Second Inn Umeda is a clean, convenient, and well serviced budget hotel located just nine minutes’ walk away from Osaka Station’s south side. If you are looking for low-cost, no-frills accommodation in Osaka this is one of the better options available.
Daily room rates at Second Inn Umeda are as follows: single rooms from 5,800 yen, semi-double rooms from 7,200 yen, twin rooms from 8,400 yen and triple rooms from 12,00. As is typical for this kind of business hotel the rooms are clean but very compact. The beds however, are relatively well-sized for this type of accommodation, and even the single rooms have semi-double beds.
All rooms come with a refrigerator, nightwear, an LCD TV and pay on demand video channels. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building, and also internet (LAN) connections are available for each room. Payment for the rooms is made on a daily basis and the following credit cards can be used for payment: JCB, VISA, MasterCard, DC, NICOS, and UFJ. Please note that guests cannot use their rooms between 10.00 and 16.00 when the rooms are being cleaned.
All rooms have a separate private shower and toilet but none of the rooms have bath tubs. Soap, shampoo, a toothbrush, razor, hair brush and hair dryer are all supplied free of charge.
A “continental” style breakfast of coffee and assorted bread rolls is available in the 1st floor cafeteria every morning for just 200 yen.
Other Services and Facilities
Staff here are very easy going and accommodating. Some staff can also speak English. In the entrance lobby there is a public payphone and drinks vending machines serving both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. There are also washing machines that can be used free of charge. Laundry detergent can be purchased at the reception desk for 150 yen.
Second Inn Umeda is a 9 minute walk south-west of Osaka Station. The best way to access the hotel is via Osaka Station’s Sakurabashi Gate. It is easy to find because it is located right next door to Osaka’s most luxurious hotel, the Ritz-Carlton, and it occupies a rather eye-catching 13 story building with “2nd inn” emblazoned in blue at the top.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.