Hotel Hankyu International
What We Love
- Stunning skyline views from all rooms
- A choice of seven restaurants and two bars
- Italian-inspired interiors with plenty of marble and furniture from Florence and Venice
What To Know
- The hotel occupies the top 10 floors of the 34-story Applause building (which also houses theaters, restaurants and shops)
- Free WiFi
- Some bathrooms feature tub-level windows with skyline views
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In Osaka’s Umeda district, a bustling commercial hub, the Hotel Hankyu International occupies the top 10 floors of the 34-story Applause tower. The marble lobby sets an opulent tone with its lofty glass vaulted ceiling and Art Deco–style fountain. The interiors are inspired by Renaissance architecture, and much of the furniture comes from Florence and Venice. The guestrooms feature contemporary Japanese artworks, and all have views of Osaka’s glittering skyline. Many of the bathrooms feature tub-level windows to make the most of the views. Relax with a dip in the large indoor pool, or book an in-room massage at reception. There are seven restaurants to choose from: You can dine on fancy French fare at Malmaison, traditional Chinese at Shun Ran Mon, teppanyaki at Chayamachi, super-fresh sushi at Okina-zushi and top-notch tempura at Ippoh, or have afternoon tea at Parterre and buffet dishes at Night and Day. Finish the day with a cocktail at the Solamente piano lounge or a single malt and a Cuban cigar in one of the private rooms at Bar Ceres.
In the Area
Osaka is the birthplace of bunraku, Japan’s ancient puppetry artform. Catch one of the mesmerizing shows at the elegant National Bunraku Theater. For designer clothes and accessories (think Gucci, Dior and Versace) look no further than the swish downtown shopping center Shinsaibashi. Step back in time at the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses, a collection of painstakingly reconstructed 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century farm buildings. The museum is located in Ryokuchi-koen Park (in October and November the maple trees come alive with fiery red leaves). The property is a three-minute walk from the Umeda Station and a 30-minute train ride from Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan.
How to Get There
My family travelled to Japan late September/early October. We flew into Osaka airport & caught the shuttle bus into the city. We were dropped at the nearby subway station as it was after 7pm ( the shuttle bus did not stop at our hotel after that time). We had to walk from the subway and although it was only a 7 min walk we got lost. A wonderful Japanese gentleman came to our rescue and walked us to the Reception desk at the Hankyu International, located on the 2nd floor. We were given a suite with entry hall, 1 bedroom, large bathroom and sitting room. The room was on the corner on the 10th floor with a wonderful view. The hotel rooms were well appointed, clean and very comfortable. The location was close enough for an easy walk to the main shopping centre and railway station.
The front desk was very helpful and located an adaptor for use during our stay. Free WiFi included. We stayed 3 nights and I would be happy to return. We only ate breakfast there on our last morning and it was very tasty and substantial. The restaurant was nearly 'European' in it's decor. The staff very attentive. I highly recommend this hotel although it is somewhat costly but not unreason for the standard of accomodation and the services provided.
Nice hotel, helpful staff with great service. I booked a superior room but it was outdated and old. We paid extra to upgrade to luxury floor. Bed was comfy. However the toilet was the same. Grout was so dirty. We didn’t take bath. We’re told of the gym services free for luxury floor customers but we didn’t have time to enjoy. Yamamoto San and Yang San were the best employees I would say. They were willing to take extra Mille to help customers.
Pls see the pics of the grout.
We recently stayed at the Hotel Hankyu International. Upon check-in we went to the fitness center on the 7th floor with our kids. We were told that the fitness center is not part of the hotel and it belongs to a outside club, which means there is a charge of JPY3300 per person and no one under 18 years old is allowed in the club and the swimming pool.
I wish we would have known the above information prior to booking. Out of curiosity I went to the hotel website and checked the hotel information page, there is NO information of the fitness and the swimming pool. The only place that I can search and find the answer related to the fitness center is in the FAQ section.
I WILL NOT come back to this hotel and WOULD NOT recommend anyone with family to stay here. The lack of disclosure of information is not professional and upfront.