Park Hyatt Kyoto REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Old Oct 27, 19, 3:21 am
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Originally Posted by Aventine View Post
They would never give free breakfast to all in a property like this. Probably an English error?
It's not "free", it's "included". Big difference.
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Old Oct 28, 19, 1:15 am
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The hotel confirmed that breakfast is NOT included in redemption or cash and points reservations.
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Old Oct 28, 19, 1:18 am
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Originally Posted by hailstorm View Post
The hotel confirmed that breakfast is NOT included in redemption or cash and points reservations.
What about for Globalists making such points or C+P reservations?
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Old Oct 28, 19, 1:36 am
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Originally Posted by Fly Me To The Moon View Post
What about for Globalists making such points or C+P reservations?
I would assume that Globalists will still receive their Elite benefits.
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Old Oct 28, 19, 2:33 am
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Originally Posted by hailstorm View Post
The hotel confirmed that breakfast is NOT included in redemption or cash and points reservations.
How about a paid stay upgraded to a suite with points?
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Old Oct 28, 19, 2:57 am
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Originally Posted by richarddd View Post
How about a paid stay upgraded to a suite with points?
I can't speak for the hotel that far.
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Old Oct 28, 19, 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by hailstorm View Post
The hotel confirmed that breakfast is NOT included in redemption or cash and points reservations.
Thanks for checking. That's too bad for those of us who are not globs, but since it looks like the lowest rates including T&S, even in very off seasons, are well above 100,000 yen, the 30,000 pt redemption still looks good.
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Old Oct 28, 19, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by hailstorm View Post
The hotel confirmed that breakfast is NOT included in redemption or cash and points reservations.
They have 61 rooms.

Any room has a view (even faces a wall, a.k.a. garden terrace room) would be considered none-standard room.

Thus they have at most 20 standard rooms. If average occupancy is 80%, then 16 rooms will be occupied.

Let's assume half of the these rooms are redemption. That's 8 rooms.

Out of these 8 rooms: possibly 3 booked by glob. 2 by guest of honor. then 3 rooms left for none-elite redemption.

Conclusion: The hotel decides to not give breakfast to 6 people per day assuming double occupancy for all 3 rooms.

This is within the rule. But I thought Hyatt should do better than Marriott, who quickly resolved the Al Maha issue, if you know what I'm talking about.
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Old Oct 28, 19, 4:37 pm
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For those thinking to pay, both the Western breakfast and the Japanese breakfast will be 4000 yen plus tax and service charge (and tax on the service charge), so approximately 5000 yen.
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Old Oct 29, 19, 9:52 am
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According to the Hyatt app, the hotel is now accepting reservations for 10/30/19 and beyond. Last night I was actually able to book two nights using points for next week. Points redemptions were not showing up on the app, but found them using regular Internet browser. Nightly rates were around 114k yen. Note, there is a 7 day cancellation period for pointís redemptions.


30k points a night is a big splurge for me, but itís my first time in Kyoto and Iím excited to see the new property. Definitely a bucket list trip. Iím explorist, so hoping for a some kind of upgraded view. Will treat ourselves to the breakfast one morning too. Hopefully they throw in some nice perks for opening week.

Compared to the HR Kyoto and the SLH Property, points redemptions didnít make sense at all. Cash rates were not so bad for HR Kyoto as there was a promotion, but the SLH property seemed very overvalued.

Also, I carved out one day in the area for a traditional ryokan stay. Any suggestions for good value options in the Kansai region would be appreciated? (Sorry for asking in wrong forum).
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Old Oct 29, 19, 10:24 am
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SLH for Enso is extremely cheaper booked via 3rd party/elsewhere. Hyatt for some reason uses crazy rates for SLH and as Hyatt members, from what I've read, no perks even carry over.

Hope to hear a lot about this property in the next 2 weeks for I have a few nights booked in Feb.
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Old Oct 29, 19, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by turks33 View Post
...there is a 7 day cancellation period for pointís redemptions.
This is incorrect.

Cancellation for award stays is the same as for revenue res, ranging from 48 hours to 30 days, depending on the season. Up until recently Nov 2019 was a 30-day cancellation that dropped to 24 hr from Dec 1; Nov 2020 is now showing a 7-day cancellation.
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Old Oct 29, 19, 11:57 am
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@osaka wino. Thank you for the specifics. Here are the exact terms from my confirmation email if anyone else is interested.


ďCANCELLATION POLICY:

TO AVOID 1 NIGHT FEE CANCEL 7 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

Effective January 1, 2018, reservations confirmed or changed by World of Hyatt Explorist or Globalist members can be cancelled up to 24 hours before the hotel check-in time when the hotel's cancellation period stated above is not more than 48 hours. This 24-hour cancellation period benefit is not valid for stays at Hyatt Residence Club or Miraval resorts. It also does not apply: (i) to prepaid or non-refundable rates; (ii) when the cancellation period stated above is more than 48 hours; or (iii) for reservations booked at corporate negotiated or group contract rates. This benefit is based on a member's tier status at the time of cancellation. The hotel check-in time is stated above, and the cancellation windows are based on the hotel's local time.

Changes to the dates of stay, number of guests per room or number of rooms confirmed will be subject to current pricing which may be different than previously confirmed rates. Taxes and fees are subject to change based on dates of stay and local jurisdiction.

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Old Oct 30, 19, 12:44 am
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Officially opened, here is the press release
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https://newsroom.hyatt.com/news-releases?item=123903

The Park Hyatt Brand Celebrates Debut of Park Hyatt Kyoto

The 70-room luxury guesthouse in Japan’s ancient capital offers a journey of discovery through refined cultural and culinary experiences
CHICAGO (October 30, 2019)Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Park Hyatt Kyoto. Set in the heart of this noble city with centuries of history and heritage, Park Hyatt Kyoto unfolds a journey of discovery with enriching, sophisticated and rare experiences.

Park Hyatt Kyoto is located in one of the city's best-preserved historic districts, Higashiyama hills. The region, known as the birthplace of traditions such as the Japanese tea ceremony, the Ikebana flower arrangement and Japanese Zen gardens, will offer a rich foundation for the hotel. Park Hyatt Kyoto embodies the quintessential Japanese guesthouse, offering a serene Higashiyama hillside retreat for discerning global travelers and local residents. The hotel is next to Kodai-ji temple and within walking distance to many of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Kiyomizu-dera temple, and offers sweeping views of the city and Yasaka Pagoda. Park Hyatt Kyoto is located less than one mile (1.5 kilometers) from the Kyoto train station, which connects travelers to Tokyo in just over two hours via the Nozomi Shinkansen bullet train.



  • King Deluxe Guestroom with a view.

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of Park Hyatt Kyoto, the second Park Hyatt hotel in Japan in 25 years, and to offer guests a refined home-away-from-home in this remarkable city,” said David Udell, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “We are grateful to the hotel’s owners, Kyoyamato and Takenaka Corporation, for their trust, support and deep understanding of luxury hospitality. Park Hyatt Kyoto is a celebration of Japanese harmony and tranquility and we look forward to seeing guests immerse themselves in the city’s inspiring heritage and culture.”

Located within the same grounds as Park Hyatt Kyoto, guests can find a historic garden with steps leading to Kyoyamato, a traditional ryotei and culinary institution which opened in 1877 and serves authentic, seasonally inspired Kaiseki cuisine. Kyoyamato, one of the hotel’s owners, is a seven-generation, family-run business and consists of several historic buildings including “Soyotei,” a teahouse from the Edo era with a private room where feudal warlords once secretly met. Its storied gardens and traditional houses complement the hotel’s modern interpretation of classical Japanese architecture and intimate hospitality.

“We are excited to introduce the Park Hyatt brand of personal and exceptional hospitality in a special place like Kyoto and look forward to unlocking the unique character of Japan’s ancient capital of high arts and craft,” said Mark de Leeuwerk, general manager, Park Hyatt Kyoto. “It has been a privilege for us to work closely with our neighbors in Higashiyama as well as the artisans and craftsmen of this beautiful city.”

Concept and Design

Park Hyatt Kyoto is a modern interpretation of Japanese hospitality steeped in culture and place, immersing guests in nature. Jointly developed by Takenaka Corporation – one of the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in Japan, and Tony Chi and Associates, an award-winning interior design firm – the hotel’s design and construction incorporates traditional Japanese design, architecture and artisanal craftsmanship. Several historic buildings including an Edo-era teahouse, as well as the Japanese garden that is central to the site, have been preserved and carefully restored.

Guestrooms

The low-rise hotel features 70 guest rooms, including nine suites, offering calm and respite from the bustle of Higashiyama's neighboring streets. The elegantly designed rooms and suites highlight local craftsmanship and materials such as fragrant Tamo wood, original artwork and Zen garden views.

Drinking and Dining

Park Hyatt Kyoto offers guests and visitors four distinct culinary venues:

Kyoto Bistro is a casual, street-side cafť featuring international and Japanese comfort food prepared with locally sourced and organic ingredients in a lively, open kitchen. All dishes are served on handmade earthenware exclusively created for the hotel by Asahiyaki, a local pottery master with a heritage of over 400 years in Uji, a city south of Kyoto.

Bathed in natural light during the day and the lingering scent of Tamo wood from the open fireplace, The Living Room welcomes guests to start their day with an authentic Japanese breakfast expertly prepared by Kyoyamato or an afternoon enjoying tea and light snacks.

Yasaka’s team of skilled chefs demonstrate their elevated cooking skills on the Japanese “teppan,” or “steel plate,” which guests can enjoy alongside the breathtaking views of Kyoto’s famous Yasaka Pagoda.

After the stimulating teppanyaki action at Yasaka, guests can head next door to Kohaku, where a fine collection of rare and craft spirits, including artisanal whiskey, sake, and gin made in Kyoto, awaits. The intimate bar exudes a warm, classic atmosphere with its dark woods and leather textures.

Events and Wedding

Park Hyatt Kyoto is positioned to be the city’s premier location for unique, timeless, and crafted experiences inspired by the tradition and majesty surrounding the hotel and the city. Alongside views of a Tsuboniwa Japanese garden, the elegant ballroom offers 2,153 square feet (200 square meters) of event space and multi-functional meeting facilities, a show kitchen, foyer and the latest audio-visual system.

Wellness

A tranquil heaven, The Spa at Park Hyatt Kyoto, has a treatment suite for two with a private bath house including Japanese-style bathtubs, as well as dry and mist saunas. The signature treatment features an original signature oil developed by Kotoshina, a Kyoto-based organic skincare brand using locally harvested green tea. The spa and adjacent wellness center are open only to guests staying at the hotel.

Special Offer

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at Park Hyatt Kyoto from October 30, 2019 to January 31, 2020 part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel member offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at worldofhyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers.
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Old Oct 30, 19, 12:49 am
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A tranquil heaven, The Spa at Park Hyatt Kyoto, has a treatment suite for two with a private bath house including Japanese-style bathtubs, as well as dry and mist saunas. The signature treatment features an original signature oil developed by Kotoshina, a Kyoto-based organic skincare brand using locally harvested green tea. The spa and adjacent wellness center are open only to guests staying at the hotel.
That's good for in-house guests but disappointing for spa enthusiasts. I'm guessing the spa is quite tiny and they're trying to keep numbers down.
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