"Perfect location, good service, excellent rooms"
This was our first visit to Osaka, so naturally we were unsure about the outcome of our hotel choice (since we did not book through a travel agency). We are the type of travelers who are very particular about ensuring our hotel is clean, comfortable and equipped with the basics one would come to expect from a 4-star hotel. I am extremely pleased to say that we chose well! What we loved best about the hotel: LOCATION IS PERFECT. It's a stone's throw away from Dotonbori, which is paradise for food lovers eager to try affordable but delicious & authentic local fare. Though other reviews we saw in the process of planning our trip mentioned the potential noise of the area, this was not a problem at all. PACKED WITH CONVENIENCES FOR A NON-JAPANESE SPEAKING TOURIST. There is a 7/11 connected to the hotel lobby, a money changer machine (also on the hotel lobby), and the location is quite accessible to cabs (in case you plan to take a cab at some point during the trip). Other things we appreciated about the hotel (not the "best" as far as hotels go, but good enough for its price and hotel rating): CLEAN & COMFORTABLE ROOMS. Granted, the room and bath are quite tiny -- but then, this is Japan where most hotel rooms are quite small anyway. Size aside, the hotel rooms include all the modern amenities one would come to expect from hotels these days: comfortable and clean bed and beddings, properly working temperature controls (you can make it warmer or colder easily despite no English signs), clean toilet and bath, a modern toilet with a seat warmer and comprehensive bidet, slippers & robes, a hair dryer and hotel toiletries. PLEASANT STAFF. The hotel front desk staff were generally helpful, and of course a huge bonus that most of them could speak and understand basic English. The only minor nitpick I would cite is how housekeeping's scheduleis a little difficult to navigate through. Our activities during the day were unpredictable. On some days, we would had for the hotel after lunch to rest for an hour or so, on other days we would be gone from morning til evening. On the days we planned to go back after lunch, we would find housekeeping tending to our room despite leaving word at the front desk not to have our room cleaned yet. Not a big deal though, and not really enough to mar our experience of staying at Holiday Inn. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone going to Osaka at planning to stay at the Dotonbori area.
"Great location at reasonable price"
The hotel is situated at the heart of dotonburi area and within 500-700m from various train stations. The hotel looks new, so either they have recently refurbished it or very well maintained. The room size is reasonable at 20sqm for a standard double. Great for a couple.
Beautiful and clean rooms , easy access to restaurants and bars , shopping and trains are just walking distance . Enjoy Nanba and Shinsaibashi at night and not to worry about trains or taxis . Dotombori is nice to be at night , many restaurants to try out the tastes of Osaka
"Efficient and convenient"
This was the previous vista grande Osaka. It's located just a block from the famous dotonbori close to the many restaurants and shops. It's very convenient but very rowdy anytime of the day. Unlike the holiday inns in the US, there is no laundromat in the hotel . I enquired about self help laundry prior to the trip and was told that there is one very near the hotel. However when I checked with the front desk on arrival, I was told the laundromat was not very clean, so I started washing my clothes in the bathroom everyday. The heating and cooling system is efficient enough to dry up the clothes overnight. Thankfully, the cooling system was available even towards the end of November. The weather has been unusually warm in Osaka while we were there. I cannot imagine if there's only heats but no air conditioner . The room is quite small but very efficient. I had two big suitcases, but the layout of the room was efficient enough to accommodate them without obstruction. There were shelves for storing the items for daily use. Also a fridge which is suffice to store yogurt for a day or two. There's a good and fast electric kettle to make tea or coffee. The most convenient of all is that there is a 7-11 attached to the lobby when we can buy food anytime of the day or night. Overall it is a conveniently located place with efficient set up.
"Modern hotel near lively Dotonbori"
I recently stayed here for 2 nights in Osaka; the management recently switched over to Holiday Inn and there were no issues with them honoring my prior reservation. The location is great; on a quieter street just across the canal and steps from the busy, bright, fun Dotonbori district loaded with the best food ever and lots of shopping. It is also near several Namba metro stops like the Midosuji Line (which leads directly to Shin-Osaka station where the Shinkansen arrives), the Kintetsu line (which goes directly to Nara), and the JR loop line (slightly further away 15 min walk). The rooms are some of the more spacious ones I had in Japan, and had nice modern decor. Bathroom was spacious and clean although had a slight mildew odor I didn't care for (maybe from the curtains used') Glad there was complementary water in the fridge. There's also a 7 Eleven right in the lobby which has everything you need. The only bump we had was after sightseeing all day from 8 to 3:45PM, we came back and our room wasn't cleaned yet. They had a sign saying they were going to; but we wanted to rest so we declined the service. At least they left a box outside afterwards containing fresh supplies like towels, water, etc., but I don't know what took them so long to clean our room. So I'd suggest maybe putting a 'make up our room' sign on your door to prioritize it on their schedule if you want it cleaned sooner than later' (And hopefully the hotel can work on speeding up their service schedule too.) Overall a great place to stay in Osaka!
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM