Review: Oceana Santa Monica, Hilton LXR

Review: Oceana Santa Monica, Hilton LXR

Hilton’s LXR Hotels and Resorts are recognized for unparalleled, customized service in an immersive setting, which I bought to expertise for the primary time final yr on the Mango House Seychelles. The model has since grow to be one in every of my private favourites.

At the top our household journey to Anaheim, we determined to spend two nights in Santa Monica earlier than heading house. This gave me the right excuse to burn a Hilton Free Night Reward and check out the brand new Hilton LXR property there. 

Oceana Santa Monica is the the model’s first property within the United States, and opened in early 2021. The property is supposed to imitate that of a beachside residence, like a house away from house, somewhat than your conventional resort expertise. 

Oceana Santa Monica – Booking

I booked our two-night keep at this resort utilizing 95,000 Hilton Honors factors and a Hilton Free Night Reward from my Hilton Aspire Card. Our two-night keep was over a weekend, and sadly, the resort didn’t permit single-night bookings over weekends in the summertime. 

I initially wished to make use of a Free Night Reward from each my husband’s Hilton Honors account and my very own, however sadly the system wouldn’t permit for it. As we came upon, apparently it wasn’t one thing that neither Hilton’s central reservation line nor the resort may do. 

The normal redemption of 95,000 factors booked me right into a Oceana Double Queen Suite, which was pricing out at $1,020 (USD) ($1,388 CAD) on the time. We worth Hilton Honors factors at 0.6 cents per level (CAD), so I used to be fairly pleased with the worth of the redemption.

One factor to take be aware is that the property expenses a each day resort charge. This resort charge covers Wi-Fi, yoga periods, bike use, water, espresso, newspaper supply, in-room streaming, a welcome reward and beverage, and use of their home automotive.

The excellent news is that resort charges are waived on award bookings.

Oceana Santa Monica – Location

Oceana is situated within the coronary heart of the residential neighbourhood in Santa Monica, simply north of the shoreline.

The closest airport is Los Angeles International Airport, which might be anyplace from a 2040 minute drive away, relying on site visitors. From Anaheim, it took us simply over an hour to get to the resort. 

Although the property just isn’t really oceanfront, the seashore is well accessible with solely a 10-minute stroll. All you must do is cross the road, head down a ramp, after which stroll over a pedestrian bridge to get there.

As the resort is perched above sea stage, the property nonetheless supplies direct ocean views. 

The details of curiosity within the space require a little bit of a stroll. Santa Monica’s downtown district is roughly a 15-minute stroll, and the Santa Monica pier is a 25-minute stroll from the resort.

Note that the resort supplies complimentary bicycles for company to make use of, which may shorten the journey time. 

Oceana Santa Monica – Check-in

A couple of days previous to check-in, I acquired an e-mail from the resort asking about my arrival time and if we had any requests. I replied asking if an improve into a set could possibly be accommodated, and acquired the generic response that they’d do their greatest upon arrival. 

We arrived on the resort within the early afternoon, and because the resort is just three tales excessive, from afar you wouldn’t actually discover it. However, as you draw shut, there’s a constructing with a leafy, ivy-covered facade, and also you’ll know that’s it. 

Oceana Santa Monica – Exterior

There’s no driveway to drag into, however somewhat you simply pull up alongside the curb in entrance of the resort, the place there’s a stand instantly in entrance of the principle entrance. A parking attendant was manning the stand after we arrived, however when you arrive and don’t see him at first, he’s in all probability simply inside the principle doorways. 

He welcomed us to the property, helped us unload the automotive, and suggested us of the parking scenario. 

Only valet parking is obtainable on the resort for $60 (USD) per day. Should you like to seek out parking elsewhere and lower your expenses, there may be metered parking alongside Ocean Avenue, the road in entrance of the resort.

Oceana Santa Monica – Street parking

Although avenue parking is topic to availability, we didn’t have problem discovering parking when getting back from our actions within the late afternoon or within the night after dinner. 

