Our stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka!
My first encounter with the Ritz-Carlton happened when I was 18, during my junior college prom where I was absolutely FLOORED by the grandeur of the ballroom and guestrooms (where we had one of the most awesome girly stayovers of my life) - so much so that I'd told myself I would one day marry there.
As life would have it, we graduated, grew out of high school and I didn't end up throwing my wedding at the Ritz.
But my recent Autumn Japan trip took me to The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka where I was once again captivated by the magnificence of this hotel that epitomizes five-star luxury standards.
I especially love how the hotel - in the midst of bustling and cosmopolitan Osaka - has this regal 18th century English look and feel that can be observed throughout the property such as the real burning fireplace in the lobby, the 450-piece art and antique collection and the numerous gardens all around the compound.
The rooms are also one of the largest in Japan (starting from 460 sq ft) and most offer stunning skyline views of the city.
I definitely recommend you go for the Ritz-Carlton Club experience!
They have this whole sassy ‘Hotel within a Hotel' concept when you reserve a club level room or suite at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka, which are located on the 33rd to 35th floors, with the Club Lounge being located on the 34th floor where you can enjoy five food and beverage presentations throughout the day, including breakfast, a light lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as late evening cordials and sweets. Club floor guests may also choose to have breakfast in the hotel's Italian restaurant, Splendido.
The hotel also offers a full suite of five-star luxury facilities (Can I just say how much I love the pool?!) and we were also treated to their world-class rejuvenating spa treatments.
It was my first time trying out the Japanese style of massage (I went for the Aromatherapy massage - 90 minutes JPY 23,000) and my therapist was very attentive and gentle as she thoroughly kneaded out all the knots in my back and shoulders.
I also like how private and exclusive the spa & fitness center felt, offering guests the ultimate pampering, rejuvenation and restorative experience in a tranquil sanctuary.
Now, Osaka is known as the food mecca of Japan and that's precisely why we headed there in the first place. My sushi lunch at Hanagatami was an experience like no other!
(Even if you're not putting up here, you MUST make your way here for lunch!!!!)
The Sushi set lunch is priced at ￥4,700 which makes it incredibly affordable for the quality and standards you're getting. (For reference, dinner is more pricey at ￥16,000 which is why I say lunch is super worth it!)
I've tried what I thought was the best sushi in Japan during my last trip but Hanagatami is seriously the real deal.
I've never liked uni very much (not even after queuing almost 2 hours at Tsukiji fish market) but the one at Hanagatami was soooo creamy, light and smooth - it tasted like the ocean.
And the otoro practically melted in my mouth.
Definitely a highlight of my trip!
Hanagatami also offers an exciting Sushi Cooking Class which includes lunch!
Price: 6,000 JPY (Includes Tax and service charge)
Time: 11:30am -2:30pm
(Lecture & Demo 45min, Lunch 60min, Total 1hour & 45min)
- Sushi Lecture by Chef
- Sushi Demonstration by Chef
- Dragon Roll Cooking Experience
- Sushi Lunch Course
(Reservation up to 3 days before.)
Accessibility wise, I arrived by train from the seaside town of Wabuka and the Ritz-Carlton Osaka is conveniently located within 5-minutes walking distance from the JR Osaka Station (trust me - even I could manage the walk with my exploding suitcase) right in the prestigious business and shopping district of Nishi-Umeda. Being minutes away from Osaka Station also means that you can easily make day trips to other cities such as Kyoto and Nara.
Whereas for Zach and Nui, getting to the hotel from Kansai International Airport was such a breeze. All they had to do was to hop on the airport limousine bus No. 5 bus bound for Osaka Station and get off at the Herbis Osaka bus stop. At the bus stop, simply pick up the courtesy phone photoed above and a bell-hop will pick you up right from the bus stop.
I was thoroughly impressed by my stay at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka and honestly, it is little wonder that the hotel received the top rating of 5-pavilion by Michelin Guide Kansai 2016.
The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
2-5-25 Umeda, Kita-ku
Osaka 530-0001 Japan
Phone: +81 6 6343 7000
Room rates start from 29,750.00 JPY per night.
This was a media stay but opinions, as always, are my own.