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Hotel Monterey Kyoto

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A guest room at Hotel Monterey Kyoto in Japan


Hotel Monterey Kyoto

The lobby at Hotel Monterey Kyoto in Japan

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. 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 options 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 Japanese setting serving kaiseki (multi-course) cuisine. As for the reason this fusion works so well: a Zen-fabulous harmony unites each space, from the dignified guest rooms to the penthouse Spa Trinity on the thirteenth floor.

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