Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda
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Had a bit of a bad night, waking several times because of the pain in my toe and when I went to get out of bed in the morning, I almost screamed in agony as my foot touched the floor. The walk yesterday had inflamed my toe beyond the initial onset of the gout. Fortunately, checkout time wasn't until eleven and we were able to extend that until …
... some solitude, if not respite from the weather. I chose Kurama and Kibune out of the guidebook because they were out of the city, but within public transport and seemed like a place where you might get some alone time. They represent a very historical retreat for Kyoto citizens.
Of course, I forgot to take into account that this was the end of the weekend and lots of people also had this brilliant idea. So it wasn't hugely empty, though it ...
... out a huge gasp! Coming up swiftly behind us was a Geisha. I took off running to try to get a picture with Margie right behind me on the video camera. We followed her all the way down the street to a famous theater, where she was going to do a performance. We were so proud of ourselves for spotting one! Right as our heart rates had gotten back down to normal we heard the familiar sounds of "Geta"(wooden flip flops worn by Geisha) coming around the corner. We were able to get ...
... beans with raw egg and rice with tea poured over it! After that we found a small bar for a beer and ended up chatting to a local journalist. He suggested that our current bar was a bit average and we should explore the best "sake" bar in town, well it was against tradition to refuse so as a result I've never drank quite so much posh sake in my life.... Oh, its now 4am... Hmmmm think that's quite enough chatting for tonight , night!!! ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHearton Hotel Nishi Umeda Osaka
We loved our stay at the Hearton Nishi Umeda.
Even if it hadn't averaged less than AUD60/night it still would have been a great choice. Booked a semi-double so arrived knowing that room was small.
Check-in was so perfectly polite - he just wanted to check we knew we would only have one bed (we are a gay male couple) and he smiled when I said yes, we knew. Had room up on 18th floor and although would have been great to be looking out at Umeda Sky Building we had no complaints with view across to Hilton and beyond.
Pillows were very odd and imagine we could have asked for different/more but wasn't an issue.
Hotel is located right next to an arcade filled with restaurants and cafes and even a supermarket and it took all of five minutes to walk from the Osaka Station (not Shin Osaka Station). We caught a JR rapid from Kansai Station (about JPY2100 for two) instead of the high speed JR train as we knew we could walk from Osaka Station and njot have to change trains at SHin Osaka.
Had buffet breakfast one morning in the restaurant in the lobby and was perfectly adequate. Beers downstairs in the other restaurant and bit confused by happy hour as although we bought three each only first was at happy hour prices. Not worth worrying about.
Used laundry down in the basement - JPY300 for a wash and 100 per 15 minutes of dry. For us a god send as we sweat like pigs while we were in Osaka, and continue to as I sit here in Hiroshima typing this.
Highly recommend the Hearton Nishi Umeda
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