Travelers watching their wallets appreciate the eclectic style and thoughtful extras at this reasonably priced hotel.
When we think of Kyoto lodging, the first thing that comes to mind is the ryokan, a classic Japanese inn. Perhaps that's why we like this hotel so much. Even though it bucks tradition, it offers a quintessential Japanese experience. A blend of Japanese, French country and Scottish arts-and-craft styles may sound chaotic, but in fact, it's quite soothing. House restaurant Escale would be right at home in Provence, while the brick-clad Library brings to mind an haute UK pub, and Zuientei keeps home fires burning with a classic Japanese setting serving kaiseki (multi-course) cuisine. As for the reason this fusion succeeds: Zen-fabulous harmony unites every space, from the handsome guest rooms to the penthouse Spa Trinite.