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
Came to Osaka for a friend's wedding, which was held here, so we stayed here for the night after the wedding.
The lobby was very beautiful, with very friendly staffs who were very accommodating to our requirements.
As the wedding was held in the morning, we requested for early check-in when we booked the room. Which was politely declined by the reservation staff as the hotel is fully occupied the night before. As we arrived the lobby that morning and was depositing our luggage, the reception staff recognized our booking after seeing our passport and reservation documents, she immediately apologized for the unavailability of the early check-in that we requested. She also promptly informed us that the guests staying in our designated room last night has just checked out 10 minutes ago and that we should be able to check in a bit earlier than the usual 15:00. Although we weren't able to check-in in the morning as requested, but the whole process was handled beautifully, we are very well taken care of, well informed and very satisfied.
The room we got was very spacious in Japanese standard. Even with the baby cot we requested, there was still plenty of space in the room. The bathroom was very spacious as well, with a separate bathtub and shower compartment. It was evident that the facilities has quite a bit of age, but it was obviously well maintained.
In the room they also offered one "Handi" phone. It is basically a smart phone that you can carry with you wherever you go during the stay and has complimentary local call and internet access. I think you can even make free international calls to a few countries.
The location is very convenient, within walking distance to Osaka station and Umeda station. If you use shinkansen, a taxi ride to Shin Osaka station is only around 1000 yen.
In all, very nice hotel, although a bit pricey, I think it is worth every penny.
We stayed for one night. The room was very tiny, hardly could take our luggage there. The lobby is nice, but the room was too modest. Very practical location though, the airport buses leave right in front of the hotel.
We managed to get a good deal for this hotel through Agoda and for the S$300 plus that we are paying for a 5* in Osaka, we would recommend the hotel. There are many good stuff about the hotel. It was spacious and generally clean. Location is good and it is near two train stations. Plenty of restaurants and shopping around the hotel. The hotel also provided good quality amenities for shower and we could change the slippers, bedsheets and pillow cases if we wanted. However, we felt the hotel could be a little bit cleaner for their standard of hotel. There were stains on the carpet and a piece of unknown stuff was found in the bath towel. If the carpet were better maintained and the housekeeping was done a little better, it would have been 5 stars review for this 5* hotel.
Spent three weeks in Japan and this hotel was by far the best of the many hotels we stayed in. The room was large as well as the bathroom. Loved the shower! Our room was on the 29th floor and the view of Osaka was spectacular. Beautifully appointed reception area and staff are exceptional. Ordered ice several times and it was delivered within a few minutes on each occasion. Very convenient to Umeda and Osaka stations. And loads of restaurants and shopping nearby.
My family with two kids stayed two nights there and spent good times easily accessing to the dynamic Osaka dining and shopping spots nearby. Clean room with kind staffs. Great location but not too crowded around. Definitely my first option next visit.