Review: Park Hyatt Kyoto, Japan

Review: Park Hyatt Kyoto, Japan

NAME: Park Hyatt Kyoto
LOCATION: Kyoto, Japan
DATE: October 2023
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Park Hyatt Kyoto is a boutique hotel with stunning design, an unbeatable location for tourists, and solid food & beverage outlets. What a treat it is to redeem points here!
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During our time in Kyoto, we decided to check out three different hotels — the Park Hyatt, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Four Seasons — all of which are regarded as among the best hotels in the city. All of these hotels are great, though they offer surprisingly different experiences, each with their pros and cons. In this post I’ll be reviewing the Park Hyatt.

The 70-room Park Hyatt Kyoto is a phenomenal hotel, which opened in 2019. It’s the most boutique of the properties, the design is just gorgeous, the location couldn’t be more central for tourists, and the hotel has excellent food & beverage outlets.

The downsides of the Park Hyatt are that the property doesn’t have any real outdoor spaces, there’s no pool, the gym and bathhouse situation could be a bit better, and there were also some missed opportunities with some of the property’s features.

On balance, this is a spectacular property, among my favorite Park Hyatts out there.

Booking the Park Hyatt Kyoto

redeemed World of Hyatt points for our stay at the Park Hyatt Kyoto. This is a Category 8 World of Hyatt property, meaning that a free night award costs anywhere from 35,000 to 45,000 points per night. For our stay, the cost was 40,000 points, so it was right in the middle.

This property is an amazing use of points. I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, meaning that I value 40,000 points at $600.

Even if you’re not a Hyatt loyalist, earning World of Hyatt points can be pretty easy. In addition to being able to earn World of Hyatt points with the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (review), you can also transfer over points from Chase Ultimate Rewards.

As a point of comparison, cash rates at the Park Hyatt Kyoto were over $2,000 per night for a base room. Pricing was virtually the same at all three properties we stayed. Of course the pricing doesn’t reflect the experience you’re getting at these hotels, but rather just reflects the amount of luxury demand for Kyoto at the moment, so hotels can get away with charging that.

If you’re gong to book a cash stay at the Park Hyatt Kyoto, I’d recommend doing so through the Hyatt Privé program. Hyatt Privé rates cost the same as standard flexible rates (not member rates, advance purchase rates, AAA rates, etc.), and include additional perks, like daily breakfast, a $100 property credit, a room upgrade, a welcome gift, and more. Ford’s team can help with these bookings, and can be reached at [email protected].

Park Hyatt Kyoto location

The Park Hyatt Kyoto couldn’t have a more central location. It’s located in the Higashiyama-ku area, which is a historic area of Kyoto, and probably the most famous. The hotel is basically integrated into this area, and there’s not any other major hotel offering this kind of access.

Higashiyama-ku area of Kyoto

The Park Hyatt Kyoto is built quite vertically, so that means the property provides breathtaking views of the area. To make a comparison, I’d say the Park Hyatt Kyoto is the equivalent of the Park Hyatt Sydney in terms of how central its location is, and in terms of the views it offers.

Now, I should acknowledge that people won’t universally love this location, as being in the center of the action is a double edged sword. When you exit the hotel, there are just swarms of tourists. In terms of crowding, it’s almost like Times Square (though I’d say Kyoto is a bit more charming!).

Despite the busy area the hotel is in, the property is an oasis of calm from the second you arrive. I love the design, as it’s sort of a hybrid between traditional Japanese design and typical Park Hyatt modern minimalism.

Park Hyatt Kyoto exterior
Park Hyatt Kyoto entrance

Once you walk through the entrance of the hotel, there’s a long path through the garden that leads to reception.

Park Hyatt Kyoto entrance
Park Hyatt Kyoto entrance

As far as getting to Kyoto goes, the most convenient major international airport is Kansai Osaka Airport (KIX). Directly from the airport you can take the Haruka Express train to Kyoto, which takes around 75 minutes. From there, the hotel is around a 15-minute taxi ride away.

