Opened in October, the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto was built around a 12th-century pond garden, a feature that imbues the property with culture and beauty. But the hotel pays just as much attention to utilitarian, modern amenities, with a convenient location and Zen-like meeting places to seriously impress.
Strategically placed in the city’s historic Higashiyama district, the hotel is just minutes from Kyoto Station, the bustling focal point of the city’s central business district. Yet the compound feels utterly secluded, thanks to a bamboo path leading to the main entrance, and remains within walking distance of famed temples and ancient streets.
The 123 rooms are more spacious than you would normally find in Japan, starting at 527 square feet for a Deluxe Room and ranging up to 2,637 square feet in the Presidential Suite, the largest in Kyoto. Most rooms have sitting areas and desks, but for even more space opt for one of 13 suites, which all have dining tables and balconies.
Alongside ballrooms, several smaller function rooms serve as meeting space. Alternatively, Wakon, a sushi restaurant with its eye on Michelin stardom, has two private rooms conducive to dinner meetings. Meanwhile, the well-equipped fitness centre and otherworldly indoor pool help busy executives stick to their exercise routines. fourseasons.com/kyoto
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