agree with the amazing location just metres from the hub of downtown strolling - the world's ?longest covered shopping arcade, the 2km Shinsaibashi-suji, and the similar Dohtenbori and canal. Shops seem to open from around 10am to around 930pm - maybe different on weekends, and you'll find typically 10,000 strollers around 530pm, thinning to only a few thousand around closing time - great people watching, shopping including 100 yen (around $1) stores, and places to eat.
Maybe avoid the 'all you can eat for Y1900 male, Y1250 female' or somesuch Sushi place in the middle of the mall popular with Korean tourist groups - very limited choice and quality, we felt obliged to wade through 30 odd plates just to get payback, but didn't enjoy it.
Only negatives - as non-smokers we didn't like the stench of cigarette smell in our room (so book a non-smoking room in advance), which was tiny (with 2 feet to spare on 2 sides of the double bed against two walls + ensuite bathroom/corridor) but quiet enough - only heard a couple of sirens the first night. And I hadn't expected the late-night bar action in the facing street which attracted young Western men looking for Japanese girls, some of which were for sale, including I guess the one seated outside the hotel who called 'hello' to me as I was returning. Despite being slightly disturbed by this, as it was Japan, we never felt unsafe.
we paid around US$100 per night breakfast included which was OK - as far as I could tell we were the only westerners in the hotel which had lots of Koreans staying.
In all - recommended for the memorable location just metres from 2 days worth of shopping !
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