Situated in Nishi-Umeda, Osaka’s transportation gateway and its developing hub of business, commerce, shopping, and culture, the Ritz-Carlton is in the Herbis Osaka complex of business offices, retail facilities, and gardens. The location also puts it five minutes by foot from the subway at Hanshin Umeda Station. Expect a look and feel that mimics the Georgian home of an 18th-century English nobleman, together with a 450-piece art and antique collection, and guestrooms that average 540 square feet. Accommodations fill floors 24–37, have Italian marble bathrooms with double vanities, and offer panoramic city views. Club-level rooms, on floors 33–35, have a separate elevator key access, private lounge, dedicated concierge, and complimentary meals throughout the day.
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Herbis Plaza is next to the hotel, with plenty of shopping. Just beyond, Herbis Plaza is a tower with more boutiques, plus restaurants that showcase the cuisines of Kansai and Kanto. Then there’s the Osaka Shiki Theater, and the concert hall Billboard Hall Osaka. Within walking distance is Hanshin department store, the Umeda Sky building, and Osaka Station.
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Rooms: 234 rooms, 58 suites. From $210. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: La Baie, the hotel’s signature restaurant, offers classic French cuisine. Sushi, tempura, and teppanyaki tempt diners at Hanagatami, with a dining room set by a Japanese garden, and separate tatami rooms for a more local ambience. Cantonese and dim sum are the norm at Xiang Tao, while at the Bar expect martinis, cocktails, and single-malt whiskeys. Spa and gym details: The fitness area has all the usual facilities—an indoor pool, spa with body and facial treatments, indoor and outdoor whirlpool, steam rooms and saunas, a workout studio, and a relaxation room.
Who's it for: CEOs, Anglophiles; moneyed extended families; or empty nesters. Our favorite rooms: Club Suites are corner rooms with fabulous city views. Guests staying in them have access to the Club Lounge. For the youngsters: Kids won’t feel left out at some of the hotel’s restaurants—a few of them feature children’s menus.