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.
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.
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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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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.Book Osaka flights
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 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.
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A discreet ‘butler box’ means you can leave laundry outside your room and find it freshly-pressed the next day, without being disturbed.
Thoroughly Ritzy throughout – this hotel serves afternoon tea and has a Michelin-starred French restaurant.
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.
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There’s a lavish Japanese-style suite with futons and Tatami mats, for those who want a dash of the east in their excursion.