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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka () Kita/Umeda $$$$

Intimate and luxurious, with an Old-World elegance. Boasts one of Osaka’s best French restaurants, The Bar with more than 100 malt whiskies and 100 martinis, a lounge offering afternoon tea accompanied by live classical music, spa, fitness center with gym, indoor heated pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis. A 7-minute walk from Osaka Station. (06) 6343-7000

Hotel Granvia Osaka () Kita/Umeda $$$

Convenient but difficult to find in the behemoth that is Osaka Station. Luckily, rooms on floors 21 to 27 take you away from the fray below. Facilities are limited to restaurants and bars, but options for shopping and sightseeing in the area are limitless. (06) 6344-1235

Via Inn Umeda () Kita/Umeda $$

New business hotel affiliated with the JR group of hotels. Small but comfortable rooms are mostly singles and twins, but best are the doubles, which are corner rooms with two windows and a love seat. Basic but free breakfast, plus a 7-Eleven connected to the lobby. A 5-minute walk from Osaka Station. (06) 6314-5489

Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier () Kita/Umeda $$-$$$

One of the Osaka’s best medium-range hotels, with a great location on scenic Nakanoshima Island near museums and a park. Japanese-style public baths. All rooms, some with river views, offer smart phones with free international calls and data. Free shuttle bus from Osaka Station. (06) 6444-1131

Arietta () Central/Honmachi $

Budget hotel with stylish Italian and Asian design elements. Comfortable though small rooms have wood floors and rattan-like furnishings. Free basic breakfast. A 3-minute walk from Honmachi Station. (06) 6267-2787

Imperial Hotel Osaka () Around Osaka Castle $$$$

One of Osaka’s most respected luxury hotels, away from the bustle of the city on cherry tree-lined Okawa River. Spacious rooms (request one facing the river), a well-equipped health club with indoor pool, spa, Jacuzzi and sauna. Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Old Imperial Bar, plus many choices for dining. Free shuttle bus from Osaka Station. (06) 6881-1111

Hotel New Otani Osaka () Around Osaka Castle $$$-$$$$

An older but well-maintained hotel with a warm and friendly staff. Located in Osaka Business Park, just across the river from huge Osaka Castle Park. More expensive rooms provide the city’s best views of the castle. Attracts both business and leisure travelers with convention facilities and a fitness club with indoor/outdoor pools and sauna. (06) 6941-1111

Hotel Nikko Osaka () Minami/Namba $$$-$$$$

Great location on Midosuji Dori, close to shopping, dining and nightlife. Rooms, especially on higher floors, have unobstructed city views. Facilities limited to restaurants and bars, but ask the concierge for discount tickets to area health clubs. The Shinsaibashi subway station underneath the hotel provides easy access to all areas of Osaka. (06) 6244-1111

Cross Hotel Osaka () Minami/Namba $$-$$$

Trendy boutique hotel on Midosuji Dori, within easy walking distance of Shinsaibashi shopping, America Mura and Dotonbori nightlife. Rooms are spacious for its price category, including large bathrooms. (06) 6213-8281

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