Sitting above Namba Station, with direct trains to Kansai International Airport, this 12-year-old property provides easy access to the attractions of Namba, Osaka’s prime entertainment, shopping, and dining district. The 36-story tower has 548 guestrooms, including 42 on executive floors, plus five dining options, and three wedding chapels. Japanese Suites are decorated in the traditional style with tatami floors and futon bedding. Accommodations generally come in light tones, with family rooms enlivened by bright, colorful prints.
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Shoppers prize the location, with the hotel directly connected (on the fifth floor) to Osaka Takashimaya department store. The eco-sensitive Namba Parks shopping complex—it has a landscape garden on the roof, and the complex is designed as a park, with trees, rocks, streams, and terraces—is next to the hotel, with more than 100 apparel stores, 50 restaurants and cafés, and a movie theater. Just beyond Namba Parks, Yamada Denki Labi1 Namba is one of the country’s largest appliance outlets, with 800,000 items spread over more than 2 million square feet. The Dotonbori dining district is close by, featuring traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine; also within walking distance to the north is the old district of Kita Horie, now revived with trendy cafés, restaurants, and boutiques.
Need to Know
Rooms: 520 rooms, 28 suites. From $625. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The property’s signature restaurant is Tavola 36, an Italian eatery located on the top floor. Seasonal ingredients drive the menu at Hana-Goyomi, where the focus is on kaiseki, sushi, and tempura. Minami overlooks a traditional garden; chefs prepare beef and seafood at built-in teppanyaki tables. Double-boiled soup, Shaoxing wine, and herbal medicine cuisine are among menu items at Empress Room. The easygoing Nambar 10 is a classic sports bar with beers, cocktails, bar bites, and screens broadcasting live games. Spa and gym details: Pürovel Spa & Sport offers a variety of massages and treatments. Facilities include five private treatment rooms, a fully equipped gym, an exercise studio, plus an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and traditional Japanese baths.
Who's it for: Leisure travelers; shopaholics; corporate groups drawn by the four floors of meeting rooms. Our favorite rooms: The new, Japanese-inspired Waraku and Waon suites fuse the serenity of traditional ryokans (living room with tatami mat) with a Western-styled master bedroom. Take a stroll: Every Friday, a hotel manager takes guests on a complimentary, 45-minute Namba Evening Walk, exploring the backstreets of Namba and its neighborhood stores and restaurants.