Published on November 24, 2007
The Japanese are definitely creative when it comes to making the most out of a limited amount of space. And Hotel Nikko Osaka is one of the best examples of this.
Entering one of their guest rooms, you'll be amazed how such a small space can be arranged to offer such a range of amenities, expected though they may be for such a top-end hotel.
The space of about six by three metres is perfect for a single room, coming equipped with a queen-size bed which gives way to a living area at its foot. There's enough room left over for a one-metre-wide walkway. The room also features an LCD TV, safe, as well as a fridge hidden inside a drawer under a desk.
And the wardrobe is so neatly hidden in the wall behind the front door that one of my colleagues couldn't find it on the first night. But it's still big enough to store your luggage and all the items bought on a big shopping spree.
The bathroom opposite the wardrobe is most impressive for squeezing a bathtub, sink and toilet into a space less than five square metres.
Being a JAL hotel, the breakfast should be good. It comes as an international buffet or a traditional Japanese set. If you can't really get along with the local food, go for the high-quality selection of bread and butter at Serena, which is crowded every morning. Benkay offers a superb set of poached or steamed rice with side dishes. It's a good way to sample a traditional Japanese breakfast if you don't have a Japanese friend to visit.
Staff members are friendly and informative. As Japan is an efficiently run, safe country, you don't have to worry about you and your luggage going separate ways.
The location is ideal, especially for business travellers. Located on tree-lined Mido-suji Avenue, the hotel stands in the midst of major corporations' headquarters, and a shopping arcade boasts brand-name fashion outlets and shops. The annual Mido-suji Parade ends just in front of the hotel, where the final performances are held.
The area offers all types of Japanese products for trend-conscious Thais, from cosmetics to fashions to food. Behind the hotel building there are countless small independent shops with chic products, cheaper food outlets for beer drinkers and nightlife venues down the road.
Hotel Nikko Oska at a glance
High points: Prime location, perfect design for business travellers.
Low point: Quite boring for fun-seeking travellers.
Pay for it: Room rates vary with the booking channel. The special rate from its website for weekdays is 14,400 yen (Bt4,000) for a single; 22,000 yen for a double; and 26,600 yen for a triple.
Find it: 1-3-3, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-0086, Japan
Phone it: 81-6-6244-1281
Browse it: www.hno.co.jp/english/index_e.html