Clean, soooo central and good value. Kind of a weird way of doing it but Japanesely the hotel is in three different buildings. Which is probably why they had room for us on a long weekend.
Not gonna blow anyone away but yeah, a standard Japanese hotel with really good location and price. Oh and a 12 o'clock checkout for the lie in. Top drawer.
My husband and I just recently stayed at this hotel, and we found it to be very pleasant. It is one street away from the Shinsaibashi covered promenade, shopping central, and only a few minutes away from the famous Glico billboard. It is around the corner from the Shibsaibashi subway stop (exit 7 as many previous reviewers have stated).
We can speak minimal Japanese, so we had no issues with the front desk, but can see how individuals with no Japanese speaking abilities may have some difficulty engaging in conversations with the front desk. However, they were always kind and helpful.
The rooms are small, yet this was to be expected in a city area of Japan. So if you want to stay in a spacious room---look elsewhere. This is a compact room with pretty much everything you need to get by--- a bed, a bathroom, a bathtub, a tv, and a internet cable for your laptop. Yes, and the internet is free if you bring your laptop. So I highly suggest you do so, if you want to stay connected.
The one thing I must mention about this place is that although it’s right in the middle of the city, I got the best sleep here. There was minimal to no noise from the outside, and I did not even hear much noise from fellow neighboring guests. It truly felt like we were the only ones there. The only reason why I know we weren’t is that we bumped into other hotel guests in the elevators.
Lastly, if you are flying into Kansai, I highly suggest you take the Limosuine Bus to Namba-OCAT station (approximately $10 per person), and then take a taxi from Namba-OCAT station to the hotel (approximately $7 for two individuals with luggage).
The hotel is a typical business hotel with small rooms, but it is comfortable enough if you are not planning to stay in the room all day. The room had TV, music radio, tea, etc. The hotel is a great value, specially I found a great deal using booking.com The plus is definitely the great location, walking distance to main attractions and nightlife in Namba. Main bars, restaurants and clubs in Namba are walking distance, no need to pay for a cab or get the last train. Shinsaibashi st. is very close to the hotel as well.
We chose to stay at this hotel due to a great deal with Expedia at the time. We took the train from Kyoto and exited Shinsaibashi station from exit 7 (it's literally a 2 mins walk).
The room itself was slightly larger than other business hotel rooms, but could have been bigger if they didn't have a table wrapping around one edge, or a large unneeded chair. We had a non-smoking, double bed room which came with the usual amenities (fridge, hair dryer, TV, internet line). Sleep quality was average, as it can get quite noisy in the mornings with people/cleaners chatting loudly in the corridors. When I got sick, the staff tried their best to help even though most did not speak English well - they eventually called in a fluent English speaking staff. Overall it was good value, served its purpose (a comfortable place to shower & sleep) and the staff were nice.
As for location, you just have to cross the main road to get to Shinsaibashi arcade but it's about a 5 minute walk down Shinsaibashi suji to get to Dotonbori canal. Exploring Namba at night is very exciting, there's so much to see and do, and things are open very late. I'd definitely recommend foreigners to stay in Namba as opposed to Umeda. We travelled to Umeda for a day and did not find as many things to do/see as there was in Namba. My bf had a lot of fun exploring Denden town (i.e. Otaku land, which is east of Namba station). The hotel is also right outside Amerikamura where you'll find a lot of funky fashion stores.
Tip: if you have a lot of luggage / on a budget & don't want to take the taxi / too tired to take the train to Kansai Airport (like we were), just catch a taxi from the hotel to the OCAT terminal in JR Namba station (about 900yen) and then take the OCAT coach to Kansai Airport (it's about 1000yen pp and they let you store 2 pieces of big luggage + whatever you can carry by hand).
Coming out from Exit 7 of the Shinsaibashi Station (心斎橋駅) on the Mido-suji Line, you just have to walk straight and turn left, then walk for another two blocks to find the hotel on the left hand side. The Shinsaibashi Station is easily accessible by Umeda Station (梅田駅) to the north and Namba Station (難波駅) to the South.
Shinsaibashi-suji (心斎橋筋), the largest shopping street in Ōsaka, is just across the main street, behind Daimaru shopping centre. A Family Mart convenience store is also just around the corner to take care of your everyday needs. Don't forget to try the discounted sushi and sashimi at Daimaru Shinsaibashi basement after 8pm!