Dusit Thani Kyoto

Thai-inspired Japanese elegance

Quietly sitting on a suburban street just five minutes from bustling Kyoto Station, Dusit Thani Kyoto is the luxury escape of your Instagram dreams. Debuted in 2023, the sumptuous stay is quickly becoming a favorite for its smartly designed spaces, intimate feel and proximity to the best of the city.

An intentional blend of Thai and Japanese design elements creates a stylish sense of serenity from the moment you set foot inside the chicly wood-paneled building. Natural materials in soothing hues permeate each of the luxury hotel’s four levels and sub-level wellness floor, showcasing a fusion of Thai and Japanese design. A central garden courtyard, lined with the hotel's restaurants (including signature dining venue Ayatana, where world-class Thai cuisine is served in Japanese-inspired surroundings), allows you to enjoy the serenity and beauty of Kyoto’s seasonal foliage.

With its distinctly luxurious authenticity, Dusit Thani Kyoto is an urban oasis you’ll want to return to time and again.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • For the best views, book a room on Dusit Thani Kyoto’s ground floor. Tranquil garden views and a privacy wall invoke an even deeper sense of serenity when paired with soothing gray tones and light wood accents.
  • Appropriately named “sixth sense” in Thai, Ayatana is a multi-course, multi-sensory experience from the minds of acclaimed Bo.lan chefs Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones. The exquisite meal follows a progressive dinner roadmap, beginning with a burst of Thai incense in the garden, a hand-washing ritual in the adjacent lounge Kati and an amuse-bouche in the small buffet room before culminating in the main event in the dining room.
  • Kati (“coconut” in Thai) is an intimate Thai dessert bar where guests can enjoy a wide variety of sweet treats each afternoon. A clever design twist can be found on the lounge’s back wall, where an array of intricate wooden rice cake presses serve as decoration.
  • Tucked away in the basement is Dusit Thani Kyoto’s serene wellness floor. Taking design inspiration from kyudo (the Japanese martial art of archery), Devarana Wellness offers a wide range of relaxing treatments, most notably a signature Thai massage that takes place in a dedicated suite.
  • Dusit Thani Kyoto’s central location puts you within arm’s reach of some of Kyoto’s main sights — including Nishiki Market and Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine — but you don’t have to travel far for an authentic Kyoto experience. The hotel’s extensive cultural offerings include tea ceremonies, a maiko dance workshop and a kintsugi (the art of repairing broken pottery with gold) class.

The Look

  • Thailand-based design firm PIA imagined Dusit Thani Kyoto’s tranquil Japan-meets-Thailand interiors. Overhead in the lobby, blue ribbons that evoke Japanese and Thai indigo dyeing are draped like traditional Thai garlands, symbolically welcoming guests and inviting them to make the hotel their home while in Kyoto.
  • The lobby lounge features a subtle design motif of a five-story Buddhist pagoda or goju-no-to, a common element of Japanese religious architecture.
  • Flora is a common design detail used throughout the Kyoto hotel. Hemp, a Japanese symbol of longevity, is an image used frequently across the property, while hinoki wood sculptures depicting Thailand’s national flower can be found on every floor.
  • Carved wood is used to spectacular effect across the property. Japan’s only curved wooden lattice arch (carved from a single piece of wood) can be found behind the reception desk between Kati and Koyo, and Den Kyoto bar’s wooden interiors are cleverly designed to mimic the inside of a wine barrel.
  • Signature Thai fine-dining venue Ayatana takes design inspiration from the Japanese art of kintsugi. This theme is best displayed in a large wall mural that depicts several Thai batik prints seemingly stitched together with large veins of gold fabric.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
House car
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Getting There
466 Nishinotoin-Cho, Nichinotoin Doori, Shomen agaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 600-8327
KIX (1 h 15 min-1 h 40 min)   ITM (40 min-1 hr 15 min)  
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