The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto enjoys a strategic location on the banks of the Kamogawa River, with expansive views of the Higashiyama mountains. The hotel is close to Kyoto’s downtown districts including Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho.
The architects and designers have replicated the character and aesthetic of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard into the architectural structure of the building as well as the interiors of all of its 136 guest rooms. This includes the use of patterned motifs created by local artists and incorporation of water features such as a three-storey waterfall positioned in the heart of the hotel that pours down to the swimming pool in the basement.
The hotel’s top of the line Kamogawa Suite was designed to evoke the feel of Japan’s ancient capital with private moon deck gardens (tsukimidai) and floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the Kamogawa River and Higashiyama Mountains. The suite’s interior incorporates Japanese motifs and décor including Shippo, a tradition of Kyoto craftsmen.
The bedroom comes complete with a King-size bed, large windows, walk-in closet and has 600-thread-count linens.
The luxurious marble bathroom with cherry blossom design on its walls feature combined bathtub and rainforest showerhead. There is also an additional LCD TV in the bath area.
The hotel has four distinctive restaurant and bar venues where guests can indulge in exceptional fine dining ranging from traditional Japanese cuisine offerings and authentic Italian specialties to a lobby lounge with creative tea selection to the stunning waterfall bar.
The hotel’s spa by industry leader ESPA offers luxurious treatments uding products made from the highest quality botanical essences and marine actives.
Cost: 200,000 Yen (approx. $ 1,800)
Size: 1,344 sq ft
Why should you splurge on it?
With the notable absence of big brands, The Ritz-Carlton occupies a prime position in the Kyoto cityscape. Famous for its array of temples and shrines, Kyoto is full of charm and architectural splendor and the hotel’s interior is quintessentially all about that. Guests can also savor authentic Japanese cuisine at the hotel’s Mizuki restaurant, which also specializes in sushi, teppanyaki and kaiseki.
The Kamogawa Suite is designed with a traditional Kyoto sensibility and with the principles of miyabi or Japanese aesthetic concepts. The ceiling-to-floor windows offer panoramic 180-degree views of the Higashiyama mountains in the East which turn a rich shade of imperial purple at sunset. The hotel is a must visit especially during the cherry blossom season.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0902 Japan