For some reasons I want to challenge myself with a cheap stay (given I would stay here for 2 days this time), thus made it to here given the review @ the Japanese site wasn't too bad, with GREAT location.
First the location. Love it as it's just couple steps from the subway exit. JR station is 5 minutes away. Seriously I've NEVER been to such convenient hotel in Japan. The subway can put you to all the shopping districts (Umeda / Namba) in minutes. Whole route to / from subway / JR stations have escalators except there's only 1-way escalator to the lobby on the 2nd floor, which is okay in the morning (as it heads down) but could be sucks if you leave in the evening (when the escalator heads up). Maybe ask the hotel to change the direction for you?
Then the hotel itself. This was older than I expected. Just celebrated its 35th anniversary, the hotel seemed to have its floor corridors renewed. Its owner seemed to have care less about its renovation plan. One truth though, as many said, that it showed no dirtiness but just tiredness. Rooms were equipped unusually w/ wooden floor instead of carpets, which makes the room look cleaner indeed.
But the biggest drawback to me / my partner was the mattress / pillow, which might have not been changed since 35 years ago (kidding). It was shaped irregularly and could be hurtful to your weak back spine / shoulders.
For 2 persons 5000yen is really a bargain, but it has its drawbacks so if you don't mind them and have a tough back, enjoy the convenient location and good deal :)
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