Welcome to the largest city in the west of Japan: Osaka (大阪). There is a unique charm to Osaka that finds visitors falling in love with the metropolis as soon as they set foot in it. This is most certainly in part thanks to its distinctly friendly, outgoing locals, the hip vibes omitted from the vibrant streets and the delectable cuisine which has earned the city its name as the nation’s kitchen.
Whether you have been drawn to Osaka by its historical sights or the ever popular Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン), it’s important to get yourself a good base to go off and explore. These 27 hotels in Osaka have been carefully curated by Relux, a reputable site that hand picks only the highest quality accommodation guaranteeing that your stay will offer effortless comfort, infallible service and the perfect setting to make the most of everything Osaka has to offer.
Cityplaza Osaka Hotel is a bright, clean and modern hotel just a short distance from the must-visit Osaka Castle (大阪城) as well as the park and the Osaka Museum of History (大阪歴史博物館). In spite of its convenient location, step through the doors of this glamorous-looking hotel and you’ll be greeted with a calm and quiet atmosphere.
The top of the hotel houses two restaurants both offering fresh seasonal ingredients. For a private dining experience, you can book out a private space that offers the extra benefit of a garden view. There is also a Tully’s coffee shop in the lobby of the hotel.
The clean and comfortable bedrooms offer large beds with views over the city. Check out the Hollywood room for an upgrade on a standard room.
The hotel offers a spa, including a rooftop spa which uses natural hot spring water. Also, benefit from the indoor pool with loungers and the hotel’s fitness room.
The award-winning Ritz-Carlton has had 100 years to perfect its undeniable class and high-quality service. The hotel follows an 18th century British Georgian theme and is decked out with a sophisticated wooden and marble interior as well as chandeliers and beautiful art collections.
The rooms follow the homely British theme with antique furniture and fluffy carpets. Within walking distance from Osaka Station (大阪駅), you can appreciate views over the centre of Osaka from your bedroom. For those wanting to really soak up the views, request a corner room.
Breakfast is a buffet style with a choice of western, Japanese and Chinese food as well as unlimited sparkling wine. Drink your English tea out of the hotel’s beautiful china sets for an authentic afternoon tea experience.
The Marriott Miyako Hotel is a hotel that is inarguably worthy of its three-star rating. Found in the Abeno Harukas (あべのハルカス), the tallest building in Japan, it goes without saying that making your way to the top floors of the hotel promises incredible views, not just of Osaka but as far as Kyoto (京都), Kobe (神戸) and Awaji Island (淡路島).
There is a large variety of room types with prices increasing for the rooms found higher up in the hotel. Not to feel disappointed if you don’t get a high up room as you’re still guaranteed good views and can head up to the restaurant on the 57th floor for that unmissable panoramic view over some of Kansai (関西)’s most loved regions.
There is even an extra temptation to work out with the hotel gym found on the 38th floor. If the gym’s not your thing, make the most of the afternoon tea and cocktails on offer as well as the M-Boutique (エム ブティック) which sells sweets that are made by the hotel, which make for perfect souvenirs.
Extra benefits include a free stay for children under 12 if they don’t require an extra bed.
Osaka’s popular central district Umeda (梅田) is unmissable on your trip to Osaka so why not stay at Hotel Hankyu where you’ll find yourself in the middle of the hustle and bustle?
This grand European-style hotel has a stylish Malmaison (マルメゾン) restaurant on the 25th floor as well as a tea lounge and bar, all finished off with chic background music to complete the mood.
Hotel Hankyu is set out so that all of the rooms are found on the higher floors of the hotel to make sure you get those beautiful views over Osaka that you’ve dreamed of. Choose a room to suit the occasion, whether it’s a romantic getaway or a trip with friends or family.
The Imperial Hotel boasts a 3-star rating thanks to its reputation as one of Osaka’s most luxurious hotels. On top of the impeccable service from helpful and friendly staff, the hotel features a stylish circular seating area for your evening meals, a huge indoor pool, a music room, fitness center, conference room and even a room specifically designed for children.
The hotel’s menu follows a French theme with French toast, pancakes and the chance to sip on fine wines while overlooking the city.
The Imperial Hotel’s location next to the river offers nature at your doorstep with the nearby park exhibiting thousands of cherry blossom trees in springtime. The hotel celebrates the neighbouring nature with aromas of cherry blossom wafting around the hotel’s stylish corridors.
