In what seems to be the most secluded, yet centrally-located hotel property in Kyoto, The Suiran is a stunning luxury option for those looking for comfort, charm and serenity. Surrounded by Japanese maple trees, rock gardens, bamboo groves and with the sound of the bubbling river in the distance – The Suiran is an experience that speaks to all five of your senses.
Arriving to the hotel from Tokyo is easy, with a quick jaunt on the bullet train using the affordable Japan Rail Pass (you can travel all over the country easily with this pass). A stay at this hotel, a member of Luxury Collection, is calming and an emphasis on detail, obvious. The moment you walk-up the gravel and stone path into the lobby, you feel at peace. It’s hard to miss the river right outside your door, kayakers and boaters drifting-by slowly. The first impression I had when entering the hotel was how authentically Japanese the experience felt. The deep graphite gray juxtaposed against the rich teal and blue color scheme of the interior made for a perfect match.
Rooms at The Suiran are large, and many have views out to the central garden. There are terraces where you can have your coffee or tea in the morning. Beds are heavenly, dressed in crisp white cotton linens and Japanese cotton pajamas are provided in beautiful paper boxes at the end of your bed. Flat screen televisions with a plethora of channels make you feel at home, while large bathrooms featuring fantastic lighting and walk-in showers make you never want to leave the room.
The hotel is known for their traditional Japanese breakfast, which is served in a choreographed dance that would make any jaded traveler marvel in amazement.
Keep your mind open to the new and exciting flavors that are offered here. After a light bite, it’s recommended to try the hotel’s beautiful Onsen experience.
Here, you are led to the hotel garden and to a private bath composed of plant and rock gardens, and filled with natural hot spring water (from a nearby hot spring) that will not only soothe your skin, but infuse you with energy. This is a very Japanese moment.
The hotel offers dining options, which are all good and nice for a snack or light lunch. I, personally, love doing the Onsen in the morning and leaving lunch and dinner elsewhere in the city.
But, staying at The Suiran is a must. There are many beautiful hotels in Kyoto, but this one has an energy that isn’t easily found in other properties around town.