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Toyoko Inn Osaka Nanba
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      Reviewed 22 August 2013

      This was a very convenient location - Namba is one of the main hubs of Osaka and we got on the Nankai Airport express train and came straight to the Namba station for 890Yen, 50 minute ride. If you catch the limited express train it is 1400 with reserved seats and better air conditioning, and a 40 minute ride. For a 10 minute difference, the less expensive train was fine. Once you get to the airport, look for the Nankai line and buy a ticket from the attendant who can tell you which train and time you need to get on. Once you arrive at Namba, head to central gate 2F, and turn right toward the gymnasium/fitness center. It is about a 5-10 minute walk from there.

      Hotel itself is very clean like all Toyoko Inns and quite small. We stayed for 6 nights in a double, non smoking room. Hubby is 6' tall and fit ok on the bed with me (I'm 5' tall). Suitcases have to fit under the bed, there are no drawers to store anything, and only 4 hangers to put up your clothes. A/C works really well and the bed was firm and comfortable. Pillows are buckwheat on one side and a regular pillow on the other. There is a hot pot in the room with two types of tea and a small refrigerator that you have to turn on to use. Japan is voltage friendly for the US folks, however, it is only a 2 prong plug on the wall. Bring a 2 prong adaptor if you need to plug in your 3 prong laptop. Outlets work fine for iPads and iPhones that are a 2prong plug.

      Breakfast was ok - we were used to Japanese breakfasts at the other Toyoko Inns so this was a bit of a disappointment. Fluffy croissants, fresh baked rolls, jam, margarine, and cold scrambled eggs with a green salad. they also have a decent coffee. Every other day they switched the eggs out for some sausage - it was ok. Across the street, we found a small restaurant named Sukiya - and they served a good salmon, miso soup, and rice breakfast for 480Yen. We had our croissants then went to eat miso soup with salmon.

      100Yen store is also across the street as well as a family mart about 100 yards away from the hotel. Good location to travel to Kyoto, Mt. Koya, Nara from the Namba station.

      Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
      4  Thank rainb0wtraveler
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      Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

      Toyoko Inn is like the Starbucks of business hotels chains specializing in budget accommodations for businessmen. If you've stayed in a Toyoko Inn, you know what to expect, down to the disposable foot slippers. There's a clean bed, TV, Toto toilet with the bidet options and a Japanese-style deep tub with great shower. Breakfast is your basic carbs and caffeine (rice balls or bread/croissants with coffee and tea) and some modest side dishes.

      A strength of this Toyoko is its location just a short walk away from Nanba station, one of Osaka's transportation hubs. You're also close to the attractions of the Dotonbori and the shopping at Shinsaibashi, among many other things. Close to the hotel you'll also find two shrines, one involving a huge head.

      This is my first choice whenever I'm in Osaka. If you like Toyoko Inn's modest, reliable style, sign up for a lifetime membership card (about $12USD at this moment) that'll allow you to reserve early on their website with a small discount and free accommodation with enough stays.

      • Stayed: April 2013
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      1  Thank Nomihodai
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      Reviewed 12 July 2013

      Small room but everything is in it. Good location, close to the park and metro.
      Breakfast was very nice! The clean every day and staff is friendly.
      Girls get a present wen the arrive and you can get free stuff at the reception.
      Get your pyjama at the reception and take a nap in these incredibly nice /good pillows.

      • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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      1  Thank Wereldbolletjerond
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      Reviewed 6 July 2013

      Overall, a good budget option in a good location.

      Although there may be other similar hotels in the area, this is actually quite a good location. Just 5-10 minutes walk (about 3-4 blocks plus walk indoors to the train platforms) from the Nankai train station which also connects indoor to the Namba subway station. Nankai trains will take you straight to the airport without any transfers so it's quite convenient even if you have to travel with luggage. Then the Midosuji subway connects you to other areas like Shin-Osaka, Umeda, and other popular subway lines. The Nankai and Namba station area is actually an area with lots of shops and beside it, the Namba City, upscale Namba Parks, Takashimaya and if you walk further you can reach Dotonburi area, Kuromon Market, Dogayushi Street (kitchen ware), and Shinsaibashi shopping strip. Not just for shopping, these areas are great for sightseeing, people watching and trying the popular takoyaki and okonomiyaki. JR station is a little bit farther from the hotel but walkable too, but not as convenient for this line. The hotel faces a large street (Motomachi) but is not as noisy as expected except for a little bit of the train and traffic sound from lower floors.

