Peace and tranquillity in bustling Osaka
381 Rooms / 14 Suites
The Imperial Hotel is something of an institution in Japan — its very name conjures up images of royal visits by important dignitaries and world-famous guests from the realms of politics, film and music. Imperial Hotel, Osaka, an outpost of the venerable brand, was built in 1996 and continues in the same tradition of meticulous service and luxury.
It’s conveniently situated in a scenic location on the cherry-blossom-lined banks of the Okawa River, only a short stroll away from Osaka Castle Park. A bastion of peace and tranquillity, Imperial Hotel, Osaka is an ideal place to unwind and recharge in one of the quieter corners of this sometimes frenetic city. Yet it is still easily reached by either train or the hotel’s complimentary 15-minute shuttle service to and from Osaka Station.
You will feel at home upon arrival as the relaxing atmosphere of the spacious second-floor lobby is complemented by the welcoming, attentive staff. There are 381 rooms, ranging from the standard all the way up to the Imperial Suite, and in all accommodations you can expect a high level of comfort with a classic but contemporary feel.
Rooms are spacious and airy; the wide-frame windows guarantee spectacular city or riverside views, and the neutral-hued bathrooms have a modern and elegant feel. Floors 19 to 21 are the exclusive Imperial Floors, which feature larger rooms kitted out with Mikimoto Cosmetics bath amenities and luxury premium bedding.
A range of facilities and amenities is available to guests and visitors alike. The property’s plaza is home to a number of high-end boutiques, and the hotel speciality shop has a range of unique Imperial Hotel gifts, as well as Western-style sweets and other delicacies.
In the adjoining Annex Building, the hotel’s fitness club is one of the largest in Western Japan, housing all the latest gym equipment and is overseen by knowledgeable and helpful staff. The 82-foot pool is bathed in natural sunlight, and there are also bath and sauna facilities, a heated Jacuzzi, as well as areas for playing tennis and practicing golf. (Tip: Massage services are available on request.)
The Osaka hotel is an ideal venue for conferences and weddings, and there is a nursery room and soundproofed music space, too.
Osaka is one of Japan’s great culinary cities, and with a reputation long associated with exquisite high-end dining, the food at Imperial Hotel, Osaka has a reputation that precedes it. Les Saisons on the 23rd floor specializes in traditional French haute cuisine, and combines stunning night time views with a delicately balanced seasonal menu.
Kamon is a teppanyaki restaurant serving succulent Kobe beef and a varied assortment of seafood and fresh vegetables, all cooked and prepared by expert chefs at diners’ tables. Jasmine Garden offers fine Chinese cuisine in an elegant setting, while Osaka Nadaman turns out innovative upscale Japanese dishes.
Downstairs in the lobby, The Park provides cakes and breads baked by the luxury hotel’s esteemed patissiers. Flying Tomato Café is a great spot for a light lunch or a Western-style breakfast.
In the evening, experience the relaxed ambience Old Imperial Bar while sipping a glass of wine. The luxe lounge showcases the artistic motifs of the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (he designed the original Imperial Hotel in Tokyo). Or take in floor-to-ceiling views of the river and beyond at The Rainbow Lounge with a classic cocktail or premium Japanese sake.