Street parking on Ocean Avenue prices $2 per hour, as much as a most cost of $10 from 9am6pm, after which it’s free afterwards. If you occur to be staying on a Tuesday, be aware that there is no such thing as a parking allowed between 79am. 

In case you might be unable to seek out parking, the resort is comfortable with you paying for valet solely on the times it’s used throughout your keep.

The entrance is sort of grand for such a small constructing, with a pleasant stone staircase main you to a set of double glass doorways.

Oceana Santa Monica – Entrance

Upon coming into the brightly-lit foyer with a cathedral ceiling, you get a direct sense of heat but stylish luxurious. There are a number of seats organized round a espresso desk, and a fire behind it, as if strolling into somebody’s front room. 

Oceana Santa Monica – Lobby lounge

I used to be instantly welcomed by the check-in workers, who occurred to be the supervisor on obligation. She thanked me for being a Diamond member, and knowledgeable me about my $50 each day eating credit score.

She didn’t make any point out of the resort charge, however maybe that’s as a result of my reserving was made on factors.

After giving me some details about the property, in addition to my room key, she handed me a small bag as a welcome amenity. I later opened this to discover a small field of sweets from a neighborhood Californian vendor.

Oceana Santa Monica – Welcome reward

She additionally made no point out of a room improve, so I made a decision to “suite-talk” and see if any upgrades had been out there. 

The regular improve can be to a One Bedroom Lanai Suite; nonetheless, these had been sadly all booked throughout our keep. I observed on the Hilton app {that a} a lot increased suite class was out there, particularly the Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace, so I enquired about it.

The supervisor was very useful and went into the again to see what she may do. When she returned, she suggested me usually the improve charge is $500 per night time, however she was sort sufficient to supply it to us at a fraction of that price, so I accepted the supply.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace

Walking to our suite, we handed by a number of rooms with cute French doorways and a swing simply outdoors. Unfortunately, ours didn’t have one, nevertheless it made up for it with its different options.

At 800 sq. toes, this suite, very like the opposite 69 suites within the property, was huge. The further area was positively welcomed by my household, and the resort didn’t make a fuss about us bringing in a 3rd youngster.

The door opens up into the lounge, and my first thought was how spacious the suite was. The room was clear, effectively appointed, and brightly lit from the massive home windows letting within the afternoon solar. 

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace front room

The suite was adorned in gentle enjoyable tones, with some darkish blues and daring wall artwork so as to add a little bit of distinction. It all contributed properly to the luxurious however comfortable seashore house really feel. 

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace front room

The flooring had been carpeted, and the partitions had been adorned in a textured gentle gray wallpaper, in distinction to the darker coffered ceiling atop. When you take a look at the furnishings items, they’re all very completely different in fashion and in color, however one way or the other, all of it blended effectively collectively.

I actually appreciated the quantity of lighting in our room, as most of the time, I discover properties don’t present sufficient lighting. That was not the case right here, and except for the home windows which ushered in pure lighting, there have been lamps wherever there have been seats, along with pot lights above.

There was additionally loads of room to sit down and lounge after a time out. In essential front room space is a big velvet sofa that opens into a settee mattress, flanked by two aspect tables.

One of those was truly a mini-fridge with drinks inside. Two armchairs on both aspect of the couch make for a pleasant space to socialize, with a espresso desk within the center.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace front room
Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace front room couch mattress

In entrance of the massive window overlooking the ocean is a big bench, large enough to be a mattress for a youthful youngster. 

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace bench

Off to the aspect of the room was one other love seat with an oval desk, the place you possibly can have a meal. My youngest determined to make this her mattress.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace love seat
Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace love seat

Behind this was a bookshelf stuffed with books of various genres. Beside it was a cabinet that housed the minibar, which was stuffed with snacks and drinks.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace minibar
Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace minibar

If you’re on the lookout for the worth listing for the minibar or their eating menus, you’ll need to scan the QR code on the espresso desk.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace menu QR code

Interestingly, there is no such thing as a tea and occasional station within the room. Rather, there may be complimentary tea and occasional within the foyer for all company to make use of.

