This brand-new retreat in Japan’s former imperial capital is the latest addition to Marriott’s Luxury Collection portfolio.
Located directly opposite Nijo Castle—one of 17 UNESCO-protected monuments scattered around Kyoto and its surrounding area—Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa has just opened its doors. The newly minted haven occupies a site that was once the residence of the aristocratic Mitsui family, where the 300-year-old Kajiimiya Gate welcomes guests to a place that strikes a balance between tradition and modernity.
The Mitsui is the Luxury Collection’s second property in Kyoto after Suiran Hotel, a riverside bolthole of just 39 rooms in the scenic Arashiyama district. Hong Kong–based star architect and interior designer André Fu teamed up with his Japanese counterparts Akira Kuryu and Yohei Akao, alongside landscape architect Shunsaku Miyagi, to give The Mitsui its contemporary, minimalistic appeal.
Inside, the hotel’s 161 guest rooms and suites make use of natural materials shaped by local artisans, and take their design cues from traditional Japanese tea-rooms. Each guest room also features spacious bathtubs hewn from stone. Two specialty Onsen Suites come with separate living rooms, private gardens, and outdoor hot-spring baths so guests can enjoy a soak in complete privacy. In fact, the property is billed as the only luxury hotel in the heart of Kyoto that has its own natural hot spring, drawn from thermal waters deep underground.
The Mitsui’s drinking and dining venues all overlook the hotel gardens, which reinterprets classical Japanese design in a modern way. At the signature teppanyaki restaurant Toki, chefs prepare local specialties on a steel teppan framed by a counter made of Kabazakura birch. Similarly, Italian venue Forni reimagines an okudosan—a traditional Japanese cooking range—as a wood-burning oven for pizzas and roasts. The Garden Bar serves up afternoon tea, drinks, and cocktails, while Shiki-No-Ma is an elegant private dining space for more intimate events.
Wellness-minded guests will want to check out Thermal Spring Spa, a more than 1,000-square-meter sanctuary that includes a thermal onsen spring, two private onsen facilities, four treatment rooms, and a fully equipped gym. The spa menu here offers a range of shiatsu massages, facials, and therapies based on traditional Chinese medicine: just the way to unwind after a full day of sightseeing.
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