Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto

Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto

What kind of hotel is Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto?

This is a 5-star luxury boutique hotel with private hot springs in Arashiyama.  There are only 39 rooms. If you love the Arashiyama area, you may want to stay here. Also, there are some rooms with private hot springs. If you are a hot spring freak, the hotel is one of the best in Arashiyama.

Arashiyama, located in the west of Kyoto City, is an area famous for its scenic atmosphere and has been a vacation home for aristocrats for over 1000 years. The hotel was also renovated from a mansion from that era, so there is a historic and stately gate, a wonderful Japanese garden, and a tea house on the premises.

After passing through the gate, walking along the narrow path to the entrance while looking at the traditional Japanese garden, I felt a sense of peace as if I was completely separated from the hassle of the mundane world.

Once you step into the hotel grounds, you will find yourself in a completely “Japanese” world. Rather than a hotel, you feel as if you have wandered into some venerable temple.

One of the interesting things about this hotel is that you can take a rickshaw to the hotel. There is also the option of a one-way cab service from Kyoto Station to the hotel, but since you are here, you may want to try the rickshaw.

You will be guided by a polite, cheerful, and friendly cartman. You will slowly pass through the bustling area in front of the station, take the Togetsukyo Bridge on your right, and come to the Katsura River, where you will find a calm atmosphere. In the meantime, we reached the entrance of the hotel.

Located in Arashiyama, Kyoto, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The location is excellent, within walking distance of many famous and historic sites, including the world heritage sites of Tenryuji Temple and Togetsukyo Bridge. It is a 35-minute drive or 40-minute train ride from Kyoto Station.

If I had to pick one drawback, it would be that the view of Arashiyama from the restaurant, teahouse, and garden is wonderful, but from rooms other than suites, the view is not so good. Since the surrounding area is a World Heritage Site, there are restrictions in the building code, and the buildings themselves are low.  Also, if you want to enjoy the full amenities of a hotel, such as a swimming pool, sauna, and gym, this is not the place for you. The hotel doesn’t have a swimming pool but instead has a wonderful hot spring. There is a gym, but it’s very small.

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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it’s easy.  Free shuttle service is available for one-way trips to the hotel. Guests can either take a cab from Kyoto Station or a rickshaw from JR Saga Arashiyama station, Arashiyama station on the Randen Line, and Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Line.

By cab, take a cab from the MK Taxi Hachijo-guchi stop at Hachijo-guchi exit of JR Kyoto Station. If you have a lot of luggage, a cab may be more convenient.

To request any of the above, call the hotel at least three days prior to check-in (TEL 075-872-0101) or send an email (reservations@suirankyoto.com)

Where is the best accommodation for anniversaries in Kyoto?

If you are looking for a good place for a special occasion, the property is one of the best.  The staff arranges flowers and cakes to celebrate an anniversary at additional charges if you request in advance.
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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with a private hot spring.  The spring quality was wonderful more than I expected.

Upon entering the room, you’ll find yourself in a space with a combination of Japanese and Western-style flooring and tatami mats, unlike the usual hotel atmosphere you might imagine. It doesn’t have the stimulation of an up-and-coming luxury hotel, but you can feel the warmth of relaxation.

The most noteworthy feature of this guest room is probably this private outdoor hot spring bath. It is nice to have such a comfortable bath time available in Arashiyama, a place known for its mountain ridges and natural beauty.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, pajamas, bathrobes, yukatas, bottled water, a coffee machine with capsules and a Japanese tea set, etc.  There are Plusui skincare products and BYREDOC bath amenities in the bathroom. complimentary coffee is available in the lobby.  Room service is available for 24H.  Turn-down service is available.  Free Wifi reception was good on the property.  There is a convenience store nearby.

Then this is child-friendly.  Staff provides baby cribs, amenities, and yukatas for small children if you request in advance.

Then, the traditional teahouse called café HASSUI on-site offers “Champagne Delight” between 17:00 and 19:00.  Complimentary champagne, wine, Japanese sake, dry fruits, Hors d’oeuvres, cakesalé, etc., were available.  From the terrace seats, you can fully enjoy a spectacular view of the Togetsukyo Bridge, with the Hozu River and Arashiyama directly in front of you. As it is getting darker and darker, the time to have a drink while enjoying the scenery of the Hozu River and Arashiyama is truly a special feeling. *The terrace is not recommended in winter only because of the cold weather, but during other seasons, you can relax on the terrace. If possible, you may want to ask the staff when you check in to reserve a table on the terrace. Especially on weekends.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are two private family hot springs.  They cost 3,500JPY for 45min.  You need to book in advance if you want to use it when you check-in.  They are open from 6:00-12:00, 15:00-24:00, and on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no communal bath, no club lounge, no swimming pool, no sauna, etc., on-site. There is only a small gym on 2F.

Then there is a spa treatment shop on 3F. It’s open between 15:00 and 22:00. You need to make an appointment in advance if you want to have a treatment service.

Then the hotel is universal design and wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring someone with weak legs, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the reception.
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How about meals?

Breakfast is served at “Kyo Suiran,” a restaurant that makes use of the hotel’s traditional architecture from the Meiji era. You can choose either Western or Japanese cuisine for breakfast. Overall the portion tends to be small. We chilled out at the restaurant while viewing the amazing garden in the morning.  Breakfast starts at 7:00 AM.

Then if you stay here, I would recommend visiting the French restaurant “Arashiyama Mitate” for lunch or dinner.  This is a Japanese & French Fusion Cuisine.  All dishes were artistic, exquisite, and sophisticated.  You need to book a private room in advance.  The restaurant has only private rooms so families with small children are also welcome.  The location is just near the hotel.  *Please note that most of the shops, restaurants, and cafes in Arashiyama are closed around 6:00 PM.  If you go out for dinner nearby, you may want to book a table in advance.  Most of the restaurants for dinner are reservation-only.

My impressions

The hotel overlooks the natural beauty of the Hozu River and offers a unique Japanese view of the seasons: cherry blossoms in full bloom in spring, lush greenery, and clear streams in summer, the leaves change color like brocade in autumn, and silvery snow in winter. The scenery, quaint, and ambiance are different in each season. This is probably the most attractive feature of this place.

Then don’t forget to take a walk around Arashiyama before breakfast in the early morning.  As you may know, Arashiyama is always crowded in the daytime but there would be almost no people around there before 8: 00 AM.  You can see “true Kyoto”.  It’s well worth a visit.  The atmosphere would be amazingly special.

After checking out, the rickshaw on the way to the hotel was so comfortable that we asked for one on the way back. There is an additional charge *JPY4,000 for two adults, though.

Whenever I visited Kyoto, I usually stayed in the Higashiyama area, but I was completely mesmerized by the splendor of the hotel. We took a rickshaw ride back to Arashiyama station, hoping that one day we would be able to stay again.

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Info about Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto

Style 5-Star Luxury Hotel
Check-in and out times
15:00/12:00
Estimated Price 80,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail info@suirankyoto.com 
Internet Connection Free Wifi in the hotel
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is available at 2,000JPY per day
Location Suiran, a luxury collection hotel Kyoto’s MAP
Access Refer to the above
Address and TEL 〒616-8385 KyotoUkyō-Ku, Sagatenryūji
Susukinobabachō, 12 Susukinobaba-cho
Tel +81 75-872-0101  
Official Homepage Suiran, a luxury collection hotel Kyoto’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.

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