This post is part of our honeymoon series. You can read more about it here.
We made our way from Kyoto to our last stop in Japan, Osaka. Our time in Osaka was limited, so we only needed a hotel for one night. I decided this would be a good chance to use my free night certificate from the now defunct IHG Rewards Club Select Card from Chase (RIP). Essentially, we got our room at the InterContinental Osaka for the price of the credit card’s $49 annual fee. While my reasons for picking the hotel are entirely points and miles related, I was impressed with the InterContinental Osaka and would absolutely recommend it. Here’s my review of the InterContinental Osaka.
Booking with Points
The InterContinental Osaka is bookable for 60,000 IHG points per night. Unfortunately, you can no longer stay here with the free night certificate from the IHG Rewards Club Premier Card from Chase as free nights are capped at properties costing 40,000 points or less.
The InterContinental Osaka is located in Kita (also known as Umeda), one of Osaka’s two main city centers. Umeda is home to newer, luxury buildings while Minami in the south is more old-school Osaka. Most of the luxury hotels are located in Umeda, but you will likely find yourself traveling to Minami for the street food and sightseeing. The hotel is located in a mall, Grand Front Osaka, about a five minute walk from the JR Osaka Train Station. Pro tip: You can get to the hotel directly from the train station by cutting through the mall. It’s also about seven minutes from Umeda Station.
Dining and Amenities
The InterContinental Osaka has several eateries on-site including a one Michelin star restaurant, Pierre, which is open for lunch, dinner, and high tea. Other options include Noka Roast & Grill, a cocktail bar called Agee, 3-60 lounge (located in the lobby), and a patisserie called Stressed.
Amenities include a full service spa, a 24 hour gym, an indoor pool, and bathhouses. The bathhouses include steam rooms, dry sauna, and relaxation rooms. We didn’t have a lot of time to try out the amenities, but we did enjoy our welcome drink at Agee on our way to dinner.
The lobby is located on the 20th floor with separate elevators to access the guest rooms. The lobby was large with a lounge to the left and check-in and concierge straight across from the elevators. The floor to ceiling windows provided a great view of the city below.
The check-in process went smoothly but there was a noticeable difference in the service compared to both the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo and Kyoto where we had recently stayed. They didn’t do anything wrong per se, but my husband and I both noticed things weren’t quite as polished.
I hadn’t stayed at an InterContinental since a trip to Guatemala in high school so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was immediately impressed by the size of the room and the design details. They did a great job of blending the modern feel of Umeda with traditional Japanese elements.
The tea pot and stone table are a good example of how the designer blended the old with the new.
I hate when the space between the foot of the bed and the wall are super tight. That was definitely not a problem at the InterContinental Osaka. The area was so spacious they fit a bench and a chair with room to spare.
There was even a Chaise lounge next to the bed. This room certainly had a lot of seating options!
When we got back from dinner, there was a plate with local gummy candies. We also were provided with a plate of fruit as a welcome gift.
The room also had a fully stocked mini fridge, a Nespresso, and a hot water heater.
The closest had tons of shelving and drawers, robes, and extra blankets and pillows.
The well-designed bathroom was located across from the closet. The marble finishings gave it a modern luxury feel. There was even a scale, but I didn’t dare check my noodle-related weight gain.
Despite having a large vanity, there was only one sink. I think it would make sense to have a second sink at the expense of some of the counter space.
The toiletries were from Agraria which is apparently a brand from San Francisco that I haven’t heard of. In addition to the regular toiletries, they also provided dental kits, shaving kits, nail kits, and bath salts.
The shower and soaking tub were in the same enclosed space off of the main bathroom. I didn’t have a chance to use the tub, but it sure looked relaxing.
To the left of the tub and shower was an area with towels and soap.
Last but not least, the toilet was in its own little room. Of course, it was a Toto!
Our room at the InterContinental Osaka was more impressive than I was expecting. The room was massive with a great view of the city. The bathroom felt like a luxury spa complete with a soaking tub. I also appreciated the little touches like the plate of local candies. After having exceptional service at two Ritz-Carltons, I was a little underwhelmed by the attention to detail of the staff, but overall we had a great night at the InterContinental Osaka.