W Osaka makes debut along vibrant Midosuji Boulevard. The hotel stands out thanks to its black monolith façade designed by Osaka-born, world-renowned architect Tadao Ando. Such a minimalist exterior pays homage to the Edo period when excessive displays of wealth were prohibited.
The interior design was conceptualized by concrete, the Amsterdam-based design studio. Guests enter an illuminated tunnel inspired by the Japanese art forms of cutting and folding paper, origami and kirigami, with images of nature and seasons reflected on its walls. The hotel’s LIVING ROOM (W’s signature take on the lobby) is decorated with vivid colors and an impressive design featuring an original interpretation of whimsical Kawaii Kokeshi wooden dolls which celebrate the diversity of W Osaka’s international guests.
The property’s 337 guestrooms and suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious bathrooms with rain showers and luxe amenities. The 27th floor is home to the Extreme WOW Penthouse Suite (the brand’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite) that features 200 square meters with a 5.4-meter-high ceiling and five sequenced rooms divided by oak portals. The “Garden Room” marks the entrance to the suite. The bedroom is decorated with dreamy artwork by Sigrid Calon, a Dutch textile artist whose works have been exhibited around the world, including at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York. In the bathroom, the large, 1.9-meter-diameter chrome tub is a reimagined champagne bucket. There is an open kitchen and a built-in DJ booth – the first of its kind in a hotel room in Japan.
Japan’s first W hotel has two bars and four restaurants. Bistro-diner OH.LALA… is led by Chef Yusuke Takada, one of the top chefs recognized in “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” rankings. TEPPANYAKI MYDO serves local soul food in addition to exquisite Japanese Kuroge and Akaushi Wagyu beef. Designed by celebrity Japanese interior designer Yasumichi Morita and Osaka-born artist Seitaro Kuroda, the restaurant’s design is inspired by Osaka’s pecularities in culture, history and customs. MIXUP offers pastries, coffee, tea and cocktails. The interiors of omakase-style restaurant SUSHI UKIYO reflect the concept of “ukiyoe”, or a floating world, as a metaphor for Osaka, a city of waterways.
On the fourth floor of W Osaka, FIT offers the latest in fitness equipment, as well as a yoga room with a view. The new hotel is home to a total of four event and meeting spaces, including the GREAT ROOM, a 390-square-meter ballroom, with high ceilings, deep oak pillars, and champagne-gold metallic details.