St. Regis Osaka

St. Regis Osaka

What kind of luxury hotel is St. Regis Osaka?

When I visited Osaka on a business trip in late November, I decided to stay at this hotel located on Midosuji Boulevard, which was lined with beautifully colored gingko trees. As it turned out, the hotel’s elegant appearance and Japonisme-like Oriental culture were in perfect harmony, and the indescribable space soothed my tired mind after a business trip. Unfortunately, there is no swimming pool, but the time spent there was more than worth it. There was a unique sense of the world that I could never feel in ordinary luxury hotels anywhere.

After finishing work in Nagoya, I boarded the Shinkansen from Nagoya Station around 4:00 p.m. and arrived at Shin-Osaka Station before 5:00 p.m. From there, I took a cab and arrived at the hotel where I would be staying in less than 10 minutes. The gingko trees along Midosuji Avenue near the hotel were turning yellow and glistening in the sunlight. The area around the hotel was an area of diversity typical of Osaka, with a mix of upscale and casual stores.

St. Regis Osaka is located in Honmachi Garden City on the first basement floor and the second ground floor, and on the 11th to 27th floors above ground. The entrance to the hotel was unexpectedly small. After getting off the cab in front of the hotel entrance and entering the building, the first thing that caught my eyes was a crystal objet d’art that created a mystical mood. This crystal object was said to represent a plum blossom blooming on Osaka Castle. It was like a plum tree in full bloom on a quiet moonlit night. Then, out of nowhere came the sweet, gentle scent of flowers. I rode the elevator to the front lobby on the 12th floor. Once off the elevator, a space so detached existed that I forgot I was in Osaka. The hotel, like a millionaire’s mansion with its timeless elegance and unique ambience, was an elegant place to be experienced only here. I felt as if I had been invited to a mansion.

Then, behind the reception desk on the 12th floor, a karesansui (dry landscape garden) Japanese garden was created. The garden was a serene and pure dry landscape garden that made us forget the hustle and bustle of the city, with a dragon, a guardian deity, drawn in the rippled white sand. When viewed from above, the two dragons appear to cross each other.

I completed check-in formalities at the reception counter and the staff escorted me to my room. I stayed in a Grand Deluxe King Skyline View room with a large glass window overlooking the city of Osaka; the view from the room on the 25th floor was spectacular. The night view was nothing short of spectacular. The room had a soothing and sophisticated color scheme, combining Japanese elements and Western details inspired by lacquer, gold leaf, cedar veneer, and ink painting. The bathrooms looked luxurious, highlighted by the contrast of light and dark marble colors. I loved soaking in the bathtub and enjoying the view of Osaka city while relaxing.

This hotel is famous for its butler service. You can receive a variety of services during your stay, including welcome drink service, shirt pressing service, shoeshine, packing service, and dinner reservations. There is a small box next to the entrance of the room where you can receive what you ask for from the butler service. 

When I came to, it was already before 6:00 p.m., so I decided to go to St. Regis Bar, which I had been looking forward to. It is located on the 12th floor, past the reception area, at the end of the hall on the right. When I entered the bar, I was first overwhelmed by the elegant blue color scheme and the height of the ceiling. The interior design was reminiscent of the Momoyama Period, when Japan opened its doors to trade from the East to the West. I was also struck by a large, dynamic painting of the energetic city of Osaka that adorned the front of the bar. The painting was inspired by the Azuchi-Momoyama period and depicted modern Osaka. Upon closer inspection, I noticed St. Regis Osaka, Tsutenkaku Tower, Abeno Harukas, Osaka Castle, and other structures. I was a little disappointed that there was no historical value in the paintings, but the more I looked at them, the more I enjoyed the originality of the artworks. When I told the bartender that the painting was very interesting, he proudly replied that the painting was done by a young Japanese artist. There are also objects throughout the bar that remind me of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and I enjoyed discovering them as well.

I sat at the bar counter and first ordered the shogun mary, osaka, named after the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The cocktail was a blend of yuzu, wasabi, soy sauce, and other aromatics blended with premium vodka. The drink was refreshing, with a distinctive yuzu aroma, and was tasty without being strongly alcoholic. At first glance, the taste was refreshing, but I was impressed by its deep taste with a variety of aromas and flavors that came through later. Next, we ordered the “Red Snapper” from St. Regis New York. This was quite a unique flavor. It had an impressive aroma of Worcestershire sauce and a spiciness that made my throat tingle.

