This charming hotel Arietta Hotel emanates a boutique-like air, and is nestled off of the major avenue, Midosuji, that cuts through the center of Osaka. From Shin-Osaka (the subway station when arriving by train), take the Midosuji line to Hommachi station, and head out the #1 exit. (From the Kansai airport, take the train to Namba station, and then transfer to the Midosuji line from there.) Once you get outside from the Hommachi station at exit #1, you are on the small street where the hotel is situated. Simply turn left, pass the ‘Mini Stop’ convenience store, and about a block and a half down on the right side you will see a 14 story red brick building, with the name ‘Arietta’ printed high up on the building itself and across the orange awning in front.
It’s typically Japanese: rooms are small, beds are hard, pillows are firm, which might take a bit of getting used to. We had a double bed, which I would equate to be about the size of a full. The bathroom is larger than the norm, and the amenities do not disappoint. Baskets on the bed contain neatly wrapped kimonos, a toothbrush/toothpaste, washcloth, hand towel and bath towel, and a razor with shaving gel. There are large bottles of good quality shampoo, conditioner and bath soap on a wall shelf. The air conditioning system is effective and consistent, and the rooms are quiet and immaculately clean. No closet, but there are several hangers on two wall hooks. A small refrigerator ensconced below the TV nicely cooled a $6. surprisingly decent Chilean Sauvignon Blanc purchased at the aforementioned Mini Stop down the street. Internet access is by LAN, not wireless, and a cable is provided (just remember if you have a Mac you probably need to bring a USB/LAN adapter.) Reception is helpful, albeit occasionally staffed with people with slightly limited English. On three of the floors there are vending machines with Kirin beer and several soft drinks, along with a self-service washer and dryer. The dryer doesn’t seem to vent well, so after 3 rounds we simply hung the still-slightly-damp clothes around the room, and the a/c worked well to get them dry.
Continental breakfast is from 6:30 – 9:30, with crispy little croissants and mini apple strudels or cinnamon rolls (that can be crisped up even more in the toaster oven alongside), yogurt, several juices, and a basic cup of coffee (If you like good, strong coffee, one of the ubiquitous Doutor gourmet coffee places is right next store to the hotel, and a Starbucks 1 block sdown Midosuji Ave. also has free wireless, but you need to set it up ahead of time, as in all Starbucks in Japan. (Just go to www.starbucks.wi2.co.jp/ and set up the account from one of the computers in the Arietta lobby before you walk over there).
Checkout time is noon, and they charge 1.000 yen an hour for late checkout up until 3pm. As our flight left at 9pm, it was well-worth it for us.
It’s a wonderful little hotel if you’re able to keep your western expectations in check!
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- Also Known As:
- Arietta Hotel Osteria