Hotel Review: Conrad Osaka

The Luxe Factor: A posh & stylish ultra-modern oasis of luxury in the sky

BY Arjun Sekri

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Aug
2018

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Hotel Overview:

This polished and sleek “address in the sky” is an oasis of luxury perched high above Osaka’s bustling Nakanoshima neighborhood, between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers. As soon as you step into the lobby, you are greeted by some of Osaka’s most spectacular river and city views from all the public areas and rooms. This brand-new, art-filled, sophisticated and elegant abode in the sky is housed in one of Osaka’s newest, shiniest skyscrapers – Festival West Tower, which stands tall above the cultural and commercial district of Nakanoshima, an urban island in the heart of the city, which is also home to an art museum, science museum, theater, concert hall, shops and restaurants. Festival Hall is next door, easily reached via underground link. Located near JR Osaka station, the hotel provides easy access to Universal Studios Japan, as well as the country’s famed train network. The hotel’s location in downtown Osaka allows travelers to explore major cultural sites via day trips, such as the historic cities of Kyoto and Nara or spiritual sites such as Mount Koya, Japan’s holiest mountain.

Conrad Osaka exterior

Ambiance & Vibe:

Situated on the 33rd to 40th floors of Osaka’s newest skyscraper, Festival Tower West, the sleek 164-room Conrad Osaka is awash in hues of silver and walnut, with a few eye-catching pops of red and white. The stunning panorama of this “address in the sky” is unveiled the moment you step out of the elevator on the 40th-floor of the skyscraper – revealing a large, curved double-height wall of windows framing stunning 180 degree views across Osaka city. Well heeled locals and sophisticated business types waft thru the lobby checking out the expansive views while chatting on their phones.

Design & Style:

The hotel exudes a contemporary chic style infused with traditional Japanese elements. The “tour de force” of design is the arresting lobby which gazes over the city’s buzzy Nakanoshima neighborhood through a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows, while a minimal white spiral staircase leads downstairs to lower level public spaces featuring a stunning collection of 389 contemporary artworks from Japanese artists – from molecular white bubble-like sculptures to a shimmering curtain of sparkling reflection crystal shards.

Accommodation:

Conrad Osaka has 164 rooms starting at a very generous 50 sqm all featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with exquisite city or river views, fusing traditional Japanese aesthetics with a contemporary urban edge – from the sleek leather headboards to splashes of cherry red in the form of laquer wall artworks, white circular lights and minimal metal frame stands with traditional matcha tea sets. The polished rooms feature a decadently large and comfortable bed and guests can enjoy state-of-the-art amenities such as 49-inch flat screen TV’s, wired and wireless high-speed internet access, Bluetooth speakers, espresso machines, double vanities, rain showers, separate Japanese toilets and free-standing bathtubs. Digital control panels are also conveniently located in each room, allowing guests to control lighting, blackout curtains and room temperature. The rooms’ standout spa-like bathrooms feature roomy, white, circular soaking tubs and smoky slate walls.

Club rooms, and chic suites with separate living areas, offer access to the Executive lounge with private check in and check out, complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening refreshments and cocktails. For guests looking for something above and beyond, Conrad Osaka’s suites start from 66 sqm, with the King Executive Suite offering a magnificent panoramic view of the Osaka cityscape from both its living room and private bedroom. For the ultimate experience, check into the ultra-spacious signature 220 sqm Conrad Suite, which boasts an array of luxurious spaces including a lounge, dining area, bar, pantry and walk-in closet.

Dining:

Given Osaka’s reputation as foodie heaven, the range of impressive gastronomic dining options at the Conrad Osaka is not surprising, all of which are located on the 40th floor. The property’s four highly regarded restaurants and bars are already guest favorites, and include teppanyaki and sushi, a seafood-centric grill, a pan-global all-day restaurant, and a bar with stunning 180-degree views of the city and river.

