The 7 Best Luxury Hotels in Kyoto

Kyoto is renowned for its beauty, tranquillity and hospitality
Kyoto is renowned for its beauty, tranquillity and hospitality | © Ben McRae / Alamy
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Osaka Hub Writer23 April 2019

Kyoto is renowned for its beauty, tranquillity and hospitality. From within the calm of natural settings on the outskirts of the city to the buzz of downtown, all these luxury hotels do their bit to uphold the city’s impeccable reputation.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Kyoto hotels don’t come more central than the Hotel Granvia, located as it is inside the city’s main train station. The building’s striking architectural style encases guests in elegance, and certain rooms – which ranges from singles to suites – offer direct views of the Kyoto Tower. The hotel offers halal food in one of its eight restaurants, Ukihashi.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge

Aoi HOTEL KYOTO

Aoi Hotel, in central Kyoto, is a great choice for any kind of traveller, but it’s especially suited to families. Though luxurious, it’s reasonably priced and includes extras such as kitchenettes, refrigerators and on-site laundry. In the rooms, guests are greeted by traditional Japanese screen prints and lovely river views.

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Free WiFi
Concierge services
Smoke-free property

Hotel Kanra Kyoto

Another hotel near to Kyoto Station and with gorgeous views of the Kyoto Tower, Hotel Kanra gives guests easy access to all the best parts of the city. The decor perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the city: minimalist design that’s both sleek and welcoming. There’s also a shop where you can purchase Japanese pottery and witness artful repairs carried out using ancient techniques.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Welcoming guests with a lush bamboo grove straight out of a painting, the Hyatt Regency Kyoto entwines traditional Japanese beauty into every aspect of your stay. A maiko (apprentice geisha) performs a traditional dance for guests every evening; rooms feature Japanese wooden bathtubs and sliding screen doors. A spa, fitness centre and six restaurants round out the hotel’s offering.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

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  • Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto

    Surian, in scenic Arashiyama, combines the tranquillity of a natural Japanese setting with the modern conveniences Marriott hotels are known for. The Meiji Era-inspired building houses a gourmet restaurant and an onsen, and wide windows open onto traditional Japanese gardens and the picturesque Hozu River. Free train station pick-up, a full-service spa and concierge services are also included.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service

    The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

    The Ritz-Carlton is perched right on the scenic Kamo River, the jewel of Kyoto. Many of the luxury rooms and suites feature gorgeous views and private zen gardens. Curated activity programs offer guests personalised hiking, meditation and culinary experiences. A spa, indoor pool, four restaurants and a day care are all on the premises.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

    The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto transforms your stay into a full-on cultural experience. In the quaint historic district of Higashiyama, this intimate hideaway transports guests to a bygone time. The 800-year-old garden, which the complex is built around, was mentioned in an epic poem called The Tale of Heike that dates back to the 12th century. Experience tea ceremonies, Michelin-star sushi, ancient healing spa treatments, all without leaving the grounds.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on April 23, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.