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Noku Roxy

The idea of a boutique hotel – small, intimate, upscale accommodation, where guests are made to feel at home – is a growing trend in Europe. In Japan boutique hotels are less common, but Noku Kyoto certainly fills this gap. The hotel’s style is very simple, and in this sense it is typically Japanese, yet full of little touches which provide guests with a very authentic experience.

Situated adjacent to the Imperial Palace, right in the heart of Japanese history, the location is wonderful. The check-in staff and calm lobby are equally inviting: the large modern-art painting of two Japanese macaques in the entrance is a real focal point, hinting at this hotel’s status as something quite modern, but with its own distinct style. Noku Roxy showcases the artisan spirit of Kyoto; each room is individually furnished with art work, and the hotel boasts a lovely coffee bar, Maeda’s coffee, which is perfect for relaxing and watching the world go by.

A wonderful stay awaits!


I particularly liked the beautiful floral pattern, reminiscent of Kyoto in Spring, around the headboard, and the lovely chaise longue in front of the room’s large window. Each room also has a small display cabinet, exhibiting a couple of traditional artefacts, and it is indeed this kind of attention to detail which makes the hotel feel unique, and much more personable. The blackout curtains were very welcomed and effective in shielding me from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto outside. The hotel’s location is incredibly convenient, just a 30-second walk from the nearest underground station. Noku is a five-minute walk from the Imperial Palace, and many traditional craft galleries, heritage confectioneries and traditional machiya townhouses can be found in the vicinity. It's a perfect choice for families and couples who like sightseeing at their fingertips!

Reviewed by Hannah