I recently stayed at the Hotel Monterey Osaka for 4 nights and did a little video review of the hotel grounds and the inside of a “Vienna Traditional Double” room.
If you’d like to see what the hotel and the Vienna Traditional Double look like, then check out the video here:
This hotel is located a 5 minute walk from the Sakura-bashi exit of the JR Osaka Station, directly across the street from the train tracks. The close proximity to the train station is good, and bad. Good because it’s very convienent for sightseeing, as you can go anywhere from Osaka station. Bad because the train tracks are very loud, and if you are a light sleeper, beware!
The Hotel Monterey Osaka is a very odd juxtaposition of things. Coming from the USA, it was definitely odd to be staying in a Vienna Palace themed hotel in Japan. Especially since our last vacation trip was to Vienna. That being said, this hotel does a good job of recreating that European feeling… all the way down to the “historic looking” elevators, staircases, revolving doors, and replica 14th century stone chapel. Oh that last bit, yes there is a replica 14th Century Chapel on the 8th floor of the building. And it’s a perfect replica, all the way down to the steps and roof. It’s the whole chapel building, except it’s on the 8th floor of this hotel. Again, weird.
How was the room itself? In a word — small. I’ve stayed in quite a few Japanese hotels, so I’m used to small. It wasn’t tiny… but it was definitely small. The double room is OK for one person. It’s too crammed in for two people though. There’s really no place to open a suitcase anywhere in the room except for on top of the bed. On the plus slide, the room was clean, and had “black-out” wooden shades over the windows. So the room could get really dark, but because of the proximity to the train tracks, it could never get that quiet. With the air purifier on high, and air conditioning on high, I could drown out the sound of the trains enough to sleep, but the sound of the train rumbling was always there somewhere in the background.
If you like trains, and aren’t bothered by train noise, this could be a good choice. However if you’re a light sleeper like me, then pick someplace else a bit further away from the tracks.