Westin Hotel is located in downtown Osaka which offers a quieter and greener surrounding compared to hotels found along the busy streets. Despite the tranquil setting, the hotel is just a 15-minute walk to the lively Umeda district.
The hotel’s sophisticated vibes are complete with a number of restaurants which offer Italian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine and offer options for special occasions.
You won’t find cardboard box rooms in Westin Hotel with all rooms offering at least 40m² fitted out with beds that are known for their incredible comfort. You will also be provided with a yukata (浴衣) and bathrobe unconditional of the room you choose, whether that’s a western room, a Japanese suite or a room on the ladies floor.
Pump yourself up at the fitness centre or wind down in the hotel’s pool, sauna and relaxation salon.
Another hotel offering history and style is the Rihga Royal Hotel (リーガロイヤルホテル) which is now over 80 years old. The artistic purple chandeliers that hang from the ceilings will welcome you into this beautiful building with luscious green views from all the hotel’s windows thanks to its surrounding gardens and the neighbouring river.
Breakfast can be enjoyed on the hotel’s tree-encompassed terrace. Don’t miss the hotel’s in-house bakery, the dinner cooked up by top chefs from abroad as well as the hotel’s own florist’s.
The frequent free shuttle to and from Osaka Station makes Rihga Royal easily accessible and convenient to stay at.
The Harmonie Embrassée hotel is visually stunning thanks to famous architect Tadao Ando (安藤忠雄) who designed the hotel’s unusual structure from the outside and its clean and classic interior. The hotel’s restaurant serves up delicious food and fine wines while also providing stunning views from its roof-high windows which look out over the Umeda area below.
This large hotel offers generous-sized rooms with the promise of peace and privacy with just 38 bedrooms available for guests. Each room offers incredible views, even from the bathroom, and its own private balcony.
Fill up on the generous breakfast which offers freshly made vegetable juices and desserts and enjoy afternoon tea after a morning walking around. If you’re coming with a party, you can special requests with the hotel to ensure you have the perfect event.
Visiting Universal Studios Japan on your trip to Osaka? Park Front Hotel, just a one-minute walk from Universal Studios, offers not only the perfect spot to stay after a long day enjoying the attractions but also guaranteed style and top quality service. The hotel follows a time travel theme with a Time Travel Concierge to finish off the look.
The hotel’s fun exterior hides chic and spacious rooms inside that can fit all your needs, whether you’re a family, friends, a couple or a group. There is also a function room which can be hired out to eat in for large groups visiting the park together.
Akala (アーカラ), the hotel’s restaurant, offers scrumptious, colourful dishes to fill up on after a long day of excitement, whether you’re after western or Japanese food.
This special hotel is located on Nakanoshima (中之島), which is a stretch of land where the river splits in the north of Osaka. This little island is a special spot that houses a park and the Science Museum as well as beautiful views of the river from all directions.
Mitsui Garden Hotels has cherry blossom trees blossoming at its doorstep in spring and the beautiful changes of the seasons can be appreciated in all their glory from the hotel’s spa floor which takes up the whole of the top floor of the hotel.
Enjoy the fusion of Japanese and western elements with the modern rooms and the authentic Kyushu (九州) cuisine served up in the restaurant.
Get out of the city for a relaxing stay in a traditional ryokan (旅館) in Amami (天見), a small town around one hour outside of Osaka City. The village is renowned for its onsens which have allegedly been around for centuries which you can enjoy from the hotel.
The hotel is hidden away in a splendid Japanese garden that displays an impressive array of flora and fauna to give you a feeling of peace on a getaway from the city.
Continue your discovery of authentic Japan with a traditional kaiseki (会席) dinner, which is made up of several small, beautifully presented dishes. This also includes a taster of real sake (酒), which matches perfectly with the traditional cuisine.
Be sure to book early as the ryokan offers just 14 rooms.
Hotel Agora is also found a little out of Osaka City in a port city called Sakai (堺). The British architecture gives the hotel a chic, modern style reminiscent of London. Enjoy the night views over the sea and nearby Osaka City from the lounge on the 26th floor where you can treat yourself to afternoon tea or cocktails.
The bedrooms also offer views over the city which you can appreciate before relaxing in the hotel’s swimming pool and therapeutic facility.
