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Opened in February 2014, the Ritz-Carlton is a fantastic addition to Kyoto's luxury hotel scene. It's in a great location overlooking the Kamo River, and within walking distance of the downtown shops and restaurants of Kawaramachi, as well as the Gion and Pontocho geisha districts.
The 134 guest rooms are elegantly decorated and include the Ritz-Carlton's signature 600 thread count bed linen. Amenities include large flatscreen TVs, Blu-ray disc players, Nespresso coffee machine and spacious bathrooms with a walk-in rain shower, separate bathtub and double wash basins with luxury toiletries. A Japanese aesthetic is ensured with bonsai and original Japanese art works decorating each room. Free wi-fi internet as well as wired internet is available in all rooms and throughout the hotel.
The hotel has a Japanese restaurant - Mizuki - where guests can indulge in multi-course Kaiseki dinners, and an Italian - La Locanda - which serves fine Italian cuisine with a contemporary cuisine, within a historic century-old dining room. There is also a Pierre Hermes Paris concession providing guests with the finest French macaroons, pastries and desserts. The health club includes a 20 metre indoor swimming pool, steam room, dry sauna, gym, relaxation room and seven spa treatment rooms.
Why we love it
The excellent concierge service is available to assist with everything from advice on sightseeing, to restaurant reservations and getting inside access to some of Kyoto's hidden treasures.