Osaka hotels for every traveller

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September 2018

Japan can be a little daunting for some visitors: and an unfamiliar language and complicated characters on the street signs don’t help. Luckily, each Osaka hotel on this list has been carefully-selected for being well-equipped for travellers, whether that’s English-speaking staff, free use of a smart phone or familiar menus. Find your little pocket of home.

For state-of-the art luxury: Conrad Osaka

Set next to the Festival Hall and directly connected to Watanabebashi station, this smart hotel is well-located – and well-prepared to meet your every need.

The lowdown…

Osaka’s luxury hotel offering has expanded exponentially in recent years, and the city has only recently been graced with the Conrad, which opened in 2017. Already, this fancy hotel has made its mark on the city. The space is an architectural delight – from the lobby onwards you’ll be asking for permission to gape. Rooms are furnished throughout with thoughtful details – from discrete sliding wood panels offering just the right amount of bathroom privacy, to floor-to-ceiling windows so you can ‘wow’ at the skyscrapers outside. There’s an excellent spa and a great set of restaurants. Wake up for the breakfast buffet and you’ll find Japanese specialities like dumplings on the menu alongside the usual omelettes. For Far Eastern fare, head to restaurant Kura for teppanyaki and sushi.

In the know…

Japanese specialties also grace the cocktail menu at the rooftop bar. Order ‘Takoyaki in the sky’. It includes gin, vermouth and blue curacao – and it's garnished with an octopus ball.

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  • Lap pool at the InterContinental Osaka. © IHG.

    Refresh and reflect

    All guests can freely enjoy the 20-metre lap pool at the InterContinental Osaka. Then book in to enjoy the hotel's special bathhouses, with their steam rooms, sauna and relaxation rooms.

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For a top-notch experience: The St. Regis Osaka

The beautiful St Regis hotel is set on a road known locally as the ‘Champs Élysées’ of Osaka. It fits in nicely among the fancy shops and ginko trees.

The lowdown…

The St. Regis was designed by Nikken Sekkei, the Japanese architecture firm behind Camp Nou in Barcelona. So, like Camp Nou, the St. Regis is stylish and big – but that’s where the similarities end. Calm and welcoming, this hotel comes with a wonderful spa, and, like many hotels in the city, its own freshly-raked Zen garden. The rooms are subtly flower-themed – and a floral scent greets you as you enter the lobby. Rooms are enormous by Japanese city standards, with walk-in closets, enormous windows, and large bathrooms.

In the know…

A discreet ‘butler box’ means you can leave laundry outside your room and find it freshly-pressed the next day, without being disturbed.

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For old-world glamour: The Ritz-Carlton Osaka

Thoroughly Ritzy throughout – this hotel serves afternoon tea and has a Michelin-starred French restaurant.

The lowdown..

Guests at the Ritz-Carlton might be surprised by its interior design on first look: it’s entirely European in character, with wood panelling and chandeliers throughout. The Ritz-Carlton experience is unshaken by its transplantation to Osaka. Though you’re in the middle of Japan, the hotel still serves traditional afternoon tea, and the best restaurant is French: the Michelin-starred La Baie. It might be formal and grand, but you can still have an unfussy dip in the pool, and eat at the Japanese restaurant, too. At Hanagatami dinner comes grilled over oak charcoal, accompanied by a drink of sweet potato shochu. Just outside the hotel there’s luxury shopping at the Herbis Plaza. You’re also just seven minutes from JR Osaka station – and 20 minutes away from Universal Studios by train.

In the know…

There’s a lavish Japanese-style suite with futons and Tatami mats, for those who want a dash of the east in their excursion.

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  • Conrad Suite Bathroom at the Conrad Osaka. © Hilton.

    A bath and a half

    With a situation this fancy, you might even want to scrub up before your bath. Enjoy the top tub at the Conrad Osaka.

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  • Traditional Japanese tatami room, Ibis Styles Osaka. © AccorHotels.

    Bed down

    Thickly woven tatami mats cover the floors of traditional Japanese houses, and futons laid directly onto the mats provide the bed. Try it out - Ibis Styles Osaka has a Japanese Tatami Room, complete with tea set.

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  • The St. Regis Bar, The St. Regis Osaka. © Grand Luxury SARL.

