10 Best Hotels for Sightseeing Around the Lively City of Osaka
- Published: Sep 21 2023
The biggest city in Western Japan, Osaka has developed its own unique culture, different from that of Tokyo, over the years. It is a global metropolis with direct flights from Kansai International Airport connecting it to 91 cities in 26 countries around the world. It is also easily accessible from Tokyo via the bullet train, making it a must-see destination. Osaka is famous for its humor and down-to-earth food, but it has so much more to offer. There are many places around the city to enjoy the history, culture, art, nature, beautiful townscapes, as well as the unique ambience of the Kansai region. In this article, we’ll be introducing 10 hotels perfect for exploring central Osaka and the city’s suburbs.
10 Best Hotels for Exploring Osaka
1. Hotel Intergate Osaka Umeda
Hotel Intergate Osaka Umeda provides services meant to “enhance travel by bringing travelers closer to local people, products, and places that can’t be found anywhere else.” This includes a gallery featuring books and magazines related to local history and culture selected by book curators, as well as a variety of regularly-held workshops where guests can experience the traditional crafts of Osaka.
The hotel features an extensive security system, including guest-only elevators that require key cards to operate and surveillance cameras with recording functions so that guests can feel safe and secure. Traditional designs and art adorn the guestrooms to reflect the charms of the city. All rooms have a “good night switch” that keeps the air conditioning at a temperature perfectly calibrated for getting a full night’s sleep.
The men’s communal bath has a dry sauna and cold-water bath while the women’s bath has a jet bath, both offering great ways to relax and recover from your travels.
For breakfast, enjoy freshly-baked bread and choose from more than 50 dishes all made from local ingredients. The dishes are primarily vegetarian but come in large portions to energize you for the day ahead.
2. HOTEL THE FLAG Shinsaibashi
HOTEL THE FLAG Shinsaibashi was founded to create a comfortable space where travelers can rest and relax away from the hustle and bustle of Osaka. The facility is located a 4-minute walk from both Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line and Nagahoribashi Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line. In addition, it is just 1 minute from Osaka’s premier tourist destination: Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. The hotel also offers easy access to Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and Kyocera Dome Osaka.
They have a wide range of bright, stylishly decorated rooms, from doubles and twins to deluxe twins recommended for families and universal rooms designed with disabled and elderly guests in mind. Guests can also choose between rooms with bathtubs and showers or just showers.
The hotel’s pride is The FLAG Library and Free Space stocked with a variety of different books. The space also features a professional coffee machine by the German manufacturer WMF, which is available for free 24/7 so that guests can relax and enjoy a book and a cup of coffee whenever they want. The breakfast buffet consists of Italian and American dishes enhanced with Japanese cooking techniques.
3. Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA
Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA is in a fantastic location in Umeda (central Osaka), just a 5-minute walk from stations serving four separate lines. The hotel is very easy to reach via an airport limousine bus that stops at Hotel New Hankyu across the road. RESPIRE is surrounded by various department stores and shopping centers, making it a perfect destination for travelers who love to shop.
The hotel is designed around the concept of “rest & inspire” to help guests get their minds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The 9th-floor lobby has an outdoor Japanese garden to welcome guests while the guestrooms located on Floor 12 and above offer amazing views of Osaka. The rooms are functional, streamlined spaces featuring traditional Japanese design elements and three-color schemes. All rooms have separate rooms for the bath and toilet.
Breakfast is a buffet of Western and Japanese dishes served in the main dining room, and includes Osaka’s famous takoyaki. Guests are encouraged to go out and compare the hotel’s takoyaki with those available all around the city.
4. Holiday Inn Osaka Namba, an IHG Hotel
Namba, one of Osaka’s two major commercial districts, is a vibrant area exemplifying the city’s electric spirit. It’s home to Dotonbori, a popular tourist spot with Holiday Inn Osaka Namba at the center of it. The hotel is part of an international hotel brand whose motto is “Joy of Travel,” guaranteeing an unforgettable stay in one of the most exciting cities in Japan.
Comprehensive measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the guests, including elevators operated using room keys. There is a wide range of room options, including those decorated in Holiday Inn green, those with modern Japanese designs, penthouse rooms with fantastic panoramic views, and rooms decorated in a contemporary style with carpets that evoke the bright lights of Dotonbori. The beds include large, fluffy duvets and a choice of soft or firm pillows.
Breakfast is a standard buffet of Western and Japanese dishes, but there is also a special children’s menu available to ensure that the whole family can enjoy a morning meal together and create shared memories.
5. Hotel The Grandee Shinsaibashi
The Grandee, located a 5-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station, is a designer hotel with themed areas that help guests relax and unwind.
While each guestroom is designed with a different theme, all are equally refined spaces perfect for relaxing in. The stylish yet playful accommodations created in collaboration with different artists feature quirky elements such as bathtubs that light up, turning many guests into repeat visitors. The hotel is also proud to be the first facility to offer rooms with “living walls” covered with plants that transport guests into a forest of tranquility. Come and lose yourself in the creative, chic spaces of The Grandee that evoke the spirit of early summer through dynamic yet delicate works of art, creating a whole new universe of luxury.
The hotel also boasts a lounge featuring a rooftop terrace and lovely aromas, where you can enjoy complimentary beverages from the self-service drink corner. Breakfast is a mix of Western and Japanese-style dishes that are brought to the guestrooms at a designated time so that guests can start the day off at their own pace.
