MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan – Hotel Review

MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott Hotel Review

MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott Hotel Review

Hotel Review: MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Osaka, Japan

Reserved on 22 June 2018 for 4 nights
Price: JPY 53,937 (Approximately USD495, SGD690)
Room Type: Guest Room with 2 single beds (without breakfast)
Check-in: 21 August 2018
Check-out: 25 August 2018

My first trip to Osaka was back in 2005 for 3 days 2 nights only. I remembered visiting Osaka castle, some shrines and Universal Studio. While planning for my Osaka trip in 2018, I chanced upon MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott. I was mesmerised by the photos I saw in the website; the photos show a hip, vibrant, clean and trendy hotel.

I have initially booked a “Sleeper Room” with 1 queen bed and breakfast. However, I changed it to two single beds after knowing that my friend would be joining me in the trip. The price for Sleeper room with 1 queen bed and breakfast included was JPY 57,713 for 4 nights.

Sleeper Queen Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi, Hotel Review

Sleeper Queen Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi, Photo credit: Booking.com

Location of MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan

The hotel is located about 5-10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station Sakaisuji Honmachi (K15/C17), which happened to be the two metro lines, Green line and Brown line. Look for exit 17 in the station which is the nearest exit to the hotel.

Sakaisuji Hommachi Station, Metro Map, Hotel Review: MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Osaka, Japan

Sakaisuji Honmachi Station, Metro Map

We arrived at MOXY Osaka Honmachi in the morning around 9 and were hoping that the room would be ready for check-in. However, as usual, there was no luck for early check-in; check-in time only starts at 3 in the afternoon. We left our luggage with the hotel and started our shopping.

Shinsaibashi Street, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan - Hotel Review

Shinsaibashi Street

MOXY Osaka Honmachi is two stations away from the main shopping street, Shinsaibashi.

Nightview at Shinsaibashi, Hotel Review: MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Osaka, Japan

Nightview at Shinsaibashi

In addition, the hotel is around 35-40 minutes to Universal Studio via public transportation.

Universal Studios, Japan

Universal Studios, Japan

MOXY Osaka Honmachi is also around 1 hour JR train and Metro from Kansai International airport.

Hotel Reception, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott

Done with our first round of shopping and lunch, we went back to the hotel for check-in. I could use the following words to describe MOXY Osaka Honmachi: trendy, cool, hip, vibrant, clean, neat, colorful, interesting, cosy, spacious, stylish, contemporary, modern, cheerful, retro, and pinky!

  • Reception Area, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Reception Area, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
  • Cool and hip sitting area around the Reception Area, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Cool and hip sitting area around the Reception Area, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
  • Have a quick bite? They are not free though, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Have a quick bite? They are not free though
  • More sitting area around Reception Area, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    More sitting area around Reception Area
  • More catch up area around Reception, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    More catch up area around Reception, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
  • If you are feeling restless, you can also have a game of table-soccer, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    If you are feeling restless, you can also have a game of table-soccer
  • Chill out at the Bar right behind the Hotel Reception, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Chill out at the Bar right behind the Hotel Reception

Pink seems to be their signature colour as you can be seen in their amenities such as hair dryer, toothbrush, shower, shampoo and hand soap as well as decorations.

There are 11 floors in this hotel and we stayed on the 10.

  • Lifts serving hotel guests in all the 155 rooms, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Lifts serving hotel guests in all the 155 rooms
  • Lift, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Lift, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
  • Inside the lift, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
    Inside the lift
  • Art Deco at Tenth Floor, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
    Art Deco at Tenth Floor

We were given one welcome drink voucher each, which we totally weren’t expecting it. Thank you MOXY Osaka Honmachi!

Guest Twin Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
Guest Twin Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi

Guest Twin Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi

I like how the room is big enough to open the luggage right in front of the bed.

Ample space in the Twin Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott

Ample space in the Twin Room

In most of the hotels I stayed in Japan before, all the room was so tiny with bed pushing towards the wall. If you need to pack or unpack, your luggage needs to be opened on the bed. Not only that, the walking space between the bed and the wall is so narrow that it is impossible for two persons to walk at the same time side by side.

Retro Phone in the room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan

Retro Phone in the room

Even room card keys are unique and interesting!

Unique and Interesting Card Keys, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan

Unique and Interesting Card Keys

And for those who want to stay connected, you would be thrilled by the wifi speed!

MOXY Osaka Honmachi provides two bottles of mineral water daily. However, I was a little disappointed that there were no minibar and fridge in the room; guests would not be able to buy any snacks which need to be refrigerated.

