After lunch we checked-into Red Roof Plus Namba hotel located along Sennichimae street. From the Midosuji Namba subway stop, it’s was a short 5 minutes walk. You can either walk on street level or through the shopping arcades underground which stretches from Namba station right to Nippombashi station. You can exit the underground by taking the staircase, escalator or elevator depending at which point you are.
Red Roof Plus Namba is located between Namba station and Nippombashi station which makes traveling to most of Osaka’s attractions easy. The hotel is a couple of minutes walk to Dotonbori, more specifically to the ‘Glico Man’ landmark and Ebisu bridge. BIC Camera is diagonally in-front of the hotel. Almost the whole frontage of the hotel on the ground floor is taken up by ‘Family Mart’ which makes getting necessities so convenient be it mineral water or SD card.
The hotel lobby is spacious and beg drop for later check-in was fast & efficiently handled. There is a currency exchange machine at the lobby and umbrellas are always available for free use by guests. Access to the hotel’s elevator and to your room is by your room key card. The room is modern and large with the bathroom and toilet in separate cubicle within it’s own compartment. With both our luggage opened, there is still room to walk freely. Although our room faces the main street, outside noise is effectively blocked. The air-cond is also a heater depending on which mode you chose. Being located in Japan’s 2nd largest city, it’s really value for money. Easily beats hands-down same class hotel in Europe. More info on Red Roof Plus here.
If you are catching a flight out of Itami airport and it coincide with rush hours, skip the subway and walk to Hotel Ichiei for the airport bus. It’s a 15 ~ 20 minutes slow walk and the bus stand is in-front of Hotel Ichiei main entrance. Alternatively, take a taxi for a short ride to Hotel Ichiei for around ¥700. Taxis are abundant in-front of BIC Camera opposite the hotel even in the early hours of the morning.