The Conrad Osaka, “Your Address in the Sky”, is the newest member in Japan of the Hilton Hotel group. Opened in mid 2017 it’s hard to believe I hadn’t heard about this property until just a few months ago. When I think of Hilton hotels, I think of five star properties, but not the five star that I would consider ultra luxe. Their premium Conrad brand is the complete opposite. Think next level up, with upscale luxe rooms and suites with the service to match.
Arriving at night into Osaka, nice and fresh from our upgraded business class flight with Qantas we decided to catch the train into the city and walk to our hotel from Osaka Station, which took around 15 minutes. It was actually nice getting a feel of the city by foot, even though we had our luggage with us.
Once at the hotel, you take the lift to the 40th floor lobby of the Nakanoshima Festival West Tower. It was weird for me as this was the first time I had been to a hotel that is set in an office tower building, with the hotel occupying the top 7 levels from 33 to 40. When the lifts open, you are greeted to the most insane view of the city you could imagine. With floor to ceiling windows that cover a few levels of the hotel, my first impression was definitely one of the highest standard. The lobby itself was very beautiful, with artwork and sculptures that made it feel more like a gallery than a hotel.
From here we were greeted by the head concierge who took our luggage and showed us to the check in counter. Check in was nice and smooth and without asking, we were kindly offered an upgraded to a King Premium Deluxe room. With any Hilton or Conrad hotel, unfortunately wi-fi generally doesn’t come included with a lot of room types so make sure you sign up to the Hilton Honors program as this will enable you to have wi-fi it during your stay at any one of their properties.
The main reason that I chose the Conrad Osaka was the rooms. They have the newest and some of the largest rooms out of any of the Osaka hotels. Japan hotel rooms are known to be small and I always see the hotel stay as part of the experience so having a tiny room doesn’t really cut it for me.
The King Premium Deluxe rooms are 50 square metres (or 538 square feet for all my American friends) and our room was located on the 33rd floor. To get to the rooms, there is a separate lift for guests only so you do have that extra level of privacy by not having to catch the lobby lifts. Walking to the room, the corridors have a very nice soft lighting and it doesn’t feel like a business hotel at all. The same goes for when you enter the room, you realise it isn’t just any city hotel. The room has many Japanese design elements but still decorated with a modern style.
On the left as you walk in, there is a separate toilet that is away from the bedroom, with the bed, desk and small couch located at the end of the hallway. The room features a king bed, 49-inch TV, an espresso machine and USB ports on the bedside tables. From our room we were lucky enough to have both city and river views and the nice thing about the rooms here is that you have floor to ceiling windows to take in everything that the city below has to offer.
Another element about the room that I really liked was the bathroom. The shower had both a normal shower rail but also my favourite, a rain shower. Being six foot 4 tall, sometimes the rain showers aren’t that great because my head is too close, but with high ceilings this wasn’t a problem at all. The bathroom also has double vanities and a separate circular bathtub.
Buffet breakfast was included at Atmos dining as part of my three night stay and it’s something I always try to get included as it’s a great way to start the day. I always enjoy the 5 star hotel buffet as the selection is usually amazing with so many different types of food to choose from. The Conrad Osaka has both Asian and Western specialties and with the open kitchen and live stations, this casual brasserie is the perfect place for breakfast.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time during my stay to try out the restaurants for dinner, however during my inspection of the property, I was able to learn more about the other restaurants to see the design and also the menu offering. KURA, located on the 40th floor was one of the restaurants that I will be heading back to try on my next trip to Japan as it’s the Conrad Osaka’s dedicated sushi and teppanyaki restaurant. Here, you can dine with the chef’s cooking in-front of you while enjoying the beautiful city skyline in the backdrop from 180 metres above the ground.
In the evening, make sure you check out 40 Sky Bar & Lounge for a drink. On the 40th floor as well, next to the lobby, the bar has unobstructed views of the city skyline and river. It’s truly an amazing space and even though the drinks aren’t cheap, it’s worth every dollar for the view and live nightly music.
The Conrad Osaka, “Your Address in the Sky”, is the perfect five star luxury hotel. The personalised service and jaw dropping views, with a boutique style property feeling will make you feel welcome and inspired throughout your stay.
If you are looking for something different and unique, the Conrad Osaka is just that. It has an ideal location in the heart of the city between the Umeda and Namba districts and is situated near many historical attractions and also close to some of the more famous food and entertainment areas of the city.
Oversized and luxury rooms are great after a day of touring and the hotel pool & gym located on the 38th floor are perfect to either relax or work off all that extra delicious food you have had along the way.
The three night stay was the perfect beginning to our three week Japan trip.