I've stayed in budget hotels in Tokyo that were triple the cost of this place, so I was quite skeptical when I decided to book it worrying that I cheaped out too much. I can't stand hostels, shared/noisy accommodations and not having my own toilet/shower is not for me. This place does have shared restrooms and showers but the price was so low I thought I would try it anyway, I could always change my hotel if I didn't like it and was only losing out on about $20/day so it wasn't a big deal. The staff were very friendly, to the point that you can just show up having done no planning or research and they can send you on your way to to the top destinations in Osaka as well as to nearby Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. The area is a bit rough by Japanese standards but it's right next to two train stations that are very well connected and can get you pretty much anywhere, even to the airport without connecting. I did have to make a connection to get to Kyoto for a day trip but getting to Nara was a piece of cake. It's also just a 25 minute walk from the Namba area which is hands down the best area of the city by day or night. The stroll also takes you through Den Den town which is a very tame version of Akihabara but still full of interesting things to see. If you don't mind going for a walk or jumping on the subway the location is just fine if you're looking to save some money, it's by far and away the cheapest option without staying at a dreadful hostel... You will even meet other travelers in the lobby which can be helpful to find a drinking buddy (I was fortunate enough to meet some locals my first night out who helped show me around and take me to some amazing bars). The room was tiny, the wifi wasn't great (signal was weak at times and slow), the pillow was awful but it had a fridge and the AC worked great. The small room motivated me to get out and explore when I otherwise would have hung out in my hotel room much longer (thanks to my excessive drinking) if it were nicer, so that was the one positive aspect for the small, uncomfortable room.
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