The Luxe List 2015

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The Suiran's riverside cafe.

The Luxe List 2015: Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto, Japan

The leafy western suburb of Kyoto, Arashiyama has for centuries been the playground of Japan’s aristocratic elite who would gather here to write poetry, discuss the fleeting pleasures of this earthly life, and indulge in the finest dishes of the famously food-obsessed former capital. Starwood’s Luxury Collection brings this heady mix of pleasure-seeking right up to date with the lovely Suiran, housed on the site of an imperial villa in a prime location beside the Katsura River with views of the famous Togetsu Bridge. The hotel is filled with artistic gems including calligraphy, ceramics, and painted screens dating back to the time of its former owner, the Japanese industrialist Baron Kawasaki Shozo, along with luxuriously appointed guest rooms inspired by ryokan-style accommodation. Each features traditional motifs, neutral color palettes, and perfect vistas of the Arashiyama landscape; several boast their own alfresco hot-spring baths. And as for the fare, the splendid Kyo Suiran restaurant serves seasonally inspired dishes that blend Japanese and French cuisine in a beautiful neo-Japanesque setting.

81-75/872-0101; Starwood Hotels; doubles from US$420

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