      The rooms and bathrooms are small, but is average by Japanese standards. It's hard if you have large luggage but they say you can put this under the bed. Yes, but they don't really offer a lot of space for the stuff you take out of your luggage, only 3 hangers on a rod on the wall. So even if you can put your luggage under the bed, you still have to pull it out every so often to take/put your stuff. Single and double economy are pretty much the same with a double/queen bed so paying for the double economy seems to be not worth it. If you are two people, get the 2 single beds instead for more space. The room and bathroom is pretty clean. They also offer cleaning every 3 days instead of every day for a discount on the room. Even if you choose this eco mode, you still get fresh towels and tea bag refill which is hang on your door. I think this is really cool.

      The lobby is combined with a small eating area with a long table and a bar counter. It's basically the breakfast area in the mornings and a waiting area the rest of the day. They have a water dispenser and an ice machine which you can access all throughout the day, plus of course the usual vending machines. This is a great option. We've had two times we had to take out food and eat at the hotel and it's good that we don't have to stink up the room with food smell. We can just eat at the lobby before heading for the room. Besides, the room is small, haha! Breakfast is a bit crowded, sometimes, you have to wait to get a seat but the turnover is quite quick. Breakfast fare here is basic and Western, regularly have breads which included excellent croissants (they're really good!) and macaroni or potato salad. Some days it has scrambled eggs. And of course, coffee, orange juice and milk. I wish they had at least some sausage or ham. Another Toyoki Inn I went to serve Japanese food and seem to have more variety than this one.

      Ladies get a free gift pack upon check-in with a few choices of toiletry stuff, e.g. wash cloth, hair clips, face mask. There are also other toiletries like shaver, comb available at the reception area for free. Night robes are available in a sanitation cabinet at the lobby area for guest use. You can just get one yourself before heading to the room.

      The hotel also has a laundry room, this one had 2 sets of washer and dryer. 200 yen for wash and 100 yen for a 30-minute dry. And 30 yen for detergent. These are usually in use in the evenings. I did not have to wash during my stay in this hotel so it wasn't an issue.

      Hotel offers free wifi, which can sometimes be a bit limited (viber does not work here). They also have two workstations at the lobby if you need a laptop. They might have a printer too but not sure. They also have lots of maps and guides. Check out the flyers/brochures for some possible discount coupons to the attractions.

      The hotel only has 1 elevator and yes, this could be inconvenient if you are in a hurry, especially in the mornings or if there's a lot of you with luggage. But during the rest of the day, it is ok.

      The reception staff were great, really helpful and friendly. We've had to change rooms for 2 consecutive nights because of the unavailability of a non-smoking room that day. The reception handled our transfers effectively. Of course, there's just that hassle of having to bring down our luggages every time, but they made sure it was safe. Big luggages were kept under a net at the side of the reception while small bags/packages were kept inside the reception area.

      I had a package to send as I had the impression that they had a post office or receiving station, but they sent me to the actual post office about 2 blocks away, which was not such a big deal.

      Room Tip: Pick a room on the top floors if you are a light sleeper, at lower floors you can hear the train and traffic.
      • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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      3  Thank kormensandiego
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      Reviewed 23 June 2013

      Toyoko Inn has a very high level of chain consistency, so all their branches are almost exactly the same (practical and cosy) and therefore very predictable. This particular one is an exception in that instead of the usual skeleton Japanese-style breakfast (miso soup, rice and pickles), they serve the Japanese interpretation of a European meal: spaghetti in tomato sauce, salad, scrambled eggs and bread. I would normally prefer Japanese-style breakfast, but their bread rolls and baguettes were superb, amazingly for Japan, whose population still seems to be trying to grasp what bread should be. This Toyoko's bread tasted obviously freshly baked, in plentiful amount (even though the Japanese usually count the slices) and really as good as you would get it anywhere in France, no less. I was impressed by it and also by their coffee, which was present in excellent electric filter hot-plate machines. With unlimited margarine and strawberry jam, I couldn't ask for more.

      • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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      1  Thank Steven G
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