St. Regis, Osaka
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.
By Sanjay Surana, AFAR Contributor
3 Chome-6-12 Honmachi, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 541-0053, Japan