First time we visited Osaka, we came to the hotel by train (JR or Haruka express train from Kansai airport).
Tennoji station is under and next to the hotel so it is very convenient to travel around Osaka. Specially we went to Namba area, the subway train ticket cost 240 yens, then we walked on the Namba Alley (street of hundred shops) to
Dotonbory. We enjoyed the delicious food here, two side of the road have hundred of restaurants and food stalls: seafood, Osaka crispy fried pan cake etc... we like Osaka very much ...
We checked in the hotel in the first floor and the ground floor connected to the Tennoji station so we don't need to carry our luggages across the road.
Nice affordable hotel. Close to subway station and supermarket. Breakfast was provided although it was simple.
Reception staff could speak English (very rare in Japan!) and provided lots of help with directions around Osaka. The hotel gave cute little heart-shaped cookie everyday in the room.
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.
"Affordable stay at a location quite close to Namba"
Navigating to the hotel is quite easy. We took the airport bus from Kansai Airport and alight at just about 200m from the hotel. It appeared more sizeable than we thought. However, we found it not being kept up very well in general. When we went out and back, we found we were almost the only guests stayed in the hotel. Nonetheless. It was value for money. The staffs were very responsive to our complaint of noise at the adjacent room after midnight. Very polite and good staffs. Location wise it is close to both subway and Kansei railway stations, and just two stations away from Namba. A supermarket open until 11pm is nearby. A good choice if you don't mind taking a ride few subways stations from the popular tourist area while the price is really affordable.
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