Stayed here for 2 nights because of the convenience of being in Osaka. I wanted to go to Kyoto and Kobe during my stay and Osaka is right smack in the middle. Hearton is right next to Osaka station - which made it quite an easy choice. There are other hotels nearby but i find them quite expensive.
It's actually easy to get to the hotel once you know the way, as there is a path almost right in-front of the hotel that leads directly to Osaka station. It's not obvious though if you're coming from the station.
I guess for first timers you'd have to ask for a little bit of direction - but from the station it's a straight walk to the hotel entrance. You don't even have to go to the underground connectors (which i did, thankfully they had hotel directions from there).
From the hotel going to the station, the way becomes all too obvious.
The hotel itself is quite nice with rooms that are clean and well equipped. The room size is typically small as with other hotel rooms in Japan. The bathroom on the other hand is spacious and is well stocked.
Don't worry about noise coming from the nearby trains - they've got good soundproofing but to be sure, request for rooms at higher floors.
Their staff are very friendly and polite. And i think most of them can speak English just fine. I reached Osaka at almost 12 midnight. Thankfully they have staff at the reception 24-hours a day, so it was no trouble at all.
In the next mornings i took breakfast at the cafe on their first floor. They served a nice set of both Western and Japanese selections.
They also had vending machines and free ice dispensers at the floor i was in. This is especially helpful as there weren't any nearby convenience stores that remain open late through the night. The nearest one i found still open around 1 AM was a Family Mart, which isn't exactly near. Actually, there aren't much nearby except for the station and other hotels. The night-life, local restaurants and shopping areas (discounting the malls which tend to be westernized) are actually on the other side of the trains' railway (or several blocks away).
However, because of it's convenience of sitting right next to the JR station - it's quite accessible to the nearby cities particularly Kyoto (and for my sake, Kobe).
btw, the JR Station itself is quite big and active with an attached mall.
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