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“Showcasing Osaka’s very finest, the InterContinental Osaka takes the concept of urban luxury to the next level”

Intercontinental Osaka

The InterContinental Osaka (click here) has quite the enviable location. The hotel is conveniently attached to the large-scale mix-development complex, Grand Front Osaka. A two minute walk can get you to the shopping and entertainment complex which is home to 266 stores plus has the added bonus of the JR Osaka railway station inside it as well. From here you can connect pretty much to the whole of Osaka and it’s only a 5 minute walk from the InterContinental’s doorstep.

We arrived to Osaka by Shinkasen (Bullet train) from Kyoto and headed straight to the hotel to freshen up and start exploring. It was only a 15 minute taxi ride from Shin Osaka (Shinkasen Station).

Check’n In

As we pulled up to the entrance, we were greeted by not 1, not 2 but 4 bellmen and concierge hosts, who took our luggage off our hands and directed us to the check-in lobby which was located on Level 20.

Stepping out from the elevator I was honestly taken back by the sheer size of the lobby. In a country like Japan, space is such a precious commodity so to say The lobby with its’ commanding 360-degree panoramic views of the city was big would be an understatement.

The distinctive Bilkey Llinas and Yuki Hashimoto design seen in the lobby transcends through the entire hotel. There is a generous use of glass, wood and natural stone (that is locally sourced) used to create a contemporary Japanese environment.

Having opened in 2013, the InterContinental Osaka is relatively new and showcases many modern amenities and fixtures.

The Room

There are 215 guest rooms, and 57 residential suites for longer stay guests.

Funnily enough, the first thing I noticed walking into the room was actually the door! The door was extremely heavy and well insulated. This immediately gave an element of seclusion which you wouldn’t expect in a large inner city hotel. We stayed in the Deluxe room with view. The room was gorgeously light filled from the two large feature windows and was extremely spacious (for Japanese standards).

Deluxe Room With View

The elements of stone, wood and glass are once again seen heavily in the room. Especially with the ‘signature’ lump of stone with glass table that is the work area.

Work Station Rock

The bathroom was very generous in size with interchangeable sliding doors and bath/shower combo area.

Food & Beverage

The InterContinental has 5 food and bev outlets that have all been influenced by french cuisine. Level 20 is home to four of the five outlets. Straight to the left of reception is the 360 lounge which has light snacks and afternoon drinks. Past the lounge is Noka Roast & Grill (we ate here for breakfast and dinner) it is half-half buffet and a la carte bistro.

Noka Roast & Grill

To the right is the 1 Michelin Star restaurant Pierre which joins transforms into stylish bar called Adee the further you walk along. The entire floor has amazing 360-degree views of the city.

On the 1st floor is the french bakery STRESSED (desserts backwards, love the pun). They had a lovely collection of home made cakes and chocolates and was great for afternoon coffee. There was a line out the door when we were there.

InterContinental also has 24 hour room service if you don’t feel like leaving your room.

Pool & Gym

There is a 20m indoor pool, a very large and well equipped 24-hour gym, a spa (All That Spa Osaka) and a traditional Japanese Bathhouse, not something you wouldn’t expect in a high rise urban hotel. To top it all off there is also an in house florist for those that are looking to brighten up their day  and a stunning wedding chapel with stone waterfall to emulate nature at its best.

Pros:

  • Traditional Japanese Bathhouse
  • Beautiful Design
  • Michelin Restaurant
  • Location

Cons:

  • If I was really nitpicking the buffet selection for me was a little bit restricted. Im anaphylactic to tuna, salmon and trout so I couldn’t eat most of what was on offer due to the french cuisine influence. In saying that the three other people I was staying with who aren’t allergic to anything thoroughly enjoyed it.
Osaka Castle

Overall:

The InterContinental Osaka was near faultless. It has been one of my favourite hotels to visit thus far. From the service, to the decor, to the location it really ticked all the boxes that you want from an international hotel.

InterContinental Osaka
3-60, Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku
Osaka, 5300011, Japan
+81 6-6374-5700

Kx
Disclaimer: My stay at the Intercontinental Osaka was provided complimentary in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Have you stayed at InterContinental Osaka before? What is favourite InterContinental in Japan? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.

“Set amongst one of Japans’ most beautiful locations, Arashiyama. The Suiran Kyoto has gracefully set the benchmark for what can only be described as a relaxation paradise”

Arashiyama Mountains

Part of Starwood’s The Luxury Collection, The Suiran Kyoto (click here) has effortlessly blended cultural traditions of old Kyoto with modern day comforts. The Suiran was the perfect place to unwind, restore and take in the breathtaking surroundings of Arashiyama Mountains.

