The Kyoto Hyatt Regency Hotel has been my favorite western-style hotel in Kyoto for the past eight or nine years, and I have usually stayed there at least once or twice every year during that period. It has become my home in Kyoto, and it is always a pleasure to return. The guest rooms and all public spaces and restaurants are beautifully designed, and have been maintained at a level of perfection that is rarely encountered at international hotels. This is due to the high standards and dedication of the hotel's General Manager, Mr. Ken Yokoyama, as well as to the diligence and professional commitment of his extraordinary staff. The hotel's dedication to quality hospitality can be seen and felt at every level.
Whether I'm alone on a business trip or with a group of friends on a social visit or cultural tour to Kyoto, I have always been accorded an extraordinary level of hospitality. Located on eastern Shichijo, directly across from the Kyoto National Art Museum and at the foot of the hill leading up to Kyoto's famed Kiyomizu Temple, the hotel is in a fine location -- slightly apart from the bustle of the "downtown" area of Shijo-Kawaramachi -- and yet very convenient to Kyoto Station. For early risers like myself, it is wonderful to begin a Kyoto day with a hike up into the Higashiyama hills above Kiyomizu or with a meditative hour of Buddhist ritual chanting at the Chishakuin Temple only a few steps from the hotel.
My next favorite part of a Kyoto day is breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel's magnificent breakfast buffet in its 1st floor Grill Room. Breakfast there is sumptuous, with fresh roasted ham, superb smoked fish or meats and cheeses, a variety of delicious fresh-baked breads, as well as the usual eggs, vegetables, salads, and fruit juices. Waiters bring pots of coffee brewed fresh only a moment before, and whisk away any coffee that sits too long in its pot, replacing the coffee immediately with a fresh pot. Japanese breakfast, which is also served (by special order) in the Grill is equally splendid. Breakfast at the Kyoto Hyatt Regency is a true guilty pleasure -- and one that no one should miss.
At any time of day, the service at the hotel is impeccable -- and it is offered graciously, unobtrusively and unselfishly by every employee at the hotel. I have attended banquets and parties there, where the Hyatt Regency calls on the artistry of fine Kyoto artists and craftsmen to decorate the rooms or provide serving utensils and cuisine of the finest level of quality. I have also attended concerts or cultural programs there that are invariably of a high level of quality.
Entering the doors of the Kyoto Hyatt Regency Hotel is always a unique pleasure. I can hardly wait to return!
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