Shin-Osaka advertises itself as a youth hostel, yet is anything but.
It has a lot of things going for it - it's in an excellent location, just a brief walk from Shin-Osaka train station. It's high up in a tower, commanding a great view and it is IMPECCABLY clean.
None of these benefits compensate for the hostel's huge, appalling flaw, which is its strict curfew. You may not enter or exit between the hours of 11pm and 6 am. Remember, this is purportedly a "youth" hostel and Osaka is famed for its nightlife. But that's not all! Neither are you allowed to be in your rooms between 10 am and 4pm, so even if you go out all night and come back at 6 am, you'll be tossed out into the corridor, hungover and sleep-deprived.
When I pay for a room, I expect to be able to use it at all times, and come and go when I please.
Shin-Osaka would be a good choice for older travellers, or young school groups - in fact, most of the other guests were elderly Japanese. If you are aged 18 to 30, or even if you are outside those ages but dislike being treated like a prisoner, AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE.
p.s. it has wifi, but only in the public areas like the lounge and the cafeteria. Presumably the staff, like school teachers, like to keep an eye on what you're doing. Yeesh.
- Also Known As:
- Shin-Osaka Youth Hostel Hotel
- Shin-Osaka Youth Hostel Hotel Osaka
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 25-room hostel offers a total of 126 beds, in either dorm-style or single unit rooms. ... more less
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