"A newish hotel with some problems"
I was asked by the hotel site to review this hotel but it wasn't published. The following is what I submitted to hotel. It is not in a handy position with respect to the nearest subway stations, Namba & Shinsaibashi, both being about 10 minutes walk from the hotel but longer during holiday times because it is a busy shopping area and the streets were packed. The breakfast is served in the attached restaurant not suited to self serve breakfast. The restaurant when it is run as an Italian restaurant at night is very good. When I arrived, the front desk said I had reserved 2 rooms. After a nail-biting 5 minute wait while the desk person consulted a colleague then the manager everything was OK. Thank heavens I had a printout of my confirming email. This was the most expensive hotel I stayed at during my 4 hotel, 2 week stay in Japan but it was far from the best.
"Good enough. Enjoyed our stay. Recommend "
Stayed for five nights. Room can’t be considered big but definitely sufficient in size (bigger than typical Tokyo hotels) for two 28 inch luggage. Good location since it’s right at Dōtonbori. Finding food is not a problem at all. Staff can’t really speak English but at least could understand basic words and were helpful in general. Some disadvantage would be it still require a five minute walk to train station. We indicated to change the bedsheet on our third and forth night of stay but the sheet wasn’t changed (we could still see the same stain on the sheet night after night! Otherwise, would definitely recommend this hotel.
"IN THE HEART OF IT!"
If you're staying in the heart of Dotonburi area, know that you won't get away from any hustle or bustle. So, if you're trying to find somewhere quiet - it is not in the middle of Dotonburi. For us however, we wanted to be nearest to Dotonburi to enjoy late night walks and watching the abundance of lights from shops and restaurants. Holiday Inn Namba was just literally 3-4 min slow walk to the Glico Running Man and Shinsaibashi Shopping District. Go out, turn right and walk straight till you see H&M and you are right smack in the center / heart of Dotonburi. I personally liked it. I was travelling with my husband, sister and mom who had to be on the wheelchair most of the time. So the location was a definite plus for convenience and distance. Rooms was up to expectation - a tablet cum handheld device is also given in each room for a quick guide of Osaka, easy calls for booking restaurants and internet use for those not wanting to waste battery life of their own mobile devices. There were so many eating places around this area, food is definitely not a problem. Since we are Muslims, we also preferred halal eateries which many can be found nearby as well. Just log into Halal Gourmet and google map! Will definitely recommend this hotel to those wanting to be in the heart of Osaka!
"Quality holiday inb"
Prefect location, friendly staff. Deffinetly above average compared to other holiday inn's. Every room has a smart phone with free internet which made navigating the city a lot easier then using data roaming. Would recommend and stay again.
"Lovely stay in the heart of Namba"
Very convenient location. We were greeted by staff at check in and given our room card to room 902. There were four lifts which made it convenient as there was a decent amount of people staying in the hotel. The room was nice and more spacious than those I have been in in Osaka. Bathroom is a little dated but clean. I was travelling with my four year old daughter and she’s independent enough to go to the bathroom herself, but it was nice and reassuring to know she’s safe in there with the roll up blinds in the bathroom. The heating was good, not too drying. And Silly enough I didn’t work out we had a humidifier in the room until the day I checked out. That would have been so handy as Osaka is very dry! The only down side is that it does get quite loud at night. There were several nights where I heard non stop ambulance or police sirens pretty much all through the night. I guess that’s the trade off when you stay so close to the heart of namba. The pillows were not quite my liking either. Tried to request a firmer pillow from housekeeping but they appear to get off work very early (I called around 9.30-10pm). This place has a 7-11 immediately within the building on ground level which is very handy in the morning and night. There are plenty of food options nearby, and literally a 2 minute walk and you are at Glico man sign. Great for those who shop cause you’d be able to offload and keep shopping again!
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM