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Tradition meets modernity at new Osaka hotel

Jul 01. 2019
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By The Nation

A former theatre is in the final stage of its reincarnation as the Hotel Royal Classic Osaka prepares to open its doors to welcome the first guests on December 1.

Situated within convenient reach of Osaka Metro Subway Namba station, this first venture under the Royal Classic brand will pay tribute to a location that served as a crucible for so much of the distinctive local culture, bringing fresh value to Osaka Minami, and boosting Osaka’s development as an international tourist hub.

Designed by acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma and incorporating the facade of the former Osaka Shin-Kabukiza Theatre, the hotel will offer 150 luxurious guest rooms and suites with dramatic views of the city and the intricate streetscapes, each featuring high-tech tablet-operated fittings and ceilings of different heights. 

The former Osaka Shin-Kabukiza was known for its impressive “Karahafu” gabled rooftop, and Kengo Kuma’s groundbreaking design honours this history by incorporating the lovingly restored façade into its lower floors. The upper stories, meanwhile, weave layers of aluminium fins into the structure, adding a dynamic complexity to this synthesis of tradition and modernity.

As a new hub for visitors to the central Osaka Minami location, the first floor will boast a spacious open café facing onto the bustling thoroughfare of Midosuji Avenue. The second- floor restaurant meanwhile will offer buffet-style lunch and dinner.

The new hotel will provide five main function rooms––Uruwashi & Kotohogi, Hiyori, Komorebi, Hanaemi, and Ibuki–– spread across the 3rd to 9th floors, each boasting their own distinctive design concept.

Online booking can be done from today at https://hotel-royalclassic.jp/en/.

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