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
I booked a Non-smoking room, but it turned out that although the hotel is non-smoking since May this year, Hankyu didn't refurbish the rooms! I was shown 4 rooms and finally the fifth one was acceptable as smell was concerned.
Until Hankyu replaces all carpet flooring, this hotel is not suited for non-smokers. Typically for older hotels in Japan. Just spraying Airwick doesn't turn a smoking room into a non-smoking room.
My advice to foreign non-smoking visitors: look for hotels which are max. 4 years old, otherwise you will be disappointed.
Even "the best 5 star hotel in Osaka", which Hankyu International, I was told by a Japanese friend, is, will certainly disappoint non-smokers. Inspite of the good location, friendly staff and reasonable price.
Hankyu International should stop advertising the hotel as non-smoking until they renew the carpet flooring. Therefore my 3 star rating instead of a 4+
Best stay in Japan with the superior suite that sleeps four with two king beds and luxurious room! Hotel service is excellent, comes with breakfast coupons you can use to eat downstairs for breakfast ( choice of western or Japanese) or even room service! And if you decides to sleep in you can change to coupons to lunch coupon for Chinese, Teppanyaki or buffet. The hotel is located conveniently at Umeda which is within walkable distance to big shopping malls and food eateries all over the places. Unfortunately we needed to go to the clinic and they have a medical clinic next building which is very convenient for us. Staff are super nice they also offer free origami lessons to kids as well. Overall excellent stay in Osaka!
We spent 6 nights here. Checkin was efficient and friendly. Our room was very spacious, quite big for Japan. We had a great view over the city. The room had everything we needed for our stay and we were very comfortable here. The hotel is a short walk from Osaka/Umeda stations and handy to restaurants and shopping. We would certainly stay here again.