6. Harmonie Embrassee
Harmonie Embrassee is just a 3-minute walk from the central Osaka-Umeda Station. It is also within walking distance of Osaka Station, offering easy access to locations across the city as well as the Kansai region like Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. The stunning hotel building that instantly catches the eye with its unique appearance was designed by the world-famous architect Tadao Ando. While it may seem a little imposing on the outside, the interior features a highly refined, luxurious space.
The guestrooms, which are located on floors 12 through 21, are divided into four types: the elegant and spacious EVER WHITE rooms in white and beige tones; the “cool modern” BLACK TEA rooms with black, white, and silver color schemes; the brilliant DOLCE VITA rooms in champagne gold, dark brown, and white; and the PETITE TRIANON rooms that combine classical and modern interior designs. All of them are luxurious accommodations guaranteed to create the memories of a lifetime.
The spacious hotel restaurant with large two-story-high, floor-to-ceiling windows is a wonderful place to enjoy a delicious meal. It also has a wine cellar that takes up a whole wall, enough to satisfy any wine aficionado. The hotel’s signature “miracle breakfast” course is served in this restaurant.
7. Hotel Hankyu International
Hotel Hankyu International is located in Umeda Chayamachi, an area popular among young people and tourists thanks to its great food, amusement facilities, trendy fashion shops, and more. Hotel Hankyu International is characterized by its flower theme and a strive for supreme luxury. The lobby is meant to bring to mind a European aristocratic mansion with its highest-quality marble, gorgeous fresh flower decorations, and lovely scents, guaranteeing that guests enter a world of supreme elegance and luxury from the moment they set foot in the hotel.
Floors 26 through 31 house the regular guestrooms that are functional yet elegant and available in a wide range of options to suit every need. The exclusive, luxury rooms on floors 32, 33, and 34 are ornate and elegant with a modern twist for a superior, unforgettable stay. The views from the window, which are stunning at night, are one of the highlights of Hotel Hankyu International.
The hotel offers a choice of dining options, including a French restaurant with fabulous views on the 25th floor, a Chinese restaurant, a sushi bar, and a teppanyaki grill restaurant. Private dining rooms for special occasions are also available.
8. Art Hotel Osaka Bay Tower
Art Hotel Osaka Bay Tower is located in Osaka’s bay area, home to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, the Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, and Universal Studios Japan. It is known for having one of the best night views of Osaka.
The hotel offers eight different types of rooms, including accommodations featuring scenic baths with steam saunas, premium rooms 180 meters above ground offering amazing panoramic views of Osaka, and rooms with playful, poppy designs that will make you feel as if you were in an amusement park. The highlight of the hotel are the views of the bay area available from every room that are especially wonderful at night and during dusk.
Guests are also drawn to the hotel for its hot spring baths. There is a wide variety of bath types available, including open-air baths fed directly from an underground source, terrace baths with views of a spacious garden, carbonated baths, and seasonal, themed baths. Stone saunas and a relaxation salon are also available. Art Hotel Osaka Bay Tower is a wonderful place to relax in after a busy day of sightseeing and to recharge your batteries.
9. Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
Osaka Marriott Miyako offers travelers a superior hotel experience through a focus on elegance, attention to detail, and services based on the world-famous traditions of Japanese hospitality developed over many centuries. Another highlight of this hotel is its location up in the sky on the top floors of Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Japan.
The guestrooms are located 198 meters above ground and offer breathtaking views through their large floor-to-ceiling windows. They are the perfect places to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Guests in suites and comfort rooms also have access to a dedicated club lounge, a space to relax in during breakfast or any other time of the day while enjoying fantastic views of the Osaka cityscape from 50 floors up.
The restaurant on the top floor 270 meters above ground will take you up to a whole new world of culinary delights with its Western cuisine, Japanese cuisine, and teppanyaki grill dishes while you gaze at the stunning views of Osaka at night. During the buffet-style breakfast, be sure to not miss the freshly-prepared fluffy omelets and pancakes that are a favorite of many guests.
10. La'gent Hotel Osaka Bay
La'gent Hotel Osaka Bay offers guestrooms with poppy, playful designs modeled on fields of flowers, jungles, and space, making it the perfect family destination.
Floor 1 transports guests to a world of flower fields, Floor 2 is a gateway to a jungle adventure, and Floor 3 takes guests all the way up to space. Each floor features various room types such as the Deluxe accommodations with poppy designs or simple but trendy Double Rooms and Twin Rooms, each one serving as an entrance to a picture book world of elegance and relaxation.
Just walking around the hotel is sure to excite guests thanks to all the little decorations found on the walls and in the corridors of La'gent Hotel Osaka Bay.
Breakfast is served buffet-style and includes a wide range of dishes. The restaurant has a bright interior that enhances every meal. There are many luxury hotels to choose from in Japan, but only at this one you’ll be able to discover your inner child.
You’ll Love Your Stay at the Best Hotels in Osaka
Osaka is a vibrant city with numerous shops and restaurants packed together in a small but lively area. The people of Osaka are also known for being fun-loving, warm, and friendly, so be sure to mingle with them and create wonderful memories while enjoying your stay at the best hotels in the city. Safe travels!
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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.