Stayed here with family (all adults) for 3 nights. This place has an awesome location, it's only one street away from the famous dotombori shopping and entertainment district, and it's above JR-NAMBA station. You walk out of the station and into the hotel. We had a JR-railpass, so it was very convenient. Don't forget there are two NAMBA train stations in the area, this one is the JR and the other one is for a private railway. If you take a JR-rapid service out of osaka Kansai Airport, you will have to transfer to a local train bound for JR NAMBA at Tennoji (approximately 50 minutes total). This train ride fast takes only 10 minutes more than the ride with the Haruka Express, but will save you the seat reservation fee. If you take the private railway out of Kansai Airport you end up in the other NAMBA station, which is a 20 minute walk underground to the Grasmere.
If you have a JR-railpass it's extremely easy to take a daytrip to Nara. The JR-NAMBA station is directly connected with the JR-NARA station, and the train ride only takes 50 minutes.Under the hotel is a shopping mall connected with the Dotombori district, which has a great supermarket with al kinds of sushi and bento boxes, so very convenient for daytrips.
The hotel itself has a beautiful upscale (5 star) lobby on the 22th floor. However the rooms are very small for international standards, but still larger than most other hotel rooms in Japan. Our room had a city view from the 28th floor, which was fabulous. The room was new (hotel was built in 2009 I thought) and the bed was comfortable. Although we tried very hard, we didn't get the airco to cool down, only to warm up. Since the standard temperature was quite hot in there, we had to open the window to cool the place down. The bathroom has all the Japanese amenities, including a heated toilet seat. The restaurant is quite expensive, we ate in the Dotombori district.
I would definitely recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in Namba, central Osaka, Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka is a modern hotel that held its grand opening back in the summer of 2009. There are many popular areas within walking distance of the hotel, which is also directly connected to Namba Station. The guest rooms, located on floors 24 through 31, are designed in the image of a British manor house / stately home. ... more less
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