Marriott Miyako Hotel
It may come as a surprise that the Marriott Miyako Hotel in Osaka sits within the tallest high-rise building in Japan – standing at a staggering 300 metres! Its vast floor-to-ceiling glass windows rightfully give pride of place to the spectacular cityscape views that stretch out to the horizon as far as the eye can see. Framed by the Ikoma mountains beyond, these really are phenomenal and many venture up to the observation deck at the top of the skyscraper to soak in the best views. But the perk of staying here is that you can enjoy these from the comfort of your own room or suite: bliss.
All the hotel’s 360 rooms are designed in a stylish and current manner, with clean-cut lines and a minimalist feel, so as to not detract from the spacious windows that let in the sweeping panoramic views. This contemporary theme strikes you upon arrival as you walk into the light-filled lobby to check-in at the pristine white desks underneath innovative, almost futuristic, light fittings.
Located in the southeast of central Osaka in the Tennoji district, this property lies away from the hustle and bustle of the popular downtown area, yet still has plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options close by. And thanks to its position bang opposite the station with the most connections in the city, you can easily hop on a train and be amid the buzz of Dotonbori street with its famous street food scene in a matter of minutes. While the cuisine here really is worth trying, you can also treat yourself to fine dining within the hotel. Home to four restaurants – all of which offer dazzling views – you will be spoilt for choice here. We highly recommend choosing 'Teppanyaki' for the ultimate dining experience in this hotel, during which you will watch the chef cooking on a hotplate in front of you against a backdrop of mesmerising night-time views. During the day, why not take a seat in the open-plan lounge and get a sweet treat in the in-house pastry boutique nearby, before enjoying a cocktail (or two!) at the sleek bar to watch the sun go down?
The only drawback of this hotel is its lack of swimming pool and spa facilities but overall, the property makes for a great option in this city for couples, families and solo travellers alike.
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