This contemporary property opened in 2013 on floors 20–32 of the Grand Front Osaka mixed-use complex. It connects directly to transportation hub Osaka Station, and utilizes materials such as Japanese glass, wood, and stone. The experience starts in the lobby, positioned on the 20th floor with views of the city. Rooms averaging 540 square feet have light wood finishes and bathrooms separated from the living area only by floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, giving accommodations a bright, open feel.
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This part of the city, around Osaka Station, is a magnet for department stores, with Daimari, Hanshin, Hankyu, and Mitsukoshi-Isetan represented. When the shopping takes its toll, climb the stairs to Tenku-no-noen (Sky Farm), a green space on the 11th floor of the North Gate Building where vegetables and fruits are grown, and where the fresh air, benches, tables, and city views provide the perfect pick-me-up. Osaka Shiki Theatre, just south of the property, is the Western Japan home of Shiki Theatre Company, which stages both original plays and Western musicals, all in Japanese. East of the hotel, Tenjinbashisuji is Japan’s longest shopping street with 600 shops, arcaded under a translucent roof, allowing shoppers to sate their yearning, rain or shine. Kiji, a small unassuming okonomiyaki (savory pancake) restaurant near the hotel, has quite a following especially for its modanyaki, a pancake served with a layer of fried noodles.
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Rooms: 237 rooms, 35 suites. From $230. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The hotel’s marquee restaurant, Pierre, pairs contemporary French cuisine with fine city vistas. Noka’s focal point is the open kitchen that doles out a range of international dishes. Bar Adee, with giant, glowing crystal chandeliers, prepares cocktails and small bites, while 3-60 Lobby Lounge is the setting for afternoon tea. Spa and gym details: The fabulously named All That Spa is the first Themae spa in Japan, and it’s part of a huge wellness center with a gym and indoor pool that takes up an entire floor of the property.
Who it's for: Business travelers, spa lovers, and Southeast Asian families taking long weekends. Our favorite rooms: The luxury residences, with two and three bedrooms, have large outdoor decks, perfect for taking in the sights over a chilled libation. Shopping alert: The Tsuyunoten Shrine (commonly known as the Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine), one of Japan’s most famous Shinto relics and only a few minutes’ walk from the property, hosts an antiques fair–flea market on the first and third Mondays of the month. It’s a great place to pick up something unique on your travels.