Hyatt Regency — Kyoto, Japan
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.