Me and my friend stayed in the guesthouse for a night, and really enjoyed it. Guesthouse U-En boasts a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere for those who wish to relax after the day's travels in the spacious guest room, complete with a large kotatsu (table with a warmer) which is a lifesaver for the cold days. The tatami rooms are spacious, albeit with quite a low ceiling, but very cosy and well insulated. The staff members are extremely lovely, friendly and extremely helpful. The guesthouse also has a very beautiful and colorful interior, due to a recent renovation.
If there was any minor complaints, other guests might be quite loud past bedtime and it would also be the location; but there are stations require about 10-15 minute walk. However it is close to the Umeda area which has a large underground shopping complex and great local choices of local eateries (there is an excellent Takoyaki shop very close to the guesthouse) and nearby convenience stores. I highly recommend the guesthouse for anyone looking for an affordable, relaxed stay to walk around Central Osaka or to meet fellow guests !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel features a spacious shared living area containing a fully-equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire hostel. We are also able to provide you with a bike for 500 yen per day. Thanks to our pin controlled front entrance we are able to provide a secure environment without the need for a curfew. We invite you to relax in this historic building, enjoy a friendly, fun and intimate atmosphere, surf our top-of-the-range internet and make yourself at home! Our knowledgeable staff will help you navigate the city by providing a free map and directing you, by the best and most affordable way, to the many points of interest in Osaka. Old townhouse has been restored into contemporary accommodation retaining its traditional Japanese style. Please take a note our building as it's an old wooden house has no enough sound proof. Also, All our facilities are on shared basis as we are designed with independent young travelers in mind. We are a hostel and not a hotel or Ryokan. We are focused on giving you a fun and cheap way to travel, rather than providing luxuries. ... more less
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