The unbeatable food that Osaka is known for can be savoured at one of Hotel Agora’s many restaurants, which are especially delicious thanks to the hotel’s proximity to the sea.
Hotel New Otani Osaka (ホテルニューオータニ大阪) is in an ideal location next to Osaka Castle Park (大阪城公園). A peek out the hotel’s windows will greet you with the impressive sights of both the park and Osaka Castle which towers above the city.
The peaceful atmosphere of this central part of the city is reflected in the hotel’s ambiance with its calm corridors and commodious rooms. The variety of rooms allows you to choose between a view over the city or a view of the castle, as well as the option to go for a room filled with Japanese artwork.
Make the most of the hotel’s facilities including its large indoor pool.
See your chef cook up delicious meals before your eyes with the hotel restaurant or treat yourself to a beverage at the bar on the 18th floor.
Head to Osaka Bay to relax at one of Universal Studios Japan’s best official hotels on offer. The grand hotel offers a fun vibe to continue your day of entertainment with dinosaurs that welcome you into the hotel, Minions in the lobby and an ocean theme on the top floor.
The hotel’s restaurant, Treasure Experiences, has something to appeal to everyone’s appetite with 90 different dishes offered on their buffet menu.
The rooms are also colourful and spacious offering several different styles to accommodate different numbers and combinations of people. Of course, there are many options for families to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible.
Overlooking Universal Studios Japan’s theme park is Hotel Keihan Universal Tower (ホテル京阪 ユニバーサル・タワー). Fun views from your bedroom window can also be enjoyed from Top of Universal, the hotel’s restaurant which is found on the top floor of the tower. Pop to THE GARDEN (ザ・ガーデン) restaurant if buffets are more your thing.
You’ll feel like a movie star entering this hotel with its impressive decoration and its grand staircase which leads you up to the rooms.
Suites and special family rooms guarantee all you’ll need no matter who you’re visiting the park with. If all the excitement has worn you out, whizz up in the elevator to the 31st floor where you’ll find natural hot springs, a jacuzzi and sauna with night views.
For those who like their space and privacy, Fraser Residence’s condominium provides guests with their own apartments within a complex. Based in the central location of Namba (難波) city, return home like a local after a long day of exploring the city to your apartment fitted out with bedrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen.
Within the complex, there is a Spanish restaurant so you don’t have to travel far to fill up on delicious cuisine. You can also release some extra energy at any time of day at the Fraser Residence’s 24-hour gym or soak your muscles in the steam room and sauna.
Step off the tireless streets of Dotonbori (道頓堀) into the tranquil setting of Namba Oriental Hotel (なんばオリエンタルホテル). Greeted by the hotel’s beautiful gardens, expect the same continuation of style and sophistication once you’ve entered the doors.
With each floor lending itself to a different style, you can opt for a simple style decked out with modern furniture or an oriental style room for a more traditional feel.
The hotel respectfully maintains Osaka’s reputation for good food with its menu consisting of local Osakan food for breakfast, the buffet lunch and the evening shabu shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ) hot pot.
Found in the beautiful Osaka Bay, Hotel La Raison boasts spacious rooms, fine dining and a great location.
As an associate hotel of Universal Studios Japan, getting to the park is easy with the bus service going to and from USJ from the hotel in just 15 minutes. The hotel’s handy location also promises an easy trip to other attractions around Osaka.
Experience top quality service at the hotel’s wine bar where you can have your first taste of Japanese wines or sup on a colourful cocktail. Carefully selected wines also compliment the food served up in the hotel restaurant which focuses on energy, beauty and health.
Nestled in the buzzing areas of Umeda and Kitashinchi lies Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama (ホテルブライトンシティ大阪北浜). Bedrooms offer ample room to make yourself at home making for the perfect place to come back to after a day of exploring.
While you’re so close to the sea and in the nation’s most celebrated city of gastronomy, it would seem wrong not to try out some seafood. Hotel Brighton City’s restaurant serves a different type of fish every day of the week, promising exciting new flavours with the chefs’ new creations.
Just a one-minute walk from Shin-Osaka Station (新大阪駅), a main station on the shinkansen (新幹線) line, is the spectacular Courtyard by Marriott. This hotel employs a modern style while keeping it simple and stylish.
