Hyatt Hotels opens Kyoto 70-room hotel in historic locationBusiness | 31 Oct 2019 1:46 pm
Hyatt Hotels Corporation is opening the low-rise, 70-room Park Hyatt Kyoto, a hillside retreat in Japan for discerning global travelers and locals. The hotel offers nine suites.
It is located in the historic district, Higashiyama hills, a region, known as the birthplace of traditions such as the Japanese tea ceremony, the Ikebana flower arrangement and Zen gardens.
The hotel is next to Kodai-ji temple and within walking distance to many of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Kiyomizu-dera temple, and offers views of the city and Yasaka Pagoda.
David Udell, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt, said the Kyoto property is the second Park Hyatt hotel in Japan in 25 years. “We are grateful to the hotel’s owners, Kyoyamato and Takenaka
Corporation, for their trust, support and deep understanding of luxury hospitality.''
Located within the same grounds as Park Hyatt Kyoto, guests can find a historic garden with steps leading to Kyoyamato, a traditional ryotei and culinary institution which opened in 1877 and serves authentic, seasonallyinspired Kaiseki cuisine.
Kyoyamato, one of the hotel’s owners, is a seven-generation, familyrun business and consists of several historic buildings including “Soyotei,” a teahouse from the Edo era with a private room.
“We are excited to introduce the Park Hyatt brand of personal and exceptional hospitality in a special place like Kyoto,” said Mark de Leeuwerk, general manager of the hotel.
The hotel is a modern interpretation of Japanese hospitality.
Jointly developed by Takenaka Corporation – one of the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in Japan, and Tony Chi and Associates, an award-winning interior design firm – the hotel’s design and construction incorporates traditional Japanese design, architecture and artisanal craftsmanship.
The rooms and suites highlight local craftsmanship and materials such as fragrant tamo wood, original artwork and Zen garden views.
Drinking and Dining
Park Hyatt Kyoto offers guests and visitors four distinct venues to dine: Kyoto Bistro is a casual, street-side café featuring international and Japanese comfort food. Dishes are served on earthenware created for the hotel by Asahiyaki, a local pottery master with a heritage of over 400 years in Uji, a city south of Kyoto.
Bathed in natural light during the day and the scent of Tamo wood from the open fireplace, The Living Room welcomes guests to start their day with a Japanese breakfast prepared by Kyoyamato or an afternoon enjoying tea and light snacks.
Yasaka’s team of skilled chefs demonstrate their elevated cooking skills on the Japanese “teppan,” or
“steel plate,” which guests can enjoy alongside the breathtaking views of Kyoto’s famous Yasaka Pagoda.
After the stimulating teppanyaki action at Yasaka, guests can head next door to Kohaku, where a collection of rare and craft spirits, including artisanal whisky, sake, and gin made in Kyoto, awaits.
The hotel also has a spa that offers a treatment suite for two with a private bath house including Japanese-style bathtubs, as well as dry and mist saunas.
To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt is offering members the chance to earn 500 bonus points for qualifying nights at Park Hyatt Kyoto until January 31 as part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel member offer. Registration is not needed.
Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at: https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/offers/new-hotels.html.