Now Open: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC has opened its newest Japanese hotel. Located in the heart of a city famed for its Zen temples, palaces and gardens, The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is a peaceful sanctuary on the banks of the Kamogawa River in Nijho Ohashi, close to Kyoto’s popular downtown areas including Gion and Kawaramachi-dori, the city’s retail and entertainment districts.

 

Retaining the chracter and aesthetic of a traditional Meiji-era house and courtyard, the hotel’s interiors created by Peter Remedios and Spin Studios pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with patterned motifs by local artisans, Zen rock gardens (karesansui) and water features, including a 4-storey waterfall. 134 guestrooms and suites, including the Kamogawa Suite with its moon deck garden (tsukimidai), offer full views of the river and the Higashiyama Mountains.

 

Against the elegant surrounds, The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto’s lineup of fine dining venues add to the culinary offerings of Kyoto. Signature Japanese restaurant, Mizuki, presents refined dining of the traditional Kaiseki alongside sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. An outdoor terrace with fire pits lets diners enjoy the dynamic outdoor scenery during Sakura and Autumn seasons. La Locanda, the Italian restaurant, features its own walk-in charcuterie and l’affineur cheese cellar, with an impressive 250-label wine list that can be enjoyed within the privacy of the Ebisugawatei room, housed in a preserved historically-listed building. Complementing both venues is the stylish and modern The Bar, while the Lobby Lounge features lighting with the motif of a Japanese umbrella accentuating popular dessert creations from Pierre Hermé Paris of Haute Pâtisserie fame.

 

Meetings, weddings and events at the hotel’s 4 rooms (each named after a cherry blossom species – Takane, Kocho, Shidare and Kanzan) promise to be a culturally- and visually-stimulating affair. Exquisite Nishijin textiles with cherry blossom and plum design in the carpets lend a distinctly Japanese feel to the events. Leisure guests can relax completely at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, nestled at the foot of the hotel’s waterfall, indulging in signature services inspired by the rich Japanese culture and ESPA.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto becomes the brand’s fourth Japanese property, following The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, The Ritz-Carlton Osaka and The Ritz-Carlton Okinawa.

 

For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

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