Hotel Granvia Osaka is directly connected to JR Osaka Station, the main gateway to Osaka city. One of the hotel’s most attractive features is the variety of conceptually designed rooms that you can select from. Head up to the restaurant and bar on the 19th floor and enjoy the night view of Osaka city with cocktail in hand. When it comes to what you want in a hotel, this location has it all: close to the station, reasonable prices, and delicious meals!
The Hotel Granvia Osaka is the most conveniently located hotel in the city
The Hotel Granvia Osaka is a large complex located just above JR Osaka Station. It has 716 guest rooms, which for Osaka hotels, is big. From some rooms you can see the trains at the station, a night view of Osaka city, and even Osaka Castle.
Exit JR Osaka Station from the central gates and go in the hotel which is just next to Daimaru Umeda store. The lobby has a dignified atmosphere, designed in black and dark brown. Not only do people on business trips stay here, but also many couples, families, and international visitors.
The reason can be found in the wide selection of conceptual guest rooms that fit various travel and accommodation styles. There are rooms with mascot characters, such as JR West Japan’s IC card mascot “Kamonohashi no Iko-chan”, rooms in Scandinavian style, and luxurious private rooms for a relaxing stay. Following are some of my recommendations.
Luxurious private room over the station
The rooms on the 27th floor of Hotel Granvia Osaka are designed with the concept of “luxury and privacy, away from daily worries”. After you get off the elevator, you enter the floor with a special card key. The counter and art items on display in the corridor give the sense of a European art gallery. The moment you are on the floor, you can feel an atmosphere of luxury. There are so many different rooms at Hotel Granvia Osaka that you’ll be wondering which one to choose. I stayed at the “placide double” room. The door is solid and soundproof, which makes the room surprisingly quiet given its location above a busy station. The interior is designed in dark brown and beige, with soft lights creating an air of class. The bathroom is equipped with a white European-style oval bathtub, perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. A thick and soft mattress will give you a great night’s sleep, too.
There are also two bathroom sinks and a large desk for those with business to attend to. In this excellent room, you can enjoy the night view from the windows as you fall asleep. What I liked most about the room are its softer design aspects. The “placide double” has a typical European-style interior, great for female guests who want to feel classy. The beige design, the soft canopy over the bed, the birdcage placed next to the dresser and amenities from the popular French brand “Detaille La Maison” turn your stay into a visit to a European estate. If this sounds like your thing, don’t hesitate to make a reservation!
Scandinavian concept floor
Floors are 24 to 26 are the so-called conceptual floors. The 26th floor is designed under the concept of “Rest” in a modern and simple style; the 25th has numerous relaxing spaces like in an executive floor, while the 24th is called “Freya” – full of colorful and cute rooms in a Scandinavian fashion. In the photo you can see one such room. The art pictures on the wall bring to mind Northern Europe. The floors above the 24th are characterized by a special aroma. You can sense the fragrance floating in the air right after you get off the elevator, which will instantly make you forget about any exhaustion from your trip. Speaking of fragrance, another great feature of this hotel is the original bathroom amenities! There is a mixture of catechin, collagen and vitamin C in the shampoo, rinse, body and hand soaps – which make them great for moisturizing skin. The relaxing fragrance of green tea in the bathroom calms and relaxes. There’s no need to bring any amenities of your own when staying at Hotel Granvia Osaka. Moreover, you can buy some of the hotel’s featured items at the front desk or from the hotel’s online shop.
A nice cafe right next to the lobby: Cafe Restaurant "Ripple"
Osaka is known as a gourmet city with great places to eat, but sometimes you’re tired from sightseeing or a day of business and just aren’t in the mood for going out. For these times, you’d do well to check out Cafe Restaurant Ripple, just next to the lobby on the first floor.
Most hotel restaurants are known for being quite posh and expensive, but at Ripple you can get filled up for a reasonable price. The best-selling item on the menu is the omelet, which I think pretty much fall in love with. It’s a reasonable 1110 JPY, and you can choose a variety of sauces to go with it. If you prefer to have something more solid, get the Hamburger steak plate for adults (usually it’s for kids lunch). Savory steak with lots of brown sauce, fried shrimp, chicken rice, macaroni salad and other items, making the plate a rather extravagant dinner! You’ll be glad you got it afterward.
Want something sweet? I recommend the seasonal dessert plate. In autumn, they have deserts with chestnuts and apples. I ordered a hot apple pie, and its cinnamon-flavored apples were spot on. It’s served with ice cream that melts nicely when eaten together with the hot apple pie. A great taste and a great way to finish the day!
Another good thing about “Ripple” are its hours. It’s open from 8 am to 11 pm, so it’s convenient for stopping by before returning to your room for the night. Note: The Hamburger steak plate is offered only between 11 am and 8 pm.
The fantastic breakfast menu
The day starts with a delicious breakfast. You can enjoy a buffet-style meal with Japanese and Western food in the French restaurant “Fleuve” on the 19th floor of the hotel.
The selection of dishes is so big that you’ll be wondering what to get. I recommend the omelet which the chef makes right in front of you. With melt in your mouth cheese and eggs, this omelet goes well with their freshly baked croissants. There are also a selection of salads, fruits and a popular granola dish made with dried fruits and coconut.
Their Japanese dishes feature hijiki seaweed, chopped burdock root, salads, fried fish and many other typical local items. Especially recommended is the handmade tofu. It’s soft, easy to eat, and goes great with a bit of ginger soy sauce. There is also a section of local Osaka dishes, such as takoyaki (octopus dumplings), nikuman (steamed buns with meat) and mixed juices.
Numerous department stores around Osaka Station
The area around Osaka Station has the biggest concentration of department stores in Japan! Next to the hotel is Daimaru Umeda, across the street are Hanshin and Hankyu. On the other side of the station you can also find JR Osaka Mitsukoshi-Isetan and Lucua, the popular Grand Front Osaka, and many others. Every department store has a floor with local souvenirs and sweets, so there’s no need to search for gift shops.
The convenient and luxurious Hotel Granvia Osaka has a wide selection of conceptual rooms for every taste. It should definitely be on your shortlist of hotels when visiting Osaka!