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Japan: Hotel Anteroom Kyoto

Konichiwa Kyoto!

Finally arrived! After 14 hours by plane, a really good flight on ANA, with a super quick change of plane (= what a run!) at Narita airport for Osaka. Then an hour in the bus to Kyoto and we finally arrived at Kyoto Station at nightfall.

We take a taxi and 5 minutes later we are in front of the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. I dream of a shower. But it’s already past 8pm and if we want to dine, we barely have time to leave our bags, cool off and go out to find a restaurant. Because the hotel does not have any and serves only breakfasts.

The Room

Simple, Design & Comfortable 

Back from our short dinner break (in one of the food halls of the Kyoto Station), I finally can enjoy our room with two oversized beds, large flat screen, designer sofa and bay window overlooking a small lighted garden. So sool! 

All equipment (including air conditioning) is very comfortable and clean (well we are in Japan, aren’t we)! What a pleasure! When I slip into my Queen size bed, I come across a TV show of two young Japanese on a spree in Corsica! Of course I couldn’t miss it (lololol) and wake up tomorrow around 6am … 


The Bathroom & Our Garden

The small bathroom is very well equipped and practical (photos above)l, including useful storage spaces.

And of course a modern shower with Japanese bath and separate Japanese toilets. I do not understand why, we do not have the same in Europe! In comparison our toilets are medieval!

Our room has a small “zen”garden too (rght photo), where we quietly relax before each getaways in Kyoto and its surroundings. I really like this garden area, with just the sound of birds early in the morning. 

Because the hotel is located in a quiet residential area. And the excitement of the city seems far, far away. While we are only 15 minutes walk from Kyoto Station. 








An Art Gallery In An Industrial Architecture

Kyoto Confidential

We soon felt at home. The team is kind and helpful. Above all do not take offense to the very reserved attitude. And it seemed to us that there were mainly Japanese customers (mostly young and trendy) and few Westerners.

The lobby looks like a New York art gallery, offering its mature to young artists. You can buy art works, but also books, objects and T-shirts. The friendly intimate bar is open on a small Zen-inspired garden (photos 1, 2 and above).

After two nights, we didn’t want to leave this confidential hotel!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés


Hotel Anteroom Kyoto


Arigato gosaimasu to the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto’s team. As always these are my opinions. 

Japon: Hotel Anteroom Kyoto

Konichiwa Kyoto!

Enfin arrivées! Après 14 heures d’avion, très bon vol sur ANA, avec un changement express (= au pas de course) à l’aéroport de Narita pour Osaka. Puis une heure de car jusqu’à Kyoto et nous voilà enfin arrivées à Kyoto Station la nuit tombante.

Nous prenons un taxi et 5 minutes plus tard, nous sommes devant l’Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. Je rêve d’une douche. Il est déjà plus de 20h et si nous voulons dîner, nous avons à peine le temps de déposer nos bagages, nous rafraîchir et ressortir pour trouver un restaurant. Car l’hôtel n’en a pas et sert uniquement des petits déjeuners. 

La chambre

Simple, design et confortable 

Ce n’est qu’une fois rentrée de notre intermède dîner (dans un des foodhalls de la Kyoto Station) que j’ai enfin pu apprécier notre chambre aux deux lits surdimensionnés, large écran plat, canapé design et baie vitrée donnant sur un petit jardin éclairé. 

L’ensemble des équipements (y compris la clim) est très confortable et propre (euphémisme)! Un plaisir! Et lorsque enfin, je me glisse dans mon mega lit, je tombe sur une émission de deux jeunes japonais en goguette en Corse! Impossible de dormir (lololol) et demain réveil vers 6h…


La salle de bain & notre jardin

La salle de bain est petite (photos ci-dessus), mais très bien pensée, équipée et pratique, comprenant même de petits espaces de rangements.

Et bien sûr douche et bain à la japonaise et les toilettes japonaises séparées. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi, on n’a pas les mêmes en Europe! En comparaison, nos toilettes font figure de moyenâgeuses!

Notre chambre a aussi un petit jardin “zen” (photo de droite), où l’on se recharge au calme avant chaque escapades dans Kyoto et ses environs. J’ai vraiment beaucoup aimé ce coin jardin, avec juste le bruit des oiseaux tôt le matin.

Car l’hôtel est situé dan un quartier résidentiel tranquille, en marge des zones touristiques. L’effervescence de la ville semble loin, très loin. Alors que nous ne sommes qu’à 15 minutes à pieds de la gare de Kyoto. 







Une galerie dans une architecture industrielle

Kyoto branché & cool

Très vite nous nous sommes senties comme à la maison. L’équipe est gentille et serviable. Surtout ne pas se formaliser de l’attitude très réservée. Il nous a semblé qu’il y avait essentiellement des clients japonais (plutôt jeunes et branchés) et peu d’occidentaux.

