33. Westin Miyako, Kyoto

33. Westin Miyako, Kyoto

Westin Miayko Resort

Kyoto, Japan

1 night cash and points redemption

Confirmed Suite Upgrade

We arrived at the Westin around noon and were eager to check-in and explore Kyoto.  We only had a short time here, our departing flight would leave at 11AM the next day out of Osaka Kansai airport.

At check-in we were greeted by a friendly check-in agent who noted our Cash and Points reservation (6,000 SPG points + $110 co-pay) and our platinum status.  We explained we had been preemptively upgraded to a suite using a SPG Confirmed Suite Upgrade.  We would be in room 1109 on the top floor.  We had lounge access on the 10th floor for breakfast or snacks and could take breakfast in the 2nd floor restaurant buffet as well.

A view of the Westin Kyoto from the free hotel shuttle.  The hotel seems to be a bit on the outskirts of town in a beautiful area next to the famous “Philosopher’s Walk” and within 20 minute walk to over a dozen temples and shrines.
The large lobby which seemed like it had been renovated recently considering the hotel was over 20 years old.
A shaky (sorry) picture of our room, 1109.
This room was a massive two room suite.  Our first room was a living room with couch, TV, and desk.  The room came with free wi-fi.
Entrance to our bedroom.  Again, spacious and comfortable.
Other than a sink, the bathroom had two doors.  The one on the left, with the phone, is the toilet which again had the crazy bidet functions like we had in Tokyo.  The one on the right was a great shower with “rain” faucet up-top and hand-held sprayer attached to the column.

View from nearby the hotel on the “Philosopher’s Walk”.  On our check-in day, we didn’t spend that much time in the hotel.  As soon as we checked-in we walked for almost 4 hours exploring shrines, temples, and the beautiful culture of Kyoto.  On our return we sought out the Concierge to help make us a dinner reservation.

Before dinner we stopped by the Concierge Lounge for some snacks.  We enjoyed some sweet local sake, some cheddar cheese on saltine-style crackers, and took an Asahi beer to-go.  We made the mile walk each way to our restaurant while enjoying the Asahi and doing a good bit of people-watching.  Kyoto was a pretty neat place.

After dinner we slept comfortably on the Westin “Heavenly Bed”.

The next day we woke up at 6AM to have a quick breakfast at 6:30AM and leave at 6:45AM to catch our flight to Hong Kong from Osaka’s Kansai Airport.  We went to the restaurant buffet on the 2nd floor, which is normally over $30 a portion, and hustled down some of the wares from their amazing spread.  They had a ton of Western and Japanese selections.  We kept it small knowing we could munch again in the ANA Star Alliance Lounge at the Osaka Airport.

After a quick 15 minute meal, we went to the lobby and grabbed a taxi to Kyoto central station.  The free hotel shuttle is slower than a taxi, about 25 minutes instead of 10, and didn’t start running until 8:45AM.  At the Kyoto station, we got on the Osaka Kansai Limousine bus, a $25 ride each, and made the 80 minute journey to Kansai airport.  Our flight from Osaka to Hong Kong began our United Airlines First Class award ticket from Osaka to Noumea, New Caledonia.  On the way we would connect in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Sydney, and Auckland with 23 hour layovers in Hong Kong and Auckland and First Class service between Hong Kong and Sydney.  For only 35,000 United points for each of us, these tickets were a steal for our first ever First-Class experience.

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