Sited in the shadows of the Imperial Palace, Noku Kyoto infuses the city's 1,200-year heritage with modern zen. The hotel celebrates the ancient culture through its use of materials, fabrics, and artwork. Soft, wood tones accentuated by the calming glow of integrated LEDs create 81 minimalist retreats while kimono-patterned headboards echo back to traditional Japan. The lobby cafe offers a selection of artisanal coffees from local favorite Maeda as well as a full breakfast to fuel up before exploring the gardens, shrines, and markets just outside the door.
Photos: Noku Kyoto Hotel