LXR Hotels & Resorts made its Asia-Pacific debut with the opening of Roku Kyoto in mid-September. The property also represents Hilton’s inaugural property in Kyoto, Japan.
“Welcoming LXR Hotels & Resorts in Asia Pacific marks a key milestone in our expanding luxury footprint in the region, complementing the award-winning Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands to offer the full spectrum of luxury experiences here,” said Alan Watts, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton.
The hospitality company partnered with Tokyu Land Corporation and Tokyu Resorts & Stays Co. to bring the LXR brand to Kyoto.
The 114-room property is in northern Kyoto within the 28.6-acre Shozan Resort Kyoto, a luxury enclave that is home to some of the city’s most idyllic Japanese gardens, historic architecture and authentic tea houses.
The grounds on which the hotel is built was historically a renowned artisan colony where the classical Rinpa school of Japanese painting was founded around 400 years ago.
Blink Design Group paid homage to the area’s history, designing the property to reflect an artist’s residence. The many facets of traditional Japanese art are expressed throughout the hotel, from lacquerware at the entrance to bamboo art pieces in the restaurant, ceramics artifacts in the spa, and karakami decorative paper in the guestrooms.
Notable features and spaces in the hotel include:
- The Roku Suite, which offers sweeping views of the mountains along the Tenjin River;
- The Peak Suite, which offers views of the Takagamine mountains;
- Garden Deluxe rooms each featuring a private onsen with a garden;
- The Roku Spa, which offers a selection of spa therapies and treatments that celebrate Japan’s healing traditions;
- an exclusive natural onsen pool and 24-hour fitness room;
- and Tenjin, a restaurant serving French-style dishes made from locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
The hotel’s concierge team can guide guests and groups to a range of authentic places and experiences, including an Omuro 88 Temple Pilgrimage guided by a priest, lessons in “kintsugi”—the art of restoring pottery with gold, and making paper by hand with water sourced from the Tenjin River, as it was done in the ninth century.