Imperial Hotel Osaka joins The Leading Hotels of the World


The Imperial Hotel, Osaka, will join the ranks of The Leading Hotels of the World, effective Jan 1. The Osaka Imperial will also be the solitary Leading Hotels of the World property in Japan's vast Kansai district.

Housing some 381 guestrooms, 22 banquet rooms, 6 restaurants, 3 bars and lounges, an executive service center, chapel, and a spacious health spa and pool, the sleek riverside Imperial Hotel, Osaka overlooks the Okawa River and its expansive riverbanks which in spring are alive with pale pink cherry tree blossoms and in summer are the site of the colorful Tenjin Matsuri Festival fireworks.

The Imperial, Osaka, the only other city property bearing the Imperial name, opened in 1996 and features public spaces, lounges and ballrooms employing design motifs from the 1923 Imperial Hotel in Tokyo designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd, founded in 1928 in New York City, is widely considered the hospitality industry's foremost global marketing and reservations network of luxury hotels. It was originally comprised of famous 5 star luxury properties in premier destinations in Europe but today boasts a membership of over 450 deluxe resorts and hotels in some 80 nations around the world. Once a year an unannounced inspection takes place at each Leading property to evaluate facilities, services, cleanliness, cuisine and esprit, covering 850 to 900 different operational categories.

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Would love to know which other Japanese hotels fall in the same ranks.

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I know this is naive to ask this Imperial Hotel similar to the one in Tokyo?

Or are they just operated by two different companies?

Moderator: It is the same company.

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Yup, the one in the same. Too bad the location of Imperial Osaka is slightly far from Umeda/Osaka Station as opposed to Westin, Hilton, Hankyu International and Ritz-Carlton.

FYI, there's also a business hotel named Imperial Hotel (Teikoku Hotel) in Minami/Shinsaibashi that can be confused with the real thing...

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