The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company has opened The Ritz Carlton hotel in Kyoto, which is, as the hotelier states, the first “urban resort” in Japan. This is also the fourth Ritz Carlton hotel in the country.
Located on the bank of the Kamogawa River in Nijho Ohashi, the Ritz Carlton Kyoto has 134 guestrooms. The hotel features beautiful views of Higashiyama Mountains. Designers and architects of the hotel wanted to add distinct traits of traditional Japanese design to the hotel. The result is really worth attention the hotel looks like a traditional house of Meiji period with an adjusting courtyard. Interiors were developed by Spin Studios and Peter Remedios, who used such signature elements as traditional motifs of Kyoto artisans, Zen rock gardens and added water features. Some suites come with private “moon deck” gardens and others feature large floor-to-ceiling windows.
Dining facilities are represented by several restaurants and cafes. For example, Mizuki serves traditional Japanese cuisine and such dishes as sushi, kaiseki, tempura, teppanyaki and many more. The restaurant has wonderful design with a waterfall, stone garden, and an outdoor terrace with firepits. Fans of Italian cuisine will enjoy La Locanda restaurant that has its own cheese cellar and charcuterie. There is also a private room called Ebisugawatei, which is located in historical part of the building preserved in its original look. Ritz-Carlton Kyoto also offers signature desserts by Pierre Herme Paris. The hotel’s spa also has a wonderful location at the foot of a four-story waterfall. Ritz-Carlton Spa has seven treatment rooms, where guests are welcome to enjoy treatments inspired by Japanese culture. The resort also has several meeting rooms and a special space for wedding ceremonies.