Park Hyatt Kyoto lobby & check-in

As you enter the hotel, you can either turn left or right. Turning left brings you into the main part of the hotel, while turning right brings you to Kyoto Bistro, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant.

Park Hyatt Kyoto lobby

When you’re in the main part of the lobby, reception is located to the left. There’s then the Living Room, the all-day lobby lounge, which I’ll cover more in a bit.

Park Hyatt Kyoto reception
Park Hyatt Kyoto reception

At check-in we were invited to have a seat. We were asked for our passports and a credit card, and were then invited to order a welcome drink off a menu. It’s a nice touch how this property offers this — I wish we’d see more properties provide options for welcome drinks, to reflect peoples’ preferences.

Park Hyatt Kyoto welcome drink

Ford and I both had a cappuccino, which was excellent.

Park Hyatt Kyoto welcome drink

The check-in process was rather detailed. For example, you’re asked at what time you want breakfast, and if you want the Western or Japanese breakfast (there’s an extra charge for the latter, and it needs to be ordered in advance). You’re also asked at what time you want your room cleaned.

The front office staff also went over the Globalist benefits at the property, including complimentary breakfast and a nightly champagne hour. The senior staff at the property seem to be very hands on as guests arrive, and both the director of rooms and front office manager came by to greet us.

Unfortunately there wasn’t much in the way of room upgrades. When I booked with points, only a twin room was available. I had emailed the hotel to ask for a king room, but they weren’t able to accommodate that. With the hotel being so small, I get that there’s only so much that can be done. On the plus side, we were upgraded to a garden terrace room.

Park Hyatt Kyoto guest room

We were assigned room 510, a twin bed garden terrace room on the fifth floor. The hotel has a layout that feels kind of residential based on the flow of everything (in a palatial way). Most of the rooms can be accessed by first taking one of elevators up to the fifth floor, as this is how you access floors five through seven.

Park Hyatt Kyoto elevators

When you exit the elevator on the fifth floor, there are some amazing views of Kyoto.

Park Hyatt Kyoto elevators

Then you’ll find yourself walking through the hotel’s Tea Lounge (more on that in a bit)…

Park Hyatt Kyoto tea lounge

Then down an exterior hallway…

Park Hyatt Kyoto outdoor hallway

Then through another sitting area…

Park Hyatt Kyoto communal seating

And then you’ll finally be in the hall with guest rooms, which is dimly lit and has hardwood floors. Our room was just down the hall and on the left.

Park Hyatt Kyoto hallway

The garden terrace rooms at this hotel are 45 square meters (~485 square feet), which is an extremely generous size for a standard(ish) room. The room featured an entryway with some closets to the left, the bathroom to the right, and the rest of the room straight ahead.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room entryway

Given its size, the room is rather generously furnished, and almost feels more like a junior suite in terms of the seating area.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room
Park Hyatt Kyoto twin room

The room’s twin beds were very plush and had soft sheets, which was appreciated (since I’ve found some beds in Japan to not be particularly comfortable).

Park Hyatt Kyoto twin room

Across from the bed was the sitting area, with a chair, a couch, a coffee table, and then a wall mounted TV.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room sitting area
Park Hyatt Kyoto room sitting area

Waiting on the table was a welcome amenity, consisting of some grapes.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room welcome gift

Back near the entrance was the minibar setup, which had a Nespresso coffee machine, a kettle, and a variety of drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks for purchase.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room minibar
Park Hyatt Kyoto room minibar
Park Hyatt Kyoto room minibar
Park Hyatt Kyoto room minibar
Park Hyatt Kyoto room minibar

Then there was the bathroom area, with double sinks, a proper Japanese toilet, and then a shower compound.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room bathroom
Park Hyatt Kyoto room toilet

The shower area had both a walk-in shower and a bathtub, with excellent water pressure.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room shower
Park Hyatt Kyoto room bathtub

Toiletries were from Le Labo, and were the Santal 33 line.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room toiletries

I also loved how the bathroom had all kinds of amenities readily available, rather than having to call down to request them.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room toiletries

What makes the garden terrace rooms unique is that they do have a small outdoor space. The room doesn’t have any views, but rather faces some greenery. I will say that I think the outdoor area could have more comfortable seating, as we didn’t end up spending any time out here.