Atmos Dining: This lively brasserie-style all-day dining restaurant features open kitchens showcasing Asian and Western specialties and serves local and international dishes prepared at ‘live’ cooking stations, which offer a theatrical-like dining experience. Atmos Dining is where the awesome breakfast buffet (the smoothie bar is a highlight) is served – including yummy comfort food like homemade tofu and eggs benedict. After the breakfast buffet, the space transforms into a stylish casual restaurant, with à la carte options including a cold counter with gourmet breads during the day and signature cakes in the evening. Atmos Dining is seamlessly connected to the lobby lounge and bar.

Atmos Dining

Atmos Dining

Kura Teppanyaki & Sushi: For a truly theatrical dining experience, Kura steals the show – where you are invited to interact with the chefs behind a series of intimate counters to watch them showcase their skills in preparing fresh sushi or sizzling teppanyaki grilled dishes, (including the famous Kobe beef) against a backdrop of sparkling night city vistas. Given Osaka’s reputation as a gourmet paradise, the restaurant offers only the finest of Japanese produce from around the country. A mix of traditional Japanese patterns and contemporary design, this spacious restaurant is inviting and enjoyable, and includes a private dining room with spectacular city and river views.

Conrad Osaka Kura Sushi Bar

Conrad Osaka Kura Sushi Bar

Kura Teppanyaki Bar

Kura Teppanyaki Bar

C-Grill: Osaka’s first crustacean “a la carte” restaurant features romantic and chic pier-inspired interiors. This popular eatery represents a new concept where guests are presented with an eye catching crustacean bar offering an impressive spread of fresh lobsters, oysters, shellfish and crabs. The main lunch and dinner menu is a contemporary take on Japanese fare including fresh seafood carefully selected by the chefs and grilled smoked dishes prepared on a firewood grill. An elaborate array of classic cocktails is offered to pair with your dishes.

C Grill Seafood Restaurant

C Grill Seafood Restaurant

C Grill Crustacean Bar

C Grill Crustacean Bar

40 Sky Bar & Lounge: Set high above the city on the 40th floor the Sky Bar & Lounge is an elegant and relaxing lobby lounge which offers afternoon tea, live music, cocktails and light meals against backdrops of stunning river and city views.

40 Sky Bar & Lounge

40 Sky Bar & Lounge

Executive Club Lounge: the Club Lounge, which we enjoyed every morning and evening, offers a breakfast buffet (this is limited compared to the full spread at Atmos Dining) and evening cocktails combined with hors d’œuvres. The evening cocktails is a perfect time to chill out after a day of sightseeing and mingle with some of the other guests to compare notes on Osaka, while enjoying the spectacular views.

Conrad Osaka Executive Lounge

Conrad Osaka Executive Lounge

The fantastic array of gastronomic dining options at the Conrad Osaka:

Service:

We checked in our Executive King room well after midnight and our check in process was very efficient and our gorgeous oversized room had the extra rollaway bed just like we had requested. After taking in the spectacular city views from the floor to ceiling windows we ordered room service at about 2.30am, and the food was delivered in 30 minutes and to our surprise (given the time of the night) the meals were of excellent quality.

During our stay, we used the Club Lounge, and ate at the Kura restaurant and had drinks at 40 Sky Bar, and found the food and service at all locations to be polished and efficient. Many of staff speak good English so you can communicate exactly what you want and more importantly what you don’t want to eat. An invaluable resource to us was the very knowledgeable and friendly concierge team, which are no doubt among the busiest and best in Osaka. We witnessed the concierge team juggle wide ranging requests from multiple guests at the same time, and they managed to process all requests with speed and aplomb. We used the concierge service extensively, from recommendations for the best walks, food & saki tours, cultural attractions, restaurant reservations, directions, subway instructions to planning day tours to see the famous temples in Kyoto.

Facilities & Activities:

Facilities: Tranquility awaits at the Conrad Osaka’s serene Spa, with a minimal white pebble-inspired interior, where guests can rejuvenate their body and spirit in four private treatment rooms with spectacular views overlooking the city. There, guests can partake in an array of Japanese-inspired treatments: relax in yuzu-or sake-infused baths, indulge in an OKO healing head massage or acupressure oil massage. Other facilities include a contemporary 20-metre heated indoor pool, sauna, jet bath and 24-hour fitness center that offers the latest cardiovascular machines and strength training and Techno-Gym equipment. Those who prefer the outdoors will enjoy the various jogging paths located by the nearby river. For couples about to tie the knot, there is also a constellation-inspired wedding chapel.

