Low-rise and highly-polished in every sense, the Ritz Carlton is set on the banks of the Kamo River with the majestic Higashiyama Mountains as a backdrop. In-room check-in takes place over a cup of green tea; next door, in the marble bathroom, the Shigaraki pottery basin, cherry blossom wall motifs, and handmade soaps add an artisanal feel. More than 400 artworks illustrate The Tale of Genji, an 11th-century novel about high courtiers and, in the spa, treatments are based around Japanese wellness rituals and a waterfall cascades down towards the enticing, indoor swimming pool.
Dining options at the hotel are diverse and highly-acclaimed. In La Locanda Italian restaurant, a century-old townhouse has been transformed into a private dining room. Desserts come courtesy of Pierre Hermé – the French pastry chef has a shop in the hotel, as well as a welcome influence on the magnificent afternoon tea served in the Lobby Lounge. The star of the show is Michelin-starred Mizuki where you can observe chefs prepare tempura and teppanyaki in the open kitchen, and tuck into fresh sushi at the counter.
Couples and families
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL
Sample one of the wealth of workshops including origami, sake tasting, samurai and kimono experiences
Enjoy exquisite afternoon tea with Pierre Hermé pastries on the terrace of the Lobby Lounge
Work off the excesses with a lap or two of the heated pool, or in the 24-hour fitness centre
Retreat to the spa to sample the Ryokucha Serenity treatment with green tea leaves, or a heated bamboo ritual
Dine in style at Michelin-starred Mizuki, choosing between first-class sushi, tempura, teppan or kaiseki
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
Hop on one of the hotel’s bicycles to explore your riverside surroundings
Discover the atmospheric geisha district of Gion
Marvel at the Nanzen-ji temple with your private guide, and uncover some lesser-visited temples and gardens
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