Park Hyatt Kyoto room garden terrace
Park Hyatt Kyoto room garden terrace

All-in-all, I thought the room was gorgeous. Of the three hotels we stayed at, the Park Hyatt probably had my favorite room design. The attention to detail and finishes in the room were just phenomenal, and I think pictures don’t do justice to that.

Park Hyatt Kyoto gym, bathhouse, & spa

The Park Hyatt Kyoto’s wellness area is located on level three, and it takes up the entire floor. This is where the hotel’s gym, bathhouse, and spa, are all located.

When you exit the elevator, you’ll first find yourself in the 24/7 gym area, featuring cutting edge equipment. I’ve seen some complaints online about this setup, and I’d largely agree, as the layout is a bit strange.

There’s one long hallway, and then the gym equipment is in small areas on either side of that. Immediately to the right as you enter is the cardio equipment.

Park Hyatt Kyoto gym
Park Hyatt Kyoto gym
Park Hyatt Kyoto gym

Then to the left is the weight equipment. The issue is that the layout is awkward if there’s more than one person using it, since the bench is right in the middle of the room, with all equipment facing it. Furthermore, the free weight selection is way too limited, as the heaviest weights are 10kg. I think there’s some opportunity for this space to be optimized and improved.

Park Hyatt Kyoto gym
Park Hyatt Kyoto gym
Park Hyatt Kyoto gym

Unlike the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton, the Park Hyatt doesn’t have a pool. That’s largely because the hotel is much smaller and space in this area comes at more of a premium, so I totally get why. The hotel does have a bathhouse area, though, located down the hall from the gym. This is open daily from 7AM until 10PM, and hotel guests can use it without a reservation.

Park Hyatt Kyoto bathhouse entrance

The space is separated by gender, and then within each space there’s a changing area.

Park Hyatt Kyoto bathhouse bathroom

The bathhouse and onsen facilities consist of a hot bath, a cold bath, a sauna, and a steam room. It’s a perfectly nice space if you have it to yourself, though if multiple people visit at once, it might feel a bit more crowded and less relaxing.

Park Hyatt Kyoto bathhouse
Park Hyatt Kyoto bathhouse
Park Hyatt Kyoto bathhouse
Park Hyatt Kyoto sauna & steam room
Park Hyatt Kyoto sauna
Park Hyatt Kyoto bathhouse

The Park Hyatt Kyoto also has limited spa facilities, right near the gym and bathhouse. There are a couple of treatment rooms, but there’s no spa reception, so you can make reservations through the hotel operator. You can find the spa menu here, and as you can see, there are all kinds of unique treatment options.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Tea Lounge

When you exit the elevator on the fifth floor you’ll find yourself in the Tea Lounge. You’ll pass this every single time you go to and from your room, since most rooms are located in this direction. The Tea Lounge has about half a dozen tables.

Park Hyatt Kyoto tea lounge
Park Hyatt Kyoto tea lounge

It’s so nice that this hotel has a communal space where you can hang out, as this also features among the best views from the entire property. It really shows you how amazing of a vantage point this hotel has, as you’re elevated a bit over Kyoto.

Park Hyatt Kyoto tea lounge view

The views are especially breathtaking in the evening, around sunset…

Park Hyatt Kyoto tea lounge view

Here’s the thing I don’t really get — the Tea Lounge has complimentary bottled water available throughout the day, but that’s it (at least as far as I know). Given that it’s called the Tea Lounge, you’d think they could maybe serve some… you know, tea?

