The Japanese city of Kyoto is set to get its first property under Hilton’s luxury LXR Hotels and Resorts brand, which will also mark the brand’s debut in the Asia-Pacific region.
The new property, which will be developed in partnership with local real estate company Tokyu Land Corporation, is scheduled to open in autumn 2021.
Located at the foothills of the Takagamine mountains in the northern part of Kyoto, the new 114-room LXR hotel will form part of the 28.6-acre Shozan Resort Kyoto.
According to Hilton, the resort will be home to some of Kyoto’s “most-notable and idyllic” Japanese gardens, historic Japanese architecture, authentic tea houses, and five restaurants offering authentic local cuisines.
What’s more, the city’s iconic Kinkaku-ji “Golden Pavilion” and other historic temples such as Koetsuji Temple and Genkoan Temple will be within walking distance from the new hotel.
Kyoto is located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu. It’s known as the birthplace of Japanese traditions such as the Japanese tea ceremony, the Ikebana flower arrangement and Japanese Zen gardens. Last year, Park Hyatt and Aman both opened a new property in Kyoto.
“Japan is a popular destination for both business and leisure travel, and Kyoto has set tourism consumption records for five consecutive years topping one trillion yen,” said Matt Fry, senior vice president, development, Asia Pacific, Hilton.
“We are confident that this exclusive resort will redefine authentic and immersive luxury experiences in Kyoto.”
Hilton launched the LXR brand in 2018 as a collection of independent luxury hotels. There are now three LXR-branded hotels in the world: Habtoor Palace Dubai; The Biltmore, Mayfair; and Zemi Beach House, Anguilla.
Business Traveller‘s editorial director Tom Otley recently reviewed The Biltmore, Mayfair.
“The LXR brand is gathering momentum across the world,” said Feisal Jaffer, global brand head, LXR Hotels and Resorts.
“Each LXR property will be unique – our main mission as a brand is to bring to life authentic and exquisite guest experiences while driving superior financial returns for our owners.”
In a recent interview with Business Traveller, Jaffer talked about the brand’s expansion plans in the coming years.