Before I knew it, it was past 7:00 pm. I was getting hungry, so I went back to my room and ordered a St. Regis beef cheeseburger and a Kirin beer from room service. I added some crispy bacon. The burger came with French fries. The thick beef patty cooked in well-done was very tasty. I think the price was JPY3300 for the burger and JPY1600 for the beer.

The next morning, I woke up before 6:00 am. My butler, who was punctual, delivered coffee to my room first thing in the morning. The aromatic aroma of the coffee was quite pleasant.

I decided to have breakfast at La Beduta on the 12th floor, which has an impressive chandelier with an extremely large design. You can choose between American breakfast or Japanese food. This time I chose the American breakfast because I was looking forward to a variety of breads, and it was a great decision! The bread was soft and fluffy. The croissant was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside with a rich buttery flavor and taste. During the meal, the staff went around to each table with a tray with several kinds of small breads on it, and I could have additional breads. I also chose the Kobe beef steak for my main course. The beef steak with foie gras terrine and brioche was delicious. The size of the steak was small. Since it was early in the morning this time, there were hardly any people in the restaurant and we were able to have a very relaxing breakfast. After breakfast, I quickly checked out of the hotel and left before 8:00 a.m., taking a cab to my destination. I wanted to work out at the 24-hour gym in the hotel, but I didn’t have time this time.

St. Regis Osaka will soon have been in business for 12 years, and it has maintained a level of excellence that makes it one of Osaka’s leading 5-star luxury hotels. Although I cannot help but feel that the hotel lacks some amenities, such as a swimming pool and a club lounge, I was again very satisfied with the level of service I received.

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Is the location easy to access?

The hotel is located in Hommachi Garden City building, which is directly connected to Exit 7 of Hommachi Station on the Midosuji Subway Line.

Transfer to the Midosuji Subway Line at JR Osaka Station. The shortest way to transfer to the Midosuji Subway Line from Osaka Station is to exit through the Midosuji Exit ticket gate at Osaka Station. After exiting the ticket gate, go straight ahead toward “DELI CAFE”. Go down the escalator on your right (Exit 9) and turn left. You will arrive at Umeda Station on the Midosuji Subway Line in no time. It takes about 5 minutes from Umeda Station to Hommachi Station.

If you are visiting by Shinkansen, get off at Shin Osaka Station and transfer to the Midosuji Subway Line. It takes 12 minutes from Shin Osaka Station to Hommachi Station.

If you take a cab, it will take about 12 minutes from Osaka Station and cost about JPY1,500, or 17 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station and cost about JPY2,200

Then when you take the Shinkansen to Shin Osaka station, you need to be careful about the size of the luggage you bring with you.

When boarding the Tokaido Shinkansen, Sanyo Shinkansen, or Kyushu Shinkansen, passengers are required to reserve a seat with oversized luggage space in advance if the total of the three sides of their baggage exceeds 160cm.

If you bring in oversized luggage without an advance reservation, you will be charged a fee of JPY1,000 including tax to bring in the luggage and place it where the crew designates.

It is important to note that oversized luggage cannot be brought into unreserved seats. If you have a preschool child, you need to purchase a reserved seat ticket for the preschool child.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, bathrobes, pajamas, English bags, green tea bags, welcome cookies, bottled water, and a coffee machine, etc. There were BYREDO bath amenities. The fragrance smelled woody and herbal. Room service is available for 24H. There is a convenience store in front of the hotel. The free Wifi reception was good. Put in your room number and the last name of your reservation name, log in, and you will be connected to Wifi. A LAN cable was also provided so I could connect by wire.

Is this child-friendly?

The hotel is child-friendly. If requested in advance, staff will provide children’s toothbrushes, slippers, and cribs, etc. One child (ages 12 and under) per adult will be free of charge for co-sleep.

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Info about St. Regis Osaka

Style Luxury City Hotel
Check in/out time 15:00/12:00
Estimated Price 70,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
Internet Connection Free wifi in the hotel
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is available at JPY3,500 per day
Valet Parking is available at an additional charge
Location St.Regis Osaka’s MAP
Access Refer to the above
Address and TEL  3-6-12 Hommachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka,
541-0053 Japan  
Tel +81 6 6258 3333 
Official Homepage St.Regis Osaka’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.

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