Crowne Plaza ANA Osaka, Osaka, Japan

After the Shinkansen trip from Nagoya to Shin-Osaka and then a local JR train to Osaka station, I was waiting for the Crowne Plaza shuttle bus for the short ride to the Crowne Plaza ANA Osaka in the Dojima area. Ten minutes later in the sweltering heat the bus pulled upto the hotel.

First impression was of a very nice hotel.

Location is OK, but as there’s a lot of offices in the area it’s a bit quiet on the weekend and most of the bars and restaurants in the surrounding streets are closed on the weekend but there are some real gems that were open. On a weekday though its a bustling area.

There are 4 train stations servicing several lines within a 5 to 7 minute walk of the hotel. It pelted down with rain one day I was there and it was a hard, very wet slog, to get to the station.

I didn’t eat in the hotel during my stay as I was able to find great food while I was exploring Osaka.

On my first evening I did have a beer in the hotel bar called The Library themed after, you guessed it, a library – books, chesterfields etc. No windows to the outside world so was a bit claustrophobic for my tastes.

An efficient hotel for the price I paid, great check-in, check-out and concierge services. Shuttle buses make a difference as well.