Kyoto is one of the 10 largest cities in Japan. The city has a remarkable historic value due to its numerous ancient temples, shrines, beautiful sculptures, paintings, and other art forms. It is famous for being a residence of the Emperor and the country’s leading cultural center for more than one thousand years. For your next visit to this amazing city, we have created a full list of the best hotels in Kyoto.

Here is a list of best 10 hotels in Kyoto for all budgets.

  Hotel name Rating Website Room rates at Booking.com Room rates/night during High season (November) Room rates/night during Low season (August)
Luxury
1. Four Seasons Kyoto 4.5 GO Check rates 1509 $ 755 $
2. The Ritz-Carlton  4.5 GO Check rates 1866 $ 888 $
3. Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel 4.5 GO Check rates 1219 $ 1052 $
4. Kyoto Hotel Okura  4.5 GO Check rates 383 $ 215 $
Mid-range
5. Hotel Granvia   4.5 GO Check rates 253 $ 109 $
6. RIHGA Royal Hotel   4 GO Check rates 252 $ 109 $
7. The Westin Miyako Hotel   4 GO Check rates 708 $ 376 $
Budget
8. Hotel Mystays   4 GO Check rates 201 $ 105 $
9. Sakura Terrace 4.5 GO Check rates 166 $ 95 $
10. Hotel Mume  5 GO N/A N/A N/A

A map illustrating the locations of the hotels. You can view the full map here.

A map with the hotel locations in Kyoto
A map with the hotel locations in Kyoto

1. Four Seasons Kyoto

Four Seasons Kyoto
Four Seasons Kyoto

Four Seasons hotel is perfect for those who want to combine luxury and nature for an unforgettable vacation. Hotel is located in Kyoto’s historical Higashiyama district. Bamboo forest leads the guests to sanctuary of an 800-year old pond garden, where the hotel is situated.  Four Season’s modern interior design is mixed with traditional Japanese style elements.

Guests can enjoy traditional Japanese tea in the hotel’s Tea House, sushi, made from fresh seafood, other traditional Asian dishes alongside with European cuisine.

Hotel class

5 stars

Pros

  • Private fully equipped kitchen in the room
  • Indoor swimming pool, pine saunas, ofur showers
  • SPA treatments including Zen Massage and Sodashi gold-leaf facials
  • Convenient for people with disabilities
  • Organization of personalized local excursions

Cons

  • Some complaints about concierge service

Website

https://www.fourseasons.com/kyoto/

2. The Ritz-Carlton 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Kyoto
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton has a spectacular location. Hotel is only a few steps away from the downtown of the city and offers magnificent view over Kamogawa River and Higashiyama mountains. The hotel rooms are stylish and comfortable with stunning mountain or river view.

The hotel’s traditional Japanese SPA offers an outstanding experience with the finest skin care products enriched with marine and botanical ingredients, fitness center, large swimming pool and sauna. 

Hotel class

5 stars

Pros

  • A perfect location in the city
  • Various choice of body and facial traditional Japanese treatments
  • Personalized activities such as workshops, food classes, cycling tours, kimono and samurai, Japanese harp music, sake testing etc.
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting available

Cons

Nothing particular to add here

Website

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/japan/kyoto

3. Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel

Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto
Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto

Those who want to escape from the city hustle and have a luxury vacation, this hotel is an excellent choice. Suiran hotel is located near the banks of Hozu River and offers Japanese-style experience. This hotel is a perfect place for fully relaxing and harmonious vacation.

Hotel class

5 stars

Pros

  • Quiet setting
  • Full Japanese-style experience
  • SPA treatments in a private spa or in the room

Cons

  • For some guests might seem too isolated
  • No swimming pool and gym

Website

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ukylc-suiran-a-luxury-collection-hotel-kyoto/

4. Kyoto Hotel Okura 

Kyoto Hotel Okura
Kyoto Hotel Okura

Situated in the center of the city, near the banks of Kamogawa River, Kyoto Hotel Okura offers a luxurious experience to its guests. The hotel gives an easy access to historical and shopping areas of the city and is directly connected to the Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station. Designed in casual elegant style, hotel rooms offer impressive views thanks to panoramic windows in each of them.

As regards dining options, guests can choose between hotel’s numerous restaurants and bars, offering both eastern and western cuisine.

