Overall, a good budget option in a good location.
Although there may be other similar hotels in the area, this is actually quite a good location. Just 5-10 minutes walk (about 3-4 blocks plus walk indoors to the train platforms) from the Nankai train station which also connects indoor to the Namba subway station. Nankai trains will take you straight to the airport without any transfers so it's quite convenient even if you have to travel with luggage. Then the Midosuji subway connects you to other areas like Shin-Osaka, Umeda, and other popular subway lines. The Nankai and Namba station area is actually an area with lots of shops and beside it, the Namba City, upscale Namba Parks, Takashimaya and if you walk further you can reach Dotonburi area, Kuromon Market, Dogayushi Street (kitchen ware), and Shinsaibashi shopping strip. Not just for shopping, these areas are great for sightseeing, people watching and trying the popular takoyaki and okonomiyaki. JR station is a little bit farther from the hotel but walkable too, but not as convenient for this line. The hotel faces a large street (Motomachi) but is not as noisy as expected except for a little bit of the train and traffic sound from lower floors.
The rooms and bathrooms are small, but is average by Japanese standards. It's hard if you have large luggage but they say you can put this under the bed. Yes, but they don't really offer a lot of space for the stuff you take out of your luggage, only 3 hangers on a rod on the wall. So even if you can put your luggage under the bed, you still have to pull it out every so often to take/put your stuff. Single and double economy are pretty much the same with a double/queen bed so paying for the double economy seems to be not worth it. If you are two people, get the 2 single beds instead for more space. The room and bathroom is pretty clean. They also offer cleaning every 3 days instead of every day for a discount on the room. Even if you choose this eco mode, you still get fresh towels and tea bag refill which is hang on your door. I think this is really cool.
The lobby is combined with a small eating area with a long table and a bar counter. It's basically the breakfast area in the mornings and a waiting area the rest of the day. They have a water dispenser and an ice machine which you can access all throughout the day, plus of course the usual vending machines. This is a great option. We've had two times we had to take out food and eat at the hotel and it's good that we don't have to stink up the room with food smell. We can just eat at the lobby before heading for the room. Besides, the room is small, haha! Breakfast is a bit crowded, sometimes, you have to wait to get a seat but the turnover is quite quick. Breakfast fare here is basic and Western, regularly have breads which included excellent croissants (they're really good!) and macaroni or potato salad. Some days it has scrambled eggs. And of course, coffee, orange juice and milk. I wish they had at least some sausage or ham. Another Toyoki Inn I went to serve Japanese food and seem to have more variety than this one.
Ladies get a free gift pack upon check-in with a few choices of toiletry stuff, e.g. wash cloth, hair clips, face mask. There are also other toiletries like shaver, comb available at the reception area for free. Night robes are available in a sanitation cabinet at the lobby area for guest use. You can just get one yourself before heading to the room.
The hotel also has a laundry room, this one had 2 sets of washer and dryer. 200 yen for wash and 100 yen for a 30-minute dry. And 30 yen for detergent. These are usually in use in the evenings. I did not have to wash during my stay in this hotel so it wasn't an issue.
Hotel offers free wifi, which can sometimes be a bit limited (viber does not work here). They also have two workstations at the lobby if you need a laptop. They might have a printer too but not sure. They also have lots of maps and guides. Check out the flyers/brochures for some possible discount coupons to the attractions.
The hotel only has 1 elevator and yes, this could be inconvenient if you are in a hurry, especially in the mornings or if there's a lot of you with luggage. But during the rest of the day, it is ok.
The reception staff were great, really helpful and friendly. We've had to change rooms for 2 consecutive nights because of the unavailability of a non-smoking room that day. The reception handled our transfers effectively. Of course, there's just that hassle of having to bring down our luggages every time, but they made sure it was safe. Big luggages were kept under a net at the side of the reception while small bags/packages were kept inside the reception area.
I had a package to send as I had the impression that they had a post office or receiving station, but they sent me to the actual post office about 2 blocks away, which was not such a big deal.
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- Osaka Toyoko Inn