Very Good10 Reviews
0.33km from Sky Patio KitaThis hotel runs a free "shuttle" minibus to and from Itami Airport (which the signposts downtown rather confusingly call simply Osaka Airport, with no mention of Itami) and Hotarugaike station, so if you are arriving on the monorail outside the quieter 10am-4pm period (when there is no shuttle) and you don't have a relevant rail pass, you can save yourself 200 Yen by getting off the monorail at Hotarugaike and using the hotel's minibus instead of continuing to Itami Airport, where you could also get the shuttle if you have a lot of luggage (which is not a good idea when staying at Toyoko Inn's, because the guestrooms are really compact) or mobility issues. This Toyoko is quite close to, but not AT Itami Airport -if you want an in-terminal hotel, there is one, but it is not the Toyoko Inn. Beware breakfast time is from 6 to 9, which obviously is meant to suit people catching early flights, but not late arrivals. At 9am Japanese-style breakfast ends and gets reduced to western breakfast, which to them means just orange juice, bread, some (not very good) pastries and (similarly disappointing) coffee, until 9.30 when no more breakfast of any kind is served. The neighbourhood is a rather soulless car-dominated working class area with a high ratio of business to residential, hints of decay and nothing going for it other than the proximity to the airport. The hotel is not difficult to find, being a tall building with its name written in big blue lights across the top, but it is bizarrely difficult to access, as it is hemmed in by other hotels and the only access appears to be a winding one-lane road that looks like it is only meant to be used for deliveries. As with all Toyoko's, the rooms and public areas are almost identical to those of the rest of the chain, and liable to becoming severely cramped. But if you are flying through Itami, this hotel can be an eminently practical, cost-effective solution. The Japanese-only aircon remote is, potentially, frustrating awkward to use.