This type of hotel wouldn't be our usual choice of hotel being as it is a fairly flashy looking place and being more like a city within itself. Our usual preferences are the smaller, local and mid price range affairs preferably central and also with good transport links close by...basically we don't look to spend any time in the hotel itself. So the fact that they had their own subway station was a major selling point as was the ludicrously cheap room rate.
Arriving in Osaka Central station off the train we found that they also had their own shuttle bus service as well which was also a major plus. This we found a easier than using their subway station, and it saved us some cash in just getting into central Osaka. The subway system doesn't seem particularly well connected in Osaka, certainly the RIGHA hotel is on the last stop on an isolated private line hence why the bus was quite handy. The overall location is also a bit deceptive. It looks nicely central but in reality you are quite a way away from the main sights.
Anyway, the hotel itself is actually quite a fascinating place. It is basically like a massive enclosed town with numerous restaurants and bars, an entire shopping complex, leisure facilities, the aforementioned subway station and if you want to buy a new car you can do that as well. The restaurant area on the ground floor is amazing with its feature waterfall and stream running through it. We indulged in a spot of crazy expensive afternoon tea there...you just have too really.
We also opted to purchase breakfast each morning as it was too difficult to trek into town given the distance to travel. It was buffet style all you can eat and was really very good with beautiful views of the grounds, but again very pricey. The massage services on offer in the other hotel tower are also recommended, but expensive.
The room itself, well, it was pretty average. Quite small, clean with a modern facade. My biggest gripe was noise, you could hear everything going on in the hallway and I swear there was music getting piped in throughout the day. I suppose you get what you pay for.
If you have money to burn and don't really fancy leaving your hotel then this is the place for you. And although it is a novel experience to stay here, for the budget conscious traveler I would look elsewhere as everything within the hotel is extremely pricey.
When we visit Osaka again (which will definitely happen due to their Craft beer scene alone) we would be more likely to visit the hotel just to wander around, have another massage or relax in the waterfall lounge. Would only stay if we could afford a deluxe room!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising above the waterways of Nakanoshima, the RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka (our group flagship) offers the finest in traditional Japanese services, luxurious rooms, banquet halls and restaurants, plus delightful surroundings: the perfect combination for a relaxing stay in Osaka. During its history of over half a century as Osaka's premier hotel, the RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka has played host to innumerable guests from Japan and overseas and has kept pace with the emergence of Osaka as one of the world's most prominent commercial cities. ... more less
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