The locale of New Hankyu is probably its main selling point. It's right next to the drop-off point for the airport limo bus from either Kansai (1 hour) or Itami (30mins). Plus there are many cheap and good eateries around the area. Large shopping malls like Hankyu, Lucua, Hep 5, Grand Front Osaka and Daimaru are just within 5-10mins walk. At the basement of the hotel is a linkway directly into Umeda Station where you can take the Midosuji subway line to Namba and Shinsaibashi. Osaka Station where you can take the railway to Kyoto or Nara for day trips is just across the road.
The hotel itself is adequate enough, the lobby is well-kept, the rooms a bit dated. I found the staff nice and attentive. I booked a standard twin room and yes, it is very small. There have been several feedback on the stuffiness of the rooms but as long you don't turn on the heater, it's alright. There is an air-con button located on the control panel at the bedside which I have no idea if it works although I just set it to high every night! But it's spring so the room even got a bit chilly in the wee hours of the morning.
I had to take a smoking room as all non-smoking rooms were sold out but other than an initial faint cigarette smell in the hallway when I first checked in, I couldn't really detect any strong smells inside the room itself.
I requested for a high floor room facing the street (facing Yodabashi Camera or Grand Front Osaka) and I didn't find it noisy at all and I got a view at least! The hotel isn't very tall, the highest being 10th or 11th. Several of the rooms were blocked by an office building right smack in the middle of the hotel. It's a little hard to describe but ask for a room facing the street if you prefer not to see the back of an office building outside of your window.
The breakfast buffet has a decent spread of western and Japanese items and the restaurant is big so you won't have a problem finding a seat. The staff are a little slow in clearing the used dishes of previous patrons though.
Just another tip, if you have signed up day tours with either Sunrise JTB or Club Yokoso, New Hankyu is within convenient walking distance to the two meeting points. Sunrise JTB tours leave from Hotel Granvia Osaka, about 7mins walk from Hankyu, and Club Yokoso tours meet at a carpark opposite Hankyu International hotel, about 8-10mins walk away.
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