I have been staying at the Hotel New Otani for over 5 years. It offers the perfect location close to the Osaka Castle, and close to the Kyobashi train station on the Keihan and JR Line. Rooms are nice and spacious, and very clean, restaurants fantastic (albeit pricey), and does have a fitness center. It's one of my top 2 hotels in the Osaka area. I would describe it as a perfect home-base to initiate all your day travels from.
It's everything you would expect from a japanese hotel, small rooms and decent amenities. However, the room had the largest hotel fridge i have ever had. I've stayed in many 5 star hotels and the size of the fridge does not match the one in the room. Good enough to store fruits, drinks and dishes. It has a separate freezer and it freezes any liquid pretty quickly. The room also comes with free wired high speed internet and a microwave. The room itself was pretty small, but i was barely in the room unless i was sleeping so it did not matter to me. The bed is pretty comfortable, nothing special. The air conditioning system in the room was a bit weird. The temperature seem to be erratic, as the room would be cold, then a bit stuffy a couple hours later; it did not become to uncomfortable, but it was something I noticed during the stay. The vent was also pretty small and was located in the small corridor near the bathroom door.
The hotel staff spoke little English, but it was good enough. The lady was very helpful and gave us the best routes to wherever we needed to go. They were kind and weren't hesitant to assist.
Hotel is very dated but we found it comfortable and convenient. Staff didn't seem very interested, not sure how many foreign travelers stay here. We found our room very comfortable for a family of 4. Easy walk to train station that is on the Osaka Loop line and only two stops to Osaka/Umeda station. They have unplugged the wireless access points on all the floors so we had to go downstairs to access the complimentary internet.
This district, previously a major rice market, showcases the changes Osaka underwent when Japan was opened to the West. Aside from nearby Osaka Castle, the historic walking course along Mido-suji Avenue is popular with visitors for its featured turn-of-the-century architecture. Nakanoshima Park, situated between the Dojima and Tosabori Rivers, includes a garden with 4,000 varieties of roses and the Museum of Oriental Ceramics well-known for its collection of Chinese and Korean pieces.
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