Marriott International’s prestigious luxury brand set down anchor in Osaka in 2010, marking the brand’s 20th international property.
What’s It Like
There is a sense of understated elegance in this property, with its New York heritage instantly visible. In the overall ambience, there is a sense of Japanese context, but the hotel’s founder John Jacob Astor IV’s (who founded The St. Regis New York) vision of personalised, discreet luxury is still visible.
Where is it
This hotel scores full marks for location. It is situated in the upscale Midosuji district, a short distance away from most major landmarks in the city. Train travellers will delight in the fact that it is situated just above the station, offering direct connectivity to Kyoto and Nara.
The hotel features 160 rooms and suites, spread across different categories. I stayed in a Grand Deluxe King suite, spread across 87 sqm. I instantly felt the signature St. Regis sense of sophistication and elegance in the decor that included Japanese motifs like cherry blossoms and silk elements. The furniture is stately and plush, and I absolutely loved the oversized bed in soft linen, the generous workspace and the walk-in closet. The bathroom, packed with amenities, features a shower cubicle and a large bathtub. My suite is bathed in natural light thanks to the large windows and gives me a sense of arrival at every point in the day.
Food & Drink
I enjoyed a copious meal at the hotel’s exquisite and hugely popular Teppanyaki restaurant WAJO, including generous portions of the Kobe meat, grilled to perfection. My multi-course meal was paired with sake, recommended by the sommelier. For something more casual, I tried the French bistro Rue d’Or for lunch. Reminiscent of a Parisian bistro, this chic space offers some French classics, with Japanese touches. I enjoyed a glass of wine, paired with a selection of French cheese.
Given that Osaka is one of Japan’s most important MICE destinations, The St. Regis Osaka is well-equipped to cater to this market. The evocatively named Astor Ballroom is lavish, in addition to six customisable meeting spaces as well as the 11th floor space dedicated entirely to meetings and banquets that make this hotel a big draw for the MICE market.
If you’re a regular at St. Regis properties around the world, you will know about each property’s signature Bloody Mary. At The St. Regis Osaka, don’t miss the Shogun Mary, which blends yuzu, wasabi and soy sauce into the classic cocktail. You must not miss the legendary champagne sabering ritual that takes place at the hotel, as in all the properties around the globe.
Verdict: Purebred luxury for a discerning traveller, who enjoys a bit of pampering, and a glamorous approach to hospitality.
Price: Upwards of ₹ 58,000
Contact: 3-6-12 Honmachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 541-0053, Japan