Set very conveniently in Osaka’s station complex, which makes for easy navigating (that said, the station, like all Japanese stations, is enormous) and shopping (the complex also houses numerous big shopping malls) – the Granvia is a large, modern hotel that fuses the best of international and Japanese hospitality. Being based in the station itself was a huge bonus, we stepped off the Shinkansen right into the hotel and also found it to be the perfect base to explore the rest of Osaka, from its iconic billboards at Dotonburi to the city’s famous castle, to the numerous restaurants serving up its famous dish, Okonomi-yaki. Our club floor booking gave us private access to a VIP lounge accessed by our key cards – sadly quite limited in its offering in comparison to other luxury club lounges, but giving welcome respite from the hoipolloi and chaos of Japan’s second largest metropolis – the property itself is also extremely busy because of its size. Our room was well appointed and extremely comfortable, furnished in a typically Japanese minimalist, contemporary style, so not to distract from the floor-to-ceiling view of the city’s unending LCD-lit skyscrapers and mountain ranges beyond.

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