Oceana Santa Monica – Complimentary tea and occasional within the foyer

In the centre of the room is a big flat-screen TV mounted on a pole, so it may simply be swivelled to attain the precise view. Behind the TV is a double-sliding door that opens up into the bed room.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace bed room entrance

The bed room consists of a four-post California king-sized mattress, with a darkish blue bench on the foot of it. Off to the aspect, you’ll discover a dresser, which has one other flat-screen TV overtop.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace bed room
Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace bed room
Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace dresser & armchair

The setup is definitely fairly good for a mother or dad who simply wants a little bit of “me” time, whereas the children might be having fun with their time in the lounge space.

The home windows right here open up right into a small balcony the place you may benefit from the ocean view. I truly appreciated that the balcony entry was by way of the principle bed room somewhat than by way of the lounge window, away from the place the children can be sleeping.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace balcony

The night time tables on have lamps with dimmers, and the USB ports and retailers are hidden from plain sight, simply behind the lamps. Interestingly, there was no clock of any kind.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace night time desk
Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace USB ports & retailers

On the opposite aspect of the room is the closet, which has a secure inside, after which the lavatory.

The lavatory is adorned with gentle aqua and gray tones, and marble tiles. There is a bathtub and bathe, which is handy for a household, however solely a single sink.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace lavatory
Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace bathtub & bathe

Under the vainness is a scale, which I personally favor to not use when on trip. Two bathrobes are offered, in addition to fancy Bottega Veneta toiletries.

Although we by no means acquired a welcome drink, in our room was a second welcome amenity, which consisted of a small platter of macaroons and berries alongside a welcome be aware.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace welcome reward

In the night, they offered turndown service and left a pleasant field of sweets on the night time desk finish off the night.

Oceana Santa Monica – Penthouse Signature Oceanfront Suite with Terrace turndown sweets

Water and Wi-Fi are complimentary all through the resort.

Oceana Santa Monica – Deluxe Double Queen Suite

I used to be ready to try the resort’s normal Deluxe Double Queen Suite. Although it’s referred to as a set, there is no such thing as a separate seating or work space on this room.

Oceana Santa Monica – Deluxe Double Queen Suite room overview

It was adorned in the identical vogue as our suite, however at 500 sq. toes, it was round 40% smaller. I discovered that it’s nonetheless fairly spacious in comparison with normal resort rooms elsewhere.

The window was additionally smaller, however nonetheless allowed in a very good quantity of daylight. The minibar was situated on the desk, somewhat than having its personal cabinet.

Oceana Santa Monica – Deluxe Double Queen Suite desk & minibar

Of be aware for younger travelling households, there’s a massive closet that may simply match a stroller. Furthermore, the lavatory doesn’t have a tub, and solely has a bathe.

Oceana Santa Monica – Deluxe Double Queen Suite closet
Oceana Santa Monica – Deluxe Double Queen Suite lavatory

Oceana Santa Monica – Dining

Oceana has one essential restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You may order meals by the pool.

We loved our breakfast right here on each mornings. Our $50 (USD) eating credit score was simply sufficient to cowl two entrees.

Oceana Santa Monica – Breakfast entree

The menu is à la carte and the meals was good however expensive, as anticipated at a resort of this calibre.

If you like one thing a bit cheaper, you may head all the way down to the seashore. There are a few beachside eateries that provide breakfast for a bit cheaper, however not by a lot.

Prior to our arrival, we purchased fruit, cereal, and milk for the children, they usually had been more than pleased with that.

You have the choice to sit down outdoors on a poolside deck with seating arrange, or inside of their restaurant.

Oceana Santa Monica – Poolside restaurant seating
Oceana Santa Monica – Poolside restaurant seating
Oceana Santa Monica – Indoor restaurant seating

In the night, the resort transforms the ocean view terrace into lounge that’s open for drinks and small bites. Unfortunately, we didn’t get an opportunity to get pleasure from this throughout our keep.

