a restricted amount of Best (global class standard) hotels, unlike Tokyo, which is awash in luxury hotels. Luckily, those who do exist are of a high standard and are very much used to getting global visitors.
Located 2 km from Kiyomizu-Dera, a hilltop Buddhist temple, The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto lies on a tree-lined street just 9-minute walk from Shichijo train station. From the time of arrival, Kyoto wows four seasons until you say goodbye to it. The hotel offers excellent service, beautiful interiors, a spa, and spectacular gardens.
The rooms here feature sitting areas with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and balconies that have garden views. The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto has two restaurants, an indoor pool, two hot tubs, and 24-hour open gym facilities. There are a pond and a teahouse in the garden.
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After 2 km drive from the vibrant district of Gion and a 6-minute walk from a subway station, The Ritz-Carlton is situated on the shores of the Kamogawa River. The ryokan-inspired Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, known as a contender for the best hotel in Japan, has beautiful views of the Higashiyama mountains.
The rooms here come with marble bathrooms and wi-fi facilities. It is home to 4 different restaurants in which 1 serves Italian fare and a bar. The Ritz Carlton has a beautiful riverside setting which delivers on style, service, comfort, and cuisine.
One of the luxurious ryokans in one of the most scenic spots of Kyoto, Yoshida Sanso, is located 2 km from Jingu-Marutamachi train station, and 4 km from the iconic mountain-top Buddhist temple, Kiyomizu-Dera.
The streamlined rooms feature tatami mats, futons, Chabudai tables, and private bathrooms and also feature mountain and garden views. The hotel is set in a traditional 1930s Japanese building featuring antiques and stained glass. Free Wi-Fi, TVs are all featured in the rooms. The hotel also has a regional restaurant with floor to ceiling windows.
Set in Arashiyama, Hoshinoya Kyoto is a riverside resort hotel set on the Katsura River. The hotel is surrounded by trees, located among remote forests and can only be accessed through a boat. It is located 2 km from Arashiyama train station.
Romantic and impeccably designed Hoshinoya hotel has traditional rooms which feature tatami floors, futons. The rooms have woodland or river views. The hotel has a restaurant serving high-end cuisine. One of the significant features of the hotel is a floating tearoom.
The Kyomachiya Hotel Shiki Juraku lies in a quiet residential area on the west side of Kyoto Imperial Palace. The hotel has double-level guestrooms with private garden, artworks. The hotel is set within a traditional Japanese-style townhouse of a 100-year history.
It has a ten tranquil two-story suites which feature separate living rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs; some even have tatami floors or/and futons. The hotel also features a spa, a garden, and a bar. The wooing factors of this hotel is the spa and its treatment rooms.
Just right next to JR Kyoto Station Building Complex, the Hotel Granvia Kyoto is only 3 km from the famous Kiyomizu-Dera temple. Kyoto’s most significant hotel has endless dining and shopping options, which doesn’t make you leave the complex.
The hotel features rooms with free Wi-Fi, TVs, living space, and sitting areas. The hotel feature dining options like French, Chinese, and Italian restaurants. It also has a sushi bar and a teppanyaki grill with city views. Facilities of a bakery, bar, indoor pool, gym, hot tub, sauna are also available in the hotel.
Kanamean Nishitomiya is an elegant inn with modern touches run by charismatic family owners of the fifth generation in Kyoto. It is located 2-minute walk from Nishiki Market and 8 minutes walk from Kawaramachi train station.
This traditional inn features seven suites which come with Wi-Fi access, TVs, garden views, wooden soaking tubs, tatami floors, futons, and Chabudai dining tables. Dating from the 19th century, this hotel has an elegant garden and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
The Celestine Kyoto Gion sits in the center of the historic Gion district. The hotel balanced traditional Japanese details with modern fixtures. Fifteen minutes walk from Kiyomizu-Dera, the Celestine Kyoto have rooms that provide complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, minibars, etc.
Featuring a bar, a warm restaurant with wooden partitions, the hotel has an Endo restaurant for multi-course tasting menus of sashimi and tempura. Some amenities of the hotel is a gender-segregated, communal bathhouse and an elegant garden.
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Suiran Kyoto is an intimate 39-room property which is an 8-minute walk from the iconic Tenryu-Zen Temple. It is surrounded by several historical, cultural, and natural wonders. The hotel has rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat screens, minifridges and some even have balconies with garden or mountain views.
It also provides tatami mats, Chabudai dining tables, and futons. Some rooms even come with river views. With an understated restaurant, and a refines café with terrace and river views, the hotel has a garden which features an open-air spa with hot spring baths.
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Just a few steps north of Sanjo-Dori Street, Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel, is a fantastic addition to the Kyoto hotel scene. This pristine hotel, on the banks of the Kamogawa River, is a 3-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-Mae subway station, and 2 km from the 17th century Nijo Castle.
The Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier has rooms with sitting areas having free Wi-Fi, flat-screens. Some of the places even offer river views. Having an airy restaurant that serves Japanese and French cuisine, the hotel has a café, a landscaped garden and a gender-segregated communal bathhouse with indoor and open-air pools.
Having touches of top-quality Japanese flare and design, the Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier is a stylish hotel with very reasonable rates given the location and quality.