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Review: Dontonbori Hotel Osaka – Awesome Value, Good Location and Muslim-Friendly

For the final two nights of our stay in Osaka, we chose Dotonbori Hotel based on few reasons. As always our first deciding factor would be price. Generally hotels in Japan are expensive and tiny. Rooms at Dotonbori Hotel are small but their prices are quite competitive as we were able to secure an average of RM200++ per night. Second factor was its location. Walking distance to Namba Station and Dotonbori (click here to read my previous post on Dotonbori), it makes perfect sense to choose this hotel as we were able to go in and out of the hotel room easily throughout the day in-between our sightseeing activities for quick rest, toilet break and prayers.

Oh by the way, the hotel also claims to be “muslim friendly” as they can provide prayer mat, kiblat compass, halal-dish (based on request, not all), etc. Something that we only discovered after our trip! Nevertheless, it’s quite rare to see a hotel anywhere to go the extra-mile to be “muslim friendly” so I highly recommend this Dotonbori Hotel. I’m not alone as many other travellers recommend the same making this hotel ranked #7 on tripadvisor out of 247 hotels in Osaka. Can’t go wrong with that!
Here are some shots that I took of Dotonbori Hotel.

1) The landmark of Dotonbori Hotel is its hotel front, head carvings on the pillars or whatever you call it!


2) Even those who do not stay at this hotel would make an effort to stop and pose in front of these stone heads.


The lobby of the hotel is quite interesting. Free hot drinks, free limited minutes of international calls, free ramen at certain hours, free wifi and lots of comfy seats.

3) Our room – super single bed, enough space for our bags.


4) Clean, neat and attention to details.



5) The cute bathroom/toilet.


6) Shisheido products, nothing less.


7) The whole room has access to hi-speed internet, faster than my unifi at home 🙂


8) No device to connect to the Internet? No worries.


9) Attention to details. Awesome.


I have nothing but good comments on this hotel. If you are visiting Osaka, do consider this lovely hotel. Click here to check out its latest promotions.

Click here to read my previous posts on this Osaka/Kyoto trip.


  1. agip May 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    hehe..kecik benarkan hotel2 and bathroom kat japan neh. my auntie joking about – other than the sumo wrestlers, org jepun semua kurus2..hence bole mencelah tempat2 sempit neh.


  2. NotaKembara June 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Looks good with the price tag. Well, it’s very much expected from one of the most expensive cities in the world. Haha

  3. cquek June 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    may i know how you go to the hotel from KIX internation airport? did you go to Namba station and transfer to Osaka Namba and walk 5 minutes to the hotel? How long is your walking? Because I have big bags with me… hope you can share. thanks!

  4. Siti June 20, 2014 at 1:02 am

    That’s the reason I never rent a hotel during my visit in Japan. I would prefer AirBnB with a good location. Not only cheaper, but awesome 🙂 At least we have enough space so can rukuk and sujud properly hahaha

  5. Min Mei July 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Hi, may I know you reserve dotonbori hotel directly or from 3rd party ie agoda, booking.com etc. I tried to reserve directly but failed. Thank you

  6. sahbani August 23, 2014 at 1:59 am

    i am one of the orphans, there i see my face in this post hahaha. thanks for all who make this event. we really enjoy it. next time ajak kami lagi :3

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