In my brief time travelling through the Japanese city of Osaka, I chose to stay at the Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Yodoyabashi.
A low-key boutique hotel Osaka that caters for business people, families and solo travellers, and that was precisely the category I fit into on my trip to Osaka, a solo traveller.
Paying for the hotel through my means, after a positive experience staying at the Mitsui Kyoto Hotel, I found it ideal for giving the Mitsui Hotel in Osaka a try.
The hotel was entirely appropriate for what I had been seeking. A place to sleep and work quietly during the night that didn’t cost a fortune and the Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka lived up to the bill.
Let’s get stuck into the review of the Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Yodoyabashi and forgive the long name but there are several other Mitsui hotels in Japan.
Hotel Review – Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Yodoyabashi
Where is Hotel Review – Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Yodoyabashi
The Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Yodoybashi is in the Kitahama area of Osaka and is approximately a five-minute walk from either the Kitahama and Yodoybashi Station.
Situated nearby there are many restaurants; lovely river walks with café’s and multiple train stations to reach popular attractions and a few smaller shopping outlets.
To get to most major attractions in the city such as Umeda and Dotonbori it is an approximately ten-minute train ride.
Osaka Castle is about the closest main attraction to the hotel and is a half-hour walk down the O River to the castle.
The Mitsui Hotel Rooms
For my stay at the Mitsui Hotel Osaka, I only needed a single type room that featured a double bed, air-conditioning, WIFI, television with only local channels and a private bathroom.
The room was certainly cozy, but staying alone in the hotel, space was certainly not an issue.
There are several types of rooms available at the hotel that cater for other needs with superior and deluxe type rooms that can also provide to couples and families and come at a reasonable price for a 3-star hotel.
For your information, for a single place, I paid around AUD$100.
The Lounge, Lobby and Restaurant Area
The lounge and Lobby Is the first area of the hotel you see and an excellent way to begin your stay at the hotel.
The Lobby is a large open area with a few lounge chairs and the reception area where the friendly staff will often greet you day in day out and help with any request that you may have. Most reception staff speak English.
The Lounge area, across the lobby, offers many comfortable lounge seats for the guest who want to sit down and relax with free complimentary coffee or tea and mingle other guests.
There are also computers available in the lounge for guest to use for those who have urgent business work to complete, with free WIFI available throughout the entire hotel.
The hotel puts on breakfast every morning, with an additional charge, I didn’t partake in the breakfast, due to cheaper options available elsewhere, but by all reports, they do put on a very nice Japanese style buffet.
The Good Bits of Mitsui Osaka
The cleanliness of the hotel is evident from the moment you step foot onto the premises of the Mitsui Hotel.
From the lobby to the lounge, all the way through to the hallways and into the private rooms, you won’t find a speck of dust anywhere.
A Free Rental smartphone is available for all guests in every room and its great value for travellers who are out and about in Osaka and are in an instant for an internet connection. The Smartphone also has links to maps and city guides.
The bad bits
The Mitsui Hotel Osaka is not overly a central location and getting to the famous spots of the city can take a little bit of time, nothing too strenuous however with most attractions in the town is no further than 30-minutes by train.
There was no bottled water in the room. I couldn’t believe this; I haven’t stayed in a minimum 3-star hotel where there is no water, which surprised me a little since Mitsui Kyoto had their bottled water provided daily.
Yes, they aren’t huge issues, but nothing wrong with throwing in a few of those negative nellies.
Fair Dinkum Traveller Rating
It was a nice hotel that I had no issues with or any significant reason to complain.
The hotel served my purposes well, and for that, it was a more satisfactory stay. It may not make my list of best hotels that I have ever been to, but I would pay money for a return trip. 6/10
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