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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Kyoto

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Our honeymoon series:

Part 1: United First Class from SFO-NRT
Part 2: How to Get to Hotel from NRT Airport
Part 3: Andaz Hotel Tokyo
Part 4: Tokyo Itinerary
Part 5: How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto
Part 6: Hyatt Regency – Kyoto
Part 7: Kyoto Itinerary
Part 8: Shinkansen Kyoto to Tokyo
Part 9: Conrad – Tokyo Part 1
Part 10: Conrad – Tokyo Part 2
Part 11: Singapore Business Class Tokyo to Singapore
Part 12: Conrad – Singapore
Part 13: Silk Air Business Class Singapore to Danang
Part 14: Intercontinental Danang Part 1
Part 15: Intercontinental Danang Part 2
Part 16: Turkish Business Class Hanoi to Istanbul
Part 17: Turkish Business Class Istanbul to Rome
Part 18: United First Class Rome to Chicago

How much did this cost?

20,000 x 2 nights = 40,000 UR Points transferred to Hyatt

Using a Chase Ink Business card to accumulate UR points, this amounted to $249.88, or $124.94 per night (to apply for this card, click here*)

How much would it have cost had we paid cash? 

Had we paid cash, it would have cost $856.22.



After two nights in Tokyo, we took the bullet train to Kyoto for two nights at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto. From Kyoto Station, we took the free MK taxi and after a short ride, we arrived at the hotel.

The hotel itself seemed to be a combination of new and old, as it appeared that parts of it had been renovated and parts of it had not. There is a grill restaurant in the lobby, a traditional Japanese restaurant downstairs, and an Italian restaurant on the second floor.

Our room was on the second floor, halfway down a very long hallway, and it had a nice, quiet view of the bamboo garden in the back of the hotel.

Hyatt Kyoto Hallway
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hallway

 

Hyatt Kyoto, King Room
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, King Room

 

Hyatt Kyoto, King Room
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, King Room

The bathroom was large and compartmentalized with the shower/bath, sink, and toilet, located in three distinct areas.

Hyatt Kyoto, King Room
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, King Room



Hyatt Kyoto, King Room
Hyatt Kyoto, King Room

 

Hyatt Kyoto, King Room
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, King Room

 

Hyatt Kyoto, King Room
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, King Room

The amenities were standard.

Hyatt Kyoto, Toiletries
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Toiletries

They kindly gifted us a $50 bottle of champagne and some delicious strawberries that paired wonderfully with it.

Hyatt Kyoto, Honeymoon Welcome Gift
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Honeymoon Welcome Gift



Dressing up like a geisha apparently is a popular thing in Kyoto. I don’t think we saw any actual Geishas but we did see one in training at the hotel and many women who walked around the city in rented kimonos.

Posing with the geisha in training

We went to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine  after settling in. On the way back to the hotel, neither of us were very hungry, but we picked up a couple snacks from 7-11. Before calling it a night, we walked to find the gym and spa areas, which were not easy to find. The spa is located on the first floor, which is accessed via a separate elevator at one end of the building. We did not use the spa, but there is a sauna and shower facility, and it was pretty small. The gym is located one level below the spa, and you need to use the same separate elevator to get to it.  

Hyatt Kyoto Gym
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Gym

 

Hyatt Kyoto Gym
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Gym

 

Hyatt Kyoto Gym
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Gym

Although the facilities did not look that great, I would have gone for a run in the gym if we had a little more time.

On the morning of our second stay, we requested a late checkout of 13:30, and had breakfast at the hotel. Unlike the Andaz and Conrad in Tokyo, which had both Japanese and American breakfasts combined, here you have to pick between the Japanese breakfast (served downstairs in Touzan) or the American breakfast (served in the lobby grill restaurant). Either option cost ~¥3,650. We chose the American breakfast, which came with an espresso beverage that one of the waiters brought to you. There was some seating available outside, but it was chilly that morning so we elected to sit indoors.  

The restaurant offers a good selection of meats, even a ham that the chefs will slice and warm up in the brick oven for you.



Hyatt Kyoto Breakfast, Breakfast Meats and Veggies
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Breakfast Meats and Veggies

 

Hyatt Kyoto Breakfast, Ham and Eggs
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Ham and Eggs

Breads and pastries were available, as were meats, cheeses, salad, and fruits.

Hyatt Kyoto Breakfast, Breads
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Breads

 

Hyatt Kyoto Breakfast, Fruit and Cheese
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Fruit and Cheese

Fresh juices were available.  They weren’t sweet as the ones from Andaz.

Hyatt Kyoto Breakfast, Juices
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Juices

Fruit, yogurt, cereals, and milk were also available.

Hyatt Kyoto Breakfast, Yogurts
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Yogurts



Hyatt Kyoto Breakfast, Cereals and Milk
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Cereals and Milk

We really enjoyed the miniature strawberries.

Hyatt Kyoto Breakfast, Fruits
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Breakfast, Fruits

Overall, the breakfast was fine. The food was fresh, the fruit was plentiful, and the coffee was good. By this point of the trip, I had broken my no-caffeine rule and drank two cappuccinos during breakfast.

In summary, our stay was just par for the course, but considering we received so much more from the Andaz Tokyo for 5,000 extra Hyatt Points, we were quite disappointed in the value received.

*If you apply through our referral link, if approved, then we would receive points as well.  Thank you.



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