This 3-star hotel is located in Chuo, near Osaka Castle area (hence the name). We only stayed for one night in Osaka and needed a basic hotel that’s located near major train stations in Osaka. We picked this hotel for few reasons. The location of this hotel is very conveniently near Temmabashi station (Keihan train), shopping centers. As a bonus, it’s just located in front of Okawa (O river) and within walking distance to Osaka-jo (Osaka castle). Also it’s not far from Umeda station, which was the meeting place with our tomodachi (friends) for dinner together. The other reason for staying at this hotel was they provide rooms with 4 beds! Also it has very reasonable prices.
We normally always choose newer built hotels that offer non-smoking rooms since we can’t stand staying in rooms that have smoking odors. Although this hotel is not brand-new, however it’s maintained very good condition and the non-smoking room that we stayed indeed was not smelly or having weird odor at all. Some of the interior inside the hotel in general needs some updates but it’s not our concern or a deal breaker for us. Also the room that we stayed was actually quite up-to-date and doesn’t feel like an old hotel.
Checkin time is 2PM, which is a life saver for folks who needed to get some rests after moving from other city and could use the room before starting their day trip again. Their checkout time is very generously at noon (most hotels we stayed have checkout time at 11AM, or even few of them were only 10AM!). Interestingly the hotel lobby is not on the first floor, so you have to use elevators to go up.
During our stay, we didn’t have a chance to try the breakfast so we can’t give any reviews about the food service. Before our trip, we had concern about people were giving some comments about rooms being small. However when we got here, the quadruple room that we stayed had reasonable size and could accommodate all of our big luggages and still plenty room for 4 of us moving around. Perhaps if compared to hotels in USA with comparable rating, it may be too small for certain people from there. However, to be fair, if compared to other hotels in Japan, this hotel has slightly better size.
The bed was comfortable enough but it was too soft for me who prefers firm bed. It was okay for other folks in our group however. The room amenities were pretty standard for Japanese hotels. The bathroom is also quite standard size with of course, bidet equipped toilet (we love it!). Our room has big windows where you can look at the river in front of the hotel as well as the park and tall buildings that are in Temmabashi area.
We enjoyed the evening during our stay by strolling the Okawa Temmabashi river cruise which we got the tickets at the base of the Keihan City Mall building where this hotel is located. The tree was full of lighting decorations at the nearby park gave the cruise an extra nice touch. With so many restaurants at the mall, people should not worry about where to get foods. However, since we already had dinner appointment at Umeda, we went there by taking train in the subway station underneath the building.
The next day, upon our checkout time, it was not too difficult to catch taxi as they were already lined up in front of the hotel. It only took us few minutes to go to Shin-Osaka station from this hotel. We will definitely stay at this hotel again if we want to explore Temmabashi area in future.
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