IHG Hotels & Resorts and GI Capital Management brings elegant luxury to Japan with the signing of Regent Kyoto which will open in 2024.
Regent Hotels & Resorts has set new standards in luxury since it was founded in 1970, pioneering hotel design with bold firsts that captured imaginations and blending Eastern simplicity with Western elegance to deliver legendary hospitality. The collection of modern hotels and resorts is rooted in the beauty of contrast and the promise of extraordinary experiences.
Regent Kyoto will continue this rich tradition, offering travellers to Japan’s cultural city an unparalleled level of luxury and sophistication, with stunning design, world-class facilities and 86 elegant rooms that blend imagination, extravagance, and calm.
Set within a garden that was originally landscaped 100 years ago by renowned gardener, Kumakichi Kato, Regent Kyoto’s idyllic location is currently home to the famous restaurant, Tsuruya, which is recognised among Kyoto’s top dining destinations, having held a number of Michelin Stars over the years.
With more than 100 years’ history, Tsuruya is housed in sukiya-style wooden buildings, some of which were designed by celebrated architect Isoya Yoshida. It was originally developed as accommodation for the Japanese imperial family and honourable guests for their visits to Kyoto, and has welcomed some of the most important cultural and political figures in the world.
Regent Kyoto will be thoughtfully designed to incorporate Tsuruya and the gardens, and will offer everything guests would expect from an upper-luxury hotel, including a lobby lounge, fitness centre and spa, along with several restaurants in addition to Tsuruya.
Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan and is a major tourist destination, home to several historic monuments which are listed and recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The government of Japan plans to relocate the Agency for Cultural Affairs to Kyoto in 2021 in honour of its status as Japan’s cultural centre.
Regent Kyoto will be in the perfect location for travellers wishing to explore everything the historic city of Kyoto has to offer, and is just a short walk from the world-famous Heian Shrine and Zenrin-Ji Temple, and Kyoto Imperial Palace.
IHG Hotels & Resorts acquired a majority stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts in 2018, and has since added 6 hotels to the pipeline, including Regent Shanghai, Regent Phu Quoc, Regent Bali, Regent Kuala Lumpur, , and Regent Hong Kong.
IHG Hotels & Resorts operates 37 hotels in Japan, and has been growing rapidly over the past few years, opening new hotels including Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, Holiday Inn & Suites Shin Osaka, ANA Holiday Inn Resort Shinano-omachi Kuroyon, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa.