I stayed for 4 nights from the 8th of August to the 12th of August(check out) over the loooooong weekend in Singapore. Seeing that I already spent a bomb on air fare, I wasn't prepared to pay over the odds for a hotel which I was only going to spend time sleeping in! The hotel might be a little hard to find initially, but having done our research before hand, we found it in no time. The hotel is located 3 min from namba station in minami district of Osaka. Which is a brilliant location for the price we paid. Approx. 6300yen per night for our single room(we had 2 singles and 1 twin) and 11,000yen for the twin.
Namba station connects easily enough to Kansai airport as well as to the main tourist attractions outside Osaka such as Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. Me and my party of 3 friends arrived from Kansai airport at 10.30am, before the check in time hoping to get a room to rest our weary legs and minds(overnight flights are not my thing). The staff were apologetic that they were unable to accede to our request, however they took our luggage in and placed them under a netting in the lobby, allowing us to explore dotonbori which was literally just outside the hotel. The hotel was fully booked as it was the fireworks festival in Osaka, and Tokyo as well, so they didn't have too many vacant rooms.
It was a little early, but already the area was starting to bustle with life. The area is full of eateries, and seeing that the ramen shop "jing long" just round the bend was open, we decided to grab some breakfast. The hotel called us at about 12 and said that 2 rooms were ready and if we would like to check in first. Naturally we gladly took up that option.
From what we saw on tripadvsior, the rooms were small and a little dark/gloomy. But having read prior reviews, we were prepared for it. The free wifi in the rooms and in the hotel more than made up for the gloominess...The room was spotless and clean, as what you'd expect from a hotel in Japan. The toilet itself was small as well. I would imagine for a bigger set person, some problems might present, but one of my friends was 110kg and he fit in just fine.The bed was a little hard, but comfortable. Though there isn't a thermostat to control the temperature, you can control the strength of the air conditioning(low/medium/high). There isn't much room for luggage, but bearing in mind this is a budget hotel in a the centre of a big city in japan, i wouldn't expect any less.
Breakfast was included in the accommodation plan, and although there wasn't much variety, it was sufficient. Eggs, Bread and coffee were good enough for me. In any case, there are plenty of restaurants or convenience stores dotted around the hotel.
The staff were excellent throughout, always helpful and polite. The mandarin speaking lady in particular was extremely helpful as she was able to translate whatever we needed. We had problems booking some day tours to Kyoto and Nara and the manager was able to help sort it out for us. top drawer service.
The only drawback for me was perhaps the size of the room. It was small, but having said that, this is japan and basically I only spent time in the room sleeping. So not much of an issue as well.
All in all, a really great place to stay. SGD$80(USD63) for a room in the centre of Osaka! I for one, will definitely come back to stay when i visit Osaka again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the bustling district of Namba in the Minami-area of Osaka, Hotel Nissei aims to fufilll all your travel requirements at an affordable and economical price. Easily accessible via Nanba Station and within walkable distance of Nipponbashi station, Hotel Nissei is all about the location. With Kyoto, Nara and Kobe all within an hour of Nanba Station, Hotel Nissei is the perfect place with which to base your Kansai Experience from. ... more less
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