Review: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

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TLDR: The Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel has well-appointed rooms, amazing service, and a convenient location. For Gold members, the club lounge has a great breakfast and the hotel honors 4pm late checkout.

Booking

I booked this hotel two months before check in for 35,000 Marriott points and 3,119JPY (30 USD) / night.

Marriott allows you to make a reservation with points without having the necessary points in your account. You must have the necessary points in your account 7 days before the start of the reservation.

I transferred points from Chase to top off my Marriott account – the transfer takes about 1-2 business days, make sure you initiate the transfer with enough time.

Checking In

We exited the JR Tennoji station and crossed the street to the elevators at street level. There was a Marriott employee waiting at the elevator bay, and she helped us with our bags. She asked for my name and looked it up on a list of guests checking in that day, which she had printed out and stored in her pocket.

She took us to the 19th floor, which is where the lobby and front desk is located.

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Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel Front Desk

We walked straight past the front desk to another set of elevators, where another employee escorted us to the 38th floor, which is where the club lounge is located.

The desk attendant gave us two cards, one which is the hotel key, and one for accessing the club lounge.

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A few days prior, I emailed the concierge asking them to make a dinner reservation for me. The attendant gave me a printout confirming the reservation. He also proactively offered 4pm checkout on the room, given my recently acquired Marriott Gold status (more on that below).

Upper Floor Superior, 1 Queen

Our room was on the 50th floor, at the end of a hallway that had nice wood accents.

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50th floor hallway

Upon opening the front door, there was a closet to the left.

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The closet contained an iron, slippers, robes, shoe horn, and shoe brush.

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To the right was a half bathroom, with a fancy Toto toilet and sink.

Past the half bath and closet was the bedroom area, which had the bed, a TV, a futon with a small table, and those windows which offered amazing views.

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Seriously…amazing views:

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Every evening during turndown, housekeeping left a small card on the bed with the next day’s weather forecast:

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To the right of the futon was a desk and minibar area.

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Waiting on the desk was a welcome note and some pineapple candy.

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The storage area also had pajamas in one of the drawers and glassware.

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Near the desk area was a sliding door, which led to the other half of the half bathroom.

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It had a single sink and a walk in shower / tub combo area.

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Club Lounge

Note: I have an American Express Platinum card, which comes with complimentary SPG Gold status. Since the Marriott / SPG merger, the two loyalty programs offer status match, which is how I got Marriott Gold status.

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The club lounge schedule is as follows:

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  • Continental Breakfast 6am – 7am
  • Breakfast 7am – 10:30am
  • Tea time 10:30am – 2:30pm
  • Afternoon tea time 2:30pm – 5pm
  • Cocktail time 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Bar time 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Tea time 9:30pm – midnight

I loved the club lounge. First of all, it was beautifully decorated with both tables and couch areas, and it had tons of greenery and high ceilings.

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And the breakfast was great, with both western and Asian options.

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Omelet station

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Each table had a stick that you would give to the omelet chef along with your toppings, and the omelet would be delivered to your table

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Egg white omelet which I ate every morning in Osaka

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Salad bar

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Miso and congee

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Miso and congee toppings

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Cereal options

Fitness Center

The fitness center is open 24 hours and is well furnished. It has pilates mats and a medicine ball, treadmills, some machines focused on leg workouts, and a weight rack. Note that the largest weight is 25kg.

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Location

The Osaka Marriott Miyako has elevators that go directly into the Tennoji subway station, which is also connected the JR Tennoji station. Tennoji station is on the Osaka loop line, which runs in a circle (both clockwise and counter-clockwise) around central Osaka. So it’s pretty easy to get anywhere you need to go from Tennoji.

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