Flying all the way to Japan without stopping in Kyoto is like buying a chocolate chip cookie and picking out all the chocolate chips: you’re missing out. Kyoto offers so much to explore, with vast temples, gorgeous foliage, the late Steve Jobs favorite sushi restaurant and so much more.
For a brief stay in the stunning city, we chose the Hyatt Regency– and it was very nice. Very nice, indeed.
A perfect set up for business and leisure travelers alike. Kyoto is all about getting out and taking in the wonderment- but this is a fantastic place to return at the end of the day.
On the lowest level, you’ll find an authentic, Japanese set menu offering, while on the ground floor you’ll find a varied “market grill” style all day and night restaurant. But it’s the mezzanine Italian restaurant which impressed the most. Al dente pasta, excellent service, well selected wine, an open kitchen and a nice ambiance overlooking the peaceful hotel gardens make this a worthy stop- even in a city of exceptional food.
At those rates, it’s far from “cheap” but there’s definitely value to be had- when considering excellent location, adaptive concierge and plethora of in house options, not to mention the convenience of hotel loyalty, which many frequent travelers prefer. Basically, we’d gladly stay here again- though our ears are open to similar options, especially in a city ripe with excellent- if not very expensive hotels.