The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo is a convenient base in extraordinary Kyoto, with a style that feels every bit the city hotel; all aspects of it running like clockwork. Start the day with breakfast in the restaurant, fuelling up enough to spend the day gawping at Kyoto’s many delights. With two metro stations just metres away, it’s all too easy to explore from here; the must-see Imperial Palace is reached within a pleasant 20-minute stroll, too. Afterwards, return to the Royal Park Hotel for dinner at Monsieur Itoh, serving a melange of western and local dishes, or hit the French café next door for delectable pastries to keep you going before trying out one of the many restaurants in the area. Massage treatments are available at the hotel for those who want a spot of pampering, perfect after days out discovering all that Kyoto has to offer.