Hyatt Regency Kyoto
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is the modern face of Kyoto's hotel scene. The 189 rooms, created by Japanese design house Super Potato, combine sleek, understated contemporary interiors with traditional Japanese design elements (think washi paper fittings and creative kimono fabric headboards) and all the usual amenities one would expect to find in a luxury hotel. With highly-rated Japanese, French and Italian restaurants, it doesn't do too badly on the dining front either. Likewise for the location. It's in a quite part of east Kyoto but within easy striking distance of Kyoto Station, Gion, Shijo-dori and other attractions.
Insider Tip: Feeling templed-out? Hit the spa for its indulgent mix of Asian and European treatments.
Room to Book: The Regency suite. The wrap-around balcony gives great views over the city.