Zentis Osaka Targets Design-conscious Travellers


Japan’s Palace Hotel Group, which owns the Palace Hotel Tokyo, is poised to launch a new hospitality brand, Zentis, with the first hotel opening in Osaka in the third quarter of this year.

Situated near the riverside area of Dojimahama and the business entertainment district of Kita-shinchi, the 212-room property is a member of Design Hotels, with contemporary interiors courtesy of UK architects Tara Bernerd & Partners. Japanese food & beverage operator Café Co, which owns Tokyo’s one Michelin-starred Craftale, will operate the hotel’s restaurant, bar and lounge.

The 16-storey property’s contemporary feel flows from a natural colour palette of raw materials, including exposed brickwork and timber beams. Taking inspiration from the modular design of bento boxes, the guestrooms feature polished wooden floors, muted tones and splashes of mustard while the walls are adorned with commissioned pieces from a local artist.

At dining venue Up Stairz, executive chef Shinya Otsuchihashi, will be cooking up Hokkaido scallops and premium Japanese beef alongside some French dishes. The hotel also has a lounge & outdoor terrace and 24-hour fitness centre.

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