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Osaka - Japan

There are so many hotels in Osaka that you would need months to spend a night in each one of them, which is 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.

In the district immediately south of Osaka Station there are a number of well-recognized names, but none more so perhaps than the Hilton Osaka. 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 centers, 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 other hotels in the "station-south" area that, while unable to match the above-mentioned hotels in facilities, are still considered superior accommodations. 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.

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 that is often spotted with recreational craft, the hotel has superior facilities that include a pool, sauna, fitness center and conference/banquet rooms for any occasion, as well as six fine restaurants that overlook the river.

One of Osaka's most popular areas is Chuo-ku and its surrounding districts, including the bustling shopping and entertainment districts of Namba and Shianbashi, so you can be sure that there are some quality accommodations here. The top pick 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—only 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.

On the less expensive end of the spectrum, the modern Kaneyoshi Ryokan has comfortable, Japanese ryokan accomodations in an incredibly convenient location, within walking distance of many of the city's most popular dining and entertainment options.  Equally convenient and moderately priced is the Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka, which offers Western-style accommodations along with both Western and Japanese cuisine.

Near Osaka Castle, there are a number of hotels that border 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!

Lastly, and somewhat separated from the rest, being located in Suminoe to the west, in what is known as the "Bay Area", is what is  perhaps Osaka's finest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Osaka. The views of the bay are exemplary, and while the hotel gets top marks for form and function, it offers impeccable service as well. If you are looking for the ultimate in accommodations, this may be the place for you.

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