Meanwhile in Japan – Kyoto gets its first Luxury Collection Hotel – Suiran

Starwood’s Luxury Collection has finally made it to the shores of Japan, and just in time for sakura or cherry blossom season. Not your average hotel experience this, the Kyoto property has been designed to resemble a traditional Japanese ryokan. “The Luxury Collection’s unique brand proposition combined with renowned Japanese hospitality makes Suiran perfectly poised to strengthen Starwood’s luxury portfolio in Japan.”

“We are thrilled to unveil Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto – a portal to the city’s rich cultural heritage and exquisite natural setting,” said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives, StarwoodHotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. Located in the Arashiyama district in the western part of Kyoto, Suiran, we hear, is idyllically situated on the riverside with sweeping views of the Arashiyama hills, a national historic site home to the famed Bamboo Grove and place of scenic beauty.

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Suiran features 39 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, inspired by traditional ryokan-style accommodations, ranging from 500 to 1,000 square feet. The residential hotel occupies part of the grounds of Tenryuji Temple, a World Heritage site that formerly housed “Rantei,” a well-known traditional Japanese ryokan from the 1960s long used by the Japanese government.

Suiran has preserved elements of its esteemed past, including two original structures, “Enmei-kaku,” which was built in 1899, and “Hasshoken,” constructed in 1910, which have undergone extensive restoration and now house the hotel’s restaurant, Kyo Suiran, and café, Saryo Hassui. Kyo Suiran offers a traditional yet modern dining experience where guests can enjoy locally inspired flavors in an authentic atmosphere. With its exposed straw-thatched roof, pillars and moon-shaped windows, Saryo Hasui serves exquisite meals centered on Japanese green tea.

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Suiran also offers two private treatment rooms equipped with a Japanese-style open-air bath as well as the option for in-room treatments. Guests can enjoy traditional Japanese-style treatments, including Seiran, a body massage with tea seed oil, scrub with green tea and facial treatment with jade stones and collagen mask.

starwood-3What you should expect if you book
A room peppered with traditional motifs and in culturally significant hues, with unparalleled natural vistas each season: from the dramatic cherry blossoms in Spring and the lush verdure in Summer, to Autumn’s bright tapestry of leaves and silvery blankets of snow in Winter.


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