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Hotel Nikko Osaka

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Title of Review/Name of Hotel:
Hotel Nikko Osaka

Location/Area of Hotel:
Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka

Date of Use:
February 2024

Type of Hotel:
Regular Hotel (4/5 Star)

Does the hotel require a keycard for access to guest rooms?:
No

Cost of Room?
$145 a night

Check-In Service:
Walk-In Kiosk/Reception Counter

Number of Persons:
2P

Review Narrative:
This was my first visit to Osaka. I've transferred at KIX, but never stepped out the airport. Picking a hotel is always difficult when you are not familiar with the area. The only thing I really knew about Osaka is that I wanted to to visit Dotonbori, enjoy the area, and some Delivery Health.

Hotel Nikko Osaka checked all the boxes and it wasn't too expensive. The hotel is located right off the Shinsaibashi Station on the Midosuji line. The hotel basement is actually connected to the station, which was a huge plus. This is a standard 4 star hotel with nice amenities and room size.

Once you stepped out the hotel lobby, the Shinsaibash Daimaru shopping area is right across the street, which has a lot of high end stores. I was able to walk the entire street until I reached Dotonbori. The hotel is also a few blocks away from Amerika-Mura.

Now for the fun part. When I called the shop, they asked which hotel I was staying at. I told them the Hotel Nikko and I asked if there would be any issues. They said they delivered to the hotel often, which put my mind at ease.

The delivery was very smooth. The provider came right up to my room and knocked on the door. I let her in and we had a good time. I didn't have to meet the provider in the lobby or walk her out.

I will be back in Osaka next year and have no hesitation in booking my stay at this hotel again. The fact its connected to the train station and the proximity to all the shopping and entertainment area is awesome. I may do another delivery session, but I plan to explore and enjoy Matsushima Shinchi and Tobita Shinchi.

Final Rating:
★★★★★ (5 Stars)
 
Title of Review/Name of Hotel:
Hotel Nikko Osaka

Location/Area of Hotel:
Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka

Date of Use:
February 2024

Type of Hotel:
Regular Hotel (4/5 Star)

Does the hotel require a keycard for access to guest rooms?:
No

Cost of Room?
$145 a night

Check-In Service:
Walk-In Kiosk/Reception Counter

Number of Persons:
2P

Review Narrative:
This was my first visit to Osaka. I've transferred at KIX, but never stepped out the airport. Picking a hotel is always difficult when you are not familiar with the area. The only thing I really knew about Osaka is that I wanted to to visit Dotonbori, enjoy the area, and some Delivery Health.

Hotel Nikko Osaka checked all the boxes and it wasn't too expensive. The hotel is located right off the Shinsaibashi Station on the Midosuji line. The hotel basement is actually connected to the station, which was a huge plus. This is a standard 4 star hotel with nice amenities and room size.

Once you stepped out the hotel lobby, the Shinsaibash Daimaru shopping area is right across the street, which has a lot of high end stores. I was able to walk the entire street until I reached Dotonbori. The hotel is also a few blocks away from Amerika-Mura.

Now for the fun part. When I called the shop, they asked which hotel I was staying at. I told them the Hotel Nikko and I asked if there would be any issues. They said they delivered to the hotel often, which put my mind at ease.

The delivery was very smooth. The provider came right up to my room and knocked on the door. I let her in and we had a good time. I didn't have to meet the provider in the lobby or walk her out.

I will be back in Osaka next year and have no hesitation in booking my stay at this hotel again. The fact its connected to the train station and the proximity to all the shopping and entertainment area is awesome. I may do another delivery session, but I plan to explore and enjoy Matsushima Shinchi and Tobita Shinchi.

Final Rating:
★★★★★ (5 Stars)

I don't know how much time you spend in Japan, or if you have a large number of contacts/colleagues/friends who are often in Japan/Osaka, but in case you're considering other P4P options while in town that might involve bringing a girl back to your hotel with you and are sensitive about being seen/caught in the act by people you know, do keep in mind that while Nikko is a fine hotel and you'll have no problem from the staff, EVERY-FUCKING-BODY who isn't particularly familiar with Osaka but stops over for a few days ends up staying at Nikko. If you have a lot of friends or colleagues who may be in town at the same time, there's a good chance you may see them in the lobby.

