[Hotel Review] The Center of Osaka Nightlife - Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba - Vikingess Voyages

Sunday, March 25, 2018

[Hotel Review] The Center of Osaka Nightlife - Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba

Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba is a new and modern 4-star hotel that opened up its doors to guests on July 15th, 2017. Situated right next to the popular areas NambaShinsaibashi, and Dotonbori you literarily have the streets of Osaka at your fingertips. We recently spent a night at the hotel, and I've added some photos and information about the hotel in this post.

We visited the hotel late March on a Saturday in the middle of the cherry blossom season, which is one of the most popular times of the year to be visiting Japan. Although it was clear that the occupancy rate was near max for this particular day it seemed like the staff was used to handling the pressure, and the check-in procedures went by in no time. After the swift check-in, we headed to our room. Our room was situated on the 13th floor, and due to security reasons, one could only operate the elevators if one had a card key for that particular floor.

The Guest Room

 For the stay, we had gotten a corner Superior Twin Room with a great view of the city. The room was relatively large for Japanese standards and came equipped with beds from the American mattress producer Slumberland. Besides the usual amenities, the hotel also provided pajamas that guests could use inside the hotel when visiting the top floor spa area.

Above: Pajamas on the bed

Above: (Left) A refridgerator and (Right) room slippers
Above: (Left) The entrance area seen from inside the room and (Right) hangers and fabric spray by the door

In the morning we could enjoy yet a totally new view of the city

The guestroom came with an ordinary bathroom equipped with a bathtub and necessary amenities. For those who want additional amenities such as razor blades and cotton swabs, it is possible to get complimentary extras from the first floor.

The Spa 

Above: The hotel's spa. Photo from their hotel page
One of the reasons why we had chosen this hotel was their spa bath on the uppermost floor. This spa was modeled after the Japanese onsen hot spring bath, so it is best for those who don't mind soaking in very hot water. There is a locker room by the spa where you can leave your valuables if you happen to bring any. Don't forget to bring a towel from your room, as there are no towels available on the spa floor. As this spa is in typical Japanese onsen-style you might want to keep in mind the rules that regularly apply to Japanese hot spring baths (take a shower before entering the hot spring, don't wear any swimwear in the bath, and remember that tattoos are not allowed etc)

Above: The hotel's spa. Photo from their hotel page
There aren't many chances to try out an autentic onsen experience if you're staying mainly inside the big Japanese cities, so if you find yourself in Osaka without much time to add an onsen trip to your itinarary this hotel's spa might turn out to be a good alternative for you.

Breakfast was served in the large dining hall on the first floor. The breakfast buffet selection was very varied, and it seemed like there was something for anyone here to eat.

As the hotel caters a lot towards foreign guests it was no surprise that they had a wide variety of food including Japanese and Western food items.

Here are some sample photos of my plate (mainly with Japanese food):

What to Do

The hotel's location was really exceptional; one could reach both Namba, Shinsaibashi, and Dotonbori within 5-10 minutes of walk. We went for a walk to Dotonbori from the hotel, and the stroll was also an experience in itself. I would suggest going down to the Dotonbori river and follow the path along the river until you get to the touristy area. For more tips about thing to do in Osaka, you can check out all my Osaka blog posts.
Above: The Dotonbori river
Above: A Takoyaki restaurant with a cute octopus outside
Above: Donqi-Hote is a popular store all over Japan. Here with a particularly fancy exterior
Above: The popular Shinsaibashi area
By Shinbashi you can find the famous Glico running man poster where tourists often strike a pose like mine one below:
So long Osaka!

That's all for now! Hope you liked this post.
What do you think of this hotel? Please let me know in the comment session below.

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- Anette

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Anette came to Japan as an exchange student in 2010, met the love of her life and got stuck. From her base in Tokyo she writes about her experiences as a full-time worker in Tokyo and about her travels in Japan and abroad. She's a free-spirited adventurer who enjoys both the great outdoors and her urban lifestyle.

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