The Park Hyatt brand made its Kyoto debut with the opening of Park Hyatt Kyoto. The property is located within Higashiyama Hills, one of the city’s best-preserved historic districts. The area is known as the birthplace of Japanese zen gardens, the Japanese tea ceremony and Ikebana flower arrangement. The hotel is adjacent to Kodai-ji Temple and within walking distance of many UNESCO World Heritage sites.
There are 70 guestrooms, including nine suites, within the property, with furnishings crafted from local materials and with views of the zen garden. Walking through the property’s historic gardens, guests find Kyoyamato, a historic Kaiseki eatery opened in 1877. Other dining options include Kyoto Bistro, a street-side café serving international and Japanese comfort food; The Living Room, for Japanese breakfast and afternoon tea; Yasaka, a Japanese restaurant with views of Yasaka Pagoda; and Kohaku, a sophisticated bar serving rare and craft spirits. The on-site spa features a private bath house with Japanese-style bathtubs and dry and mist saunas.
“We are excited to introduce the Park Hyatt brand of personal and exceptional hospitality in a special place like Kyoto and look forward to unlocking the unique character of Japan’s ancient capital of high arts and craft,” said Mark de Leeuwerk, general manager, Park Hyatt Kyoto. “It has been a privilege for us to work closely with our neighbors in Higashiyama as well as the artisans and craftsmen of this beautiful city.”
“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of Park Hyatt Kyoto, the second Park Hyatt hotel in Japan in 25 years, and to offer guests a refined home-away-from-home in this remarkable city,” added David Udell, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “We are grateful to the hotel’s owners, Kyoyamato and Takenaka Corporation, for their trust, support and deep understanding of luxury hospitality. Park Hyatt Kyoto is a celebration of Japanese harmony and tranquility and we look forward to seeing guests immerse themselves in the city’s inspiring heritage and culture.”
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