Osaka launchpad for new hotel brand

Japan's next Design Hotels member property to launch Q3 2020

Palace Hotel Co. Ltd. has announced plans for a Q3 2020 opening of Zentis Osaka, the first property of its new hospitality brand. The property will be a member of IHG’s Design Hotels portfolio.

Internationally renowned UK designer, Tara Bernerd of Tara Bernerd & Partners, has been tapped for the property’s modern interiors while Café Co. – the esteemed Japanese food and beverage operator behind the one Michelin-starred CRAFTALE in Tokyo – will develop and operate the hotel’s restaurant, bar and lounge. A top-flight team of seasoned staffers from Palace Hotel Tokyo, the first Japanese brand hotel to achieve the prestigious Forbes Five-Star rating, will guide the standards of service.

“We see an opportunity to really elevate expectations for service, accommodations and F&B in the upper reaches of the select service category,” said Daisuke Yoshihara, President of Palace Hotel Co. Ltd. “We believe those critical aspects of the stay experience are what will emerge as key standouts to our guests, truly differentiating our brand from those already in the market.”

Zentis Osaka Guest Lounge | credit Tara Bernerd & Partners

“We are truly privileged to collaborate with Palace Hotel Management Company to bring Zentis to the Design Hotels community. I am certain that our trend-forward and design-conscious travellers will be inspired by this sophisticated lifestyle addition to our portfolio – and our first for Osaka,” said Jinou Park, Vice President of Asia Pacific.

The newbuild 16-storey property offers a contemporary yet laid-back feel that flows from a natural colour palette of raw materials, including exposed brickwork and timber beams. A stone staircase anchors a lobby wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows where a double-sided fireplace creates a focal point and connects an intimate lounge space with the landscaped green space that surrounds.

Zentis Osaka - Upstairz-Restaurant | credit Tara Bernerd & Partners

Taking inspiration from the modular design and intuitive functionality of bento boxes, the 212 guestrooms feature the same fresh palettes that are found throughout the hotel. Polished wooden floors, muted tones and splashes of mustard as well as art on the walls commissioned from a local Japanese artist define spaces that make ingenious use of otherwise snug square footage.

Situated where the riverside area of Dojimahama and the high-end business entertainment district of Kita-shinchi meet, Nakanoshima is an islet home to some of the city’s premium attractions including the Osaka Science Museum and the National Museum of Art, Osaka.

Zentis Osaka will be taking bookings for stays from 15 July onwards. Rates for its entry-level ‘Studio’ category will begin at JPY 18,300 (approx AU$260) per night.


Lead image: Zentis Osaka Studio Room | Credit: Tara Bernerd & Partners

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