The Screen Hotel in Kyoto, Japan

The Screen Hotel opened in Kyoto in February 2008, and is the first boutique hotel in the city.

Our address is: 604-0995 Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo-ku Shimogoryomaecho 640-1, Japan.

A member of the Design Hotels group, the 13 rooms at Screen have been individually conceptualised by Japanese and international designers, each in a unique style.

The Screen is a boutique hotel located just a 3-minute walk to Kyoto Imperial Palace. Jingu Marutabashi Train Station is a 7-minute walk away. The hotel is a 5-minute walk to Kamo River, and JR Kyoto Station can be reached within a 10-minute walk.

All rooms are spacious and fascinating, and the decor throughout the hotel echoes the contemporary style of the guest rooms. Rooms include REN cosmetics, flat-screen TVs, espresso machines, iPod docks, Bose DVD players and Jacuzzi bath tubs. Fitted with sophisticated décor and unique furnishings, each room comes with facilities like a 42-inch flat-screen TV, an iPod dock and BOSE speakers. A coffee machine and a fridge are also included. Free WiFi is provided in the rooms.

The lobby houses a small boutique store, selling designer items and local goods from Teramachi street, on which the hotel is located. Tea and sweets from generation-old Teramachi tea merchants are served in a traditional ‘macha’ tea ceremony in the lobby, by the hotel’s gracious kimono-clad manager, Mika-san.

There is a roof terrace for relaxing, or evening cocktails, and a stylish French fusion restaurant. As part of the hotel’s energy-saving eco-luxe concept a ‘Candle Night’ is hosted weekly in the lounge. Much of the furniture and decoration has been made using recycled or local materials.

The staff is very attentive, sometimes a little too much when the hotel is not at capacity perhaps, but the service is excellent nonetheless. While staying at the hotel, guests can receive rejuvenating massages at an additional charge. Concierge services are available at the 24-hour front desk. Bicycle rentals are also provided.

Bron Ronnery Restaurant offers creative fusion dishes featuring local ingredients. Lounge Sunsun serves café dishes and drinks. Sorayuka Shoki offers dinner meals at the open-air terrace from May to October.

This is our guests’ favourite part of Kyoto, according to independent reviews.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.5 for a two-person trip.

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