Hotel Monterey Osaka is a peaceful very comfortable hotel with easy access to JR Osaka Station. Unique decor with a hint of 'old world european influence'. After checking in (we were about an hour earlier than checkin time yet we were greeted very warmly and given access to our room straight away) we went to the lift loby, a gorgeous experience like stepping back in time with timber and brass features. When the lift arrives at your floor you have to use your room keycard to access the floor from the lift, this is a great security feature. When opening the door to our room we loved the extra feature of a small extra space, excellent to leave your suitcases, then a doorway on the left leading into our private bathroom and then another doorway in front leading into the bedroom. We had a twin room which had two larger than most single beds each with a bedside table (rare in Japan). Room also had a small round table (big enough for two) with two chairs. A jug was also supplied for making a late night or early morning cuppa (green tea bags supplied). A large screen TV with excellent reception and great choice of Japanese TV (I love the Japanese TV soaps, have no idea what they are saying but it's great viewing). A decent size bathroom with shower/bath toilet and vanity area and an extra large mirror, what more does a girl need? A great window with shutters and a small but reasonable size nook for hanging some clothes (not really big enough to be called a wardrobe, but big enough to hang your clothes for the next day). Every day the room is serviced with meticulous attention to detail, bed linen is changed and fresh sleepwear is provided along with slippers. The bathroom is restocked with all essential items, toothbrushes/toothpaste etc. Take some time to have a look around the hotel as it does have it's own chapel which unfortunately was not open when we went to have a look but regardless the surrounding grounds are definately worth a look.
The location is just perfect for travellers as there is only about a ten minute walk from JR Osaka Station to the Hotel and when you have suitcases, closeness is essential. There is a convenience store and scrumptous bakery nearby also. The only downside was no guest laundry! The lovely lady at the hotel reception desk said we could use the hotel next door laundry or have our laundry sent out (but this is a very expensive option). The hotel next door's laundry was in their carpark and didn't really apeal to us so we handwashed the essentials! When you travel it is essential to have a coin-operated laundry for guests use.
That being said we could not fault the hotel for the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel imitates the grandeur of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, and captures the Austrian royal court atmosphere that flourished at its cultural peak. Entering the hotel, guests will feel as if they have entered the graceful world of an Austrian royal palace, where nobles and dignitaries relax in comfort and luxury. ... more less
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