We stayed in this hotel from Nov 8-14. The hotel is located just right on top of JR-Namba station. It is conveniently located a few blocks away from the Dotonbori-Shinsaibashi area, Kuromon Market, and Den-den town. The reception staff will give you a walking tour map with a train lines map right behind it. If you find the aforementioned areas too far though, there is a supermarket right underneath the hotel, and also the OCAT shopping mall. If you want more choices, Namba Walk is just a few minutes away as well.
If you intend to explore the rest of the Kansai area, this hotel is a great home base. It is about an hour away from both Nara and Kyoto. Nara can be reached directly through the JR Yamatoji Line. If you're going to Kyoto you may need to transfer a bit, but this shouldn't take too long.
The staff is helpful but as always, they have a hard time communicating in English. It is much easier to understand directions if you ask in Japanese. If you have an address or certain location you want to go to, you may be better off writing it down or getting a brochure or something, pointing it to one of the staff and perhaps asking them to draw the directions.
Our room was a bit small, but big enough I guess to fit three beds. I had a good night's sleep, and you can ask for extra pillows if you need them. Pajamas area also provided. There is no gym nor spa, but perhaps the walk around shopping and sightseeing would be enough exercise? ;) If you did not get the buffet breakfast package with your room (we didn't), you can always just go to Namba Walk or the convenience stores nearby for breakfast.
I'm giving this hotel four stars just because it is a bit small relative to the other hotel we stayed in Tokyo, even though the price on that one was just only a bit higher than Grasmere. I think I expected more. But this is good enough anyway. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in Namba, central Osaka, Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka is a modern hotel that held its grand opening back in the summer of 2009. There are many popular areas within walking distance of the hotel, which is also directly connected to Namba Station. The guest rooms, located on floors 24 through 31, are designed in the image of a British manor house / stately home. ... more less
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