The Ritz-Carlton Pays Homage To Japan's Cultural Heart With The Opening Of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Pays Homage To Japan's Cultural Heart With The Opening Of The
                             Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Japan's First Urban Resort Officially Opens

PR Newswire

KYOTO, Japan, Feb. 7, 2014

KYOTO, Japan, Feb. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Heralded as one of the most
highly-anticipated openings of 2014 in one of the world's most culturally-rich
cities, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Sekisui House, Ltd., one of
Japan's leading property developers, officially opened The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
today; the city's first truly international luxury hotel and Japan's first
urban resort.

Located in the heart of a city famed for its Zen temples, palaces and gardens,
the riverside resort brings the unsurpassed elegance and renowned service of
The Ritz-Carlton to Kyoto, while honoring the cultural heritage of the city
through design.

"We are honoured to open our fourth Ritz-Carlton in Japan, in the beautiful
city of Kyoto. Our customers are always looking to explore evocative, new and
inspiring destinations and have long expressed a desire for us to offer in
this incredible location," said Herve Humler, president and chief operating
officer of The Ritz-Carlton. "I believe this hotel offers a timeless window to
Japan and complements perfectly 85 other Ritz-Carlton properties around the
globe."

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a peaceful sanctuary. It sits on the gentle banks
of the Kamogawa River in Nijho Ohashi, close to Kyoto's popular downtown areas
including Gion and Kawaramachi-dori, the city's retail and entertainment
districts.

The hotel's luxury guestrooms and suites offer full views of the river and the
Higashiyama Mountains. The architects and designers have retained the
character and aesthetic of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard into the
architectural structure of the building. The interiors created by Peter
Remedios and Spin Studios pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with
patterned motifs created by local artisans and the incorporation of Zen rock
gardens (karesansui) and water features, including a four-storey waterfall are
aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel.

The Kamogawa Suite and its sister suites with their moon deck gardens
(tsukimidai) and floor to ceiling windows offer luxurious accommodations with
enviable panoramic views of the river and mountains, forming an unrivalled
sanctuary of luxury refinement and service.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, nestled at the foot of the waterfall, features seven
intimate and inviting treatment rooms and offers signature services inspired
by the rich culture of Japan and ESPA. These include a traditional Acupressure
Massage using the dry Shiatsu techniques as well as the Ryokucha Serenity
Ritual based on green tea leaves, Gyokuro, dried from the Sun for 20 days in
Uji, southern Kyoto and famed for their restorative properties.

In a city famed for its culinary offerings, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto adds new
and distinctive fine-dining experiences against an elegant backdrop.

The Japanese restaurant, Mizuki, modeled around a dynamic landscape composed
of stone garden, water fall and historical features, serves modern Japanese
cuisine including a famed Kaiseki options alongside sushi, tempura and
teppanyaki. The restaurant includes an outdoor terrace complete with fire pits
for gourmet diners to enjoy the dynamic scenery during Sakura and Autumn
seasons.

La Locanda, the Italian restaurant, pays homage to the hotel site's history.
Its private room, called Ebisugawatei, is a preserved historically-listed
building while the restaurant also features its own walk-in charcuterie and
l'affineur cheese cellar. The unrivalled wine list offers 250 varieties from
Super Tuscans to Italian regional classics.

Meanwhile, Pierre Herme Paris, creator of Haute Patisserie, will bring his
popular creations and introduce an exclusive range of signature desserts to
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The unique collaboration will showcase his work
throughout the property including restaurants, meetings, weddings and
banquets.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto also introduces extraordinary meetings, luxury
weddings and special events spaces with four rooms, each named after a cherry
blossom species – Takane Ballroom, Kocho, Shidare and Kanzan meeting rooms.
The property will also feature a wedding showroom consulting for couples on
their big day, showcasing the detailed finery and services that will transform
the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Exceptionally rich in beauty, history, spirituality and culture, Kyoto draws
50 million visitors annually to experience the former capital of Japan and its
17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city and its environs is also home to
almost a quarter of Japan's national treasures. While many of these visitors
are Japanese, there is real growth in the numbers of international visitors
coming to the city, and Kyoto is now very much must-see destination for
sophisticated global travelers who are attracted to the city for its
quintessential Japanese experience.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently
operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and
the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under
development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to
have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an
award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of
quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize
successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in
1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel
professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company
web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

SOURCE The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com
Contact: Ainslie Cheung, Regional Director, Public Relations, (852) 2192-6207,
Ainslie.Cheung@ritzcarlton.com
 
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