Located just above the Osaka JR Station, the Hotel Granvia Osaka is probably an excellent location for travelers who are visiting Japan's third largest city for the first time. The hotel's entrance is not exactly easy to find amid the stations many exits, but it is still slightly easier than getting out of the station and locating a nearby hotel. However, travelers carrying lots of luggage should note that the station has plenty of stairs and hardly any ramps in which you can wheel your luggage, so lugging your stuff from platform to hotel lobby might be hard work.
I stayed in a no-frils "semi-double" room for three nights. The check-in staff was friendly, which was a nice welcome after a 9-hour long trip on the plane and bullet train. A female baggage handler who helped me with my things and showing me to my room, and while she was very professional about her job, I felt bad having a girl to carry my stuff, so I insisted in hoisting my own suitcase.
The room was very simple, consisting a semi-double (larger than single, can sleep two if you're on the slim side) bed, desk and chair. It was a completely no-frills room that I thought was too expensive for its nightly rate. Spartan was the best word to describe this room. The hotel markets itself as a four-star property and what I got was perhaps just slightly better than a 3-star business hotel. Cleanliness was good, I didn't see a speck of dirt anywhere, both the bed and bathroom linen were spotless.
This hotel would be a good stay if you just want somewhere safe, clean and convenient to rest. Like most hotels, there is a convenience store just downstairs and outside the entrance, which is very handy for getting anything from snacks to meals to necessities. The hotel is also just a minute's walk to quite a few shopping centres. However, be prepared for a no frills experience, for a luxury, or even slightly up class hotel this is not.
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- Also Known As:
- Granvia Hotel Osaka
- Osaka Granvia Hotel