This is my first stay in a Fraser Residence, albeit not my first stay in a Fraser property. It is my first stay in the Fraser Nankai, though.
That said, this is one of the best places on my list. And I have stayed in many hotels worldwide. Why?
1) Great Location
- its directly opposite one of the main train stations in Osaka where the high-speed airport shuttle train (Nankai Rapi:T) terminates. It is also opposite the Namba subway station which is on the main (red) Midosuji line.
- It is opposite good shopping (Namba Parks, Takashimaya Osaka)
- There is good food all-round (Ippodu is directly opposite the main door, En is at Takashimaya which is less than 10min walk away, Hozenji Yokocho alley where you find old-style restuarants is also within walking distance).
- It is within walking distance to major sights (Shinsaibaishi-suji, Dotombori, Ebisubashi shopping street, one subway stop from Kuromon-Ichiba market)
- There are (24hours) convenience stores and hole-in-the-wall eateries just to the left and right of the main door
2) Good friendly staff
- They spoke good English
- They were very helpful e.g. arranged for us to check-in asap even though we arrived much earlier than expected and the room was still being cleaned.
3) Good quality
- the rooms were spotless and had a very light, airy feel. Good decor. Very pleasing on the eye.
- the rooms, especially bathroom were a good size and not one of those pigeon holes you expect in Japanese cities.
- bed, couch, even the desk chair were plush and very comfortable. My children dozed off very easily.......
- all mod-cons including a very high-tech washer-dryer and induction cooker stove. They even supplied the eating utensils for a family of four, dish-cloth and washing up liquid (with a very clean sponge). Very nice touch.
- and the view was excellent (if you get a room on a high floor) cos the Fraser Nankai is one of the two tallest building around this area
- The front desk also sells the all-in-one Day pass for the Kaiyukan aquarium so you do not need to trek far to get it. They seem to sell the Kansai pass as well.
- It is quiet and you never heard the trains.
4) Good Price
- we paid JNY 14,000 per room per night, inclusive of taxes and breakfast. But this is for one of the larger rooms. Yes, it is pricier than some of the other brand name hotels but it is not the most expensive I have experienced in Japan.
- I understand that there are special deals which do not include breakfast or involve some of the slightly smaller rooms which are cheaper.
5) Family and Group friendly
- we noticed many families and also business groups at breakfast
- the front desk will loan you umbrellas when it rains
- the front desk will help you check reservations, if necessary....very necessary if you don't speak a word of Japanese.
- Fraser will email you English and Japanese instructions on how to get from the Nankai-Namba train station (via Nankai Rapi:T train) to the hotel. This is especially useful if you need to show the instruction sheet to local Japanese folk at the train station - they will read the Jap text and tell you which way to go if you really get lost. But it is fairly unlikely cos instructions are very clear.
I do have 2 minor grouses, if I must (dig hard to) write some down.
6) Breakfast is of a limited variety and doesn't include the usual cold-cuts, choice of cereals and bread/pastries. It is provided by the restaurant next door - Massa. You access it via a side door from the lobby. Don't get me wrong, the food at Massa is really not bad. Just that breakfast is a fixed menu (Set A, B, C). They do change the Set A slightly every day by swapping eggs sunny side up with a hard boiled egg or scrambled eggs and swapping bread buns with toast. Set A is easily the most popular cos it has a fist-full of salad, 2 finger-thick pork sausages, eggs and toast. Set B and C swaps the sausages and eggs for cereals and fruit.
7) In the dead of the night, when it is dead-silent, you can hear traffic noise emitting from the air vent / cooker hob fume extractor. We found it very amusing actually, albeit it does get louder when those uber-motorcycles or fast cars zoom past the flyover. You don't hear anything in the day, though and not when you are in the bedroom or bathroom.
Overall, my family and I thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay. It was a great base for us explore Osaka.My children made themselves at home almost immediately. And the location made is very convenient for us who were travelling with small children and plenty of luggages.
a) You should opt for the Nankai Rapi:T Alpha train rather than the Beta train cos both are the same price (JNY 1390) but the Alpha train is faster. But if you dont mind an extra 15min journey, not having a reserved seat, risk having to squeeze with locals going on their daily business, you can opt for the regular express (JNY890). Rapi:T takes 29mins (Alpha) and 39mins (Beta) to get from KIX to Namba.
b) walk out of the Nankai-Namba train Central exit, walk down the Namba Parks escalator, turn left at the underpass and walk toward the traffic light where you can see MacDonalds. Cross the street towards the hole-in-the-wall Okonoyaki stand and viola, you are at the Fraser Nankai main door - it is opposite a Pachinko slot gaming arcade. In fact, if you look up and over the flyover when you are on the escalator, you will see the Fraser Residence.
c) To get to Takashimaya, walk thru the underground shopping mall @ Namba Parks. Then, exit the main door of Takashimaya to get to the Ebisubashi and Shinsaibashi shopping streets. There is plenty of good restaurants on the top floors and the basement food arcade is a gem chock-full of colourful bento sets, cooked food, gift sets and fresh produce. If you are keen on discount bentos, wait til about 1900hrs when they slash prices prior to closing for the day at 2000hrs.
d) walk thru Ebisubashi-suji to get to Dotombori. Should not take you more than 20mins.
e) If walking is not your thing, the Sub-way is extensive and not that expensive. Typical fares for 2-4 stops cost us JNY200 and we even took an 8-10 stop journey for JNY230. That said, children under 3 travel free.
f) Go to Kuromon-Ichiba market to buy fresh foods like strawberries (they are unbelievably good, so good you can even smell the fragrance from 2metres out), freshly grilled scallops and freshly prepared Unagi (grilled eel).The prices are unbeatable and you will notice many local housewives buying....always a good sign.
g) skip the Ferris Wheel at the Hep Five shopping mall and take the one at the Tempozan mall near the Kaiyukan aquarium. The view of better and it is less crowded. You can buy a Aquarium-Ferris Wheel combo ticket on-site.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are the first International Serviced Residence in Osaka. Ideally located for business ana leisure, just 2 minites from the airport train staion. Ideal for long term stay as well as short term, from 1 night. Fully equipped with Washing/Dryer machine, Kitchennette, and connected free WiFi. ... more less
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