Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa is an elegant yet relaxed ryokan-style hotel that welcomes visitors to acres of natural beauty in the Gora district of Hakone, famous for its hot springs. As guests unwind amid the fresh air, forested hills, and scenic views of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, they can enjoy a balanced mix of Hyatt’s warm, world-class service and Japan’s own style of hospitality, which offers the option of a sumptuous dinner and breakfast as part of the pampered experience.
The rooms ooze the Hyatt’s sensibility – muted stone and wood – and are equipped with plasma television sets, broadband Internet and other high-tech gadgets not typically found in Hakone’s traditional ryokans. The baths – the heart of every onsen inn – are designs of perfect Japanese simplicity; after a soak, though, guests can take the relaxation to another level with a massage at the full-service spa, again something that’s non-typical fare in Hakone. Competing for the hotel’s soul is the so-called Living Room – an open space with plush armchairs set around a hearth, against the backdrop of two-story-high windows. After a customary pre-prandial soak in the baths, guests gathered in the Living Room for cocktails, angling for the armchairs closest to the fireplace.