This is just such a gorgeous part of the hotel that you’d think the property could generate a bit more goodwill with it, given how much rates here are. I spent hours working from here and made this my “office,” and almost no one else seemed to be enjoying this space. It seems like a missed opportunity.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Kyoto Bistro

Kyoto Bistro is the Park Hyatt Kyoto’s all-day dining restaurant, and it’s also the only place that breakfast is served (available from 7AM until 10:30PM), so we ate here both mornings. The restaurant is a charming space that’s on street level, so you have views of everyone enjoying the Higashiyama-ku area.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro seating
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro seating
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro seating
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro counter

The hotel has two breakfast options, either Western or Japanese, with the latter needing to pre-ordered. We tried the Western breakfast the first morning, and the Japanese breakfast the second morning. The Western breakfast is the standard included breakfast here, and consists of access to the buffet, plus the ability to order one dish from the menu.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast menu

The breakfast buffet wasn’t huge, but was very high quality.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast buffet

The buffet had everything from cereal and muesli, to freshly baked bread and croissants, to fresh fruit, to cold cuts and cheese, to veggies.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast buffet
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast buffet
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast buffet
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast buffet
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast buffet
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast buffet
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast buffet
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast buffet

There was also a selection of freshly squeezed juices (I loved the carrot ginger juice), and the espresso-based drinks were exceptional (I particularly liked the cappuccino).

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast drinks
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast drinks

From the buffet, I very much enjoyed the matcha granola and berries. Yum.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast

From the menu, I ordered the avocado toast with poached eggs (but of course!), which I enjoyed.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro breakfast

The other breakfast option is the Japanese one. If breakfast is included with your stay, the Western breakfast is automatically offered, while there’s an extra charge for the Japanese breakfast. It costs an extra 3,300 JPY (~$22) per person.

On the one hand, I find it quite cheap for a Japanese hotel to charge extra for a Japanese breakfast, especially when competitors don’t do this. The hotel justifies this by explaining that this is catered from Kyoyamato, the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant. To the hotel’s credit, the Japanese breakfast was exceptional, easily the best we had on this trip, so it’s definitely worth trying.

We were first presented with the Japanese breakfast menu, as well as some green tea.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro Japanese breakfast

To start, we were served a small appetizer.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro Japanese breakfast

Then we were brought a bento box containing the rest of the breakfast, along with a side of salmon.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro Japanese breakfast
Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro Japanese breakfast

Lastly, there was a small fruit dessert.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Bistro Japanese breakfast

The breakfast couldn’t have been tastier, so I’d highly recommend ordering it.

You can also enjoy other meals at Kyoto Bistro. While we didn’t eat here otherwise, you can find the lunch menu here and find the dinner menu here.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Living Room

The Living Room is the standard name for lobby bars at all Park Hyatt properties, and this one is open daily from 7AM until 10:30PM. The lobby is quite a large space, so the Living Room has a ton of seating. The entire space feels dark (due to lack of windows) but elegant and cozy.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Living Room seating
Park Hyatt Kyoto Living Room seating
Park Hyatt Kyoto Living Room seating
Park Hyatt Kyoto Living Room seating

The Living Room serves a selection of drinks and snacks throughout the day, and you can find the snack menu here, the drink menu here, and the afternoon tea menu here. What’s probably most noteworthy about this space is that there’s a nightly champagne hour from 5PM until 6PM, which is available to World of Hyatt Globalist members and guests in suites.

It’s generous that the hotel offers this, and it’s basically free flowing Thiénot champagne, along with water and some crackers.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Living Room champagne hour

Park Hyatt Kyoto Kohaku Bar

Kohaku is the Park Hyatt Kyoto’s signature bar, and it’s open nightly from 4PM until 12AM. It’s on the fourth floor, right next to Yasaka Restaurant. This bar has so much potential — it’s an intimate space with great views of Kyoto.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Kohaku Bar
Park Hyatt Kyoto Kohaku Bar

The daytime pictures don’t really do justice to it, but hopefully the below picture shows how magical the views can be from here.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Kohaku Bar view

Kohaku Bar also has a really imaginative cocktail list, and the bartenders put a lot of effort into the drinks. You can find the drink list here, and find the snack menu here. Ford had the Shuhari Cocktail, while I had the Pagoda Martini. The drinks were served with some popcorn.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Kohaku Bar drinks

We also ordered some vegetable crudité with tofu hummus.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Kohaku Bar snack

Okay, this all sounds awesome, so what’s the issue? Well, you have to make reservations way in advance. I tried to make reservations for 5:30PM, but was told the bar was booked out, and the earliest that was available was 7:30PM.

