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WELCOME TO OSAKA! JAPAN'S FIRST W HOTEL OPENS IN OSAKA

W Osaka will redefine the local hotel scene with the brand’s spirited spin on luxury as the perfect addition to this electric city.

10.04.2021
BY THE S MEDIA NEWS DESK
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If you consider Osaka, Japan as your next traveling destination, W Hotel in Osaka may be the best choice for your hospitality. As part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands that made its debut along the vibrant Midosuji Boulevard, W Osaka will redefine the local hotel scene with the brand’s spirited spin on luxury as the perfect addition to this electric city.

As Rajeev Menon, President, Asia Pacific (excluding China) revealed, Osaka's mix of culture and bold, high-energy lifestyle makes it the ideal setting for the debut of W Hotels in Japan. "We are excited to once again be partnering with Sekisui House to welcome W Osaka to the luxury hospitality landscape here, and know international travelers and locals alike will be drawn to the hotel and its playground of possibilities,” Menon said.     

 

An unforgettable experience that worth trying with Japan’s style

 
 
 
 
 
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Try an exciting experience when you 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 upon arrival at W Osaka. A colorful Japanese greeting ready to welcome you on the third floor, the hotel's social hub LIVING ROOM (W’s signature take on the lobby). With vivid colors and a show-stopping design featuring an original interpretation of whimsical Kawaii Kokeshi wooden dolls which celebrate the diversity of W Osaka’s international guests. 

Inspired by Osaka's blazing streetscapes, it is reflected in the hotel's 337 guestrooms and suites with bright spaces, clean lines, and bold color schemes. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame stunning views of the skyline, while spacious bathrooms with rain showers and luxe amenities invite guests to retreat and recharge. For a memorable touch, a surprise is locked away behind the closets: a unique “panorama” of Osaka, a graphic filled with the city’s famous landmarks, designed by pixel art group eBoy. To represent Japan's famous pink cherry blossoms and Osaka's azure oceanside, color themes and neon light accents shine either pink or blue on each alternate floor.

Situated atop the hotel’s 27th floor, the Extreme WOW Penthouse Suite (the brand’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite) is 200 square meters with a 5.4-meter-high ceiling and five sequenced rooms divided by oak portals that merge traditional Japanese home design with the W spirit. The "Garden Room" marks the entrance to the suite, with its Zen-inspired garden providing a refuge from the bustling city life below. The bedroom features 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 and invites guests for a surreal soak. The suite features an open kitchen and a built-in DJ booth – the first of its kind in a hotel room in Japan – that’s perfect for entertaining and soundtracking any stay.    

Innovation from the most stellar architect Tadao Ando in Black monolith façade

 
 
 
 
 
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An extraordinary interior, yet in a minimalist exterior is the way W Osaka wants to express its presence in the city's busy urban streetscape. Designed by Tadao Ando, the shape of the black monolith façade confirmed, even more, a minimalist exterior concealing colorfully exuberant interiors, a nod to the Edo period when excessive displays of wealth were prohibited, and merchants were said to have dressed modestly in public. To assert its transformation, W Osaka describes it with a narrative that shines a spotlight on the contrast between Japanese minimalism and the limitless excesses of urban life, illuminated by Osaka’s bright neon lights at night. Very private, flamboyance and opulence were free to be expressed. 

A mixture of global taste with a signature Japanese dish 

 
 
 
 
 
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W Osaka provides two bars and four restaurants to tempt guests with unique, unexpected offerings and an unforgettably gourmet experience. Global flavors merge with iconic Japanese cuisine to tantalize the taste buds in unexpected ways. Bistro-diner OH.LALA… brings to life a partnership with Chef Yusuke Takada, one of the top chefs recognized in “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” rankings, delivering high expectations to reinvent gastronomy with W Osaka’s creative culinary team. At the heart of W Osaka is the LIVING ROOM, where guests can expect the unexpected, from a standup comedian performance to a DJ set by W Osaka music curator (and collaborator of Tiësto and Armin van Buuren), Yuuki Yoshiyama. The Living Room serves a lineup of colorful cocktails as well as W Osaka’s private-label champagne.

TEPPANYAKI MYDO offers its spin on 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 integrates Osaka’s eccentricities in culture, history, and customs, and combines it with boldness, brilliance, and playfulness of the W brand. MIXUP combines art, natural lighting, and a chic color palette while serving pastries, coffee, tea, and cocktails for an amplified urban experience right on the main street.

At the end of a zigzag, curtain-lined corridor is omakase-style restaurant SUSHI UKIYO with its interiors reflecting the concept of "ukiyoe", or a floating world, as a metaphor for Osaka, a city of waterways. Next to the hotel's WET swimming pool is the WET BAR, featuring an eclectic list of creative cocktails.

DETOX.RETOX.REPEAT.

On the fourth floor of W Osaka, FIT offers the latest in fitness equipment, as well as a yoga room with a view. WET is the hotel's indoor pool space with an LED ceiling to illuminate and amplify the fun. For guests who live by the brand’s 'Detox.Retox.Repeat' philosophy, AWAY SPA awaits to restore and revive, with five private treatment rooms.

 
 
 
 
 
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The new hotel has 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. With WED YOUR WAY, guests can customize the wedding of their dreams on an entire private floor at W Osaka.

"The energy and eclecticism of Japan, particularly Osaka, make it the perfect backdrop for a W hotel,” said Jennie Toh, Vice President of Brand Marketing and Brand Management, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “From unforgettable dining experiences and live music sets to the thoughtful design rooted in the history and culture of the city, W Osaka is a destination within a destination where international jet setters and local tastemakers meet and make magic.”

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