This is a case of 'get what you pay for' and considering the extremely cheap price, my friend and I were very happy with Hotel Chuo.
There is noise from the nearby train tracks, but if you ask for a room away from the tracks then that's not so bad unless you're a really light sleeper - in which case I recommend ear-plugs. Also trains in Japan stop between 12am and 5am so there is some respite. Some reviews have reported 'homeless people' around, but we actually had no worries about walking around at night in this area, there were always plenty of ordinary people around and the streets are well lit.
The facilities are basic, but we had no problem with the cleanliness of the shared bathroom. Some people might feel uncomfortable with having to pass the lobby to get to the shared bath, but we didn't have a problem with this. We had an ensuite as well, which was small but adequate. Note, the rooms do NOT get cleaned unless you ask them to be, again we didn't have an issue with this since it's more eco-friendly anyway and we didn't make a huge mess.
Our room was Japanese-style, which means tatami mats and futons. There was a TV, LAN cable, plenty of storage space for cases and clothes, a mini fridge and table. The LAN connection was perfect, nice and speedy, no problems connecting. The futons are thin, but we asked for an extra one each and that helped. If you have back problems I recommend getting the Western style rooms. The room was warm, it was a fairly cold March, but the duvets/covers were really warm and we didn't freeze.
The staff were polite and helpful. They let us store our bags when we arrived early and there is a tourist information service next door which gave information about events in Osaka.
Location-wise, the area is good. You can walk to Den-Den town (Osakla's equivalent of Akihaibara) in about 15-20 minutes, there is a subway station a minute from the door and the JR/Nankai line station is five minutes walk away so it's really convenient to Kansai airport, the Osaka JR loop line and direct trains to places like Nara. Spa World is also just around the corner and I highly recommend that to anyone who wants to experience Japan's love of bathing!
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