I think the one thing everyone needs to realize before booking is that this is a love hotel. While it wouldn't be the most family-friendly place if you're travelling with kids, if you're travelling by yourself or with a friend or spouse and don't mind certain channels on TV or unusual room amenities, it's a great alternative to some of the expensive other hotels. The room was very, very clean. It said it was smoking, but we couldn't smell any hint of smoke. The bed was super comfortable, and the staff were very nice and accommodating as we tried our hardest to speak broken Japanese and they tried their hardest to meet us half-way with English. It is also in a quiet neighborhood, so you don't get a lot of outside noise or traffic, and is a short 5-minute-or-so walk to the train station that can take you to Osaka, Nara, or Kyoto. If you don't mind not being in the center of the city or are on a budget, I would definitely recommend this place. :)
A big thank you to Expedia for telling us this is a love hotel....(heavy sarcasm).
We got lost as we followed the mini map provided by Expedia (epic fail) the location on the minimap was of another hotel. That hotel then gave us the correct directions to Hotel Olive Sakai. We rocked up and the first thing you see is bright NEON LIGHTS. Once you are in the general area you cant miss the hotel. Its one of the taller buildings in the area and its lit up. Once inside there is no one at the front desk as this this a love hotel and they are very serious about privacy. So we read up on love hotels and its great if you want somewhere private with your GF/BF or mistress but not so great if you are on holidays. So after knocking on a few doors we found someone! Yay! Once getting to our room it was spacious for the price that we paid. There is a small sitting area, a pachinko (slots) machine, vending machine with drinks, vending machine with lubricant and sexy lingerie. The bathroom has a jacuzzi and TV. The TV has porn. The porn is heavily pixilated. For entertainment there is a large TV if that is too small for you there is also a projector, microphones in case you want to sing some karaoke. There was also a 'massage toy' attached to a wall. The channels are limited to a few game shows and porn. Once again the porn on this was heavily pixilated. Aside from the unexpected sex paraphernalia and the sorta suburban location (took 25mins to get there from Osaka) it was a nice hotel.
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