Le lobby a des allures d’une galerie d’art new-yorkaise, offrant ses mûrs à de jeunes artistes. Il est possible d’acheter des oeuvres, mais aussi des livres, objets et T-shirts. Le bar, intime et convivial, est ouvert sur un petit jardin d’inspiration zen (photos 1, 2 et ci-dessus).

Après deux nuits, on ne voulions plus quitter cet hôtel très confidentiel!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés


Hotel Anteroom Kyoto


Merci à l’équipe de l’Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. Hé oui, comme toujours ce sont mes opinions, à moi!

Well-Being Weekend in Val Thorens

On The Road Again

The Lake of Annecy

My first time skiing into spring! As always, we arrive by Geneva and the beautiful Lake Annecy under a lovely light. The weather is hot that I wonder if there will be enough snow to ski. 

When we arrive in Val Thorens, I am reassured! The ski resort has benefited from exceptional snow this year: 10 meters of cumulatived snow (photo below). And it’s always a great pleasure to come back to Val Tho!

Pashmina Le Refuge

View of the Slopes

I am back to the Pashmina Le Refuge hotel, still so comfortable and pleasant! The balcony of my (Triple XL / 45 sqm) room offers a spectacular 180 degree view of snow-capped peaks and slopes.

Euphoric feeling of total plenitude! On one of the bedside tables, I discovered the notebook of the My Serenity anti-stress and well-being program. During this long weekend, I will relearn to listen to my inner me.


Heathy Breakfast

At The Base Camp Restaurant

Some doctors consider breakfast to be our most important meal of the day, others not. In short as always, there are several contradictory opinions! To be honest, I only take breakfast when I’m really hungry.

And I don’t take it when the night before, I ate too much at the restaurant. In addition to My Serenity program, the Base Camp restaurant offers a breakfast buffet with a wellness corner and a plant milk bar. Awesome!

Pashmina Spa By L’Occitane 

Before and After Skiing

The first day: early morning I go to the spa to swim and gently wake up my numb muscles, before joining the small team for an intense day of skiing (including Alpin ski and ski touring)!

The second day: after a morning of skiing, I spend the afternoon at the spa with two friends. I start with a back massage with l’Occitane cosmetics I like a lot. Then hammam and outdoor jacuzzi with direct views of the slopes!


Ski Touring

My First Time On Ski Touring

First we ski to Chez Pepe Nicolas restaurant, where we have lunch (photo editing below: 2). Still as good! Then we put the climbing skin (in synthetic fibers) under our super light skis. Strange feeling on the trail at the beginning.

We are all very excited about this first ski touring experience with Caroline Vincent. This instructor has the originality to add a Qigong session while ski touring.

The climb to Lake Lou is gradual without real difficulty. It is a question of well stick one’s breath with the effort and to remain constant, pure cardio. Moreover, as often I found the descent much more difficult to manage (perhaps because of muscle fatigue). We went back to the car exhausted!

Although close to the ski resort, the landscape is spectacular and gives the impression of being at the end of the world (photos above and below). I also took the opportunity to test my new Osprey backpack (1): very comfortable and practical, despite the fact that it is a little big for a half day trip. And my first neon pink Hydro Flask thermos that matches to my ski jacket (sooooooooo girly!).  


Skiing at 2600 Meters

The following day, part of the small band skied solo, another preferred to stay in the station, while with Henriette, a Dutch blogger friend (with the same glorious level of eternal ski beginners, lol), we have preferred to take a ski lesson with an ESF instructor

After he checked our ski level, we take the chairlift which stops because of the big wind. Honestly, it’s pretty scary when you are (yes yourself) in the chairlift, to reach a blue slope at 2600 meters. Once arrived: strong gusts of wind and very poor visibility. Wow! No choice, we have to ski on the icy snow to get down to the resort. 

Thankfully the weather is very fast changing in the mountains. A little further down, the snow is powdery. And all my stress left! Once more, we take the chairlift. But this time the descent is much more pleasant! The wind has stopped blowing and I’m really having fun!

The Hype

The Apen Art

It’s not the good restaurants that are lacking in Val Thorens! This time my favourite goes to the Alpen Art that I’ve just discovered! A tea room and restaurant super welcoming, with an urban decor, works of young artists and a very friendly and professional team.

The food is great, I recommend the scallops and the homemade cake collection is to die for! Especially the chocolate cake (lol)! What else? Happiness! 


Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés


Val Thorens Tourist Office, Pashmina Le Refuge, Spa By l’Occitane au Pashmina, Alpen Art, ESF Val Thorens


Many thanks to the Val Thorens Tourist Office for this lovely invitation. Many thanks to the team of Pashmina Le refuge, Alpen Art and ESF Val Thorens too. As always, these are my opinons (it gets boring to have to specify it, lol!).