Like Tokyo, there are many opportunities for luxury accommodation in Kyoto, and this stylish property in the heart of Gion is among the best. A newer property that benefits from having everything exactly as the proprietors want it, the design is modern but with clear references to its attractive location in Kyoto’s most famous quarter. Quiet, calming, subdued elegance make it the essence of Kyoto style.
Large windows bring the outdoor greenery inside, framing carefully planted areas which echo the tranquillity of a traditional Japanese garden. The guest rooms are well laid out, welcoming and uncluttered, and each space is elegantly designed so that no corner is wasted. Get a taste of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the Celestine Deluxe Yasaka suites, with a wide variety of teas available to prepare in ceramic pots and staff on hand to provide advice and lessons on the best infusions.
In Kyoto’s Gion, north of the station, which is well-known for being the traditional geisha district, and for its atmospheric, lantern-lit ambience. This part of the city is one of our favourites.
Excellent Japanese cuisine
Stylish onsen public bath
Guest lounge with refreshments
Opposite Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple
A high-quality blend of tradition and contemporary style.
Discover what to expect from staying at The Celestine
The ‘clean sheet’ style allows the hotel to show off its elements of traditional Japanese design, whilst keeping everything modern. It straddles the well-received ryokan/luxury hotel space very well, and numerous pieces of art provide talking points. Think Yamazakura whisky, Japanese maple trees, and traditional pottery. When the tea houses stir into life, you might even glimpse a geisha going to work.
Kyoto’s congested hotel space provides fertile ground for a bit of kaizen (change for the better). The Celestine staff look elegant and businesslike in kimonos, and have a ready supply of well-refined tips and appropriate recommendations for the local area.
You may very well want to head out to dine, but don’t worry if you find yourself needing to eat in. The two set menus at the hotel restaurant are both exquisite, serious, delicate Kyoto feasts. Not cheap, but you’ll immediately understand why when you see what you get. Easy to be tempted, and a real treat.
Wander along the ancient trails of Kumano Kodo and its spiritual shrines, enjoying the peaceful, and enchanting surroundings as well as taking in the hospitality of local families along the way.