Bordering Midosuji Avenue, a north-south city artery brimming with businesses and gingko trees, the St. Regis Osaka inhabits a 27-story building that required special permits in its predominantly mid-rise environs. The property prides itself on the butler service, with one butler responsible for the care of a single guest, from check-in to check-out. Services include a welcome beverage proffered on a traditional silver tray, and unpacking and packing. In the imminent future, the hotel will start using iPads to make services more seamless. Occupying 19 floors of the stone-clad Honmachi Garden City building, the property features classic Japanese motifs throughout, including chrysanthemums and lilies. The canopied entryway recalls the St. Regis New York, while the lanes of Kyoto inspire the foyer’s crystal tree. The 12th-floor lobby, with its high ceilings, is dominated by a mural symbolizing the sun. Rooms have headboards made of Kawashima silk, with motifs of gingko and cherry blossoms—symbols of Osaka.
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Midosuji has rather grandly been called the Champs Élysées of Osaka, and while the comparison is a stretch, the street is pretty, lined with trees and high-end fashion and watch boutiques. Utsubo Park, a 10-minute stroll from the St. Regis, was constructed on the site of a former U.S. Army airfield, and was the site of the city’s busiest wholesale fish market from the Edo period until 1931. Today it’s a grand parkland with a tennis center at its western half that hosts international tournaments. Around the east of the park, cafés and bakeries make the area a pleasant place for a morning wander. Hommachi subway is right next to the hotel, with Umeda, Namba, and Shinsaibashi easily reached by train.
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Rooms: 160 rooms. From $700. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Northern Italian dishes in a setting that emulates a stylized country villa are the lures at La Veduta. The duplex, 200-seat gastro-bistro Rue d’Or has an alfresco terrace on the hotel’s ground floor. Order a Shogun Mary cocktail—made with yuzu, wasabi, soy sauce, and vodka—at the St. Regis Bar. Spa and gym details: The spa is a modern space that incorporates volcanic basalt in its design. The 24-hour gym, on the same floor, has TechnoGym equipment, stationary bikes, free weights, yoga mats, and wellness balls.
Who's it for: High-net-worth individuals; couples with money to burn; business travelers on generous expense accounts. Our favorite rooms: The 460-square-foot Deluxe Room has a single large window, bringing the cityscape, and plenty of light, into the room. In-house highlight: The once-monthly Champagne Night takes places at the St. Regis Bar, presenting tipplers with varieties like Krug, Egly-Ouriet, and Eric Rodez.