Cafe Hassui On The Hozu River
The Hotel Is Built Literally On The Bank Of The Hozu River

To get to Kyoto, we took the Shinkasen (the three hour bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, which was definitely a highlight of my trip!) From the train it’s a brisk 2 minute walk to the hotels collection point (Suiran offers a complimentary taxi service from the station). The drive from the station to the hotel took approximately 30 minutes, which seemed to go quite quickly.

Check’n In

The Surian Kyoto is the last block of buildings along the Hozu River. It has uninterrupted views of the river and backs on to the Kameyama-koen Park.

As the car slowly drove down the length of the river and pulled up gently to the entrance, I noticed that the facade somewhat depicted a ryokan (traditional Japanese bnb). This traditional style entrance was in fact part of an original building that dates back to the Meji-Era (1868-1912).

The Suiran Kyoto

As we walked through the gated entrance, it was as if we were stepping back in time and into a pristinely kept beautiful zen like garden

Immaculately Kept Gardens

Walking through to reception, we were greeted by Yoshiko, who gave us a great run down of what to do, where to eat and how to avoid the crowded popular spots. Check in was extremely quick and swift and before we knew it we were headed off to our rooms.

The Room

There are 39 rooms at the Suiran, we were in the “Yunzunoha” Deluxe Room. At first glance, I was pretty underwhelmed with the room but in saying that once I began to look around and notice just how the room ‘worked’ I started to appreciate it a bit more.

“Yunzunoha” Deluxe Room

It was a traditional Japanese room mixed with some modern day comforts. With ‘Tatami’ mat flooring, low chair set (actually incredibly good to work at for your posture!) and to top it all off, we had our very own open air bath with natural hot spring water from the Arashiyama Onsen.

Having this open-air bath was quite an experience. It was quite a bit of a shock to the body with the change of temperatures. In fact, when I lived in Japan when I was younger, I would often go to the local onsen to help with my skin irritations, reduce body soreness and it helped with my blood circulation.

Food & Beverage

Suiran Kyoto has two dining options: Restaurant Kyo or Cafe Hassui.

Restaurant Kyo was originally erected in 1899 as Baron Shozo Kawasaki’s summer house. Depicting true Meiji Era architecture, Kyo has been restored and rejuvinated with contemporary lighting and seating, floor to ceiling windows that look out onto the tranquil garden area and onto the Arashiyama hills.

Dining options allow you to choose from traditional Teppanyaki dishes or more western infused meals. We ate here for dinner one night, the meal was extremely satisfying and the sushi was some of the best sushi I have ever had.

Breakfast was also served at Kyo, however, in a complete contrast to the meal the night before, we felt as if the menu lacked and wasn’t anything special.

Cafe Hassui is absolutely stunning, set right upon the Hozu River. We had afternoon drinks here after our action packed day exploring. The cafe is housed in a 100 year old building that was actually built for 19th century poets. I can also happily report that there are still a few original pieces of artwork and calligraphic poems. The front verandah of Hassui is in my opinion the epitome of relaxation, listening to the whisper of the river below and taking in the surrounding beauty (it would have been slightly a little bit more amazing if the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, but hey, who’s complaining!)

Pool & Gym

The Suiran doesn’t actually have either a pool or gym, however what it lacks in guest services it more than makes up in their spa treatments. The Suiran offers private spa experiences in either your room or the spa rooms, with treatments such as jade stone facials, green tea scrubs and collagen masks.

Pros:

  • Tranquil landscape
  • Traditional rooms
  • Private hot spring

Cons:

  • no pool or gym (take advantage of the many surrounding walks if cardio is on the top of your list)

Overall:

The Surian Kyoto was just what I had hoped for. It doesn’t have all the modern bells and whistles of an International hotel if that’s what you need. Nevertheless for those who are after tranquility, great views and authentic Japanese charm, The Surian is exactly where you want to be.

The Suiran
12 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga-Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Kyoto, Japan
+81 75 872 0101

Kx
Disclaimer: My stay at the Suiran Kyoto was provided complimentary in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Have you stayed at The Suiran before? What did you think of  the Arashiyama? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.

