Photo courtesy of Osaka Miyako Marriott Hotel, Osaka
Osaka Miyako Marriott Hotel, Osaka
Occupying a big chunk of the mixed-use, 60-story, César Pelli–designed Abeno Harukas tower, Japan’s tallest building, the Marriott comes with spectacular views. It opened in March 2014, in concert with the building opening, using the theme of contemporary Japanese luxury as its design mantra. The hotel splits its realm between the open-planned lobby and some dining on the 19th and 20th floors, and rooms, restaurants, and other facilities that occupy floors 38–55 and floor 57. Accommodations average 410 square feet, mix influences and design schemes, and may even offer views of Awajishima Island in the distance to the southwest; the Imperial Suite, on the 55th floor, has floor-to-ceiling windows and gives guests the sensation of floating in the sky.
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The multi-tiered Abeno Harukas is a landmark in the city, and in addition to the hotel, it houses the giant Kintetsu department store (spilling over 14 floors, with more than 1 million square feet of space and 44 restaurants), and the Abeno Harukas Art Museum. The Kintetsu Osaka-Abenobashi station is at the base of the building, enabling seamless access to the city’s subway system. A few minutes’ walk from the hotel, Tennoji Park is a pleasant place for a stroll and contains a mid–Edo Era rice granary now designated as a Tangible Cultural Asset. The park is also home to Tennoji Zoo and the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, with a collection of 8,500 works of Japanese and Chinese art.
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Rooms: 340 rooms, 20 suites. From $290. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Buffet restaurant Cooka, on the 19th floor, has live stations and an international menu. ZK, with striking vistas of the city, is on the 57th floor and features Western, Japanese, and teppanyaki choices. Bar Plus offers evening cocktails, while Lounge Plus is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spa and gym details: The fitness center is open round the clock; no pool, no spa.
Who's it for: Businessmen and couples hypnotized by the nighttime views. Our favorite rooms: Comfort rooms, on the 38th floor, have wood floors and cushioned bathtubs made by Lixil, great for unwinding after a day pounding the pavement. Special perk: Guests of the hotel get complimentary admission to the building’s observatory deck before opening hours, allowing them the chance to enjoy the view without battling the crowds.