"RealIy. . . I 'd Like to Live This Way Forever."
This hotel was made for me. The easy elegance of this place is just how I imagine heaven would be. Great design; hip, but not trying too hard to please. My kind of place.
It rated an easy Five Stars, but there was a down-side. Our "Non-smoking" room, due to an unsympathetic A/C system, I suppose, smelled like a bar at 3am. Maybe I'm just getting soft & pampered. . . or maybe Hyatt could segregate the Smokers from the Non-smokers a bit better??? And, the view from our window was un-remarkable. I know I'm in Kyoto, but the view could have been Hoboken or Desmoine; not living up to the grace and comfort of rest of the place. I'd suggest a little Zen garden something or a grove of bamboo. You know, that's why we come to Kyoto.
The food in the hotel restaurants was, mostly, excellent and the breakfast buffet was as good as you have any right to expect. The staff was aggressively wonderful.
And, then, there's the bathroom. . . Be informed: your bathroom probably won't have a lock on it. In fact it won't even have a DOOR. Some people (like our teenage daughter), will find this alarming. Personally, I loved it: a smart & playful use of space and frosted glass. Top fixtures & surfaces, too. Does one need more?
Although not centrally-located, the Hyatt is next door to Sanjusangen-do, which is worthy of your close attention, and across the street from the National Museum (unfortunately closed for renovations until September 13, 2014).
Padmarangdrol from the Hudson Valley, NY