Oceana Santa Monica – Ocean view terrace

Oceana Santa Monica – Other Facilities

The Oceana Santa Monica has a cute heart-shaped pool within the centre courtyard of the resort. There are loungers, sofas, and daybeds with comfy cushioning across the pool.

Oceana Santa Monica – Pool

Umbrellas are positioned between them to permit for enough shade, together with aspect tables.

Oceana Santa Monica – Pool lounge chairs

The aspect tables are geared up with name buttons in case you might be in want of instant service. Pool attendants make the rounds, however not too typically.

Oceana Santa Monica – Call button at pool

Towels are situated in baskets within the far nook of the pool deck, whereas a water station is situated in one other nook.

Oceana Santa Monica – Pool towels

There had been areas had been the plaster was coming off the pool edge, however a workers member was already repairing them the identical day we observed them.

There was additionally a spa and a small however well-equipped health centre with free weights, in addition to Peloton treadmills and bikes.

Complimentary yoga periods are given each morning. Sometimes they’re held on the ocean view terrace and different instances, they’re achieved throughout from the resort on the grass.

Bikes are additionally out there, and are complimentary for company to make use of. It didn’t seem that they had bicycles sufficiently small for kids, however when you want them, there are a number of bike rental retailers by the pier that had lots.

Oceana Santa Monica – Complimentary bikes

If you’re heading to the seashore, workers are completely happy to offer a seashore bag with towels to take with you.

Oceana Santa Monica – Beach baggage

Oceana Santa Monica – Service

The workers are courteous and welcoming, and fairly often checked in to see if we had been in want of any help. 

Some service workers don’t converse English fluently, so there have been a few events the place we had problem speaking our requests. When this occurs, they had been at all times fast to seek out somebody who may help us.

The web site makes be aware of a home automotive to be used beneath the inclusions for the resort charge; nonetheless, nobody talked about this service to us throughout our keep.


We completely loved our two nights on the Oceana Santa Monica. The spacious suites offered the comforts of a house away from house, whereas the quaint pool setting gave it a resort really feel.

With a further contact of luxurious within the combine, Oceana Santa Monica is a superb beachside retreat for {couples} and households alike.

As for service, there are some minor deficiencies, however none that considerably impacted the standard of my keep. Although I’ve but to discover a property that has workers as personable and skilled because the Mango House Seychelles, the Oceana Santa Monica was a worthy Hilton LXR property to observe it up. 

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Review: Roku Kyoto, Hilton LXR

Review: Roku Kyoto, Hilton LXR

During my September 2022 journey to Japan, Roku Kyoto turned the third of three luxurious resorts that we checked out whereas staying in Kyoto.

After exploring each Marriott and Hyatt’s top-tier properties within the type of The Mitsui and the Park Hyatt, we then ventured over to Hilton’s greatest property within the space, situated on town’s northern outskirts.

The brand-new Hilton property opened in September 2021 and is the primary LXR Hotels & Resorts property underneath the Hilton model within the Asia-Pacific, in addition to Hilton’s first foray into Kyoto’s world-class luxurious resort scene.

Roku Kyoto – Booking

Fortunately, I may use a Hilton Free Night Reward to e-book our one-night keep right here at Roku Kyoto. Otherwise, it could’ve value me 110,000 Hilton Honors factors, similar to ~$660 (CAD) as per our Points Valuations – which is actually not an affordable redemption.

Hilton’s Free Night Rewards can be utilized on weekdays and never simply weekends by means of the remainder of 2022. This labored completely for my itinerary, and since I occurred to have a number of Free Night Rewards floating round, I opted to make use of one right here at Roku Kyoto.

Cash charges at this property received’t come low cost both, beginning at 64,000–77,000 yen ($600–720 CAD) for the standard room, and reaching 190,000 yen ($1,780 CAD) for a collection.

