Here's why you should consider staying at this affordably luxurious local hotel during your next trip to the cultural heart of Japan
By Mavis Teo
Photos: Celestine Gion Kyoto
2. Handsome Design
As a Japanese-owned hotel, you can expect the usual Japanese sense of simple yet elegant aesthetic, with local elements woven into it. The design story is one that marries Japanese culture with modern-day functionality. A sense of zen permeates the building. The rooms are spacious, with a beige and biscuit colour palette. The trademark Japanese sense of thoughtfulness is evident in the choice of amenities given. From a wooden shoehorn to multiple wet bags for storing wet clothes when you use the onsen (more of this later) to the cutest little woven socks – you will not lack for anything to make you feel at home.