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“X” Marks the Spot: Our Review of Cross Hotel Osaka

My Girlfriend and I stayed at the Cross Hotel Osaka for 8 nights last November. A previous visit to the city in 2013 had us staying at the quirky Dotonbori Hotel. Our room at the Cross was in the same price range, and in my opinion a much better choice. Here’s why…

Location

Step out of the southern entrance of the Cross and proceed east; in less than a city block you’ll realize that you’re perfectly situated to enjoy at least two of Osaka’s major attractions. Turn south and you’ll see the famous Glico running man, or face north to see Shinsaibashi Street and its seemingly endless shops and restaurants fading into the horizon.

Osaka’s metro is also within easy walking distance, although the nearby stairs down to the Midosuji Namba station complex isn’t exactly luggage-friendly. My advice for inbound travellers would be to take a cab from the Nankai Namba station instead.

Room

We booked a Superior Double Room which proved to be a good choice. It was a good size (especially for Asia), and we particularly liked the Japanese-style “wet room” separated from the toilet and sink—you can either sit on a stool and clean yourself then soak in the tub or just point the shower head towards the tub for a western-style shower. As for the toilet, it of course came equipped with a heated seat plus all the other amenities that you’d expect from a modern Japanese washlet.

Food

Hope you haven’t lost your appetite by this point, because the Cross Hotel’s breakfast buffet was epic. It seemed to me that there was something to satisfy every possible diet or craving. Highlights for me included the french toast with a decadent rum raisin sauce, plus local delicacies like milk pudding from a Kansai dairy and even fresh takoyaki—plus the required supply of good strong coffee, brewed by the cup from a fancy machine at the bar.

If you’re unlucky enough to miss breakfast there’s also a café in the lobby, which must have been pretty good as it was fairly busy through all hours of the day.

We had a fantastic stay at the Cross, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a well-located Osaka hotel.

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