All elements thought-about, utilizing a Free Night Reward made essentially the most sense right here, somewhat than paying the exorbitant money costs or with factors.

I’d notice right here that, after staying, I feel the resort is pretty overpriced in each the money and factors classes. Roku Kyoto tries to compete with different top-tier properties akin to The Mitsui or The Ritz-Carlton on worth; nevertheless, as I noticed all through my keep, the standard doesn’t fairly attain the identical heights.

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Roku Kyoto – Location

The resort is located on the northern outskirts of Kyoto, resting among the many inexperienced foothills of Takagamine Sanzan. 400 years in the past, the situation was residence to an artists’ village.

Roku Kyoto is located on the grounds of the Shozan Resort, an enclave of Japanese gardens, historic temples, tea homes, and Michelin-starred eating places unfold out over 29 acres.

The property can also be conveniently situated close to the well-known Kinkaku-ji, also called the Golden Temple, which is barely a fast 15-minute stroll south from the resort. In addition, the Koetsuji and Genkoan temples are a few 20-minute stroll away.

Other close by points of interest embody Arashiyama, Japan’s most well-known bamboo forest and one of the crucial photographed locations in Kyoto. This in style web site is a 20-minute journey away by car.

It’s value noting that public transportation isn’t precisely inside strolling distance when staying on this a part of Kyoto. The closest Kyoto Station is Kita-Oji station, a 10-minute taxi experience away, and Kyoto Station is additional, taking about 20 minutes to succeed in by automotive.

Roku Kyoto – Exterior
Roku Kyoto – Exterior

Roku’s resort campus could be very visually pleasing by way of its total location, because it’s immersed in nature, with stunning swimming pools of water and small streams flowing by means of the grounds.

The pure setting and minimalistic Japanese structure of the resort is actually an instantly obvious sturdy level as you arrive on the property. 

Roku Kyoto – Check-in

Upon arrival, we had been invited to test in on the Tea House, a superbly serene central lounge for visitors. The area boasts high-pitched ceilings manufactured from lacquerware and pure wooden, impressed by the area’s historic structure.

Roku Kyoto – Arrival pavilion
Roku Kyoto – Tea House entrance
Roku Kyoto – Tea House seating

Our affiliate then confirmed my Hilton Diamond standing and welcomed us to the resort, providing us a number of welcome drinks to sip on as we sat down for check-in.

At first, there was no improve forthcoming by way of a collection, and even an upgraded room. However, as a Hilton Diamond member staying at one of many model’s most aspirational properties, I felt that this was one thing value pushing again on.

To be truthful, the resort solely has two “true” suites, and so they had been each occupied for the night. Instead, I used to be aiming for the Garden King Room, which is the one room kind with a personal onsen.

I may see from the Hilton app {that a} Garden King Romo was out there that night. However, the affiliate gave me a good bit of pushback, informing me that it was unavailable and that they might solely provide the Deluxe King Room that I had initially booked.

Roku Kyoto – Check-in desks

This could be one of many uncommon events after I pulled out the app and confirmed that the room was nonetheless bookable on-line. I expressed that it could imply rather a lot to us to get the improve and expertise the onsen, so if the affiliate may double-check and attempt to make it occur, I’d be infinitely grateful.

With that, the affiliate left briefly after which returned. She defined that there have been some small defects within the remaining Garden King Room, but when we had been fantastic with it, they’d be joyful to improve us.

We fortunately took the improve, and once we arrived, there weren’t any main seen defects from what we may inform. Furthermore, even when there have been small defects, the room was in the end nonetheless out there on the app – so on precept, if the room is nice sufficient to promote to a paying visitor, it needs to be ok to supply a Diamond member as an improve.

Unfortunately, this led to a poor first impression at Roku Kyoto. Nevertheless, I used to be joyful to have gotten the improve to the Garden King Room ultimately, and was trying ahead to having a personal onsen within the room.

