Hotel Monterey Osaka cuts a grand and distinctive figure amid the tower blocks of Umeda. The exterior resembles a magnificent European palace, with one notable quirk. Projecting out from the eighth floor of the building’s facade is a small chapel, which is a perfect copy of a medieval church in Belgium.
The interior of the building is designed to resemble that of the Schönbrunn Palace of Vienna, with a quiet outside courtyard, and rooms furnished with portraits, chandeliers, and stately furniture. Everything is intended to make guests feel like they have entered another world. That together with the professional and courteous service of the hotel staff make this a very pleasant and restful retreat amidst the hurly-burly of central Osaka.
This hotel has single rooms, double rooms, twin rooms, “Hollywood Twin” rooms, and “Superior” rooms. In general the rooms tend to be compact, but the pricier Hollywood Twin and Superior rooms are a little more spacious.
All rooms are fitted out with a TV, a refrigerator, a writing desk with stationary, and envelopes, a complimentary LAN cable internet connection, and a wardrobe with coat-hangers, shoe-shine, and a shoe-horn. Each room has its own air conditioner, and an air purifier/humidifier. Rooms are supplied with a hairdryer, pajamas, slippers, laundry bag, and kettle.
Bathrooms include a private toilet with bidet and the following complimentary amenities: hand soap, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, a body sponge, a razor, a toothbrush and tooth paste, a hair brush, cotton buds, a bath mat, and plenty of towels.
Hotel Monterey has a French restaurant and a café, both called Escale. In the café you can get a simple pasta set lunch (1,600 yen) or a steak set lunch (1,800) in a relaxed and casual setting. The café also has a range of drinks, sandwiches, salads, desserts and a cheese platter. For fine dining in a grandiloquent setting the restaurant you can order course meals in the restaurant. Here lunch will cost between 2,700 and 3,900 yen. A breakfast buffet is also available from 7.00 – 9.30 am. This includes both Western and Japanese style items and costs 2,400 yen, but some reservation plans include breakfast in the overall fee.
Facilities and Services
This hotel has a 24 hour reception and laundry services are available.
The following items can be borrowed from reception: a baby’s cot (please reserve in advance), nail clippers, an iron, trouser press, cutlery, a thermometer, a sewing kit, a desk lamp a corkscrew, a mobile phone charger, extra blankets and pillows, and a hot water bottle. A limited number of computers are also available for a rental fee of 1,050 yen per night.
Hotel Monterey Osaka Location Map
Hotel Monterey is an 8 minute walk south-east of Osaka Station and just 6 minutes from Nishi-Umeda Subway Station. From Osaka Station the Sakurabashi Gate is the most convenient exit from which to access the hotel.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.