When we think of Kyoto lodging, the first thing that comes to mind is the ryokan, the classic Japanese inn. Perhaps that's why we like this hotel so much. It bucks tradition, while at the same time offering a quintessential Japanese experience. Although the idea of blending Japanese, French country and Scottish arts-and-craft styles may sound chaotic, it's not, as this eclectic property proves with its dining alone. Escale restaurant would be right at home in Provence, the brick-clad Library brings to mind a haute UK pub and Zuientei keeps the home fires burning with a classic setting serving kaiseki cuisine. As for the reason this fusion works so well: the Zen-fabulous harmony that unites each space, from the dignified guest rooms to the penthouse spa on the thirteenth floor.