The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Kamo River

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Hotel Description

Kyoto has long been an enormously popular travel destination, but what it lacked until fairly recently was a proper luxury hotel. Needless to say, now that there’s a Ritz-Carlton, that’s all changed. But what’s surprising are the pains the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto has taken in order to assimilate itself into a city whose tourist trade is dominated (at the higher end, at least) by traditional ryokan inns. It starts with the location, on the banks of the scenic Kamo River, and it carries on into the construction: no neoclassical palace, this Ritz-Carlton keeps low to the ground, the better to blend into its surroundings.

A handful of tatami-style suites are there to complete the ryokan effect, if that’s what you’re after. But even the so-called western-style rooms have more than a whiff of the ryokan about them; the design is minimal and traditional, the materials overwhelmingly natural, and the atmosphere is as serene as can be. You’ll look out through an oversized window at the Japanese garden or a view of the city, and while they’re stocked with all the latest high-tech gizmos, what’s front and center are the more timeless luxuries: yukata, bathrobes and slippers, expansive, immersive bathrooms and Kyoto Shabon-ya handmade soap and bath salts.

And while it won’t replace the absolutely authentic ryokan experience, the Ritz-Carlton’s got the facilities to go a bit above and beyond. The simple onsen bath is replaced by a lavish full-service spa, complete with fitness center and 20-meter indoor pool. You can get your kaiseki dinner at Mizuki, as well as other a la carte Japanese specialties — and when you’re feeling European you’ve got La Locanda, the Italian eatery, as well as the lobby lounge with its Pierre Hermé desserts. It just might actually be the best of both worlds.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 134 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free wi-fi
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • No pets allowed
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa

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  • 1 Bedroom Corner Suite - River View

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 1076 ft²/99 m².
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    Views: mountain.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • central air conditioning
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD player
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Corner Suite - Tatami

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • Tatami Mats
    • 1076 ft²/99 m².
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    Views: mountain.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • central air conditioning
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD player
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • tatami mats
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • 1 Bedroom Corner Suite - Minami

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 1238 ft²/115 m².
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    Views: mountain.

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    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
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  • 1 Bedroom Suite - Kamogawa

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds
    • 1356 ft²/125 m².
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    Views: mountain.

    This room includes:

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    • crib (on request)
    • DVD player
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Deluxe Room City View

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds
    • 484 ft²/44 m².
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    Views: city.

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    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Deluxe King Room - Garden View

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 538 ft²/49 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • central air conditioning
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD player
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Luxury Room - River View

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds
    • 560 ft²/52 m².
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    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • central air conditioning
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD player
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Suite Terrace

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 667 ft²/61 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • central air conditioning
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD player
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • terrace
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Garden Terrace Suite - Tatami

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • Tatami Mats
    • 667 ft²/61 m².
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    Views: garden.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • central air conditioning
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • DVD player
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • laptop safe
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • separate living room
    • sofa
    • tatami mats
    • terrace
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
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  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free wi-fi
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • No pets allowed
  • Room service
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa

Need to Know

A valid credit card is required to reserve your stay.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club, Japan Credit Bureau, China UnionPay

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

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