Need to know
39, including four suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $630.49 (JPY70,000), excluding tax at 18 per cent.
Rates usually include a full-English or Japanese breakfast and a free one-way transfer from Kyoto, Saga-Arashiyama, Randen-Arashiyama and Hankyu stations.
Suiran’s concierge team are an imaginative bunch, they can organise an array of unique activities, including sake tasting and chakra cleansing, as well as frequent dinner nights focusing on the delicacies of Japanese cuisine, such as kinshu, where chefs sculpt edible art.
At the hotel
Spring-water-filled onsen baths, spa treatment rooms, gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Bose sound system, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making facilities, minibar, air-conditioning and Remede bath products. The Yuzunoha Deluxe Room and higher categories have a private onsen bath too.
Our favourite rooms
Traditionally Japanese but with cloud-soft, western-style beds – with full mattresses rather than tatami mats – the Gyokuto Garden Terrace rooms have tranquil little gardens and private onsen baths, as well as gold-accented artwork splashed across the walls. Within the cavernous, clean-lined bathroom of the Shirosumire Premier King, staff will set up a massage table. After you’ve been pummelled into peacefulness, make use of the suite’s open-air bath, which is nestled into a rock-lined courtyard. The style in rooms is ryokan-lite: mat flooring, black-lacquer furniture and cedar wood-clad walls, but enhanced with contemporary comforts like flatscreen TVs and lightning-fast WiFi.
There’s no pool, but those in higher category rooms can soak and soothe in a personal onsen bath filled with fresh spring water and sheltered by bamboo and volcanic-rock walls. If you don’t have your own, two baths can be booked for private sessions. Dubbed Raku and An, they're kept cool by cypress trees overhead and are built using traditional cedar wood.
Line your suitcase with linen for day-wear, structured tailoring and pared-back separates for night.
Spa treatments can be enjoyed in two private treatment rooms, or in your hideaway if you prefer.
Children can stay, but they may disturb the temple-like tranquility of the place.