Okay, fair enough, I figured that meant this place would have a fun vibe then. We ended up showing up at 7PM, hoping that maybe they had some availability earlier. Well, when we arrived at the bar, there were a total of four people in there. It was two couples, and they both just sitting there staring at their phone. I don’t think either of them said a word to one another the entire time we were there.

The music in the bar was so quiet that you could basically hear a pin drop. Combined with the lack of people there, it was just such an awkward experience that felt more like being in a library than in a bar.

Look, I’m a huge introvert, and I don’t like crowds. But I also appreciate when a bar has a vibe or is a bit lively, and that was lacking here. I almost felt uncomfortable talking to Ford, as if I was disturbing the peace.

This should be an easy fix, because the current reservations system just makes no sense. I can only imagine how many people are being turned down for reservations here, even though the place is at nowhere close to capacity. Get more people in here and turn up the music a bit, and this would be an awesome place.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant

Yasaka is the Park Hyatt Kyoto’s signature restaurant, located right next to Kohaku Bar, on the fourth floor. This is open for dinner, and is a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant with some French influence. The restaurant consists of two separate rooms, each with a table seating around 10 people.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant

As you might imagine, a big draw of this restaurant is the amazing views.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant

We had an incredible dinner here one evening. We just went with the simplest menu, which cost 22,000 JPY per person (~$147), including the service charge. Given the quality, I thought that wasn’t half bad.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant menu

The meal began with a delicious caviar amuse bouche…

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

That was followed by an eggplant, truffle, and white miso dish…

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

Then there was a seasonal catch, along with some bread.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner
Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

That was followed by a palate cleanser…

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

Next up there was wagyu beef with chimichurri…

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

Then there was pike conger with plum kelp tea…

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

Then for dessert there was the choice of a fig matcha brioche…

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

…or a cheese selection.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

The meal finished with some tea and petit fours.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

We were also given some additional sweets to take with us.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Yasaka Restaurant dinner

This was an incredible meal, and I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. While this was a bit more of a “fusion” menu than some of the other traditional meals we had in Japan, we enjoyed it just as much.

Park Hyatt Kyoto Kyoyamato Restaurant

Kyoyamato is the Park Hyatt Kyoto’s Michelin star restaurant, and it’s open for both lunch and dinner. This is a historic kaiseki restaurant, and I’ve heard a lot of people rave about it. We didn’t end up eating here, as we went to a different kaiseki restaurant instead. However, it’s worth acknowledging that the Park Hyatt Kyoto has quite a strong food & beverage presence.

Park Hyatt Kyoto service

Service at the Park Hyatt Kyoto was for the most part very good. Because the hotel only has 70 rooms, service feels a bit more personalized, with some of the more senior staff remembering guest names, checking on them during the stay, etc.

The concierge team at the Park Hyatt is also on top of things, and couldn’t be better. That’s kind of important in a place like Kyoto, given how complicated securing restaurant reservations in Japan can be. Both before and during our stay, I was amazed by the speed at which they got things done.

Service was universally well intentioned, though it seems that Japan is dealing with many of the same labor shortages we’ve seen in the rest of the world in recent years. The hotel had a fair bit of foreign staff, which we found to be the case at all three hotels we stayed at.

There were some minor service issues, though. For example, at Kyoto Bistro, service was quite slow multiple times. When we got our avocado toast served, we asked for some hot sauce, and we ended up having to ask two more times before it was finally delivered. As another example, I called down to ask for housekeeping when we were leaving for the day, and they promised they’d send someone up soon. When we returned four hours later, our room still wasn’t clean.

These things are minor in the scheme of things, though given the rates being charged, there’s definitely a little room for improvement.

Bottom line

The Park Hyatt Kyoto is an excellent hotel. In particular, this hotel features stunning design, a one-of-a-kind location, and it’s also a boutique property, significantly smaller than the Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons. I also very much enjoyed breakfast at the hotel (both Western and Japanese), and liked all the food and drinks we had on property.

