Suiran captures and refines the romanticism of Kyoto. The small, 39-room hotel was built from two 19th-century villas that once belonged to the Kawasaki family. It retains its original noble air, but light woods and bright, airy spaces give it a more contemporary look than a traditional ryokan. A seamless blend of both Japanese and Western decor, with tatami mats and paper screens as well as large beds and comfortable furniture, emphasizes this fresh perspective on Japanese inns.
For an indulgent experience, book the Suiran Presidential Corner Suite and take a dip in the wooden open-air bath overlooking the Hozu River and the Arashiyama forests beyond. Alternatively, schedule some time in the spa’s private outdoor bath to make the most of the area’s nourishing hot springs. There are two options for dinner: fresh seafood and prime Japanese beef cooked teppanyaki-style in a private dining room, or traditional Japanese washoku cuisine given a little French finesse at Kyo-Suiran.