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... were loving it though. They were all having a go at it. You can basically do your weekly shopping in there. Some of them weren't as simple as pick up the toy and drop it in the basket, some you had to scoop the prizes up on a spoon and tip into the basket and others were a case of cutting the string with a razor blade which the toy is being hung by. Crazy, but all looked amazing. Kind or regretted not having a game. We all started to feel pretty tired after a while so we ...
... slow and fairly relaxing start to the day for a change, and we weren't out of the hotel until after 11am. Checking the weather report before we left, it reported that the top temperature for the day in Osaka was 3 degrees, with a low of minus 3, and the conditions for the day would be intermittent snow.
As we stood in our apartment looking out over Osaka harbor as the warm sun shone down, we started to think it was another case of a ...
... Janken-densha" (literally translates to 'Paper, scissors, rock - Train). So like musical chairs, everyone moves around while the music plays, then when it stops, you feel around for another person and do paper-scissors-rock (yelling out which you chose). The person who loses has to make a train by following the winner, and when the music starts again, the winner leads the train, and so on. By the end, there are two trains for the ...
... reminded me of NZ apart from the ...
... I say "in bed" I mean "on the floor on a thin mattress". As interesting and novel sleeping on a futon is at the beginning of the trip, now it is just painful. It isn't anywhere near as comfortable as a regular bed, and to add insult to injury, the pillows we have are as hard as bags of cement (I honestly think that they are bags of sand). Tomorrow night's sleep on the plane is going to be a nightmare, but I'm looking forward to my own bed after that. ...
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Perfekt für Kuidaore (Essen bis zum Platzen)!
Das Hotel war ideal gelegen, um mit meinen Osakaer Freunden zu feiern. Der berühmte Arkadenbezirk Dotombori ist direkt vor der Tür! Die Namba Station ist ebenfalls ganz in der Nähe, so dass man vom Hotel aus leicht überallhin in Osaka kommen kann. Ein weiterer großer Pluspunkt ist die Nankai-Station, wo man den speziellen Zug zum Kansai-Flughafen nehmen kann. Sie ist praktisch 5 Minuten zu Fuß entfernt.
Loved the Namba Oriental!
Stayed at the Namba Oriental on two separate occasions in November 2006. Best part about the stay was the convenient yet quiet location and ease of making a reservation through the Utell booking site.
We had 2 nights here initially and found the hotel to be extremely convenient and good value for money. It's true what they say, the hotel is rather hard to find at first, even with helpful directions from other tripadvisor reviewers. But we found it to be a nice little adventure and by the end of our time in Osaka we got to know the area and the underground subways pretty well! Lots of nightlife, restaurants and shops in close proximity and a short walk to Namba station.
Our package at the time was approx. 15,000 yen and included breakfast and internet. Internet came in handy but the breakfast is nothing special and we actually gave it a miss the second day. The room was a decent size and included a big range of complimentary teas, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, razors.. even bath salts and hair elastics!
A few days after our first stay and travelling back from Nara, we ended up cancelling our reservation at the Holiday Inn in Kyoto and rebooking the Namba Oriental at a rate similar to what we paid for our previous stay. With its close proximity to the station and connecting line to the Shinkansen, I believe it was a better choice for getting to Kyoto station for a tour early the next day!!
We later went on to stay at the Swissotel which was very nice but in hindsight I much preferred the Namba Oriental for it's simplicity, peacefulness and excellent value.
Yes, the hotel is quite good and the room was suprisingly quiet for the crazy pachinko neighborhood where the hotel is located. A more conservative traveller may find the area cheesy. Too much neon, gambling all around, you can bump into hookers just a few blocs away. However, it is close to nightlife, good restaurants, etc. A very good connection to the Kansai airport by Nankai Rapid Limited Express - the station is fine min walk from the hotel.
The front desk suffers from a very rudimentary English, you may be misunderstood, but then they have some support staff with an excellent command of English and the front desk actually sent that girl to my room to show how to open the window and operate the airconditioner. (Verbal instructions would be enough, but that's seems to be their style)
Getting there is a problem. See other reviews for instructions. I suggest finding area B once you get up the escalator from the subway platform, or checking the information booth in that middle area from where you can see signs for A,B, C, and D lanes. Then follow the B lane for quite some time until you find exit 21B on your right - and yes, something like a multiple-holes bubbling fountain on your left. Then another escalator up, you are on the street level, walk into that covered mall to your right and find the hotel door on your left about 70 metres ahead.
Großartige Lage und freundliches Personal
Das Hotel war schön und das Personal großartig. Sehr zu empfehlen. Man findet es am besten, wenn man im Bahnhof (der mit zu einem unterirdischen Einkaufszentrum gehört) Ausgang 21 sucht (neben einem Springbrunnen). Von dort aus dann die Treppe hoch und dann noch 20m nach links. Das Hotel befindet sich in einer überdachten Fußgängerzone und die Lobby ist im dritten Stock (den Fahrstuhl benutzen!) zu finden.