If you want the best luxury property in Kyoto that feels really intimate and is right in the heart of the action with stunning design, the Park Hyatt is the place to stay. Meanwhile if you’re looking for a hotel with more outdoor space, or with a pool or larger wellness area, I’d maybe consider one of the other properties.

All-in-all, I had high expectations for the Park Hyatt Kyoto, and I’d say they were met. What a treat it is to have this hotel be part of World of Hyatt. Next time I’m hoping to book further in advance, so that I can confirm a suite upgrade at the time of booking.

What’s your take on the Park Hyatt Kyoto?

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  1. Gabriel_Cui New Member

    That doesn't look like a junior suite, because you are using the American standard. As we all know, American standards for design and size of the room are the lowest in the world, you will find the place with the highest is in Asia, followed by Europe. If you go into China's luxury hotel, you will see that 45 sqm is not a big base room, it's even smaller than average. But what is funny...

    That doesn't look like a junior suite, because you are using the American standard. As we all know, American standards for design and size of the room are the lowest in the world, you will find the place with the highest is in Asia, followed by Europe. If you go into China's luxury hotel, you will see that 45 sqm is not a big base room, it's even smaller than average. But what is funny is, a 40-50 sqm room in America's so-called luxury hotel can be considered as a suite???

  2. Steven L. Gold

    I’m not surprised at all that the bar was booked out during early hours. Everyone wants to be there around sunset and twilight for the views. After that I imagine people find cheaper (or more luxe) places to be in town. I will say that I did enjoy the solitude in the half-hour before closing; it was just me and the bartender.

  3. ArnoldB Guest

    Review relly doesnt read like a 5/5

  4. Phillip Diamond

    I wonder where else you pay more for the local food option!…

    The review has actually put me off the property, not sure why!

  5. Michael Guest

    Wouldn’t the Michelin-starred restaurant be their signature restaurant?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Michael -- You would think, but as you'll see on the Park Hyatt's website, Yasaka is considered the signature restaurant:
      https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/park-hyatt-kyoto/itmph/dining

      I think that's because the Michelin star restaurant isn't actually run by the hotel, but just happens to be on property. I could be mistaken, though.

    2. David Diamond

      If that's true, if would help explain the Japanese breakfast surcharge.

    3. Melissa Guest

      There’s info online as well as a detailed book in the hotel which talks about the construction of this hotel. Kyoyamato existed there all along and they own the buildings in that area. A company approached them with the idea of redeveloping the old buildings into a hotel, and using Hyatt as the hotel operator was suggested as the after thought.

      Instead of saying Kyoyamato is a restaurant in PH, it’s more like PH is...

      There’s info online as well as a detailed book in the hotel which talks about the construction of this hotel. Kyoyamato existed there all along and they own the buildings in that area. A company approached them with the idea of redeveloping the old buildings into a hotel, and using Hyatt as the hotel operator was suggested as the after thought.

      Instead of saying Kyoyamato is a restaurant in PH, it’s more like PH is a hotel in Kyoyamato. I suppose their accounts are also kept separate.

      https://www.takenaka.co.jp/takenaka_e/story/04/

      I’ve tried a lot of 3 star restaurants in Japan as well as Japanese breakfast from various hotels over 15+ trips to Japan and I’d consider the Kyoyamato breakfast as worth the premium. It’s quality is better than what you normally get elsewhere and easily the best Japanese breakfast I’ve tried so far

  6. Janet Guest

    We stayed at the Park Hyatt in March 2020, in the early days of Covid (we were living in Tokyo). Due to the small number of foreign tourists in Japan, we were upgraded to a gorgeous suite. The lack of “facilities” didn’t bother us because frankly, I don’t go to Kyoto to hang out in the hotel. We had already booked dinners at great Kyoto restaurants. There was no breakfast buffet but we had an...

