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Reviewed 3 April 2007

L'Hotel de Hiei is not exactly conveniently located, but that should by no means keep anyone away. On the toll road that winds through Mount Hiei, bordering Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures, this hotel simply cannot easilly be topped. It is both architecturally pleasing and in harmony with the surroundings, despite being quite purely European in design.

I was fortunate enough to choose L'Hotel de Hiei for my wedding reception held in March 2007 and have no regrets at all. In the span of three months, with the cooperation of the hotel's bridal coordinators, we put together a truly unique and thus personal dinner event that appeared to have thoroughly pleased our guests.

The hotel conducts no more than one wedding and/or reception a day, meaning that the day is dedicated to one couple's desires. There is no sense of being on a wedding factory conveyor belt - all too common in Japan's larger venues. Yet in terms of cost, fees were very similar to those charged elsewhere.

As for food, both the reception dinner menu which we designed together with the France-trained chef, and the standard breakfast buffet the next morning were exceptional. The chef incorporated all of our favorite foods into the customized dinner menu. And at breakfast, the same degree of care went into preparing the buffet dishes as well as the warm items delivered to each table direct from the kitchen.

Guest rooms, just 20 in all, come in three types. All are very tastefully furnished, have a beautiful view, and the latest bath amenities. The only shortcoming (for couples prefering a cozy night) is that all rooms feature twin beds only. Each is big enough for two, but just barely!

Finally, the staff - all of whom have French 'middle' names - go out of their way to make each guest feel special.

Transportation to L'Hotel de Hiei requires either a private car, taxi, or a schedule that matches the limited bus service available from downtown Kyoto.

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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2018, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2018, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 May 2018
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  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled with friends
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