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"Nice, historic hotel with large rooms"
We enjoyed staying at the Imperial Hotel in Osaka. The location is a bit far from the most central part of town, but not too far from Osaka Castle. There's a free shuttle bus from Osaka Station to the hotel that we learned about by accident, when we saw it driving by. They allowed us to store our bags before check-in and delivered our bags to our rooms, but no check-in before normal check-in time. The hotel is right next to a river with many cherry trees, although it was past peak during our stay; it is also a pleasant 8 min walk to the Sakuranomiya JR stop. The rooms we had were very spacious (particularly for Japan), clean, and nice, and the beds were so comfortable. We had a great view over the river, and saw students sculling. The water pressure in the shower was outstanding, and the bathroom was equipped with many toiletries and thoughtful touches like child-sized slippers for each of our kids.
"The kind of hotel you would not find in Japanese cities"
Went to Osaka as a family of 4. It was amazing that we could stay in the same room. This is perfect as my kids were small and the room size was good by Japanese hotels standards. The staff were good and fluent in English. The shuttle goes directly to Umeda within 15 minutes and you are already downtown. The best thing is the hotel is right next to the river with great views of the cherry blossom filled track.
"First time visit in Osaka"
The hotel was very nice with friendly staff. Very specious considering other hotel in Japan. The view is amzing, facing the river side. Very close to Osaka castle, around 15 minute walk, and there are lots of great restaurant around the hotel. Definitely recommended and will come back if ever in Osaka.
"Very comfortable rooms and a fantastic spot for cherry blossom viewing"
Our first visit to Japan, and after a long travel we landed up at Imperial Hotel Osaka and on their first floor where there is parking, but no reception. That's right, the reception is actually on level 2 and so is the buffet breakfast restaurant- 'The flying tomato cafe'. However being in a group, our keys were kept ready and quickly we moved up to our rooms. Japan doesn't have much concept of bell boys and everyone has to carry their luggage themselves unless you specifically ask for it. Also, we had heard about small hotel rooms in Japan because of the space constraint, but this certainly wasn't one of them. Decent sized room and very well equipped including wonderful set of toiletries and some excellent stuff in the minibar such as Yamazaki single malt, glenlivet etc. The only deterrent being the steep prices. Bed was very comfortable and the panel by the bed side had buttons for virtually all functions in the room including lights, TV, curtains and music. The bathroom was interesting as for the first time we saw switch panel by the w.c. with features such as seat warming, deodorizing and spray of water to clean your bottoms. There was a bathtub too. The breakfast buffet had an interesting mix of continental and japanese dishes. Tried the miso soup and it was quite nice. No sushi in the breakfast though, i was slightly disappointed. Location of the hotel is central and what was lovely was the walking area behind the hotel with a lineup of cherry blossom trees by the river to walk under. Was quite happy with the hotel, the breakfast and the room, so a 5 star rating from my side.
We spent 2 days here at the end of cherry blossom season. It was a welcome sight to see a full size hotel room after days at considerably more cramped accommodations in Tokyo and Kyoto. Views were excellent, and the location is convenient to a JR station. All of that is great, but what I'll remember most is the best shower I've ever been in. Glass partition between the tub and shower and the rest of the bathroom. This is no tub and shower combo - They are separate units. Single handle for temperature and pressure. Textured tile/stone shower base so you don't slip. You are going to need that textured floor. The water pressure is astounding. I don't think I've ever turned down a shower before (unless the stream was all needle-like). I took a 10 minute shower and ended it because I was getting tired. My wife giggled at my Kramer-like flattened hair. Five stars for the shower alone. We also got excellent service. My wife misplaced a necklace, and the hotel staff handled this expertly, having the trash searched as we were on our way home. As it turned out, my wife had misplaced it into her luggage. All's well that ends well.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM