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Osaka - Japan

There are so many hotels in Osaka that you would need several months to spend a night in each one of them, exactly what you would expect of West Japan's largest city. What may come as a surprise, though, is how easy it is to choose a hotel. While the city seems to sprawl endlessly, the hotels tend to be concentrated in certain areas.

Umeda

In the district immediately south of Osaka Station there are a number of well-recognised names, but none more so perhaps than the Hilton Osaka. The Hilton chain is famous around the world for its superior facilities and excellent service. The rooms are large and luxuriously furnished, and the hotel offers a host of business and entertainment facilities as well as four fine restaurants. Also on the south side, within easy walking distance of the station, you will find the Ritz-Carlton, Osaka. With 40 floors, the views are absolutely splendid. The hotel, like the Hilton, has everything you need: a pool, a sauna, business and fitness centres, and several fine restaurants.

An indigenous hotel chain with as much claim to quality as these two is the Osaka ANA Hotel. Although slightly farther from the main station, the ANA Hotel offers facilities and services that make its only slightly less convenient location irrelevant. From the pool and sauna to its expansive banquet rooms, your stay is guaranteed to be a pleasant one.

There are a number of others in the "station-south" area that, while unable to match the above-mentioned hotels in facilities, are still considered superior accommodation. These include the Osaka Dai-ichi Hotel with its commanding views and the Hotel Granvia Osaka. Just a little farther south, across the Dojima River, is the quasi-island of Nakanoshima, where you will find the RIHGA Grand Hotel and the RIHGA Royal Hotel. The facilities of the latter place it in the same class as the Hilton and the Ritz Carlton, while both of these "island" hotels are popular for their location.

Namba

One of Osaka's most popular areas is Namba, so you can be sure that there are some quality accommodation between this district and the equally popular Shinsaibashi district to the north. The top pick from here is arguably the Swissotel Nankai, Osaka. Only a minute from Namba Station, the hotel offers exquisite rooms and ample business and relaxation facilities. Only slightly less impressive—perhaps because it does not have the same health facilities—is the Nikko Hotel Osaka. Rooms on the upper floors of this towering hotel give an unbridled view of the city.

Outside the City

Visitors to Osaka hoping to stay away from these high-energy locations may want to look east. The Imperial Hotel Osaka could be described as breathtaking. Located along a lazy river spotted with recreational craft, the hotel has superior facilities that include a pool, sauna, fitness centre and conference/banquet rooms for any occasion, as well as six fine restaurants overlooking the river. Trust that the rooms will be among the best in Osaka. Move south from the Imperial and you will reach Osaka Castle. There are a number of hotels bordering this beautiful, historical and architectural draw, but none surpass the New Otani Osaka. The facilities contain everything you would expect from a superior-class establishment. There are 13 different restaurants to choose from!

The final hotel showcased here is somewhat separated from the rest, being located in Suminoe to the west, in what is known as the "Bay Area." More importantly, though, this is perhaps Osaka's finest hotel. It is the Hyatt Regency Osaka. Undoubtedly, its relatively remote location may make it inconvenient for some, but everything else about it is superb. The views of the bay are exemplary. The island on which it is located has a number of interesting attractions and some highly recommended restaurants. And, while the hotel gets top marks for form and function, it offers impeccable service as well. So if you are looking for the ultimate in accommodation, this may be the place for you.
 
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