    We stayed at the Park Hyatt in March 2020, in the early days of Covid (we were living in Tokyo). Due to the small number of foreign tourists in Japan, we were upgraded to a gorgeous suite. The lack of “facilities” didn’t bother us because frankly, I don’t go to Kyoto to hang out in the hotel. We had already booked dinners at great Kyoto restaurants. There was no breakfast buffet but we had an amazing Japanese breakfast served in our room and a lovely Western breakfast in the restaurant. It sounds like they have added some additional features (like the champagne hour), but overall it is a lovely hotel, offering a blend of Japanese and modern design. I also really liked its small scale.

    1. Nanaloves2travel New Member

      Thanks for your post. We booked this hotel for April 2024! I wanted a beautiful hotel but and this place fit our budget. I don’t care about that there isn’t a pool. I’m traveling all that way to get in a pool. I am going there to see Kyoto!!

  7. relidtm Member

    went here in September im still thinking about that Japanese breakfast.

  8. Alonzo Diamond

    Ummmm at 40k points or $2,000 per a night, I would say there's a lot of room for improvement. This stay seemed like it missed the mark in more ways than one.

    If I'm paying that amount per a night, yeah I'm gonna nitpick.

    1. Darin Member

      Ben’s review was spot on, but we were scheduled to be here for 3 nights and ended up adding a night while we were there. It was a great experience, great facility, even if not every single facet of the experience wasn’t spot on. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again, and keep in mind that Kyoto hotels are VERY expensive.

  9. Beachfan Guest

    Hoping to get in to the park hyatt Kyoto when I was there in March, but stayed at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto instead.

    Once I saw the crowds, I was glad I didn’t go. It might be serene inside, but Time square outside is not an exaggeration, oppressively crowded; fun for an hour, and that’s it .

    No need for FOMO there

  10. Donovan Guest

    My wife and I were there in August. Learned the beans they use in their cappucinos and coffee is from the % Arabica coffee shop around the corner. Meaning you dont need to wait until % opens or wait in line to get great coffee.

    Also, we got the largest version of the teppanyaki meal and really enjoyed it. Add in a whiskey and some other drinks and it was not cheap but was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

  11. Ethan Guest

    I thought the Japanese breakfast doesn't look much better than the free one included at Park Hyatt Toyko, and many Japanese connoisseurs agree food is not much to write home about. Plus, you can order everything on the menu for unlimited times at PH Tokyo

  12. Darin Member

    Based on your previous reports, we were in Kyoto at the same time and I was in room 509 at the PH Kyoto for 4 days, so chances are we we overlapped and were neighbors, although I definitely would have seen you and said hi if I had seen you in the tea lounge we walked though a bunch of times!

    Only thing I can add to your trip report is that we had...

    Based on your previous reports, we were in Kyoto at the same time and I was in room 509 at the PH Kyoto for 4 days, so chances are we we overlapped and were neighbors, although I definitely would have seen you and said hi if I had seen you in the tea lounge we walked though a bunch of times!

    Only thing I can add to your trip report is that we had dinner at the Kyoto Bistro and it's really the only part of the experience I can't recommend. Very average western food.

    Otherwise, Ben captured every element perfectly and we had the same impressions across the board. We liked it so much that although we had booked 3 nights, when a 4th became available with points during our stay, we jumped on it and shortened our Tokyo stay that was following.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Darin -- Happy to hear you had a similar impression. Hope to meet you next time!

  13. Omar Guest

    It's near impossible to get a suite upgrade at this property on a multi-night stay. There are only 4 park suites.

    1. Darin Member

      It is not near impossible, it is impossible. PH Kyoto is excluded from properties accepting suite upgrades. That said, the rooms are spacious and lovely.

    2. Beachfan Guest

      Is that recent? Many reports in flyertalk about using TSUs

    3. DC Guest

      Funny, I must have lucked out or got one before they changed a policy. We were there last year and we're able to use a suite upgrade cert for our 4 nights there. It was lovely....

    4. Beachfan Guest

      I think Darin is confusing it with the Hyatt Regency Kyoto which has been excluded from TSUs for a while.