Activities: Osaka, the 2nd largest city in Japan, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers in Dotonburi to the famed 16th-century Osaka Castle. Must see attractions include the Osaka Castle with its moats and huge public gardens, river cruises around Osaka Castle and the shopping mecca of Dotonburi and a visit to the famous Kuromon Market, Osaka’s answer to Tokyo’s legendary Tsukiji seafood Market. For families another perennial favourite is Universal Studios Japan, which is 30 minutes by train or shuttle bus from Osaka Station. The hotel’s ace concierge team will help you plan your itinerary and transportation to see the city’s many cultural attractions, as well as organize food tours, cooking classes, Japanese tea experience, whisky distillery tours, bookings for sumo wrestling, fine dining restaurants and nightclubs. The concierge desk will also help you organize day trips to the historic cities of Kyoto, Nara and Kobe, as well as to the picture postcard sites of Mount Yoshino and Himeji Castle, and to spiritual sites such as Mount Koya in Wakayama prefecture. The concierge staff are friendly and helpful and have many preset sightseeing options to choose from as well, handily arranged by your interests and how much time you have available.

Location:

Conrad Osaka resides in the bustling Nakanoshima neighborhood, an urban island in the heart of the city, which is also home to an art museum, science museum, theater, concert hall, shops and restaurants. Festival Hall is next door, easily reached via underground link. The hotel is also connected within a short walking distance to Higobashi and Watanabebashi subway stations for quick access to businesses, attractions, and ITM (domestic) and Kansai International airports. The hotel is conveniently located five minutes by car from JR Osaka Station; 50 minutes by train from Kansai International Airport (KIX); 20 minutes by train from Osaka Airport (ITM).

Within walking distance are the shops and offices in the lively neighborhood of Umeda, and the local foodie and cultural neighborhood of Namba. The No 1 landmark in Osaka, the famed 16th-century Osaka Castle, is only 4 km away. Visitors can join locals for lunch at Kuromon Market, famous for its fresh seafood, or end the evening with a trip down nostalgia lane at Shinsekai’s eateries and lively bars. The most popular dining, shopping and nightlife district in Osaka, Dotonburi, is about 20 minutes ride by taxi.

Nakanoshima Osaka

Nakanoshima Osaka

What We Love:

  • The feeling that “you have arrived” when you step out of the elevator in the lobby and witness the posh & stylish decor and jaw dropping panoramic views over Osaka City.
  • The feeling of elation when you enter your huge Deluxe Room or Suite, featuring ultra modern mod cons, spacious bathrooms and expansive views of the city.
  • The excellent central location of the hotel near the main train and subway stations connecting to Kyoto and other cultural centers.
  • The world class array of fine dining restaurants and impressive buffet breakfast spread.
  • Highly efficient and polite service at all the F&B venues, club lounge and concierge desk.
  • Gorgeous “lap pool in the sky” and relaxing spa facilities.

If only…

If you prefer big breakfasts, one item to look out for if you book an Executive Club room with breakfast is to make sure that the breakfast includes the buffet in Atmos Dining, and is not only limited to the lounge, – which has a more limited spread.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Osaka is during Sakura season between March and April, and again from September to November. Autumn ushers in colorful foliage and comfortable temperatures. Spring brings in much of the same, but instead of vibrant fall hues, the foliage you’ll see here are cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Sightseeing, outdoor activities, parks and gardens are at their best during the Spring and Autumn seasons.

Luxe Voyager Expert Rating9.6

Ambiance & Vibe9.5
Design & Style10
Accommodation10
Breakfast & Dining10
Service9.5
Facilities & Activities9.5
Location9
Value For Money9

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4 comments

Sharda
August 29, 2018
Very well written - gorgeous property
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Anika
August 29, 2018
Good work, the blog is great!
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Ganesh
August 29, 2018
Good job! - Amazing property
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Sarah
September 1, 2018
Super blog, amazing review!
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