Ritz Carlton has definitely started a “shape up” to its brand with the new properties. Kyoto´s is definitely the one that sticks out the most!
I was there in May for some nights. The hotel is newly opened but I must say that it doesn´t suffer any “child deseases” like many new opened hotel often often. The management and staff are really prepared and highly professional.
The overall design is modern but reminds you of the traditional japanese rykoan in every detail.
It is built on banks of the Kamagawa River on land that was gifted to the original owners in the early shogunate era five centuries ago. It used to be an old hotel which has been rebuilt. As you can not build high buildings in Kyoto so the hotel develops some floors under ground but the have succeeded in doing a great job as you do not really realize it from inside. It is right in the heart of the city. Safe area as all Japan is so no worries.
Most room have internal view of the courtyard and just some on the river. I recommend river view and the higher category room if you want to appreciate the best of the Ritz Carlton in Kyoto. I slept in a Kamogawa luxury room. Worth the money. Amazing amenities such as locally handmade soap to the classic Ritz Carlton amenities.
The rooms are silent. Very silent. You can really get some good sleep. The beds are very comfortable and of course pillow menu is avaialble. Coffee and tea complimentary in the room.
The bathrooms are very big and have walk-in shower and tub in same area. The toilet seats, in separate room, are high tech with water cleaning, heated seat and drying option…you know what i mean.. 😉
Tv screen is HD and can rotate outwards towards the room. All the room has amazing woodcraft and furniture.
Lobby – Design – Common areas
I will let the pictures speak by themselves. The design is modern but very japanese. Each details is just right! Local handicraft and artisans have helped build the hotel
Once you step out of the car you are greated by this gentle “river” which guides you towards the entrance were…
..you are welcomed by the concierge desk and an amazing wall of thousands of ceramic tiles decorating the wall. You just understand you have stepped into an exceptional hotel.
Once inside the lobby you find a cosy bar and reading area.
Bonsai, japanese art…you just feel that you are in Japan.
Different option to choose between. I went for the bonito sushi in the Bar. I highly recommend it!
Breakfast is just great. Fresh products, many choices and professional staff.
Spa & Gym
Situated the bottom floor it is private, silent and just gorgeously decorated. No need to bring swimming suite they provide everything there for free. The pool faces the internal wall with a waterfall. Such a relaxing environment were to spend some quality time. I highly recommend a visit also if you are not a SPA lover.
-Amazing design. You know and feel you are in Japan.
-Many rooms with no special view or just on the internal courtyard. Be sure to ask for a River facing room.
Overall vote: 9 out of 10