In addition, there is no wardrobe in the room. Hangers to hang clothes are hung directly on the wall to save space as you can see in the photo, it doesn’t look odd at all.

Hangers to hang clothes are hanged on the wall, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Osaka, Japan

Hangers on the wall

The Bathroom, Twin Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan

  • Bathroom, Guest Twin Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Bathroom, Guest Twin Room
  • Pink Hairdryer in the Bathroom, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Pink Hairdryer in the Bathroom
  • Bathroom Amenities, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Bathroom Amenities


The bathroom is nice with shower head and water tap in black. The mirror frame is also in black. In addition, there is a “seat” in the shower room just like how you shower in the onsen. I am thinking to have the similar concept for my bathroom renovation in Singapore.

Breakfast at MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan

As mentioned earlier on, our rate did not include breakfast. We paid JPY 1,300 per pax for breakfast for one of the days to see what MOXY Osaka Honmachi offers.

I think the unique feature about their breakfast is the Noodle Buffet, which are basically Udon and Ramen cooked on request. And you can have as many bowls as you like.

  • The same lady who checked us in when we first arrive was also cooking noodle, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    The same lady who checked us in when we first arrive was also cooking noodle
  • Garnishes for the Udon and Ramen, Noodle Buffet, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
    Garnishes for the Udon and Ramen, Noodle Buffet, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
  • Tried both the Udon and Ramen, Noodle Buffet
    Tried both the Udon and Ramen, Noodle Buffet

I understood that there is no specific role for each staff meaning anyone can be at Check-In this moment, and cooking Udon the next moment. The lady who you saw in one of the photos above at the Noodle Buffet also happened to be the person checking me in on the first day.

The rest of the dishes are pretty standard as what are offered in other Japan’s hotels. I just wish to mention that they were slow to top up the ice coffee and cut fruits as shown in the photo below.

  • Granola, Breakfast at MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
    Granola, Breakfast at MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
  • Bread, Breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Osaka, Japan
    Bread, Breakfast
  • The small breads which I like, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Osaka, Japan
    The small breads which I like
  • Salad Bar, Breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
    Salad Bar, Breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
  • Congee and Rice, Breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Osaka, Japan
    Congee and Rice, Breakfast
  • Hot food Selection, Breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
    Hot food Selection, Breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
  • Juices, Breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
    Juices, Breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
  • I like the Iced Coffee, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
    I like the Iced Coffee
  • Hot Milk and Hot Coffee, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
    Hot Milk and Hot Coffee, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan


There are plenty of seats in the breakfast area. The seats which you saw previously around the Hotel Reception may also be doubled up as seats for having your breakfast.

  • Semi-formal sitting area for Breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
    Semi-formal sitting area for Breakfast
  • Long table which can be used to take your breakfast, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Osaka, Japan
    Long table which can be used to take your breakfast

Gym, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan

Surprisingly there is a gym in this hotel. I think it is thoughtful to have gym even though it is a small hotel. There is this bicycle, which is again in pink.

  • Treadmill, GYM, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
    Treadmill, GYM, MOXY Osaka Honmachi
  • Dumbbells, GYM, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
    Dumbbells, GYM
  • Pink Bicycle, GYM, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
    Pink Bicycle, GYM
  • Towels and Water, GYM, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott
    Towels and Water, GYM, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott

Ironing room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan

I happened to notice this separate room for ironing while heading to check up the gym.

  • Ironing Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
    Ironing Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
  • Inside the Ironing Room, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
    Inside the Ironing Room

Surrounding, MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan
Bread with red beans in the Cafe right outside Sakaisuji Hommachi Station

Bread with red beans in the Cafe right outside Sakaisuji Hommachi Station

You can find drugstores, 7-11, Lawson, Cafés, and restaurants in Moxy Osaka Honmachi’s vicinity. On one of the nights, Kyoto and Osaka were hit by typhoon and fortunately we managed to get necessity from the nearby 7-11 and Lawson.

One Michelin-Star Instant Ramen in 7-11

Michelin-Star Instant Ramen in 7-11

I received a survey email a few days after my check-out date. I feedback on the Iced Coffee, cut fruits, and bread not filled up fast enough and the hotel manager followed up promptly to request for more information since I mentioned that I have taken photos.

Would I recommend MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott, Japan?

It is a sounding Yes! Both my friend and I concluded that the hotel is nice and will definitely come back or recommend to friends if ever they are visiting Osaka.

After Osaka, I have one night in Tokyo as I was flying back to Singapore from Tokyo. And guess what? I stayed in Moxy Tokyo Kinsincho, stay tune for the review of it!

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