We spent 2 nights here after crowded busy days in Kyoto. It was a welcome respite. LHotel du Lac is best described as a destination hotel. You go there because you want to go there, for its commanding view of Lake Biwa and for its food. It is well worth making the special journey, just over an hour from Kyoto Station for free shutlle pick up to the hotel.
As a small luxury hotel, you can expect first class amenities and service. Their bar lounge provides alcohol on the house from 3 pm, and all the items in the room bar are complimentary, from local sake to Nagahama ale. There is hot drinking water from the airpot topped up each day. Washlet is top-of-the-range, with a sink conveniently within reach. Toiletries are Tuscan Soul, and you get an English newspaper delivered to your room each morning.
It is food both for the stomach and the soul. We were quite happy to chill out at the hotel the one day that it rained on us, walking around the lake and soaking in its indoor natural mountain spring pool after the rains. The surroundings are so tranquil I was inspired to compose my first haiku out of that stay!
Their modern French cuisine restaurant Le Paysage makes the trip there worthwhile. They offer 2 dinner menus using seasonal local produce, one of which is a Cuvee Tasaki menu curated by world class sommelier Shinya Tasaki, with optional wine pairing. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner both nights.
Breakfast was no less special. You have a choice of Western, or Japanese, or our favourite, a la carte buffet from which we could pick both Western or Japanese items, with champagne if you're not driving.:) Oumi beef, collagen soup and French toast were some of the highlights
We received attentive service all the way, starting with owner Hidekazu Tanaka who personally picked us up from the station.
Personalised service, attention to details, great dining and an incomparable location all combine to make it a stay to remember for all time.
Et ophold p? Hotel du Lac giver mulighed for at opleve det mere natursk?nne Japan med sm? bjerge og en flot udsigt over Biwa-s?en. Serviceniveauet er virkelig h?jt, personalet taler godt engelsk, og maden er virkelig god. Stedet er p? mange m?der en tidslomme - lidt ligesom at bes?ge Hotel Hesselet, men bare i Japan. Og det er der meget godt at sige om! Kan klart anbefales - og det er let at finde i egen bil.