Sorry if some of these info are repeats that you have already read from other reviewers but need to reemphasize what a lovely boutique hotel this is. We stayed for 5 nights. One of the cleanest ever stayed in. Very well equipped with the basket of assessories provided everyday in the room, containing, hair dryer, bathrobe, bath towel, face towel, toothbrush and sponge for bath tub! On top of that, various freebies were given away at the hotel lobby e.g. face wash, cotton buds, combs, hair bands, etc. On the last few days of our stay, jars of Hair Spa cream were also provided for free...wow!! In the room, a great HDMI flat screen tv (but unfortunately no English channels) thermos pot provided with cups and green tea. Small room as reported but fair since this is Japan. Bathroom is huge relatively compared to the bedroom. Breakfast, complimentary and yummy,!! Served from 6.30 - 9.30 am. Although the breads, croissants and danish pastries were yummy, just wished that the management would vary some of the items. Suggestions, maybe change the jam, i.e. not marmalade everyday, change the cornflakes, different fruits besides bananas, change the flavour of the yogurt...little things like that would make the simple breakfast even more appealing. But do take note it is adequate, you can even bring the food up to your room to eat as the lobby may not have enough seats for everyone.
Location: Very convenient to subways, Honmachi station and Sakaisuji Honmachi stations giving you access to 5 lines. Really great for moving around. Take note of the various exits for each station. Some may complain it is too far from the activities and shopping but it is just a stop away from Shinsaibashi and 2 stops from Namba (the 2 busiest shopping & eating places). We did not attempt to walk as it was freezing cold during our visit but I believe from other reviewers, it is a mere 10-15 mins walk away. Public transport is expensive but if you compare with other items in Japan, it is affordable at JPY200 - JPY270 per ride. Plenty to say abt the subway & airport transportation but may take the whole day....daunting at first but gets easier everyday!! We even took our own transport to Kyoto to join the day tour there...absolutedly no problems...Food, great selection but again expensive but if you brave your way to attempt eating at local restaurants (without English menus) it is quite affordable and on a budget of JPY800 to JPY1,000, you would get a very good meal. If on low low budget, maybe can live on the box lunches or packed sushis found on the streets...that would be around JPY350 -500. Of course, if you go a bit upmarket, i.e. better restaurants and at classier joints, a meal can cost as much as JPY3,000 to JPY5,000 (again, it is up to you to choose.. and there are lots of choices). So for those who is thinking of attempting a free and easy trip to Osaka, please try...it is really worth it but a word of warning...research, research, research!!! Even with loads of research, there are still things we learnt on a daily basis....that makes the trip interesting I guess!!
We took the cheapest option i.e. smoking rooms. It was really ok and bearable and we didn't get...
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