The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
What We Love
- Top-notch French cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant, La Baie
- The whiskey bar serves more than 150 varieties
- Guests have access to the fitness center, which has an indoor pool and a gym
What To Know
- Popular with business travelers
- WiFi is free
- Close to Osaka Station
- Hanagatami restaurant specializes in Japanese teppan, tempura and sushi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In Osaka’s lively shopping neighborhood, Umeda, the Ritz-Carlton Osaka is a fancy five-star retreat on a grand scale. The 292 rooms are elegantly decked out with dark wood furnishings, creamy walls and plush curtains, and the large room count means there are plenty of on-site amenities for both the corporate crowd and well-heeled weekenders. Choose among four restaurants and two bars, including the Michelin-starred La Baie, which serves delicate French dishes, and Hanagatami, a Japanese spot that specializes in teppan, tempura and sushi. Retire to the bar after dinner to sip a malt whiskey from the 150-strong list. Guests have access to the fitness center (which has a heated indoor pool, a sauna and a gym), and a 24-hour business center. Massages and facials using products from high-end Swiss brand La Prairie are available.
In the Area
Osaka is a modern metropolis with a skyscraper-studded skyline and elevated highways. The city’s highlights include the Osaka Castle and the surrounding park, the Osaka Museum of History and the lively Dotonbori area and Nakanoshima Park. For a spot of traditional Japanese culture, take in a performance at Osaka’s Shochiku-za Theater. For food there’s the basement-level Robatayaki Isaribi, which is reached via stairs in front of a liquor store and serves meat, seafood and veggies fresh off the grill, or Chibo, a canalside spot that specializes in Japanese pancakes.
How to Get There
This is my fourth trip to this Ritz and I now look to see anything less than perfection. I found everything to be perfect. The staff is exceptionally well trained, friendly and helpful in every regard. I hope to return.
Our arrival to this hotel is a bit rough. We arrive to Osaka train station and walk to the hotel. It was our first time around and walking to the hotel from the train station was a bit challenging as the map was a bit confusing. Anyway, we were walking in from the side door as that it the closest entrance walking from the station and we did not see a single hotel staff to ask for where the lobby is, which I think was a minus (compare to other luxury hotel we been to). This is a very busy hotel with lots of traffic. We finally get to the reception and were greeted nicely but the gentlemen. Our room is not ready yet so we were walked to the club lounge for check in.
The club lounge has amazing view of Osaka city and the food/drink are nicely prepared. Server was very attentive as well. They have afternoon tea time (tiered dessert), which very enjoyable.
Once we know our way around, this hotel is within walking distance to train station, malls, and Osaka attraction.
Hotel itself is very clean with a classic flare. Upon check-in, the staff prepare a nice dessert treat for our weeding anniversary, which was very kind and thoughtful.
We do our checkout at the club lounge where the hotel staff kindly arrange a taxi for our next destination. Everything is nicely prepared.
I booked 5 nights for my family vocation. This location is closed to train so that it is convenient for you to go to Kyoto or other cities. You can walk to several shopping malls in 10 minutes underground.Moreover, the view is nice at night!
This hotel from the minute you walk in is fantastic, it is very luxurious (a little bit pricy unless you have corporate rates when your an get a great deal!). The spa facility has a really nice gym, pool, sauna/jacuzzi and massage services.
Staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable on local restaurants, quick places to visit of an evening for a quick trip around the Osaka sites.
Food is a little expensive but the quality is exceptional, you get what you pay for I guess.
For something a little special, I would strongly recommend this hotel.
Rooms are bigger by any standards available in Osaka, its near Umeda station which makes commuting very easy just about 100 mtrs away the Osaka JR main station. Its cleanliness is super though an upscale Hotel but beautiful service and also food.