From Luxury Hotels to Compact Hotels! 5 Popular Accommodations in Osaka
Close to Nara and Kyoto, popular towns among visiting tourists, there are a number of accommodations located in Osaka. Without regards to their ratings, here is a wide selection of popular lodgings in Osaka.
The St. Regis Osaka is a high class hotel close to Honmachi Station on the Midosuji subway line. It opened in October 2010 as the first St. Regis Hotel, the finest brand under the Starwood Hotels & Resorts umbrella, in Japan. The hotel is located inside Honmachi Garden City with a traditional Japanese-style garden on the reception floor. There are 160 guest rooms available. With a customer base of foreign tourists and the wealthy elite, on the top floor is the Royal Suite with a size of 197 square meters and costing 800,000 JPY a night (standard fee). Of course there are other rooms, like suite rooms with modern Japanese-style concepts, residential style maisonette type rooms and more. Whichever room you choose, you can stay in luxury. When all is said and done, the special feature of this hotel is the butler service that all overnight guests can use. From unpacking your luggage, shining your shoes or booking your airline tickets, they are on call to support you 24 hours a day. Naturally, places like their business center and exercise room are also open 24 hours a day. You can pop into the beauty salon IRIDIUM featuring SOTHYS which won the 2015 World Luxury Emerging Spa Awards and has a head office in Paris. With impeccable service that caters to your every need, how about a visit to rejuvenate yourself?
The Rihga Royal Hotel located in Nakanoshima is one of Osaka’s exemplary historical high class hotels that reached 80 years in 2015. Nestled against beautiful scenery at its riverside location, one of the reasons to choose this hotel is the easy access it offers. Since it’s connected to Keihan Nakanoshima Station, it takes an hour to go straight to Kyoto and there’s a bus service exclusively for hotel guests that goes directly to Universal Studios Japan® (one trip per day, via a reservation that can be made up to the day before). Also, there is a free shuttle bus to JR Osaka Station that departs around every 6 minutes, making it extremely convenient as the departure point for sightseeing in Osaka. One more reason why the Rihga Royal Hotel is so popular is its breakfast. Listed on Trip Advisor’s "Hotels with Delicious Breakfast” list for 3 years running, it has been chosen as number 1 in the Osaka metropolitan area. Particularly popular is All Day Dining Remone which has a breakfast buffet with about 80 selections that you can enjoy, including Japanese-style breakfast arranged with carefully selected self-milled rice and standard side dishes or their famous Western-style breakfast consisting of chef-selected bread and egg dishes prepared on the spot. The guests are greeted with an extravagant lineup in the morning. In addition, there are 20 restaurants and bars inside the hotel, 24 hour room service, and it is equipped with an indoor pool; this is a multifunctional urban hotel that couldn’t be better.
The Intercontinental Osaka made its first landing in the Kansai area in 2013. Located directly to the Grand Front Osaka business facility at JR Osaka Station, it also has 57 apartment-style rooms called “Service Residences” equipped with kitchens and aimed towards people who plan to stay for longer periods of time in addition to its regular rooms. Almost all rooms exceed 50 square meters in space, a top class size for hotels in the Osaka area and the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts of Japan. The interior design was done by the globally flourishing Bilkey Llinas Design Ltd., using modernly designed sliding doors and furniture with daring uses of natural stones and fabrics laid out in traditional Japanese colors. Furthermore, all the rooms are equipped with the latest digital equipment such as theater systems, Italian linens are used on the beds, and everything is arranged in order to create a cozy, inviting living space as one would expect. Completing the experience are 2 restaurants, bars, lounges and a patisserie, all with high standards of freshness and quality, overflowing with that high-class feeling. It is also furnished with France’s top class spa brand THÉMAÉ for your use, a Japanese-style bathhouse reminiscent of a high class onsen, a dry sauna, and a fitness gym with a steam sauna which is also popular. It’s a hotel overflowing with luxury where you can stay and feel at home.
Osaka’s Dotonbori Hotel is a hotel that is highly popular with foreign tourists to Japan in particular. Carrying out the concept of “a hotel where you can experience Japanese culture and hospitality”, lined up at the front entrance are 4 statues depicting an Asian person, an African person, an Arabic person, and a European person. These 4 statues convey the principles of the hotel, welcoming persons from all over the world. It has become known globally via word of mouth as "the Face Hotel". Needless to say, the feature of Dotonbori Hotel is its overflowing hospitality. Firstly, every night from 11:30 pm at the lobby, you can enjoy free, all you can eat homemade daily special ramen, beer on tap and wine. Then, from Monday to Friday, Japanese culture experience events are held with themes that change every day, from nail decorating, eating kushi-katsu, kimono wearing and more. Also, to impart Japan’s food culture, there is a restaurant where you can experience a true Japanese-style breakfast (American breakfast is also available). Furthermore, there are 19 guaranteed free services including 5 minute international calls, free drinks in the lobby, free games, bicycles and baby strollers available, and more. They offer many services for things that you would normally think "it would be nice if they had this". It’s situated in the heart of the Namba/Dotonbori area, making it an ideal spot for sightseeing. This is a place where you can stay comfortably while coming into contact with Japanese culture. No wonder it’s such a popular hotel.
First Cabin is connected to Nanba Station on the Midosuji subway line. True to its name, it’s a stylish, compact hotel modelled after first class in an airplane. Inside the 4.4 square meter "cabin" is everything you would need: a semi-double bed, an LCD TV, a side table, electricity outlet, a safety box with a key and Wi-Fi. The amenities are also substantial; cabin wear, bath towel, face towel, shampoo & conditioner, body soap, toothbrush, cotton swabs, earplugs. Nothing you can complain about. There are separate face cleansers and face lotions for men and women as well as hair tonic and a comb for the men and even makeup remover and body lotion prepared for women. The shared facilities include a lounge, large public bath, sauna, shower booths, powder room, massage room, business lounge, chat room, a smoking room and cloak service so apart from your guest room, there are enough facilities to pass the time comfortably. In addition, there is a coin laundry and an overnight laundry service where you can drop off your laundry before 12:00 pm to receive it after 6:00 am the next day. The accommodation fees are 5,900 JPY a night (tax included) as well as short stay plans from 2 hours at a time at 900 JPY per hour (tax included). So when you need to take a nap or you want to use a large public bath, you can enjoy all the available services for a reasonable price at this user-friendly, exceptional lodging facility.
What did you think? Depending on the goals of your trip, you can change your lodgings every day or settle down for a long stay; there are many choices you can look forward to. Since each hotel is also well equipped with facilities, by all means, find your preference from this list.
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