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Namba Oriental Hotel
Ranked #28 of 354 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 3, 2013

The Location is Awesome.
1) Its in the middle of Ebisubashi shopping street and 100m across the road is Dotonbori and Glico Man!!! There on, you can continue your walk down Shinsaibashi shopping street.
2) It near Namba walk, Namba parks and Takashimaya
3) it is very near to the Namba super train underpass where you can take the Nanba stations of Midosuji subway, Sennichimae subway, Yotsubashi subway or Nipponbashi station of Sennichimae subway. On top of those, You can choose to Take JR Nankai railway to go to Koyasan or the JR Nanba Station to go to Kansai Airport or Wakayama. Its in the Transport gateway seriously.
4) The rooms are quite spacious, I stayed in a suite where there is a massage chair. The room is clean but the only problem is that the room might have a cigarette smoke smell.
I booked the room from agoda.com when there was a discount. The original cost is sgd$500++ but discounted to sgd$180+ a night.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

I've just returned from Osaka, having made my second stay at the Namba Oriental Hotel and I'm glad to say it was just as good as my first visit last October. It is in an excellent location if you like to be "in the middle of it all". The hotel's front door opens out into one of the many covered streets (ideal if the weather's wet!) that make up this very busy area of Namba. In my opinion, there could not be a better location in the huge city of Osaka. The hotel reception, accessed by lift or escalators, is on the 3rd floor of a small complex comprising of a variety of places to eat and drink. The hotel has a picturesque, peaceful courtyard garden on the 4th floor which many of the rooms on floors 4 to 9 overlook. The 9th floor is known as the "Quality" floor and each time this is where the rooms I booked were allocated. They are big in comparison to a lot of Japanese hotel rooms and have either double bed or 2 singles and each have a 2-seater sofa, coffee table, water boiling machine, coffee machine, TV and DVD player. The bathroom is also a reasonable size by Japanese standards but there is not much storage space for clothes or other items in the room. Wi-Fi is available free of charge you just need to get a kit from reception. However we could not get ours to work, there were no instructions available in English and reception staff said they could not help as they do not offer technical support so this was very disappointing as I don't think we needed technical support, just a few written details in English would have been helpful.
Breakfast is served at one of the restaurants within the complex and there are some interesting items to try but maybe not suited to someone looking for an English breakfast. The best bar is within the complex - The Bee Namba sports bar where the atmosphere is lively, the service is efficient and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. There are electronic darts boards to play at 100 yen per person per game with 10 frames. A free drink is offered to Namba Oriental Hotel guests as well as the cover charged being waived. Before 9pm is "Happy Hour" when a selection of drinks are half price. It's well worth a visit or two or three or more!!! The Hub Pub is also within the complex and has a selection of drinks at half price before 7pm. Other restaurants within the same complex as the hotel include: Japanese, Chinese and Italian.
The hotel is surrounded by many different places to eat, drink and shop. For example, when you walk out of the main entrance next door on your left is Captain Terry's Coffee Stadium and next door to that is Kaiten Sushi with revolving plates of sushi and also other dishes such as ebi (prawn) tempura made to order. The colour of the plates indicates the price and this is displayed on the wall. On your right hand side when you leave the hotel is Lawson's convenience store to stock up on beer, crisps, sandwiches, cakes, etc. and next door to that is McDonald's - something to suit all tastes so nobody should go hungry!!!
The hotel is just a short 4 minute walk from Namba Nankai station which is convenient for exploring other areas of the city and other nearby cities such as Nara with its fabulous deer park, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. It also has 4 direct trains an hour linking it with KIX, Osaka's main international airport. When in Osaka rail travel is the most economical and quickest method of transport however it will save a lot of time if when leaving a station you take time to read the yellow/gold notice boards on the walls as most stations have a multitude of exits and the boards indicate which exit is nearest to the attraction or area you are wanting to visit. When arriving at Namba Nankai leave the station at Exit 2 for the hotel, head upstairs or up the escalator towards the tourist information office and out of the building to the right. Cross straight over the wide pedestrian crossing and down the covered street until you see "Jumbo" entertainment complex on the left hand corner - turn left here and the hotel is just a few paces on the right.
If you are wanting an organised tour many of these depart from the Swissotel which is within the station complex but these are expensive. You can get a train direct to nearby Nara on the Kintetsu line (come out of the tourist office, turn right, go down the stairs) the journey takes approximately 45 minutes and costs 540 yen (approx. £4) each way. Most ticket machines have a button to press for instructions in English and there are usually guards around to assist. However there are different machines depending on the individual train company you plan to travel with. Other places to see in the area include Osaka Castle: from the station go on the underground Midosuji line 2 stops to Hommachi, change to the Chuo line 2 stops to Tanimachi 4-Chome (230 yen one way) then Exit 9 brings you out opposite the History Museum, walk through the grounds and you will see the castle grounds to the right less than 5 minutes' walk away. The Hard Rock Café is near to Hommachi station - leave the station at Exit 9, up the steps, turn left and you're there! The Umeda Sky Building is also worth a visit - again travel on the Midosuji line 4 stops to Umeda then it's about 10 minutes' walk. If you're wanting to visit the many attractions that former capital Kyoto has to offer, you first need to take the Midosuji line to Umeda then change to a JR train direct from Umeda to Kyoto 540 yen each way then when in Kyoto 500 yen will buy you an all day bus pass to explore the city. The hotel certainly is in an excellent location and next time I visit Osaka I will not even consider staying anywhere else!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Stayed there for 3 nights.

