Our family is planning to spend 3 nights in Ibis but I am a bit worried about 2 things after I read some reviews:
1. The neighborhood, as we are traveling with 2 kids (15 and 13). I read that the hotel is surrounded by bars and nightlife entertainment with some drunk people singing and laughing until late. Is it true or is it that bad? Is it safe for family with kids? Is it a red light area?
We have an alternative hotel (Apa Namba) which is on the other side of Ibis but we prefer Ibis because of the breakfast which is more convenient for us. But, of course, the neighborhood is more important.
2. The heater is set centrally so the room will be too hot. What degree is roughly the hotel set the heater? Because maybe it is too hot for some people but not for us, vice versa.
Please help me out and Thank you all for your kind response.
Thank you very much for your inquiry and considering to stay with us.
Regarding your first question, we are located right in the heart of the district called Dotonbori. It is the most popular area in Osaka for both visitors and locals as all the most exciting food and entertainment options are concentrated there. Therefore there are indeed a lot of restaurants, bars etc. but it is precisely why most of people come and stay here, especially in the evening. So to be totally honest there are definitely some quietest areas in Osaka, however our location is by far the most convenient to discover the most interesting part of the city, especially if you are travelling with a family and want to avoid spending too much time in transportation.
Like every major city in Japan, the entertainment district do include some host and hostess clubs and some street can be qualified as "red light" in the late evening hours from an ambience point of view, but these areas still remain very safe and highly frequented by tourists until late time, so we truly believe there is no particular issue there. Many hotels, including the other one you mentioned or other competitors, have a very similar location to ours in terms of neighborhood.
Regarding the air conditioning system, it is indeed centralized and please note that it is a quite common standard for Japanese buildings (most of the surroundings hotels for example are the same). In the middle of winter time, the air con system is set on heating mode which is fine for all guests as it becomes pretty cold outside. In case it is still too hot for you, you can simply turn off the air con supply in your room. It will stop sending hot air until it reaches the temperature that you like.
Thank you very much for your attention and we hope to soon have a chance to welcome you in the heart of Osaka.
ibis Styles Osaka Team
1. It is safe. The breakfast is good. The location is convenient.
2. We book a deluxe room for four in late June. The air-cond is ok. I do not think it is hot.
1. I would take my kids there no problem. Yes, the entertainment is there but one doesn't feel it in a negative way. It is loud because of the sheer number of people not because of drunk people. Japan is generally maximally safe.
2. We were able to control our room temperature.
Japan is relatively safe despite the area being busy you can find yourself easy enough to go around. I was with my kids who are much younger. Yes, you will be able to see and hear them at times even at night but you will be able to see policemen in the area to ensure safety.
With regards to the AC, you can ask the manager for a portable AC or simply open the window should you find it too hot.
I think you will be fine with the neighborhood. It's not a crazy red light district. It's just a bit of noise and you will notice the drunk/nightlife but your kids probably won't even notice unless you point it out. It didn't feel dangerous at all to me.
The room was very hot to me. It I don't handle the heat well however this was in cherry blossom/ spring season when it was very cold outside so if you are going in summer I would probably not stay here.
Hope this helps
Not an issue.
Thank you Thomas for your satisfying explanation. I am convinced and look forward to stay in your hotel
Thanks for your valuable answer IHoHongkong.
Thanks NatasaPK for your valuable input. Specially on point 2 because from the reviews I read that when the heater is too hot nothing we can do beside opening the window so I assumed we can’t set the heater from our rooms
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