Sehr gastfreundlich - die Wegbeschreibung vom Bahnhof ist nicht so toll
Wir haben uns sehr gefreut, als wir einen Upgrade für eine Suite bekamen. Wir hatten nach einem Zimmer mit zwei Einzelbetten gefragt, es war aber nur ein Zimmer mit einem Doppelbett verfügbar. Die Wegbeschreibung vom Bahnhof in Namba war nicht so toll. Ohne die Hilfe eines Japaners hätten wir es nie gefunden, auch wenn es nicht weit vom Bahnhof entfernt liegt und wir in dieser Beziehung auch sonst keine Probleme haben. An der Rezeption sprachen sie nicht so gut Englisch. Das Frühstück war wundervoll. Uns hat der Aufenthalt gefallen.
Solid, Solid, Solid
I recently got home from Japan where my girlfriend and I did a trip to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto and others. I stayed at the Namba Oriental hotel and loved it. The place is central to everything and a good spot very close to Namba station. The people are nice and friendly and the lobby has a great pub called 'the hub" which is a traditional english pub with big pints and bar food which plays sports and good music. The rooms are very nice. I stayed in a standard room which had a queen size bed a couch and a plasma tv. The bathroom has your standard toilet(with additional features) and a shower. I got a good rate and paid about 115 Canadian a night, which is a great price for anywhere in Japan for a upper scale place like this. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I picked this hotel based on reviews I read from other people to which I have one thing to add. The directions recommended above are very, very difficult to follow and when you first step into Namba Station you will be very overwhelmed as its about 10 stories deep with a shopping mall and 3 train lines (you get the picture). We never found exit 21 B until near the end of our vacation and the fountain mentioned is a couple of little spouts of water coming from the floor( i didn't even notice it). If you pick this hotel this is what I reccomend. When you get to Namba station, find anyway out to the street once up there ask where it is (people are very nice and will help you, take a map of the street. Its right beside mister donut and mcdonalds(another plus). If you want to try and find it in the station. Look specifically, I mean specifically for a sign above which says "NAMBA WALK" this is an underground pathway on the same floor as the subway exit do not go up or down any elevators. Follow the namba walk it goes both east and west from where you come out and the numbers for the exits are hard to see. Go about 300 metres each way and find the B21 exit. You will know your there because there will be two escalators. Go up the escalator and you will come up at the arcade. Continue to walk straight and you will see a mcdonalds on your left hand side. If you see wendy's you've gone to far. Go up to the 3rd floor and check in.
Convenient for downtown Osaka and Kansai airport
Located close to Nankai Namba station but difficult to find without help. The room was Japanese business hotel small but the breakfast included in my deal was a delight. Good value for Osaka. Close to subway, and 40 minutes direct from Kansai airport
We were happy with it
My fiancee and I stayed at the Namba Oriental Hotel for two nights while on a two week trip to Japan. It was a clean western style hotel, very comfortable. We told the front desk that we were getting married in the near future, and they upgraded us to a suite as we checked in. The rooms are decent size, and our bathroom was large with a big tub.
Be prepared- it is right in the middle of one of the crazy neon-overloaded enclosed mall streets in the Namba neighboorhood of Osaka, which is exciting but also threatens to overload your senses at any moment. You leave the hotel, and you are immediatly overwhelmed by glitzy Pachinko places and the sounds of an urban Japanese shopping neighborhood. But for two days, it was fun to be in the middle of it all- and the hotel itself didn't leave anything to complain about.
It is hard to find from the train station, as other reviews have said. Use the directions the travellor from Oxford posted- only look for exit 21B specifically. The subway/train station is so huge that there is more than one exit 21. Look for the water feature- if you don't see the fountain thingy, then you're at the wrong exit 21.
Great location and friendly staff
It is a nice hotel and the staff are great. Highly recommended.
The easiest way to find it is to follow the Namba station walkway (it's underground shopping mall that is part of the station) and take exit 21 (it is next to a fountain/water feature). Go up the stairs and it is about 20 metres on your left. It is in the covered pedestrian zone.
The lobby is on the third floor (take the lift!)
Very hospitable; need better directions from train station
We were delighted to be upgraded to a suite because we had requested twin beds and only a room with a double was available. Very nice. Needed some coffee in the room along with the tea. Directions from the Namba train station were not very explicit. Without help from Japanese Man we might never have found even though it was very close and we are experienced travelers. English was a bit lacking at the front desk. The breakfast was wonderful. We enjoyed the stay.