"Basic, large hotel in great location for subway."
The APA hotel was overall a good experience. On arrival the staff weren't as friendly as the other places we have been but I wouldn't consider that a huge issue really. The room was small as per in Japan but the bed/pillow combo was not ideal! Hard and uncomfortable and the pillows were partially beans/stuffing? I guess if you are used to that it would be okay. I didn't use the spa facilities but they seemed popular so I assune they were good!. We had a good view of the city as well which was cool and the bath was deep and bathroom was well layed out. The best thing was that when you walk out the door you basically walk into the enterance for the higobashi subway station- 3 stops (180yen) away from Namba (dotonbori/running man/shopping/nightlife etc) so that was awesome. If you are looking for luxury I would reccomend one of the more expensive rooms or a hotel more directed at guest experiences etc. This one has a bit of a business feel to it! Good hotel if you are looking for a good location and reasonable price but aren't overly concerned about confort and service!
Anna from Queensland
This hotel is located in Osaka (Osaka Castle), close to Festival Hall, Osaka Science Museum, and Osaka Castle. Also nearby …More
Being close to the train station made for an easy 5-10 minute walk. All I was concerned with was catching some sleep and a shower, so it suited me well. The rooms are small, but that's typical with Japanese hotel rooms. The bathroom feels like a motor-home bathroom, but again...it served it's purpose. Beds were a little hard, typical Japanese style once again. TV only had the original King Kong movie as a choice to watch. Free wired internet came in handy! Would I stay there again, probably not mainly because I don't stay at the same place more than once unless I have no other option or was blown away with it. Would I recommend it, yes if you don't mind what I listed above.
Traveller from Northern Japan
Situated near the airport, in Kishiwada, this hotel is close to Nishikinohama Beach Park. Area attractions also include …More
Ok, first statement is that if you can't handle being in a small room, then there's no point looking at this hotel Move on.
If you're like me and don't mind having a small room, either because you're harldy in it (spend more time exploring) or you like small spaces, then this hotel is great. The room was clean, well-equipped and comfortable. No English channels on TV, but I'm in Japan, so who cares. The shower is warm (as is the toilet seat) and the bed is comfortable. We found that the lifts were fast and efficient, and the reception staff were helpful (one woman had great English, one man, not so good).
The onsen on B1 level is a real bonus. Each night we used the onsen after tiring days exploring and travelling. The pools are big and warm and the sauna is hot. Take the towels from your room, but shampoo/body wash etc is provided. After the baths, we both slept like babies.
This hotel is in a great location on Yodoyabashi. Go out of Exit 11, turn left at the top of the steps and walk about 2 minutes. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and places of interest around.
In summary: If you don't mind small rooms (you are in Japan remember), then this hotel is great.
Fletch from Daegu
This hotel is located in Osaka (Osaka Castle), close to Osaka Public Nakanoshima Library, Osaka Science Museum, and Osaka …More
Very close to the JR train station (only a 2 min walk) very easy to find, it's right on the main road. We booked 2 semi double non smoking rooms and got both on the 13th floor - one on the train side, one on the road side. There was little to no noise from the outside in either rooms, and the one on the train side had a fantastic view over the city and the zoo which is right at your door step. The rooms were the smallest we had stayed in while traveling through Japan, but it was only somewhere to sleep so we didn't mind. The bed was like sleeping on the ground (hard as a rock) and the pillows weren't much better... The room was very clean, and had internet access in your room via a LAN cable, there was internet facilities available on the 2nd floor, but we didn't investigate.
There are many restaurants in the area, and an underground food court & shopping district under the train lines at the back of the hotel.
Traveller from Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
This hotel is located in Osaka (Tennoji), near the airport, Abeno Harukas, Tsutenkaku Tower, and Shitennoji Temple. Also …More
The APA was very close to our subway stop, and the walk was very quick which was good because we'd been traveling with ver heavy backpacks. Check in went smoothly, and we noticed ther free wifi in the lobby.
Our room was spacious and clean, and extremely comfortable. Our room had a great view, and you can climb out the window onto a balcony-ish ledge for a closer view and great scenic photo background.
The hotel had a washer and dryer on the 2nd floor, which was very convenient.
Overall we had a great stay here and were extremely happy with the accomodations. Would definitely recommend to travelers if you're looking for a really nice, yet affordable western style hotel room.
Frank from Sherman Oaks, CA
This hotel is located in Osaka (Umeda), near the airport, Kids Plaza Osaka, Osaka Public Nakanoshima Library, and Osaka City …More
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