As Hilton Diamond members, we had been additionally handled to a beneficiant ¥10,000 expertise credit score as a part of our keep. This could possibly be used on eating, room service, the bar, minibar, or spa remedies; nevertheless, this credit score additionally led to a considerably disappointing expertise, as we’ll see afterward.

Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room

The Garden King Room incorporates a bed room, its personal non-public onsen, and a personal backyard. Light woods and pure components are used for the interiors, impressed by conventional Minka Japanese houses.

Roku Kyoto – Hallway
Roku Kyoto – Room 114

Despite the nice interiors, the association of the Garden King Room is a bit odd. Immediately upon getting into the room, there’s a walk-in closet to your proper, and a half-bathroom to your left.

Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room walk-in closet
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room half-bathroom

The area then opens as much as the king mattress, which sits in opposition to a refined washi paper accent wall, flanked by two bedside tables.

Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room bed room
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room bed room
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room bed room

To the appropriate of the mattress is a well-stocked minibar, which comes with a beneficiant collection of tea and a Nespresso machine.

Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room minibar
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room minibar

The flat-screen TV is mounted to the other wall. Touches of Japanese motifs, akin to kyo-karakami, a woodblock printed paper made by Kyoto artisans, could be seen close to the baseboards.

Opposite the king mattress is a slender hallway that opens up into the toilet.

The bathe sits in the midst of the hallway, with two separate vanities on all sides. Each incorporates a stone vessel sink and a tall mirror lit by up to date lights on all sides.

Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room bathe
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room vainness
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room vainness

To add to the oddity of the structure, there’s truly no bathroom on this area – basically, the Garden King Room has two half-bathrooms that add as much as a complete. However, it’s good that the room has double sinks, as you usually solely discover that with suites.

Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room rest room

Despite the odd association, the toilet within the Garden King Room is nearly completely manufactured from stone, which ends up in a glossy and splendid really feel.

In the tip, there’s an excellent motive for the odd association of the toilet: it’s to accommodate the stone onsen on the finish of the hallway. The onsen sits in a zen-like sunroom, with a skylight and floor-to-ceiling home windows providing views of the non-public backyard.

Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room onsen
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room onsen
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room onsen terrace

This tub poured pure sizzling spring onsen water instantly from the faucet, and was actually the spotlight of the room. I appreciated having an illustration of Japan’s sturdy onsen tradition proper right here in my room, and I’d say this factor of the Garden King Room is without doubt one of the most tasty components of Roku Kyoto as a complete.

Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room onsen

If you’re staying at Roku Kyoto, the Garden King Room is unquestionably one of the best room kind to request. We spent fairly a good period of time within the mornings and evenings bathing within the sizzling spring.

Lastly, the bed room opens up right into a semi-terrace and backyard. This non-public Japanese-style backyard options stone partitions, moss, and seasonal bushes positioned round small stones that fill the area.

Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room backyard terrace
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room backyard terrace
Roku Kyoto – Garden King Room backyard terrace

Roku Kyoto – Deluxe Twin Room

During the course of my keep, I additionally had the possibility to tour the Deluxe Twin Room, which is the most typical room kind on the resort.

The resort has each Deluxe Rooms and Premier Deluxe Rooms, that are each out there with twin and king beds. These are the truth is the identical room kind, however merely differ by way of the advantages that visitors obtain when staying in a single. 

Furthermore, there are a handful of Poolside Deluxe Rooms, and above these are two specialty suites that will be fairly troublesome to get an improve to, given their restricted quantity.

The Deluxe Twin Room has a design theme in step with the Garden King Room I stayed in, consisting of sunshine pure woods and loads of Japanese motifs for an total fashionable setting.

Roku Kyoto – Deluxe Twin Room bed room
Roku Kyoto – Deluxe Twin Room nook

A small desk and chair are to the appropriate of the mattress(s), and behind is a window nook overlooking the rolling hills. The benefit of the Deluxe Rooms over the Garden Rooms is the attractive views of the mountainside reverse the resort.