“In a city that is continuously reinventing itself, the ANA InterContinental Tokyo continuously caters for the astute business traveler”

Club InterContinental Tokyo

Astutely awarded ‘Japan’s Leading business hotel’ in 2016. The ANA InterContinental Tokyo (click here) leads the way in offering guests an all encompassing stay when it comes to those who are traveling for business. The 37 story hotel has a whopping 844 guest rooms, 11 restaurant and bars (one of which is a two Michelin Starred restaurant) and 20 banquet and function rooms.

ANA InterContinental Tokyo is ideally situated in Ark Hills which is in the heart of the commercial district of Tokyo. Being only a short distance to the central business district, government offices, embassies, many tourist hotspots and also having the advantage of the subway literally at its doorstop, some would argue its location is second to none.

ANA InterContinental Tokyo

Check’n In

Our trip to the hotel really started the night before in Hong Kong. We had the horror 2am flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo meaning we weren’t able to sleep before the flight. Then came the flight time of about 3 hours + a delay. Eventually we arrived to the airport early in the morning at around 6-7am which was then followed by an hour drive to the hotel.

The easiest way to get to the hotel is by limousine bus. It’s just your normal greyhound but it’s comfortable, picks you up from Narita Airport and drops you off at the ANA InterContinental’s doorstep which was extremely convenient considering we were in a group of 4 and had 6 pieces of luggage.

As we pulled up to the hotel in the bus were greeted by the usual valet suspects. Drop off was in the basement so the valet took our bags while another ushered us up 2 quick escalators to the main lobby. Being a sizable hotel of 844 rooms, the wait to check-in was a little tedious, but nonetheless it gave us a chance to take in our surroundings.

The lobby was busting at the seams with people going in and out, having meetings while music was softly flowing from the restaurant, as it was breakfast. After the initial queue wait, the ANA graciously allowed us to check in 4 hours ahead of time. To say this was fantastic would be an understatement, as we were travelling with two 80 year olds who were in desperate need of some R&R.

ANA InterContinental Lobby

The Room

Guest rooms are categorized into three types to cater for guests different needs. These are Premier, Executive Deluxe & Classic categories. There are also suites that are from approximately 52sqm and upwards.

We stayed in the Premier room. It had a gorgeous view towards the Paris Tower and onto many of the garden filled rooftops that Tokyo is accustomed to.

For me, the room was slightly outdated (the hotel opened in 1986). The decor was a mix of Japanese design and somewhat contemporary decor with its’ neutral tones and splashes of blue, red and orange. The layout was a little pokey (what you’d expect from 32sqm), yet it managed to fit in a workspace, king bed and built ins.

Food & Beverage

Spoilt for choice would be the only way to describe the ANA InterContinental Food & Beverage scene. The hotel houses 11 different restaurants and bars to choose from, including Pierre Gagnaire’s only Japanese restaurant which has continuously won two Micheline stars since 2010.

With those seeking diversity guests can indulge in the award winning buffet and a la carte restaurant, Cascade Cafe (where we ate at for breakfast). If that doesn’t tickle your fancy you can try the long list of other choices which include: A Teppanyaki restaurant, sushi restaurant, champagne bar, cigar bar, The stylish MIXX bar, The Bar & Lounge, The Steakhouse, The Atrium Lounge or Japanese restaurant.

The Mixx Bar

With that being said, we had a bit of a hit and miss situation when it came to our dining during our two night stay. The first night we ate at the gorgeous Unkai. It was one of best Japanese meals I have ever eaten and the backdrop was a gorgeous perfectly manicured traditional garden.

On the second night we ate at the Steakhouse, which I found to under-deliver and to be overpriced.

Unkai
Unkai

Pool & Gym

The gym was quite large. It had most of the stock standard hotel gym essentials but leaning more towards the cardio side of things rather than weight training options. The pool area on the other hand, was extremely bare and needed a little TLC. We later learnt that the pool area is only open for 4 months out of the year (which would explain the lackluster gardens as we were coming out of winter which in hindsight makes sense).

ANA InterContinental Pool

Pros:

  • Abundance of choice with food and beverage options
  • Business Lounge
  • Conveinient Location

Cons:

  • As it is such a large hotel, get ready for queues
  • When going to concierge, although extremely helpful, I felt as if they were just trying to hurry me away
Club Lounge At The ANA

Overall:

ANA InterContinental Tokyo is such a one-shop stop.  Everything you need is at your fingertips without needing to leave the hotel.

ANA InterContinental Tokyo
Akaska Minato-Ku Tokyo
107-0052 Japan
+81 3-3505-1111

Kx
Disclaimer: My stay at the ANA Intercontinental was heavily reduced in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Have you stayed at ANA InterContinental before? What were your thoughts? If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below.