Don't let the "new" in the name fool you. The New Oriental Hotel is an older hotel but the location is good as it is midway between the Kita (north) commercial area of Umeda/Osaka and the south (minami) commercial area of Namba. The closest train station to New Oriental Hotel is Awaza station which is a leisurely 3 minute walk.
As it is an older hotel, the fittings and furniture are starting to show their age. There is free Wi-fi but the only success I had with it was from the second floor lounge/meal room.
Having said that, there are two things going for New Oriental Hotel. First, the complimentary breakfast. The hotel serves a breakfast buffet with an excellent selection of Japanese dishes. This is good if you're Asian and are used to having rice for breakfast. To its credit the hotel tries to cater to Western guests too with a limited selection of bread, jam, eggs and (on some days) croissant. However, two Western breakfast items conspicuously absent from the buffet are cereal and bacon.
The second thing going for New Oriental Hotel is the onsen or public bath in the hotel's basement. (Public bath may be a misnomer in this instance as the onsen is open only to hotel guests.) If you have never been to a Japanese public bath before then New Oriental Hotel's onsen will give you a good introduction to this quaint Japanese custom. It's small and cozy and not as intimidating as what I imagine a "public" onsen would be.
Final notes. There is a Family Mart convenience store behind the hotel which is good for quick meals and for appeasing late night cravings. There is also another convenience store right outside Awaza station although it doesn't have as wide a range of choices as Family Mart. Lastly, if you're one of those people who collect Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts as travel souvenirs, Hard Rock Cafe Osaka is 10 minutes away in the direction of Honmachi station.
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