I chose this hotel because it is located in Namba. Initially I made a comparison of where to stay in Osaka. Namba vs Umeda. After reading many reviews, I decided to stay in Namba. I chose this hotel solely because its location and value. Not that expensive but yet looks really comfortable and it has so many good reviews. Plus it has a direct airport limousine bus straight to Kansai airport.
The lobby of the hotel is located on the 22nd floor (funny how all the hotels that I booked has its lobby located on the mid-floor of the building). Hotel looks really classy but kinda weird at the same time. It has a gothic concept with medieval interior design. It even has a medieval church inside its building itself. Yes, INSIDE the building. The time when we checked out, there was a wedding ceremony going on and I saw a beautiful bride in her white wedding dress with the groom and also a minister to sermon the wedding ceremony.
Our room located on the 26th floor is quite small compared to our hotel in Tokyo. But it has a fantastic Osaka city view. The bathroom has just enough space for a bathtub, a sink and a Japanese toilet (Yey!). Comes with 3 sets of toiletries including a hair clip but no shower cap. They provide pyjamas which is sooo comfortable and comes in size L too if you're a big size person. Funny how they left a note - Pyjamas can be bought at the lobby for 5000 yen. I assume it is courteous hint so that guests won't bring back the pyjama home. If you want to take it home, just buy it at the lobby, for 5000 yen.
Free Wifi is always a bonus especially if its a good hotel.
Bathroom a bit too small.
If you are arriving from Osaka station using bullet train, you have to change 3 times to arrive JR Namba. Quite time consuming during our Kyoto day trip.
Nearby Minami and DOtonburi
Just above JR Namba station
Airport bus limousine just 1 minute walk from the hotel so this makes an excellent hotel if you arrive from Kansai airport.
Has concierge - so we parked our bag after checking out and explored Namba while waiting for our flight in the evening.
Got great rates and promotion at the time we booked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in Namba, central Osaka, Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka is a modern hotel that held its grand opening back in the summer of 2009. There are many popular areas within walking distance of the hotel, which is also directly connected to Namba Station. The guest rooms, located on floors 24 through 31, are designed in the image of a British manor house / stately home. ... more less
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