The Ritz Carlton Kyoto

What kind of city hotel is The Ritz Carlton Kyoto?

This is one of the luxury hotels in Kyoto.  We have stayed at The Ritz Carlton Tokyo, Osaka, and Okinawa but The Ritz Carlton Kyoto would exceed others.  Everything, such as hospitality, ambiance, food, and facilities is impeccable.  If you are looking for luxury hotels in Kyoto, you should stay here.  Perhaps, if this is your first visit Kyoto, I would recommend it.  On the other hand, if you are a connoisseur of Kyoto, this wouldn’t be.  Because the neighborhood around the property wouldn’t be very much Kyoto.  That’s too bad.  If you want to stay somewhere reminiscent of Kyoto, you should choose accommodations in Higashiyama Area.  The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto would be great for couples, family, solo travelers, groups, or business persons.  Once we entered the property, immediately the staff escorted us to our room and checked in while having Japanese tea.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it would be easy.  It takes just 5min on foot from Kyoto Shiyakusho-Mae Station.  Alternatively, it takes 15min by TAXI from Kyoto station.  It costs around 1,500JPY.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversary in Kyoto?

If you are looking for venues for special occasions, the property would be 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 rooms with views of the Kamo River on the highest floor possible.  You can see peaceful views while chilling out in the room.  When I stayed at a room on 3F, my ear sometimes caught footsteps from the upstairs but it was not a big deal for me.   Also, it seems that there are some rooms facing a cemetery on the west side.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, bathrobes, a coffee machine with capsules, welcome fruit, baked cakes, and a green tea set.  A Blu-ray player, a DVD player, and an air cleaner were placed.  Room service is available for 24H.  Free Wifi reception was good in the building.  Turn-down service is available.  Then The Ritz Carlton Kyoto is child-friendly.  Staff provides amenities, baby cribs, and yukatas for small children if you request in advance.  Also, babysitter service is available at an additional charge.
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How about In-house Facilities?

The property has a wonderful swimming pool, gym, saunas, and hot water baths on B2 which you can use for free whenever you like.  Swimwear, swim cap, and swim goggles are available for borrowing.  You can relax at the poolside after a long day out.  The swimming pool is open from 6:00-22:00.  *A minimum age requirement of 5 applies.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area.  The gym is open for 24H.  *A minimum age requirement of 16 applies.  Unluckily there is no executive club lounge to relax while drinking and eating.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Then The Ritz Carlton Kyoto is a perfect universal design.  There are some rooms for wheelchair users and wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.
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How about services?

Some free activates are available.  We were excited to join a cycling activity in the early morning.  You should join it.  A tour guide brings you to some well-known spots in the city.  If you are not so familiar around Kyoto, you should join others too, such as “Hike Kyoto”, “Run Kyoto”, “Art Tour in-house”, and “Warm-Up Exercise”, etc.  Also, they can offer free activities for small children, such as Origami, Balloon art, and Treasure hunt, etc.  You need to book all of them in advance by e-mail rc.kyoto.activity@ritzcarlton.com

How about meals?

The buffet-style breakfast is one of the best in Japan.  You can choose either buffet-style or Japanese cuisine.  All ingredients were very high-end.  You won’t be able to resist even you are full.  Don’t forget to bring your empty stomach.   I noticed that some local people visited the restaurant for breakfast.  The hotel has Japanese and Italian restaurants in-house.  I would recommend the latter for lunch or dinner.  No doubt this is top-notch.  If you are a gourmet, you should try it.  They have a nice wine list to complement the meal.  You may want to book a table, especially the weekend as it is one of the most popular in Kyoto.  *Inform staff in advance if you have any food allergies or dietary needs.

My impressions

Overall the price range would be high, but it’s well worth it.  Their hospitality would be truly excellent, sophisticated, and proactive.  They are the loveliest group.  If you want to get an immersive luxury hotel experience in the center of Kyoto city, the property would be one of the best.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

Style Modern Luxury Hotel
Check-in and out times
15:00/12:00
Estimated Price 134,247 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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Internet Connection Free wifi in the Hotel within 7days
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is available 3,000JPY per day
Valet Parking is available
Location  The Ritz Carlton Kyoto’s MAP
Access 15min by TAXI from JR Kyoto Station
Address and TEL  Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori, Hokodenchō,
Nakagyō-Ku, Kyoto, 604-0902
TEL +81 75-746-5555
Official Homepage The Ritz Carlton Kyoto’s HP

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