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“Good breakfast, the onsen is heaven-sent after a long day out”
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New Oriental Hotel
Ranked #285 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
Reviewed October 21, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile


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So very close to Awaza Station of the Chuo Line. It is a skip and a hop away. 
There is a Family Mart (a convenience store) close by. A lifesaver when you dont have energy to go out to dinner. Their bento meals are decent enough.
This hotel is located in a business district so it is relatively quiet and peaceful. 
There is a park nearby called Utsubo Park. For joggers and walkers and dog owners alike. Oh my goodness. The dog park is so beautifully  designed and manicured. 
Breakfast is not too bad. Maybe not to western taste but good enough for all Asians. And its complimentary of course. They've added some western food such as croissant, sliced bread, spaghetti and sausages.
Staff speak some English which is very useful
The stellar feature of this hotel is its onsen hot baths. Mind you, they do have timeframes for men/women. Just follow the timetable and youre good. 
Clean clean rooms.

Cons

No wifi in rooms
Crappy free wifi in lobby 
This is really a 2 star hotel
Cramped space 
Don't expect 5 star luxury

We slept comfortably. So for its price, we are happy. If you dont mind not having wifi and you are on a budget, this hotel is recommended. 

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We managed to find our way to the hotel without problems nad although the room was very small it was no surprise, we had expected that. Once we forgot our camera somewhere, thought we had lost it, but the friendly staff in the reception had taken good care of it when we forgot it on the counter while checking in, thanks to them for that! The breakfast was OK and the location of the hotel as expected, not that near to the central sights but not that far, either. So all in all we were happy with our stay and would surely stay at the hotel, if we only have the time to visit Japan again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Not so easy by train from the airport if you are first timer to Osaka . The train to Namba station is easy enough but finding the subway line to the hotel was a problem and the station was huge and language was a problem. I had done my research prior to that and knew the name of the line but finding it was a problem .Finally found the signage , it was on the floor. Walking to the line station was nearly 15 min - thank goodness Namba station had plenty of underground shops so it was an interesting walk.

From the exit of metro, it was easy as it was within seeing distance. The rooms are usual Japanese standard - small but effieciently arranged. Clean and compact. But the great thing was its breakfast buffet spread, it was generous with both western and japanese options.

Coming back from Hokkaido, I stayed in sheraton osaka and for the US30 difference and breakfast , I would still take sheraton, rooms were huge, location was great and the shuttle bus to and from the airport was just at the doorstep.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

The room was pretty small and a a little bit worn, and we didn't have a view. The window was etched glass and could not be opened. This was made all the worse the first night when an unmistakable sewer smell crept into the room. I don't know why this happened or if it was the hotels fault, but it was gone the next day and it didn't come back.

Other than that the room was clean and tidy and we could log onto the internet by cable, which you can get for free in the reception. The staff was helpfull and the breakfast was surprinsingly good. The hotel is located right next to a subway station .

The one thing that wasn't really cool was that the spa wasn't open for women and men at the same time, and the women definitely get the short end of the stick with only about 1-1,5 hours in the morning and the same in the evening. The rest of the time it was only open to men.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

I stayed in a single room small & cosy, only trouble I was there in Typhoon season so had to stay in some time as the weather outside was terrible TV only in Japanese so had to watch the SUMO wrestling as this was the only one I could understand. Otherwise the breakfast was very good again all written in Japanese maybe next time I should have a phrase book. The bathtub was hard for me to get into so I sat on the edge. I would recommend this Hotel to others as the station is a hop skip and jump away. 7-11 and other food outlets very close and cheap.

Room Tip: Learn some Japanese as not a lot of people speak English not only in Hotel but elsewhere in Osaka.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We recently spent 6 nights at this hotel, and enjoyed it very much. The staff spoke passable English for our needs, but it could be an issue if you have specific requests out side of the norm. It's Japan after all, so the rooms are small but comfortable enough.The location is ideal for getting around Osaka, and the region: it's less than two blocks from Awaza station which is fairly centrally located and easy to get to the major stations for transfers. The buffet breakfast makes this hotel a great value! There aren't a lot of western style breakfast options, but everything offered if tasty and 'when in Rome', right? :-) Do take an evening to visit the onsen(public bath) on the lower level of the hotel, it's delightful. The onsen is and gender segregated and as other reviewers have mentioned, don't bring a bathing suit. Also, men get to use the onsen during most optimal times, except on weekends.
The only reason I will not give this hotel 5 stars is because it's not labeled well. We walked past the hotel three times before we realized where it was. There is no sign out front and the welcome mat is the only indication that it's a hotel, and the name on the mat is not "New Oriental Hotel". Not a big deal, but annoying.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2-6-10 Nishihonmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka 550-0005, Osaka Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Osaka Prefecture > Osaka > Bay Area / Bentencho / Yodoyabashi / Hommachi / Tanimachi / Kyobashi
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
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Ranked #285 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
Price Range: $45 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — New Oriental Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 118
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