Billed as a city resort when it opened in June 1994, this 480-room property beckons to leisure and corporate travelers, the former attracted by the property’s proximity to Universal Studios Japan, the latter by the extensive meetings facilities and incentives options. The hotel comprises two towers, one with banquet facilities, the other with guest rooms; more than 2,000 works of art are peppered around both, including in the large, showy public areas. Rooms generally have a look that hovers between corporate and leisure—not surprising given the target audience—with furnishings that are comfortable and functional. The views of Osaka Bay are fabulous.
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Its location on Osaka Bay puts the hotel close to business and leisure destinations. For road warriors, the Intex Osaka exhibition hall, Asia Pacific Trade Center, and Osaka Prefecture Government building are all a stone’s throw from the hotel. At night, LED lights illuminate the waterfront area, giving it the atmosphere of a seaside resort. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is 15 minutes from the property by tram and metro. The property offers a twice-daily, 15-minute complimentary direct shuttle bus to and from Universal Studios Japan.
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Rooms: 434 rooms, 46 suites. From $155. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Café offers all-day dining from a menu that skews European, with dishes like slow-cooked lamb shoulder with artichokes and potatoes. Bay Lounge supplies standard French brasserie fare, while Basilico’s offerings include spaghetti alla gricia (spaghetti with bacon, onion, and pecorino). Order traditional Japanese or teppanyaki at Irodori. Spa and gym details: The 19,000-square-foot City Country Club, on the fourth floor, has a gym, aerobics studio, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, hot and cold plunge pools, and a 20-meter indoor lap pool. The outdoor pool is seasonal. Massages are available at the five-treatment-room spa.
Who it's for: Families, given the proximity to Universal Studios Japan; and corporate groups. Our favorite rooms: The 1,000-square-foot, Ryokan-style Tatami Suite has traditional decor, with tatami mats, a sleeping futon, a garden, and a tub made from Japanese cypress. It’s a total city escape. Good to know: Guests can buy passes for Universal Studios Japanin the hotel. The Hyatt Regency is a partner hotel to the theme park.