Accor has opened a new Mercure-branded property in Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto.

Situated just minutes from JR Kyoto Station and 47 km from Osaka International Airport, Mercure Kyoto Station is the first Mercure-branded hotel in the Kansai region targeting business as well as leisure travellers.

The hotel features 225 guestrooms, ranging from 23 to 34 sqm; Trattoria M Kyoto, a live kitchen-style bistro restaurant and bar; and a lounge inspired by gagaku, a type of Japanese classical music performed at the Imperial Court in Kyoto since the 7th century.

The design elements feature motifs from the Heian period – a nod to the ancient history for which Kyoto is renowned. Interestingly, each floor of the property features a different theme with various traditional patterns, and premium rooms boast vibrant artworks and decorative touches.

Patrick Basset, chief operating officer for Accor, upper southeast and northeast Asia and the Maldives said:

“We are pleased to launch our sixth Mercure hotel in Japan, joining a worldwide network of over 850 Mercure-branded hotels across 62 countries. With such an extensive reputation worldwide, the Mercure brand offers peace of mind to both business and leisure travellers who seek hotels that are locally inspired and brought to life by genuine and enthusiastic teams.

“Mercure Kyoto Station is indeed a portal to the city of Kyoto with an exciting array of modern facilities and outlets, and I am confident that the team will deliver a very genuine experience for those visiting this historic city.”

Shumpei Mizuno, hotel manager of Mercure Kyoto Station said:

“With 1200 years of history, Kyoto is known as Japan’s finest city for culture and tradition. We are honoured to pay homage to the pastimes of Heian nobility through the hotel’s unique motifs and interior designs, ensuring guests can enjoy an immersive journey into the local culture for which this city is well known.”

To celebrate its launch, Mercure Kyoto Station is offering 4x loyalty points to members of ALL – Accor Live Limitless until November 3, 2020, for stays between now and December 22, 2020.