Dig into a dinner of international grilled foods at the hotel’s restaurant with a view, all followed by a taste of sake, Japan’s national drink.
Hotel Monterey Grasmere takes inspiration from grand traditional British houses with its classic style and beautiful antiques found scattered around the functional rooms and guest rooms.
As well as commodious bedrooms you can request special mattresses for pets if you’re planning to bring your favourite furry friends along.
Experience sophistication, fine dining and sparkling night views at one of the hotel’s three restaurants, which offer teppanyaki (鉄板焼き), French and Japanese cuisine.
The hotel’s tea lounge also offers a space for relaxing in the afternoon and transforms into a chic bar at night.
The prominent Sheraton Miyako Hotel offers a fusion of western and Japanese style and culture behind its towering walls. The traditional corridors give us a refreshing reminder of traditional aspects of Japan while other rooms around the hotel offer a sophisticated style that introduces the best of both worlds.
Test out some delicious grilled dishes at the hotel’s teppanyaki restaurant or healthy Chinese dishes matched with Chinese wine. Big groups can book out private dining rooms.
Finish your day off at the Miyako Health Club to benefit from the indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym.
Set just off the banks of the river, the central Hotel Elsereine exudes elegance and style with the classical music in the background complimenting the hotel’s bright and clean rooms.
The hotel’s terrace cafe serves organic drinks in a beautiful setting while the indoor Japanese restaurant proposes an authentic Japanese menu alongside stunning urban views.
The hotel is also the proud owner of Michelin star patisserie Quatre Feuilles where you can discover the delectable flavours of sweet creations as well as their savoury lunch options.
Hotel the Grandee Shinsaibashi (ホテルザグランデ心斎橋) is found in the heart of busy shopping district Shinsaibashi (心斎橋). However, once you’re in the hotel you’ll feel that you have connected with nature thanks to the hotel’s creative designs.
Each room has been well thought out displaying different themes using art and peaceful colours.
If the hotel’s unique designs weren’t already enough to inspire you, head to the bathroom where you can find your own private micro-bubble jacuzzi complete with calming colourful lights and even a TV you can watch from the tub.
Hotel Hanshin (ホテル阪神) offers a rare find in the city with its natural hot springs within the hotel’s walls. No need to head far out of the city as Hotel Hanshin is just one stop from Osaka Station but with the benefit of hot steamy baths with natural water to heal all your woes.
The hotel also offers a modern Japanese buffet created with seasonable vegetables for a unique, filling and flavour-packed dinner.
In the brightly lit Osaka Bay, not far from the aquarium, lies Hotel Osaka Bay Tower (ホテル大阪ベイタワー). Panoramic views from the hotel’s higher floors promise spectacular views out to sea and back onto the city. Best appreciated from the Sky Lounge Air Shop on the 51st floor, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with these views which change dramatically throughout the day.
Souvenirs can be bought from the hotel shop on the ground floor where you can find Japanese goodies to give your loved ones an insight to your unforgettable stay in Osaka.
Last up is one of the most unique accommodations on our list of places to stay in Osaka. This traditional Japanese ryokan has taken influence from the 80 shrines and temples in the surrounding area and gives you the opportunity to discover more about Buddhism from the temple.
You can join in the 7 am morning Buddhist service at the temple next door as well as learning about zazen (座禅) meditation and other Buddhist practices from a real monk. Thought that Kyoto was the main spot for temple visits? Osaka is, in fact, home to a number of temples and shrines including the largest temple in Japan, Shitennoji (四天王寺) Temple. Discover these with Wa-Qoo Shitaderamachi (和空 下寺町)’s guided tour of the surrounding temples and shrines.
Wa-Qoo Shitaderamachi’s rooms reflect the traditional and simplistic style associated with Buddhism. Tatami (畳) flooring and low tables for enjoying Japanese tea combine for a comfortable and authentic stay in the ryokan.
The hotel menu consists of colourful and healthy dishes. As Buddhist’s tend to follow a vegetarian diet, now’s your chance to discover vegetarian Japanese cuisine at its best.
While you’re unlikely to be disappointed with a stay at any of these first-class hotels, it’s sure that you have found the hotel or ryokan to suit your style and requirements, whether you’re on a romantic getaway, a family trip or in search of a quintessentially Japanese experience.
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