    Take a seat

    Enter through glossy walnut doors and take a seat at the St. Regis Bar. Order the hotel's own take on the Bloody Mary: Shogun Mary, which comes with a wasabi kick and a splash of yuzu.

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For its traditional bathhouse: InterContinental Osaka

The massive InterContinental Osaka opened in the heart of Osaka’s commercial district in 2013. It has a large number of facilities, including wonderful traditional bath houses – where you can let the soothing steam spirit you away.

The lowdown…

This is a polished hotel with modern, wooden furnishings and beautiful food – the latter thanks to Michelin-starred European restaurant Pierre. There are plenty of other bars and restaurants in the hotel. Bar Adee rotates its cocktail menu throughout the year, but good gin remains a constant. There’s also a patisserie called ‘Stressed’ – which you won’t be, at all, if you stay here. Getting to the Intercontinental is made especially easy since there’s a complimentary airport taxi pick-up. Also complimentary are the delicious mochi in your room – these chewy rice cakes are lovely with a cup of warm green tea. Rooms are large and the higher rooms – from the 20th floor up – have skyline views.

In the know…

If you have tattoos, then you might find some Japanese spas won’t let you in: which is where a hotel with a good pool can come in handy. Enjoy the bathhouses, spa and pool at the InterContinental.

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For couples: Swissotel Nankai Osaka

Swissotels pride themselves on being fantastically well-located, and the Swissotel Nankai Osaka is no exception. Practically on top of Nankai Station, it’s just a ten-minute walk from the nightlife and glowing neon delights of Dotombori.

The lowdown…

This hotel might be large, but it runs like a well-oiled machine, and is every inch deserving of its four-and-a-half star rating. Business travellers and couples will find the peace, calm and discretion wonderfully welcome. There’s a pool and jacuzzi (fee applies), plus six restaurants, a bar and a spa that uses natural Swiss ingredients. Rooms have Nespresso machines, nice proportions and even pillow menus so you can personalise your shut-eye.

In the know…

For the best city views, book in to a room on the higher floors – or just go for breakfast. The morning buffet at Tavola 36 has panoramic city vistas. Plan the rest of your day here – simply by looking down at the city and pointing out where you want to go next.

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For travellers on a budget: Namba Oriental Hotel

The central Namba Oriental Hotel clocks in at three and a half stars. You can be there from Kansai Airport in under 40 minutes, thanks to an express train to Kamba Station – and photographic directions provided by the hotel. You’re also just a five-minute stroll away from Dotombori, the city’s neon-bounded entertainment district – go along and greet Glico Man in the evening.

The lowdown…

It’s not the sleekest accommodation in the city, but Namba Oriental Hotel is good value – and guests can still kit themselves out with slippers and a gown in the room. The hotel's free smartphone rental is convenient and useful for city navigation during your stay. Oddly enough, too, this hotel sells smoking as well as non-smoking rooms. There’s a nice courtyard with seasonal planting and outdoor seating. Namba Oriental runs occasional demonstrations of ‘mochitsuki’ – traditional Mochi preparation. This rice dish is traditionally pounded into shape with wooden mallets in a special ceremony. Hard-hitting stuff.

In the know…

There’s a restaurant providing a breakfast buffet – but you might prefer to just pop over to Kuromon market – it’s just four minutes away, and famous for freshly-prepared seafood. On the third floor, British guests might be bemused to find the Hub Pub: a ‘British’ pub with pints, stools and beermats – just like home.

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For groups: Ibis Styles Osaka

For groups ready to hit the town, drop your bags at Ibis Styles. This hotel is right in the centre of it all in Dotombori. Parties of people can book into rooms with multiple single beds – but make sure you’re with friends: space is at a premium and some rooms can be snug.

The lowdown…

This reliable three-star hotel has a bustling location in a busy district of the city. The Kintetsu-Nippombashi Train Station is a 6-minute walk away, whilst Dotombori is on your doorstep. Before you go out and explore the area, ask about using a ‘Handy’ at reception. The hotel provides a smartphone with GPS navigation for guests, so you can navigate your way around the city without eating into your own roaming data. And if you want to dine at the hotel, the restaurant’s complimentary breakfast buffet is replete with Japanese and world cuisine.

In the know…

You can upgrade to a traditional Japanese room with tatami mats and futons, if you fancy.

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