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Six Luxury Hotels in Osaka

2023-12-13

Osaka is a thrilling city known as “Japan’s Kitchen” for its exciting culinary scene; it’s also hailed as a hub for entertainment, shopping, and nightlife. No trip to Japan is complete without a couple of days of Osaka exploration. Whether you want panoramic views of the city skyline, a taste of traditional Japanese hospitality, or a lively extension of Osaka’s vibrant entertainment districts, our diverse selection of luxury hotels in Osaka has you covered.

 

1. The St. Regis Hotel Osaka

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The St. Regis Hotel Osaka oozes old-school glamor. It’s located on a Ginkgo-lined street in Midosuji, known as Osaka’s answer to the Champs Elysées because of its luxury shopping opportunities.

This luxury hotel has 160 rooms spanning plush doubles to sweeping suites with panoramic views of the city. Guests benefit from St. Regis’s signature butler service, which promises discreet, personalized, and anticipatory attention from before you even step through the property’s doors. Your butler can arrange excursions, dinner reservations, event tickets, and much more.

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Sample some more signature St. Regis specialties with a seasonal afternoon tea set or by ordering the Shogun Mary, the property’s local take on the Bloody Mary that was first invented at its New York property. This iteration is localized with yuzu, wasabi, and soy sauce.

As you’d expect from a prestigious hotel in the culinary capital of Japan, the hotel’s restaurants are well worth indulging in. Wajo offers a taste of Japan with servings of teppanyaki (flat-iron grill), while Rue d’Or serves fine French fare, and La Veduta excels in rustic Italian cuisine.

After a long day exploring Osaka, the hotel’s spa, Iridium featuring Sothys, invites you to revive with a full menu of massages and treatments.

 

2. Conrad Osaka

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Conrad Osaka has it all: convenient access to prominent train stations, incredible city views, comfortable rooms, and chic restaurants.

The hotel is located on the top floors of Nakanoshima Festival West Tower in Nakanoshima, a narrow riverside sandbank that’s a prime cultural and commercial district in Osaka, making it a good choice for business travelers.

The hotel has 164 spacious rooms and suites, each with floor-to-ceiling windows from which you can look out across the city.

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There are a couple of restaurants to choose from, including European and Asian fusion at Atmos Dining, Teppanyaki and sushi at Kura, and fresh seafood at C:Grill. Don’t miss the opportunity to sip an aperitif at 40 Sky Bar and Lounge to whet your appetite first.

If you want to incorporate more activity into your stay, the hotel has a 24-hour fitness center, as well as a heated indoor pool available year round and a spa with treatments and ingredients inspired by Japan — think hot baths infused with yuzu or green tea, as well as personalized massages.

 

3. Imperial Hotel Osaka

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Imperial Hotel Osaka is the sister hotel of the original Imperial Hotel Tokyo and carries the same prestige and majesty, emphasizing attentive service and attention to detail.

The hotel is located on a serene spot along the Okawa River, which, in spring, is one of the most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing in Osaka. A complimentary shuttle bus runs between the hotel and Osaka Station every 20 minutes throughout the day, making travel around the city quick and convenient.

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Its rooms are made up of functional and comfortable standard rooms, superior rooms, and suites on the regular floors. The 19th to 21st floors are the Imperial Floors, with larger rooms that allow access to the Imperial Floor Lounge where snacks, drinks, and meals are served.

The hotel’s annex has a vast 4,400-square-meter fitness club with a pool, spa facilities, and an expansive modern gym that guests can access for a small fee. For dinner, the hotel’s restaurants feature teppanyaki, elegant Chinese, and seasonal French cuisines.

 

4. Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

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Taking up the higher floors of one of Japan’s tallest skyscrapers, Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel is an imposing sight and one of the most luxurious business hotels in the city. Its lofty location affords each of its 360 rooms unobstructed views of Osaka from its floor-to-ceiling windows.

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For the best views, opt for a corner room, which has two walls of windows from which to gaze out over Osaka. Its suites are the real show-stoppers, though, with opulent decor and spacious jet baths almost as intoxicating as the views.

Its restaurants provide flavors of both Japanese and western cuisine, and its lively breakfast buffet is known for impressive live cooking stations.

 

5. W Osaka

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Shinsaibashi, Osaka's liveliest shopping and entertainment district, is the fitting location for W Osaka, a design-led hotel favored by fun-loving travelers. The sleek, black hotel was designed by the renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, whose eye for the extraordinary sets the tone for a stylish stay.

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Each space in the hotel is an architect's and aesthete's dream and is distinct in style from the rest of the property. The Living Room plays with muted white lighting and rainbow-colored furniture and serves creative cocktails to create a space that lends itself to chilled-out socializing. Teppanyaki Mydo invites you to take a counter seat and appreciate flat-iron grill cuisine in the fun, modern setting designed by an Osaka-born artist.

W's branding is bold and permeates every aspect of the hotel. Its 337 artsy room types include Cozy, Wonderful, Spectacular, Fantastic, Marvelous, and Wow. Rooms come with 55-inch LED TVs and Bluetooth speakers, great views of Osaka’s vibrant cityscapes, and spacious bathrooms with custom rain showers.

 

6. InterContinental Osaka

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This conveniently placed hotel is a five-minute walk from JR Osaka Station in a buzzing dining and shopping district. InterContinental Osaka’s 272 luxury rooms, suites, and residences are contemporary, minimal, and elegant. Upgrade to a Club room for access to the Club Lounge, which serves complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening drinks, and canapes.

Pierre, a refined French restaurant on the 20th floor, is well worth staying in for. Its fresh, seasonal cuisine and extensive wine and champagne menu have earned it one Michelin star.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to bathe in the soothing water of the hotel’s traditional Japanese bathhouse. If pampering is on the agenda, its spa and fitness center (with an indoor pool and sauna) should fit the bill, too.