Roku Kyoto – Deluxe Twin Room desk

The rest room can also be manufactured from darkish stone, however with a extra conventional association. There is a double vainness and a single moist room for the bathe, and a onsen-style bathtub – although with common sizzling water, somewhat than pure spring water.

Roku Kyoto – Deluxe Twin Room moist room
Roku Kyoto – Deluxe Twin Room rest room
Roku Kyoto – Deluxe Twin Room bathtub

Just just like the Garden King Room, the bathroom is housed in a separate space with its personal sink and mirror.

Roku Kyoto – Deluxe Twin Room bathroom

Roku Kyoto – Breakfast

Aside from the Garden King Room, sadly, the remainder of the resort was a considerably disappointing expertise total.

Breakfast is served in the primary restaurant, Tenjin, each morning. As a Hilton Diamond member, breakfast is complimentary, with a alternative between a set Western or Japanese breakfast, together with a buffet choice.

Alas, the buffet providing was very weak, with just a few chilly cuts, salad, and pastries. Having sampled many different buffets at top-tier properties in Japan and realizing what they’re able to, this one was actually on the extra restricted aspect.

I discovered it weird that there have been quite a few accompaniments laid out, akin to mustard, wasabi, and plenty of varieties of salts and chilli peppers, however only a few significant buffet gadgets to go together with it.

I additionally was disillusioned to seek out that there wasn’t a standard Japanese rice bowl unfold, which, for me, is a minimal expectation at high-end resort buffets in Japan.

Of course, this is able to’ve been a negligible grievance if the set breakfast had been fulsome, however sadly, it wasn’t. When it got here to the set Western breakfast, the Eggs Benedict was meagre. 

Roku Kyoto – Eggs Benedict

The Japanese breakfast was tasty, but in addition restricted in its choices. There had been solely three aspect dishes out there to accompany the central slice of fish, rice, and miso soup – in comparison with different Japanese set breakfasts I loved on this journey, the place I used to be handled to 6, eight, or much more aspect dishes.

Roku Kyoto – Japanese breakfast
Roku Kyoto – Japanese breakfast

I feel the breakfast right here at Roku Kyoto providing has loads of room for enchancment, particularly contemplating the value level that the resort is seeking to cost. I’m hopeful that Roku will be capable of spruce up its breakfast providing sooner or later, particularly as worldwide travellers arrive at this new property with excessive expectations.

Roku Kyoto – Dining

There’s actually just one eating area at Roku Kyoto, which is one other potential weak level. 

Tenjin, the place breakfast is served, additionally gives all-day eating within the centre of the resort. You can order through an à la carte menu or select a set course for lunch and dinner, with each Japanese and French-inspired menus out there.

Roku Kyoto – Tenjin entrance
Roku Kyoto – Tenpin out of doors seating

A chef’s desk expertise additionally happens in a separate space of the restaurant, with simply 13 seats. Here, the chef and his workforce placed on a culinary efficiency with a 10-course meal, and reservations needs to be made upfront to safe a seat.

Roku Kyoto – Chef’s desk expertise

Lastly, there may be the Tenjin Bar out there behind the restaurant, serving up drinks within the evenings.

Roku Kyoto – Tenjin Bar

The area follows go well with with the foyer by way of design, with high-pitched ceilings, extra pure wooden, and floor-to-ceiling home windows that provide a brilliant, ethereal eating setting.

Tenjin regarded like a pleasant area for a meal, and we had wished to have dinner right here on the night of our keep to make use of up our ¥10,000 expertise credit score. However, we had been disillusioned to listen to that the restaurant was absolutely booked for the night. 

Roku Kyoto – Tenjin seating

We then tried to order room service as an alternative, however found that it may possibly solely be ordered off the TV in our room, and the one supply occasions out there had been two and a half hours from once we wished to order.

This was a really irritating and dysfunctional setup, making the ¥10,000 expertise credit score that I used to be handled to as a Hilton Diamond member fairly troublesome to make use of.