    5. Darin Member

      Oops, exactly right. So just “nearly impossible” as Omar correctly noted, not technically impossible!

  14. World_Traveller New Member

    What's weird about those twin beds is that they look intended to be configurable as either two singles or one double. In other words, housekeeping can just push the two mattresses together, place a single mattress pad across the both of them, and then make up the bed as a double (or whatever the equivalent size is when the two mattresses are combined). I've stayed at a number of hotels with this setup. Strange that this property hasn't figured it out.

  15. Christoph Guest

    Ben
    „I spent Hours working there“. Did you see anything of Kyoto and wouldn‘t working from home be more comfortable?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Christoph -- We spent seven nights in Kyoto, so we had plenty of time to see things. This wasn't purely a vacation, but also a review trip, since reviewing hotels is part of my job. Typically when we travel, I work for about half the day, and then sightsee and enjoy great meals for the other half. I'd say that's a pretty great arrangement.

  16. Greg Guest

    If I was traveling to Kyoto with a big budget I’d stay in a traditional ryokan. However I like history and Japanese culture quite a bit. The Hyatt is a great option if using points though.

    1. Tabi Guest

      Many "traditional ryokan" properties are actually very affordable. A ryokan, after all, is "traditionally" a simple traveler's inn. Whether or not you splurge on a luxury version of this experience is a personal choice.

  17. eric schmidt Guest

    You may not know this, but those welcome grapes look like Japanese muscat grapes (google it), which probably cost like $30 for that bunch.

  18. Jin Guest

    Totally with you on the Kohaku bar awkwardness. I was there in early March and it was just so awkward and I also felt awkward talking to my wife because it was so quiet. The only two other couples that were there were both Japanese sugar daddy/sugar baby couples who didn't speak much to either and it almost seemed like they were staring at us every time we talked.

    There was a bartender there...

    Totally with you on the Kohaku bar awkwardness. I was there in early March and it was just so awkward and I also felt awkward talking to my wife because it was so quiet. The only two other couples that were there were both Japanese sugar daddy/sugar baby couples who didn't speak much to either and it almost seemed like they were staring at us every time we talked.

    There was a bartender there from Maryland though who made it a bit less awkward and he was super nice and chatty. He really saved the hour or so we were there from being unbearably awkward. The "head" bartender lady made good drinks but she was very quiet and sort've just stared at you.

  19. Jared Guest

    I was just outside of there two days okay. I stayed at the Roku Kyoto LXR (Hilton), which was amazing! I thought that the location of the Park Hyatt would be too busy (the LXR is the opposite, depends on what people want. This was our third time in Kyoto so the quieter vibe worked for us. I can see how the PH's location would be ideal for anyone's initial visit to Kyoto). The pictures...

    I was just outside of there two days okay. I stayed at the Roku Kyoto LXR (Hilton), which was amazing! I thought that the location of the Park Hyatt would be too busy (the LXR is the opposite, depends on what people want. This was our third time in Kyoto so the quieter vibe worked for us. I can see how the PH's location would be ideal for anyone's initial visit to Kyoto). The pictures look amazing at PH!

    We are at Conrad Osaka now...wow, what an amazing hotel! If you are in Osaka, it would be cool meet you.

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ArnoldB Guest

Review relly doesnt read like a 5/5

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dander Guest

I miss Japan,

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Melissa Guest

There’s info online as well as a detailed book in the hotel which talks about the construction of this hotel. Kyoyamato existed there all along and they own the buildings in that area. A company approached them with the idea of redeveloping the old buildings into a hotel, and using Hyatt as the hotel operator was suggested as the after thought. Instead of saying Kyoyamato is a restaurant in PH, it’s more like PH is a hotel in Kyoyamato. I suppose their accounts are also kept separate. https://www.takenaka.co.jp/takenaka_e/story/04/ I’ve tried a lot of 3 star restaurants in Japan as well as Japanese breakfast from various hotels over 15+ trips to Japan and I’d consider the Kyoyamato breakfast as worth the premium. It’s quality is better than what you normally get elsewhere and easily the best Japanese breakfast I’ve tried so far

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