The St Regis Osaka
What We Love
- The sleek 3,821-square-foot spa on the 14th floor
- Posh shops on Midosuji Boulevard, just a stone’s throw away
- Sipping a Bloody Mary, the signature St. Regis cocktail
- La Boutique, the 11th-floor gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs
What To Know
- The staff is multilingual and will help with any request
- St. Regis hotels are famed for their butler service; you can get anything you want at any time of the day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The St. Regis opened in 2010 in one of Osaka’s most well-heeled neighborhoods, and it occupies floors 11 to 27 in the chic, white Honmachi Garden City complex. Each of its 160 impeccable bedrooms has beds clad in 300-thread-count linens with headboards in Kawashima silk. Soft furnishings come in soothing tones of caramel, cream and jade, and marble bathrooms are lined with Sothys bath products. Restaurant Rue d’Or is decked out like a French bistro and La Veduta has all the trappings of an Italian country villa. For nightcaps, there’s the cozy, candlelit St. Regis Bar with its grand piano or the zen-garden terrace, where you can take in sweeping views of the city.
In the Area
You’re just a short walk from Osaka’s most prestigious shopping area, home to Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton to name a few. Osaka Castle is just a 20-minute walk away, as is the Osaka Museum of History, the lively Dotonbori and Nakanoshima Park. For a spot of traditional Japanese culture, take in a performance at Osaka’s Kabuki-za Theatre.
How to Get There
We were on vacation in Japan and had stayed at the Andaz Tokyo and Four Seasons Kyoto days prior to coming to Osaka. I had always wanted to stay at a St Regis. We walked into the lobby and I could tell the furniture was outdated however was still excited. Our room wasn't ready and we had to wait an hour to check in which was okay however the bar was closed for a private event so we had no where to grab a drink. Once our room was ready we were shown to our room by a very nice hostess. However when we arrived in the room we were shocked to see the state of the room. The beds were old, stains on the floor and walls, and just overall felt very old and quite dirty. The beds reminded me of a holiday inn bed. For the price we were not impressed. We then wanted to go to the champagne rooftop garden. We went downstairs and it was closed and tables and chairs stacked. The concierge let us know it wasn't open but no explanation. I wanted to call Starwood and Amex to try and switch hotels as I was so bummed out. We only stayed one evening so my boyfriend convinced me to just stay. I wouldn't recommend. It was very dated and not up to par for the price. Disappointed overall. I will say the staff was nice ! No fault to them at all just an old property that didn't seem clean.
Amazing food and great service from the staff/teppanyaki chef. Best wagu beef my husband ever had and awesome vegetarian option for myself. Intimate cooking for us and great wine options. I would go back in a flash.
3 course menus to chose from. We had the middle sized and it was too much. Great explanations regarding the origin of the food, traditions and cooking styles. Delightful staff
Put simply, the St Regis Osaka is a wonderful hotel and in our view is clearly the best in Osaka.
This stylish, sophisticated hotel is situated in the center of town. The rooms are large, elegant and well equipped. It sits above a metro station, five stops away from the Shinkansen station at Shin-Osaka for easy travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe and Kyūshū. Shoppers of all types are well covered. Exit the hotel to the right and a covered market with literally hundreds of Japanese stores begins. Exit to the left and you will pass by Armani, Gucci, Burberry, and all the other high-end stores. Both streets will lead you to the shopping and eating complexes of Namba within 15 minutes walk.
But for us, the most admirable characteristic of the St Regis Osaka is the truly outstanding level of service provided by all management and staff. As an example, my wife and I were greeted on check-in by Marie, the Director of Rooms, our Platinum status warmly acknowledged, and an instant upgrade arranged to “the best available room.” Similarly, as we mentioned that we both have severe food allergies, Marie arranged in-depth personal conversations with the managers and chefs of the hotels two major restaurants.
The food was delicious in both, but we have to make a special mention here for the relatively new in-house Teppanyaki restaurant, Wajo. The ambience is zen-like and chic, and the wagyu is the finest. Add a highly skilled chef, an extensive wine and sake list, and a very friendly and informative staff, and you have a truly memorable evening. Wajo is clearly a rising star, and should have a Michelin Star on it’s immediate horizon.
In summary, if you want a memorable trip to Osaka, stay at the St Regis and dine at Wajo.