Hotel class

4.5 stars

Pros

  • Childcare service
  • Shuttle service
  • Gym, warm water pool, sauna, jacuzzi, massage room
  • Golf range
  • Specially designed smoking area

Cons

  • No SPA treatment service available
  • Only adults ages 18 and above can use the fitness center facilities

Website

https://www.hotel.kyoto.e.adw.hp.transer.com/okura/

5. Hotel Granvia  

Hotel Granvia.
Hotel Granvia

Hotel Granvia is near the Kyoto train station, so it gives easy access to the main attractions of the city. Hotel interior is modern and elegant designed with Japanese-style large bedrooms and bathrooms. Hotel guests can spend their time at indoor swimming, jacuzzi, sauna or at the gym.

It is also worth mentioning that guests have an opportunity to choose between over 12 bars and restaurants of the hotel, each of them offering national dishes of different countries.

Hotel class

4.5 stars

Pros

  • Esthetic and beauty salon services
  • Healthcare clinic
  • Special smoking areas

Cons

  • The location is a little noisy
  • Pool and fitness center available only for adults above 20

Website

https://www.granviakyoto.com/

6. RIHGA Royal Hotel  

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel is one of Kyoto’s finest hotels. The hotel has a good location, as it is a short walk from Kyoto Station. A warm indoor swimming pool, gym and business center are at the hotel guests’ disposal. RIHGA Royal Hotel has a luxurious bar and 6 restaurants, amongst which guests can find the only revolving restaurant in Kyoto.

Hotel class

4 stars

Pros

  • Free shuttle bus service
  • Rooms with mini-bars
  • Smoking / non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurants offering Japanese, Chinese and French cuisine

Cons

  • Swimming pool and fitness area available only for adults above 18
  • Guests with visible tattoos might not be permitted to use swimming pool and gym

Website

https://www.rihgaroyalkyoto.com/en-gb

7. The Westin Miyako Hotel  

The Westin Miyako Kyoto
The Westin Miyako Kyoto

The Westin Miyako Hotel is located in one of the best areas for sightseeing in Kyoto. Hotel features a gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and offers Japanese-style SPA treatments. Guests can enjoy dishes of eastern and western cuisines of their choice in the hotel’s Japanese Kunugi Teppanyaki , French Grand View or International Aquablu restaurants. Tea room and a bar are also available for the visitors.

Hotel class

4 stars

Pros

  • Free shuttle bus service
  • Rooms with mini-bars
  • Smoking / non-smoking rooms
  • Multilingual staff

Cons

  • It’s not possible to walk to the downtown of the city from the hotel
  • The accommodation tax per night is not included in the price

Website

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ukywi-the-westin-miyako-kyoto/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

8. Hotel Mystays  

Hotel Mystays
Hotel Mystays

Hotel Mystays is situated in the heart if Kyoto, only 5-minute walk away from Shijo Station. It is a modern hotel with comfortable rooms. Hotel guests can enjoy traditional Japanese breakfast and dinner in the hotel restaurant and relax after at a traditional Japanese spa.

Hotel class

3 stars

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Adapted for people with disabilities
  • Smoking / non-smoking rooms
  • Free use of computers with internet

Cons

  • No swimming pool or gym

Website

https://www.mystays.com/en-us/hotel-mystays-kyoto-shijo-kyoto/

9. Sakura Terrace

Sakura Terrace
Sakura Terrace

Sakura Terrace is a great value for the money hotel. It is located within a walking distance from the southern exit of Kyoto Station. Rooms designed in contemporary style are bright and comfortable. Sakura Hotel is ideal for moderate budget business trips.

Hotel class

3 stars

Pros

  • Spacious public baths and saunas (male-only, female-only) are available
  • Smoking / non-smoking rooms
  • The hotel is close to Kyoto Tower and Toji Temple
  • Sauna, public bath, and massage room

Cons

  • No swimming pool, gym, spa treatments
  • Guest age limit (only one child above 13 can be accepted)

Website

http://www.sakuraterrace.jp/en/

10. Hotel Mume

Hotel Mume Kyoto
Hotel Mume Kyoto

Mume is a boutique hotel with 7 rooms in total. Rooms are designed in four different types: Flower, Butterfly, Wind, and Moon. Each room type has a unique decoration.

The hotel has a very high rating and is a Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019 winner.

Hotel class

3 stars

Pros

  • Great quality-price ratio
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual staff

Cons

  • No swimming pool, fitness center, spa treatments

Website

https://www.hotelmume.com/main.html

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