Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka is a beautiful new hotel that only opened its doors within the last year or so. We stayed there for a night back in October, and found it to be of exceptional value. Our room was wonderfully spacious for Japanese standards and immaculately clean. Sheets were fresh, the bathroom well-stocked and the furnishing top-notched.
If there's anything to complain about, it would have to be that the room was a little too dark (dark colored walls are to blame), and that there was no safety deposit box - but nothing too serious (there were also a few objectionable channels on TV, not good for children).
The lobby of the hotel is actually located on the 22nd floor of a new building (forgot the name) and the entire hotel sits on top of a large supermarket, bridal shops and some offices, through to the 31st floor (top floor). All rooms therefore have a wonderful view of downtown Osaka, although the viewpoints may be different. Nonetheless, this helped us a lot in terms of getting ourselves oriented around the city, and it's amazing to see the colors down there change throughout the day.
While the hotel is directly connected to the Namba station by underground, it is not easy to find (unless of course you arrive by OCAT - just next door - which we didnt). One would have to locate exits 20, 21 and 22 at Namba, and walk through a section of Namba Walks. Once you are past the shops and eateries, there will be further exit signs to exit 30 / A10, and the hotel is just by these 2 exits. On the ground, crossing the main thoroughfare and walking a few blocks east would lead you to Shinsaibashi. A short walk north will then bring you to Dotomburi - all very convenient. Wouldn't mind staying there again if I can get a good deal.
- 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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