Kyoto celebrates launch of design-led Luxury Collection hotel

Designed by a high-powered team featuring Akira Kuryu, André Fu, Shunsaku Miyagi and Yohei Akao, Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto blends tradition with modernity at every turn.

Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto has opened its doors in the heart of Japan’s beautiful former capital Kyoto. We find out more about this unique hotel.

Marriott International’s The Luxury Collection is known for accepting only the most remarkable and decadent properties into its portfolio. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the latest addition to its roster, Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, is a sophisticated scheme that boasts a 300-year old entrance gate and its very own natural hot spring among many other enchanting features.

Rajeev Menon, president, Asia Pacific (excluding China), Marriott International, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the expansion of The Luxury Collection here in Japan with the opening of Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto as the brand’s second iconic property in Kyoto, in partnership with Mitsui Fudosan Group.

“The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts are an ensemble of unique hotels across the world that celebrate authenticity and indigenousness in every destination. Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto is a wonderful addition to this very special collection, and we are confident that guests will enjoy its impeccable service as much as its beauty and surroundings.”

Modern and ancient eras collide

Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto brings together the best of Japanese tradition and culture, and marries it with high-quality contemporary design. Housed in the former private residence of the aristocratic Mitsui family, the property retains the Kajiimiya Gate, its 300-year old gated entrance, and enjoys the privilege of being the only luxury hotel in central Kyoto to benefit from its very own private hot spring, which feeds its spa.

The hotel has 161 guest rooms, all of which are elegantly executed using rich natural materials that evoke Japan’s culture of craftmanship. Those in search of the ultimate Kyoto experience can also choose one of the two Onsen suites, complete with private gardens and outdoor hot-spring baths.

The highlight of the property, however, is definitely the Thermal Spring Spa, a secluded and calm enclave ideal for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Spread over 1,000 sq m, guests can avail themselves of a public or private onsen, spa treatments and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Last but not least, there are numerous F&B outlets onsite too, including signature teppan restaurant Toki, Italian eatery Forni, casual social space The Garden Bar and exclusive dining venue Shiki-no-ma.

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