Accor Hotels seems to be taking a lot of interest in Japan lately. Following, the successful launch of Pullman Tokyo Tamachi in the capital last year, the French hospitality company has now expanded its luxury footprint with the opening of the MGallery Kyoto Yura.
Officially opening its doors to the public on 27th April 2019, this, marks MGallery’s debut in the country’s ancient capital – Kyoto, the island city of Honshu, which is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses.
Located about 50 kilometers from the Osaka International Airport, the 16766 square feet, 6-floors property has 144 rooms across four categories, with prices ranging from USD 194 to USD 445 per night.
It also has a 104-cover all-day dining called the 54th Station Grill, which is named after the ancient route connecting Tokyo and Kyoto and a bar in the lobby called – 1867, that can seat 40 people at a time.
So much for the basics!! So what’s really special, what makes this hotel unique? Well, there are a couple of things actually, but what caught our attention, is the hotel’s contemporary classical interiors by design-co. – Kume Sekkei.
Most importantly, this includes the usage of local fabric Nishijin-ori by the hotel in all of its guest rooms, helping celebrate a weaving heritage dating back over 1,200 years. (Yes…its apparently that old)
Elaborating more on the design language, the hotel told BucketList.Asia, “The hotel features kimono fabric (Nishijin) for bed head boards and real antique furniture in restaurants. Modern patterns can be observed on the wooden floors and there are also tatami mat seating areas in all guest rooms.” (Now, isn’t this one of the lovely ways to experience the country’s culture?)
The next USP is definitely the hotel’s location. “Located within walking distance of the hotel are Kyoto’s most scenic spots that include the famed geisha district of Gion, Yasaka Shinto Shrine and downtown district of Kawaramachi. Guest staying at the hotel can enjoy an evening walk or morning run along the picturesque Kamo River.” the hotel’s press release read.
However, what we liked more about the location is that the parades during the Jidai and Gion Festivals go through Sanjo street which are just in front of the hotel. (Now, all this definitely reduces one’s travel time & cost – so this is a BIG PLUS for anyone visiting Kyoto to experience its culture especially its festival parades).
Moving on, MGallery Kyoto Yura, also takes its F&B seriously. Its 54th station grill is headed by Yoshiki Nishimura, a professional in his field, who after learning the basics of cooking in Japan, went on to hone his techniques in France, where he spent 3 years training at a 2-star Michelin restaurant.
Speaking more on him, the hotel told BucketList.Asia, “Yoshiki Nishimura loves French cuisine and garners inspiration from ingredients and the changing seasons. His vision is one of a restaurant without borders, where everyone can find happiness and dining satisfaction. Carrying on the tradition of chefs he has worked with in the past, he also strives to pass down his culinary knowledge to the next generation of foodies.”
So what are the must-have dishes one should experience here?? Well, while one can enjoy a full breakfast buffet with local touches, during lunch and dinner, one could try their, Slow Cooked Duck Breast , Smoked Local Duck Breast, Char Grilled Kyoto Beef Tenderloin or the Char Grilled Kyoto Tamba Chicken. (now, doesn’t those sound amazing)
Coming to the 1867 bar, you are in safe hands here as well, as this is headed by bartender – Yamazaki. He is known to have created 12 original cocktails using local ingredients such as Tofu and Japanese teas.
So what’s his most interesting creation that one must-have? Well, it is called – ‘Maiko’. Describing the same, the hotel said, “The ‘Maiko’ is very unique cocktail using tofu and local special milk. Homemade dried strawberry is placed on top of the drink and it looks Maiko’s white skin and red rip.” (now this definitely sounds like something I would love to have after finishing up this article)
Before concluding, we would like to share a few tips/offers. For one, the hotel is offering a 15% discount on F&B for in-house guests until end of August. Also, to celebrate the launch, Le Club AccorHotels members are being offered a dining credit of JPY 5,000 when they book from now until 30 June 2019 for stays between 26 April and 30 September or spend a weekend getaway with a Classic Room stay from 34,850 JPY per night.
So, readers, if you are planning to visit Kyoto anytime soon, especially during the upcoming Jidai & Gion Festivals, this new hotel should definitely be on your radar. Until next time…Sayonara!!