We weren’t in a position to make use of it on the restaurant, room service, and even the bar that night, because the resort was solely internet hosting a free-flowing Champagne occasion and weren’t serving some other drinks.

Out of sheer frustration that night, we ended up ordering some scrumptious curry rice to the resort for dinner through Uber Eats, and to make use of up our ¥10,000 credit score, we merely raided the minibar the next day.

What may’ve been a robust amenity on the resort’s half was in the end soured by poor execution. I actually suppose the Roku would profit from a wider vary of eating amenities and, if not potential, no less than higher administration of room service with constant availability.

Roku Kyoto – Other Facilities

The Tea House, the place we first checked in, is split by a set of picket pillars from the foyer. There’s a protracted desk for intimate tea ceremonies, and the lounge gives 5 distinctive varieties of tea that you simply received’t discover in your room, out there on a complimentary foundation.

Roku Kyoto – Tea House tea choice
Roku Kyoto – Tea House tea choice

The health centre is spacious and well-lit, that includes loads of cardio tools and free weights.

Roku Kyoto – Fitness centre
Roku Kyoto – Fitness centre
Roku Kyoto – Fitness centre

The resort incorporates a 25-metre thermal pool, which is located in a lovely set of environment on the base of the close by rolling hills. The handful of Poolside Deluxe Rooms are located right here, dealing with out on to the pool.

Roku Kyoto – Outdoor pool
Roku Kyoto – Outdoor pool
Roku Kyoto – Outdoor pool

In addition to the pool, Roku additionally gives spa remedy rooms and saunas, however no thermal tub amenities past the out of doors pool. Since we had been staying within the Garden King Room, we had our personal non-public onsen, so this wasn’t a lot of a priority; nevertheless, it’s one thing to concentrate on if you happen to don’t have this specific room kind.

Lastly, I’d say that Roku Kyoto’s most tasty asset is its stunning and zenlike resort grounds. A collection of out of doors corridors are surrounded by gardens and a peaceable and idyllic central water function, which was particularly stunning to get up to within the mornings.

Roku Kyoto – Central water function
Roku Kyoto – Central water function
Roku Kyoto – Central water function

Furthermore, Roku Kyoto sits on the location of Shozan Resort, whose non-public gardens are located a few five-minute stroll away. Hotel visitors have free entry to the gardens just by exhibiting their room keys.

Roku Kyoto – Shozan Resort Kyoto map

Previously, there was a bowling alley belonging to the Shozan Resort the place the Roku presently sits, earlier than this part was purchased out by the present homeowners and became a separate resort by itself.

Even although my keep was disappointing in some ways, I couldn’t assist however suppose that the resort has a lot potential by way of its bodily attractiveness. The excellent visible aesthetics of Roku Kyoto probably function the idea for its excessive pricing for the time being; nevertheless, the remainder of the delicate product has extra methods to go to justify these costs.


I had excessive expectations of the Roku Kyoto, following glorious experiences at different Kyoto resorts. Unfortunately, nevertheless, I used to be left fairly disillusioned by the expertise.

The preliminary pushback I obtained for an improve to the Garden King Room as a Hilton Diamond member had set the tone for the keep. Then, the restricted eating choices and underwhelming breakfast choices solidified my lukewarm emotions in regards to the resort.

I’d say it’s value staying right here if you would like a personal onsen in your room or if you happen to’re a devoted Hilton loyalist visiting Kyoto. Another motive could be the spectacular pure setting and the shut proximity to Kinkaku-ji, as this is without doubt one of the few luxurious resorts on this a part of city (apart from the Aman Kyoto, which is in a wholly separate league of its personal by way of pricing).

Aside from these mitigating elements, nevertheless, I don’t really feel this resort justifies a go to forward of The Ritz-Carlton, The Mitsui, and the Park Hyatt Kyoto, all of that are at a comparable worth level. However, Roku Kyoto is comparatively new to the scene, and hopefully we’ll see some enhancements because the resort welcomes extra guests and finds its place amongst its competing top-tier properties.

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