We are staying in this hotel for 4 nights as part of a 3 week trip to Japan. We have paid £29 per night for a double room without breakfast and booked through the internet less than 48 hours before arriving.
We are staying in Osaka in order to see Kyoto and Nara. Hotels in Kyoto or Nara themselves were far outside our budget and we have a JR railpass which allows us to do the 15 minute 'commute' from Shin-Osaka to Kyoto for free.
We are in a room on the 8th floor and the fire map shows this to be the same size as the other rooms on the floor. We requested a non-smoking room and have been allocated one and there is no smell of smoke either in the room or in the corridor.
Bearing in mind the comments of the previous reviewer regarding finding the hotel, we also made sure we had a copy of a map with us. We found the hotel relatively easy to find (the street, with the trains sunning down the middle, is certainly distinctive!) and we were aware of the hotel's name written in Japanese - the English name is obscured behind a tree. We walked from Shin-Osaka but the hotel is close to the subway station as well.
To be honest, for the price we were expecting a very small room indeed and shabby surroundings - we were pleasantly surprised that this wasn't the case.
Check in was smooth enough, but we hadn't printed out the check in form that the internet site we had booked through required. This wasn't a problem, however, as there are free computers in the lobby connected to a printer, which we were able to use.
The rooms are a reasonable size (for Japan) and as well as fitting in a double bed, there is space at the end of the bed to put a small table and chair (the desk is on the other side of the room). There is space for two large suitcases to be opened fully, in the room, at the same time.
There is internet in the room, provided via a LAN cable from the desk. The connection is stable and fast.
The bathroom is similar to all the others we have been in so far, although the bath is less 'ergonomic' and more 'square box'. The toilet does not have a heated seat, but does have the usual array of 'cleaning' buttons (and at £29, my derrière can stay unheated). There are the usual toiletries provided (razor, tooth brush/paste, hair brush, ear buds, shampoo, conditioner, body wash). Hairdryer is old fashioned but still does the job. Bedclothes are dressing gowns/yukatas.
Room has a hot water heater which could be used as a kettle, but as it is insulated and we have a taste for <i>Umeshu</i> we are using it as an ice bucket instead.
The television has about 12 channels, none are in English.
The decor is old fashioned and a little shabby (not yet shabby chic), but is generally well kept and the room is spotlessly clean.
The room is airconditioned, but it doesn't seem to be the strongest system in the world.
Crucially, the hotel has a laundry on the 2nd floor with washers and dryers. There are also vending machines and an ice machine.
The hotel also has an onsen which looks nice from a 'head around the door' look, but I will use tomorrow. It is for women between 17:00 and 20:30 and for men from 21:00-01:00.
OVERALL: For the price, this hotel is phenomenal value. However, if we were paying more than about £45 for the room, we would be disappointed.
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- Hotel Claiton Shin Osaka