Osaka Downtown Hostel

2-16-24 Naniwa-ku Shikitsu Nishi, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, 556-0015, Japan

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    Avoid this place


    At 4500 yen per night (single room) this place is too far away from all the action and is a ten minute walk to the nearest subway station.

    Whilst the canadian owner is friendly enough, they charge you for internet and will not refund any money if you decide to not stay as long as planned.

    It is also impossible to find with their given directions. Try the Nishitetsu Inn in Shinsaibashi..(exit 4 at Shinsaibashi station, turn left on exit and cross road...walk under freeway, and turn right on first door to "Freshness Burger") its a little more expensive at $6700 yen, but is well worth it (close to the action, subwaay station and free internet).




    Dear fellow travelers,

    This is a true account of our stay in Osaka Downtown Hoste aka Namba Terracel. We booked this hostel through the internet. It seems very attractive on the website with all the pictures and enticing description but the experience most backpackers have are extremely bad.

    Firstly, the dormitory is not a conducive lodging for travelers at all. The owner, Oliver, is trying very hard to pack at least 6 guests into a confined room which is slightly larger than my store room. These beds are self constructed so you can imagine how unsafe they are. The beds also make a lot of jerking sounds at night.

    The ratio of guests/ toilet is 12:1. That means there is always a mad rush for the washroom in the morning.

    The worst experience we have is with Oliver’s temper. He has so many unwritten rules that made our stay so unpleasant. You will be barked and yelled upon if you break his ‘rules’. For example, we were shouted at for whispering in the middle of the night. And I got to tell you this, Oliver who stays in the hostel, snores louder than our whispers. There was one occasion, in the middle of the night, when I heard him cursed and swear at our neighboring roommates for wearing footwear to the toilet. I can confirm that he had threatened to chase out this woman. And I am most sure; I heard offensive language that night.

    It is because of our stay in Osaka Downtown Hostel that spoilt our trip to Japan. If you decide to make your stay a regrettable experience, be yelled at during your holiday, be subjected to regimentation, go ahead and waste your money. (Rating from 1 to 5 stars? I give -10!)

    PS: If there are replies by Oliver to my review, it just proves that he is a very defensive man.


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