We arrived on Nov 2, the first day of a long weekend in Japan. The hotel was very full so we took a Junior Suite.
Room: The room was elegant and amenities were luxurious, needless to elaborate. Nevertheless, I was amused when I spotted the plastic garbage bin in the bathroom - it matched exactly with the marble tiles of the entire bathroom.
Access: We took the limousine bus from the airport and got off at Herbis plaza/hotel. Ritz is a few mins walk from there. There's a small directional sign which points you to the hotel.
Location: It's within 10-15 mins walk to JR Osaka station/subway line. A much faster way (which all the locals take) to get to/from the osaka station is via the underground passageway (ask the hotel for details) where you can bypass all the traffic lights. However it's a horrendous maze down there, try it if you want to challenge yourself. There are big nice shopping malls and lots of restaurants around the station.
Staff: Very polite staff. Very impressed with a bell staff Nishikawa-San, she was so friendly and energetic.
Concierge: The young gentleman at the concierge desk on the evening of Nov 2 was very cheery and extremely helpful. The lady staff who helped us in the subsequent days did not seem to be as enthusiastic.
We love the hotel but the Ritz is probably too classy and elegant for the casual travelers. We noticed that all the Japanese guests (including those sitting around in the lobby area) were very well dressed, to say the least. In fact, they all looked like they were going to a high society banquet. We will definitely return but will make sure we bring along our best clothes next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore Japanese culture, history and modern delights at one of the premier Osaka hotels. Just a short drive from the historic cities of Kyoto and Nara, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is located in the prestigious business and shopping district of Nishi-Umeda , where guests can indulge in boutique shopping, sophisticated dining and the ancient sights of the city. Featuring the look and feel of 18th century English nobleman's Georgian home, this distinctive Osaka hotel features a 450-piece art and antique collection, a fitness center, elegant event space and one of the largest guest rooms in Japan. •292 Guest rooms including 18 Executive Suites, 64 Ritz-Carlton Club rooms and suites, two Japanese Suites and two Ritz-Carlton Suites •Michelin Star awarded restaurant: La Baie •More than 26,490 square feet (2,461 square meters) of meeting and conference space ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel Osaka
- Osaka Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Osaka