When visiting the Kyoto Imperial Palace, you’ll find yourself wishing that you had such a luxurious place to stay yourself. Fortunately, right across the street is the Noku Kyoto Hotel. Billed as “modern comforts ancient heritage,” the Noku is a vision of minimalist luxury set in the heart of Kyoto’s cultural center.
The boutique hotel is located in the southwest corner of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and directly above the Marutamachi subway station, the Noku Hotel offers 81 rooms to stay in. All the rooms and common areas are decorated with a modernized take on traditional Japanese style. The hotel’s use of textures, fabrics, and art pay a special homage to the culture that built up the island nation. There’s a preponderance of warm tones from the many wood accents, which are further highlighted by the integrated LEDs spread throughout the hotel’s rooms.
Headboards feature kimono inspired patterns. In the lobby, a café offers a wide selection of artisanal coffees that are brought in from Maeda. You can also start your day out right with a full breakfast in the hotel’s café, which also offers fare for the kids and games to stay entertained. Rooms come with a king size or twin size beds as well as a 40-inch TV. Take a rest at the included coffee table and chair, or enjoy a soothing bath in the bathroom. When it’s time to catch some sleep before your next day’s adventures, slip into the provided Noku pyjamas. If you’re planning on a longer stay, you can book the Noku studio, which offers a dining area with a pantry and microwave oven in addition to a wardrobe and a work desk.
Boutique hotels offer a special experience in your travels, and the Noku Hotel in Kyoto is a prime example of lavish living fitting of a hotel that neighbors a palace.