I stayed at the Royal RIHGA for five nights. Check in/check out was easy. Staff spoke competent English, and were professional and nice. The hotel have shops and restaurants on the basement floor, as well as a buffet breakfast/dinner restaurant. There's a 24 hour Family Mart a block away, and a supermarket about three blocks away.
There's a shuttle that runs to JR Osaka Station every few minutes from the hotel. There is a waiting area with chairs at the lobby(if the chairs filled up there is a line to stand in). If I remembered correctly each shuttle seats 28. During peak hours there might be a wait, but if you missed one, the next one gets here fast. Coming to the hotel just make sure you wait at the right line at the station because multiple shuttle buses from different hotels all share the same area. The driver is also courteous and professional. There are room for your bigger suitcases. I walked a few times from the hotel to Osaka station, took about 30-40 minutes. A lot of restaurants including McDonalds and Osaka Ohsho(where I ate my first meal in Osaka) are nearby.
I stayed at a single room which is roomy enough for me. Mattress is firm, with two pillows. Walls are kinda thin, as you can hear when the neighbors open their faucet, or slamming their doors. Rooms use key cards. Complimentary newspaper in English at your door every morning. Vending and ice machine at each floor. Overall pretty comfortable stay. Definitely would stay at this hotel again.
I loved the hotel and location in Osaka. Great view of the river. People were easy to work with. Rooms were equipped with everything needed for a long or short vacation. I would definitely come back again.
This is a nice BUSINESS hotel. It's new and clean, but sooo SMALL. Since I stayed with my family, I wished our room could've had more room. But again, it was clean, and nice enough.
The breakfast was good enough. Not fancy, but good selections.
The location was much better than I had thought. It's very close to the Umeda downtown, starbucks, and othe coffee houses. There are at least two convenience stores nearby: Family Mart & Seven Eleven (two minute walk).
In sum, good business hotel but small
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay of 6 nights at the Imperial after a very busy week in Tokyo. Whilst the Imperial is located a little bit out of the absolute centre of the Osaka, there is a very regular hotel shuttle to and from the Osaka train station, which we used frequently. It took about 10 mins depending on the traffic. Also it was very quiet and peaceful.The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Our room had a wonderful view of the river and at night the lights of the city were magical. The room was spacious, by Japaneses standards and beds were very comfortable. All up a great hotel in a great location.
"Quiet and Convenient Hotel in the heart of Osaka"
Hotel Elsereine is a very nice, new and neat hotel in the heart of Osaka. The best thing is you can take the elevator down to B1 and there is the underground walkway where you can walk directly to Osaka rail station with rail lines to Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Wakayama etc. This underground walkway is a very good alternative if you do not want to walk on the street to Osaka station in Winter. The room is a little bit small for 3 people but it is very neat and new looking. Overall I like this hotel a lot and will stay again next time when I travel to Osaka.
But the toilet smells, if they were to bleach the toilet bowl, I am sure the stench will go away. Each time the smell is there whenever I stepped into the toilet. Otherwise, hotel room is pretty good for me in terms of square area and comfortable bed. I asked for extra pillows and the manager brought them up himself. Very nice service. Yes, I will go back again, hopefully the smell will go away.
The hotel is a very nice but on the older side. It more classy than most of the Western hotels, is like the Ritz Carlton but in Japan. It is convenience to local malls but it's too cold to walk outside so we have to take a cab even for a 5 mins ride. If you want very close walking distance you will choose a different hotel.
Located in the city’s north side, this is Osaka’s center for contemporary shopping. In addition to numerous shopping malls, this is the home of the Umeda Sky Building. Designed to reflect the image of the sky, the building’s two 173 meter towers are joined by exterior escalators and a rooftop floating garden. The Blue Note Osaka, one of the city’s premier jazz clubs, is also found in Umeda.
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