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Last updated: 22 July, 2023
Expert travel writer: Rob Goss

This hotel in the historic Gion district mixes the calm air and hospitality of a traditional ryokan with the simple, fresh design of a modern hotel.

Passing through the noren curtains of the Celestine’s entrance most definitely feels like entering a ryokan, as does the green tea service at check-in.

Yet instead of the traditional tatami matting and low futon, the spacious rooms and suites feature carpeting and beds, all packaged in neutral tones and with Japanese accents like traditional tea sets.

It’s a nice compromise for anyone who wants a Japanese vibe to their accommodation but doesn’t want to go for a full-on ryokan experience.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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