That aside, and also setting aside my outright revulsion toward Osaka (PTSD due to my six years there, long story) my only other advice would be that if you're planning to stay in Shinsaibashi/Namba again during your next trip and also hit the blocks in Tobita, despite what it may appear to be on most maps, the area is actually quite small and, in a pinch, it's no problem at all simply walking from your hotel to Tobita and avoiding the hassle that is Tennoji Station underground. It's only about 20-30 minutes walk and there's a shit-ton of stuff to see along the way--Den Den Town (porn, games, 40yo male virgins), Namba Parks to slam some drinks (also the Asahi Beer Restaurant), Tsutenkaku area to take the obligatory stupid fucking tourist selfie and gorge yourself in Japan's kushi-katsu mecca, not to mention a trip to Spa World...or maybe save that for AFTER Tobita, to wash off the evidence and enjoy an extra hot rotenburo bath. I was just back there a couple months ago and they're definitely making some improvements, plus the old Korean ladies in the akasuri room still did a masterful job of scrubbing my asshole and below my ballsack and/or if I was fifteen years younger I might've gotten hard on the shower table and made things interesting.

BUT, if Tobita/Matsushima/whatever-shinchi is your sole reason for going back to KIX/Osaka, I say this now so you won't have to learn it later: JUST GO TO TOKYO.
 
Hey Keihan,

Thanks for your input, I didn't know the Nikko was that popular. I was traveling solo and do not know anyone in Japan. So luckily I won't be running into anyone I know. I was there for only 2 nights then went down to Intex to attend Osaka Auto Messe. There was a lot I still want to see and experience in Osaka, including USJ. I didn't realize there were so many things to do between the hotel and Tobita, which is really cool.

Since you were in Osaka for 6 years, are there any other hotels you would recommend? Nikko just seem to have the right balance of price and convenience. For my next tour through Japan, I curently have Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, and Fukuoka on my intinerary, before heading to my final destination in Bangkok.
 
Since you were in Osaka for 6 years, are there any other hotels you would recommend?
People who live/lived in a city are the worst to ask for hotel advice, since they (almost) never use the hotels.
 
Since you were in Osaka for 6 years, are there any other hotels you would recommend? Nikko just seem to have the right balance of price and convenience. For my next tour through Japan, I curently have Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, and Fukuoka on my intinerary, before heading to my final destination in Bangkok.

While @Sudsy may have a point that applies to most folks, as always, I'm in an entirely different realm of awesome so such does not apply to me.

But really, I'm generally forced to be back in town two to three times a year, generally alone, and I absolutely do not do the whole "stay with friends" bullshit so I am intimately familiar with hotels that suit my purposes. Particularly pre-pandemic, I made a hobby of staying in as many of the newer hotels as possible, just to try them out. And for me, I have three requirements in a hotel: One, either a public onsen or proper separate shower/bath (I do NOT do those cheap, tiny combo bath/sink things; two, either a large coin-laundry facility or w/d in the room; and then three, rooms in the $200-$300-ish/night range, because while I don't want luxury I also don't want to be in any facility with cheap rooms (cheap rooms = cheap people, and the Osaka is enraging enough with all the low-class natives OUTSIDE the hotel).

Main thing, there is no reason on Earth to stay in Shinsaibashi/Namba. It's a disgusting area overrun with tourists and the streets are a royal fucking pain to drag your luggage through. Plus, all the hotels that I prefer (Dormy corporate is my preferred hotel brand) are over near Nagahoribashi, so a wonderful 20-minute walk through narrow streets packed with screaming, shoving Middle Kingdom tourists is not my idea of great way to kick off a vacation.

Stay in Umeda (Osaka Station). It is THE hub from which any and every noteworthy location in Kansai is easiest to access. Judging by your itinerary I'm going to assume you'll be traversing prefectures by Shinkansen, and Umeda/Osaka is only a few minutes away from JR Shin Osaka (where you DO NOT want to stay) on multiple JR lines. Yes, Umeda is still packed with tourists, but it's far less of an iconic tourism destination than Namba and far more of a business hub type atmosphere. And, the hotels are far better.

My current go-to hotel in Osaka/Umeda is Hotel Intergate, just behind Hilton Plaza outside Osaka Station. The area can be a little confusing for those not familiar with Osaka but that's not me. New, modern, good facilities, good staff, quick check-in/out, decent breakfast buffet and the inevitable tourists there are definitely a class above what you'll find in any Toyoko Inn (even the Chinese). I mean, the ground floor of the hotel is a fucking Rolls Royce dealership so take from what what you will.

Otherwise, if you just want to be lazy, not have to worry about directions and don't care about having no laundry facility, the go-to is just staying at Granvia in Osaka Station. It's kinda like Nikko--fucking EVERYONE stays there. You can't possibly get lost or not find it as it's right at the south exit of the central area of Osaka Station. Massive restaurant, staff hovering around constantly to babysit dumb tourists, generic rooms that aren't nice but aren't not nice and just pricey enough that you won't have to deal with the "budget hotel" crowd you definitely find in, say, Shin-Imamiya or anywhere along the Tanimachi Line.