The lobby at the Hyatt Regency — Kyoto
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Given it’s usually the Park Hyatt properties that are better known for their luxury design-led offerings within the Hyatt Hotels brand, Kyoto’s Hyatt Regency comes as a pleasant surprise.

Designed by Japanese studio Super Potato, the property’s sleek, understated interiors are a modern update on traditional Japanese aesthetics; a dramatic laser-cut wooden installation, that filters subtle glow, clads the ceiling of the lobby; soft, indirect lighting illuminates the corridors; while guest rooms - some of which overlook a serene bamboo garden - feature bright kimono fabric headboards that take centre stage. Bathrooms are Japanese-style wet rooms, but for the full shebang, take some time  out in the spa to experience local therapies such as the fermented Hinoki powder bath- a dry treatment said to promote relaxation.

While the hotel offers a number of dining options including perfectly sizzled steak at The Grill or home-style pizzas served at Trattoria Sette, we suggest stepping outside to sample the city’s local offerings- the perfect treat after a day spent visiting attractions such as the Kyoto National Museum or the atmospheric geisha district, Gion, which are only a short stroll away.

Inside of a room at the Hyatt Regency — Kyoto

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A Bathroom at the Hyatt Regency — Kyoto

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A long dining table in the restaurant at the Hyatt Regency — Kyoto

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Lauren Ho is the former travel editor at Wallpaper*. Now a contributing editor, she roams the globe, writing extensively about luxury travel, architecture and design for both the magazine and the website, alongside various other titles. She is also the European Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Hotels.