Dotonbori Hotels – the 12 Best Hotels in Osaka’s Dontonbori
Dotonbori is Osaka's heart and soul and thus a great place to stay. With our list of the 12 best Dontonbori hotels, choosing somewhere is easy.
Slicing through southern Osaka, Dotonbori has since ancient times played a vital role in the life of the city. Today, its kitsch neon billboards serve as the most common identifier of the city as whole and the stretch remains the lifeblood of central Osaka. Home to a dizzying array of restaurants, food stalls, shops and entertainment options, you could spend a day here without flinching. Take the time to hang out here during the day or even at night and you won’t be disappointed; the interplay of lights and endless people is mesmerizing. To help you to choose the best accommodation for your stay, here’s a comprehensive guide to hotels nearby:
1. Hotel Vista Grande Osaka
Address: 5-15 Soemoncho, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Price: 8,000-15,000 yens
2. Cross Hotel Osaka
This modern hotel is more precisely in the Shinsaibashi area but Dontonbori is but a short hop away. With onsen bathtubs and excellent food, it may even be difficult to leave.
Price: 14,000-35,000 yen
3. Dotonbori Hotel
Dontonbori Hotel is a sightseeing spot in its own right due to the large, strange statues you’ll find outside. Designed to welcome guests, each statue represents a different face of the world. Leave these behind and you’ll find a comfortable hotel with ever-helpful staff and a range of amenities and services from free ramen and beer (10:30pm – 11pm) to free international calls. Moreover, unsurprisingly given the name, the hotel’s location is hard to beat.
4. Namba Oriental Hotel
Just a few meters from Dotonbori, this hotel is a gem. Its crowning glory is the “Latin-style” courtyard replete with places to lounge and a large Venetian fountain. You’d almost believe you were in the Mediterranean. Rooms are large, the staff friendly and all the mod-cons and amenities you’d expect from a modern hotel are on hand.
Address: 2-8-17 Sennichi-mae, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Price: 15,000-40,000 yens
5. Hotel La Aroma Dotonbori (Adult Only)
Hotel La Aroma is a love hotel and accordingly for adult couples only. Leave your preconceptions at home however, Hotel La Aroma prides itself on its tastefulness and feeling of luxury. Decked out with vintage furnishings and with rooms including a personal fridge, lounge area and en-suite, you’ll soon change your mind about love hotels. Or perhaps not – rooms also come complete with a range of erotic items.
Address: 2-17-15 Shimanouchi, Chuo-ku,Osaka
Price: 10,000-20,000 yens
6. Kaneyoshi Ryokan
Bustling Dotobori has the potential to overwhelm. Combat this with a stay at a peaceful, traditional ryokan. Kaneyoshi is a classic example of a ryokan, with traditional tatami rooms, onsen facilities and you’ll even be provided with a yukata to lounge around in. A slice of serenity in an otherwise non-stop city.
Address: 3-12 Soemoncho Chuo-ku, Osaka
Price: 12,500-30,000 yens
7. Red Roof Plus Osaka Namba
Red Roof PLUS Osaka is a great budget option. Situated near Dotonbrio and close to some of the city’s main shopping districts like Sennichimae Doguya Suji and Den Den Town, it is an excellent base of operations for exploring the city. Facilities and rooms are clean but basic, though for the price you won’t be complaining.
Address: 1-9-7 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Price: 8,000-12,000 yens
8. Yugiri no Yu Dormy Inn Premium Namba
Hotel chain Dormy Inn has branches all over Japan, including two in Osaka alone. Modern but family-friendly and cozy, it offers everything you’d expect from a hotel franchise of this size, including a gorgeous indoor onsen. Situated a short walk from all the tourist spots in the Namba area, it’s a great base for checking out Dotobori and exploring the city beyond.
Address: 2-14-23 Shimanouchi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Price: 12,000-25,000 yens
9. Midosuji Hotel
Midosuji Hotel is a nice budget-friendly hotel, rooms are bigger than usual Japanese standards and the onsen facilities are a great addition. The hotel is located in a fantastic area as its right smack in the middle of Ebisu-Ji shopping street and just a few minutes walk away from Dotonbori and Namba stations.
Address: 3-7-20 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Price: 8,000-10,000 yens
10. Azu Garden Nihonbashi
Located in the center area of Souemoncho, Azu Garden Nihonbashi Hotel is surrounded by restaurants, clubs and bars and therefore a great place to check out Osaka’s nightlife. Rooms are spacious and include a mini kitchen and a wardrobe, all for bargain prices.
Address: 1-6, Soemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Price: 5,500-9,500 yens
11. Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Swissotel Nankai Osaka is a luxury hotel located directly above Namba Station. You can’t get much more convenient than that. If you’ve got the yen, this place is a great choice with its fantastic rooms, indoor swimming pool, great food and a restaurant with panoramic views across Osaka.
Address: 1-60 Namba 5-chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Price: 20,000-65,000 yens
12. First Cabin Midosuji-Namba
Located just 500 meters from Dotonbori, First Cabin Midosuji-Namba is a “luxury” capsule hotel. Instead of a capsule, guests stay in a room-like cabin with a single bed and a small coffee table. It is a good option for travelers who wants to try the “capsule” experience but aren’t comfortable with confined spaces. Also a good option for those who just want somewhere to crash.
Price: 5,000-8,000 yens