The former ANA Hotel Osaka, rebranded to ANA Crowne Plaza in 2008, is a white block with slender bands of windows that wrap around the facade. As part of the renaming, renovations included a new lobby and lounge, new restaurants, and a club floor. The updated lobby is an open, high-ceiling space with marble floors, spherical light boxes on the floor, and modern hanging lights. Mirrored columns lend the space a bit of bling. Rooms, unsurprisingly given the predominantly business clientele, have a sober, contemporary, corporate air to them.
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The Dojima River is just south of the property, though there’s not a whole lot to see on the stretch that’s close to the property. Nakanoshima Park, about a 15-minute walk from the hotel, sits between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers. It’s an open, pretty spot, Osaka’s first public park (established in 1891) with rose gardens and views of Osaka’s nearby landmarks, like the City Central Public Hall and Prefectural Nakanoshima Library. The park houses the wonderful Museum of Oriental Ceramics, with one of the finest ceramics collections in the world. The National Museum of Art, also about 15 minutes on foot from the hotel but in the opposite direction, has post-war works along with pieces by Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Max Ernst.
Need to Know
Rooms: 472 rooms, six suites. From $160. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Freshly grilled seafood and meat dishes are the norm at teppanyaki restaurant Dojima. Tankuma Kitamise is the first branch of the same-named Kyoto kaiseki restaurant. Karin presents a modern interpretation of Cantonese meals, while Café in the Park is a buffet restaurant with an international menu. The Library Bar models itself on a classic British study. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center, and sauna.
Who it's for: Business guests aged 30-50 (the property has extensive meeting facilities). Leisure travelers not bothered by the largely corporate ambience. Our favorite rooms: Club Floor rooms—69 of them—come with the bonus of access to the Club Lounge. Rest well: The “Sleep Advantage” amenity box has a little booklet explaining how to get a good night’s sleep, something we could all do with. Suggestions include an aromatic bath (bath salts are in the box), a cup of hoji cha (roasted green tea), and a specific pillow chosen from the range stocked by housekeeping, with choices including Japanese buckwheat.