Pros:
1. Excellent location - right by an underground station and to a famous shopping street (Dotonbori).
2. Excellent service - staff helped us to communicate in Japanese with another hotel, where we forgot some stuff.

Cons:
1. Cold rooms - insulation was not so good. The room did have air conditioning but we opted not to use it so as not to dehydrate.
2. No WIFI in the rooms (don't know about the lobby).

Room Tip: Verify your room is not near the floor's vending machines - they're quite noisy.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank wisniak
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We took the Midosuji Line from Shin Osaka Station and used No 17 exit at the station. Took the Namba Walk (still underground) and left the walk using B21 exit. If you are unsure where it is just ask someone. As you get to the top of the escalator there will be a very obvious arcade or covered mall directly in front .There is a McDonalds and Lawsons on the left within 2 minures walk, and the hotel entrance adjacent. Check in is on the 3rd floor.
We arrived early and the hotel happily held our luggage till the 3PM check in time. Room was on the seventh floor, king bed, large room with large bathroom, good amenities and towels.Room has a refrigerator, Our room overlooked lots of roofing from lower buildings and was very quiet with no sign of smoke (not like the lift between ground floor and third floor)
Take the time to mess about with the remote control for the TV and there will be BBC (as an analogue channel) via satellite. The Japanese voice over can be removed by pressing one of the buttons about half way up the remote on the left side leaving english only.
The hotel breakfast was reasonable but needs to be organised through the front desk PRIOR. Otherwise the hotel restaurant will try to charge considerably more. We paid 980 yen each for a full buffer breakfast.
Lots of other eateries around including a british pub on the third floor of the hotel complex and an Italian restaurant and Japanese okonomayaki / teppanyaki restaurant on the ground floor.All good. Cheap ramen available within 50 metres tro the left as you exit the hotel. Lots of other choices also available within 2 minutes walk.
I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Namba Oriental was a great little hotel. The only downside is that it is hard to find the first time, but once you know where it is, it is the very best location. (Take the North exit out of Namba Station, walk across street to Starbucks. Go down the alley that Starbucks is on the corner of. Take the SECOND left (we took the 1st little alley at least- oops!) which is the 1st larger road, and the Namba Oriental is on your right. The hotel is completely surrounded by things to do, and a very short walk to Dotombori and lots of fun little alleys. Seriously amazing location.

The staff was very nice and helpful. As stated, the hotel lobby smells like smoke from the bar (good place for a drink after a day of sightseeing), and the smell definitely permeates the rooms too. Although I'm not a smoker, I quickly got used to this. The room was clean and nice otherwise. The tv does not have any English speaking channels FYI, but you'll be so busy sightseeing you'll probably just fall asleep when you get to the room!

Overall I was satisfied with the hotel, and despite the smoke, I would still choose this hotel when I return to Osaka because of the fantastic location near lots of great restaurants, shopping, and the train & metro stations.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed here and asked for a non-smoking room. Perhaps because it is above Pachinkos, there was still a lingering smell of smoke in our room. This was the major downside of our room. The hotel is located near shopping, food and all the Osaka sites that you will want to see. It is difficult to find, luckily a nice passerby noticed us trying to locate it and was able to walk us over in the right direction. Our room was spacious with a seating area and a nice comfortable bed. We also had access to internet which helped us plan our days.
Make sure you have very good directions to find this hotel and enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank LB1982
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Namaba is happening place in oasak and oriental hotel is at bingo in middle of fun but still very calm, quiet but once you step outside you are middle of all fun and joy! very close from namba station. Rooms are quite specious for japanese standard

Room Tip: all rooms are good this is my 3rd stay in same hotel different non smoking rooms
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Address: 2-8-17 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0074, Osaka Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Osaka Prefecture > Osaka
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in Osaka
#24 Business Hotel in Osaka
#29 Romantic Hotel in Osaka
Price Range: $136 - $357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Namba Oriental Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 258
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Well known as an 'oasis of the city', Namba Oriental Hotel offers you a quiet and relaxed time after you step into the building from the exciting city of Namba. Feel the most comfort from our hospitality. ... more   less 
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