Hyatt Regency Kyoto and Trattoria Sette Review – New Meets Old

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Introduction and Planning
New LAX Star Alliance Lounge
Los Angeles to Taipei EVA Air Hello Kitty Jet Royal Laurel Class
Foodie Adventures in Taipei
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Hiiragiya Bekkan
Conrad Tokyo
Highlights of Kyoto and Tokyo
Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan Airlines Tokyo Narita to Los Angeles First Class
 

We arrived at Kansai International Airport (KIX) at about 7:30PM.  We immediately went to the JR office to buy a prepaid subway card with 1,500 Yen credit and 500 deposit and one-way trip to Kyoto for 3,000 Yen ($28~).  The train ride took a little over an hour and we caught a a 6 minute taxi ride to the hotel.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto Review

We arrived at our hotel at about 8:30PM and were escorted to the front desk without us even touching our bags.  My initial thought was that the hotel would be quite traditional, but it actually is quite modern inside.  We were personally escorted to our room with our bags and shown our standard King Room.  As this is Japan, service is excellent and workers do not accept tips.  It’s awesome to use hotel points (18k per night) in Japan because all taxes and gratuities are included!

Hyatt Regency Kyoto Outside

Hyatt Regency Kyoto Outside

I did email the concierge telling them it was my wife’s birthday a few days before.  When the staff member left the room, she remembered to tell my wife happy birthday, which she found was very surprising.  The hotel offered me to buy a cake or complimetary half bottle of wine.  I accepted the half bottle of wine and it came with small cookies.

Half Bottle of Wine and Cookies Gift

The room decor is hard to explain, it’s traditional with a modern touch.  The hotel room felt a bit like the Park Hyatt we experienced in Paris, but with a Japanese flair. The bathroom featured a separate deep soak tub and a shower right next with a stool.  The concept here is to take a shower first while sitting on the stool and then jump into the bathtub, similar to a private hot spring.  It’s quite relaxing to take a nice bath after travelling and walking for hours in Taipei.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto Lobby

Hyatt Regency Kyoto Lobby

Standard King Room - Very Park Hyatt Like

Standard King Room – Very Park Hyatt Like

Electronic Room Controls

Electronic Room Controls

Sink Area

Sink Area

Shower

Shower

Deep Soak Bathtub

Deep Soak Bathtub

View from the Room Instagram

View from the Room Instagram

 

Perhaps my only complaint is the location of the hotel.  It is close to the bus stop to access sites and about a 10 minute walk to the Kyoto subway (which isn’t as extensive as Tokyo).  There are very few restaurants in the immediate area and you’d have to walk a good 8-10 minutes to find some restaurant choices.  We had been eating Asian food for the past week, so we decided to try the hotel’s Italian Trattoria Sette.  Part of the reason was because we were tired to go out, but the main reason is because of the unlimited 3,000 Yen off ($28~) coupon you get at the hotel restaurants.

3,000 Yen Coupon

3,000 Yen Coupon

Trattoria Sette Review

Trattoria Sette is one of the three main restaurants in the hotel.  The restaurant is located upstairs and is quite nice and classy. Entrees were about $15-$25, which isn’t too bad if you compare to US.  You do have to pay a 10% service charge, but no tip or tax on top of that.

Trattoria Sette

Trattoria Sette

We ordered a calamari appetizer to start off our meal.  For entrees, I selected the mushroom risotto and my wife picked the seafood pasta.  We were served complimentary bread to start and our calamari appetizer came shortly after.

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The starters were good, but then things started to go downhill.  It was literally 45 minutes until our entrees came out.  I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to be a stereotypical rude American.  My mushroom risotto was just risotto with mushroom sauce.  It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t that great.  On the other hand, my wife’s seafood pasta was great and we enjoyed that together.

"Mushroom" risotto

“Mushroom” risotto

Seafood Pasta

Seafood Pasta

Our bill came out to be 6,000 yen including taxes and 10% service fee before the 3,000 yen coupon.   So for about $30 all-in we had a nice dinner in a nice setting.  I would say that was quite a steal.  I probably should have ordered the pizza instead, and if the service wasn’t so slow I would be more likely to recommend the restaurant.  However, if you are sick of Japanese food and want a good alternative, this is a good choice.

Conclusion

I would recommend the Hyatt Regency Kyoto for a first comer to Kyoto.  The service is great (minus the restaurant) and you are well taken care of.  The concierge is helpful in recommending places to eat and where to go.  The rooms are nicely renovated with traditional Japanese elements.  The hotel is definitely a great deal for 18,000 Hyatt points (now 20,000 Hyatt points) because this hotel is probably in the same class at a Park Hyatt.

12 comments for “Hyatt Regency Kyoto and Trattoria Sette Review – New Meets Old

  1. Michael
    January 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I love this hotel. You didn’t mention the free cocktails they provide. Or the bikes they provide, which led my friend and I to bike ride the entire city and visit all the temples that way. The breakfast in the morning is one of the all-time greats, if you’re a diamond.

    • January 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

      I wish I were diamond at the time! Didn’t get free drinks or bike rental. I guess I could have asked…. New Years time is crazy in Kyoto and cold. Wife wouldn’t like biking in those conditions :/.

  2. choi
    January 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

    do you still have diamond status during the stay ?

    • January 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      I did not unfortunately. Free breakfast is not that important to me.

  3. February 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I stayed there for 4 nights and had the most wonderful experience. I’ll blog about it within a few days I hope.

    Not sure about the free cocktails either…

    • February 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Glad you had a great time, looking forward to reading your report!

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