Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012 Nov: Hearton Shinsaibashi Hotel

Hearton Hotel Shinsaibashi 
Nishi Shinsaibashi, 1-5-24, Chuo Ku, Namba / Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan 542-0086 
中央区西心斎橋1-5-24 大阪市, 542-0086

Room Facilities: Safe box, Air Conditioning, Desk, Heater, Shower, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Free Toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, Pay-Per-View , Telephone, Satellite TV, LCD /Plasma /Flat-screen TV, Tea/Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Wake Up Service/Alarm Clock
Room Size:  13 square meters / 135 square feet – Don’t expect much on the size of the rooms, floor space in Japan is known to be expensive.

Booking a hotel during an autumn stay in Japan is just so hard, I normally use, but this time I used  If you are in doubt about this third party site you can read the reviews in . For follow-up validation, you can also directly contact the hotel to check your reservation.

The location is accessible, only 10 minutes away from Exit 7 of Shinsaibashi station.  It is in the middle of America-mura, in front of Kate Space, beside Big Step and OPA Malls, 2 convenient stores are nearby the area, and Planet 3rd restaurant is on its ground-level. 

The front desk attendees are able to speak clear English, good in giving directions and are very kind.

At the lobby, they have one computer unit which has a charge of 100yen (500php, 2012) for usage 10 minutes.  Payphone, printer, maps, simple souvenirs and other goodies are also available.

The room is small but clean, also being serviced every day.  It includes soft beddings, fluorescent dim-lights, and bath tub.  It has no English-channel and wifi is available only at the lobby.

My take?  It is on the prime location, but the price (39900yen = 21400php, no breakfast) is expensive compare to my other accommodations in Asia.  In-house breakfast served at Planet 3rd will cost you an additional 1900yen (900php) for each person.   You can always opt to buy bento box and coffee from the nearby convenient store for a cheaper deal.

Other third-party hotel booking sites in Japan are: 
Hostels/Hotels that were also mentioned in PinoyExchange are the following:
Balance your budget, check the services, its location, safety and check English-able hotels before you trade the price that you wanted to pay for your accommodation.

Summary of 5 days itinerary in 2012 Autumn Osaka, Kyoto Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Il Bar, Kyoto Station
Hearton Hotel in Shinsaibashi
Day 2
[Osaka] Universal Studios
Pasta Frolla, City Walk
Dinner in 3rd Planet
Hearton Hotel
Day 3
[Kyoto] Saga-Arashiyama: Sagano Scenic Railway
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kennin-ji Temple
Snacks (sushi) in Sagano Station
Restaurant in Gion
Dinner in 3rd Planet
Hearton Hotel
Day 4
Lunch in Daimaru
European Market in Umeda Sky
Street Food near Osaka Castle
Dinner in 3rd Planet
Hearton Hotel
Day 5
Sacra Famiglia (Catholic Church) in Umeda

Hearton Hotel