W Hotels Sets First Japanese Hotel
27-story W Osaka set to open in 2021
W Hotels Worldwide has unveiled plans for its first property in Japan. Slated to open in 2021 in the country’s second-largest city, the 27-floor W Osaka will be owned by Sekisui House, a longtime partner of W parent company Marriott Intl.
The newbuild hotel’s façade is being designed by Osaka-based architect Tadao Ando. W Osaka’s accommodations will include 337 guest rooms, including 35 suites, two WOW Suites and one EWOW Suite, the brand's take on the presidential suite. The hotel will also feature multiple dining and craft cocktail concepts, including the WOO Bar and a second bar located on the WET Deck pool. Other amenities will include a fitness center, an AWAY spa, a 1300-sq.-ft. Great Room and three meeting rooms.
"In 2020, Japan will capture the global spotlight, welcoming nations from around the world to the country on a grand scale for the 2020 Summer Olympics,” says Anthony Ingham, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “This is a great build up to the launch of the first-ever W in Japan. W is always bringing its new/next vision and bold approach to new destinations, especially cities as vibrant and energetic as Osaka. We are confident W Osaka will add even more energy and excitement to this already action-packed year in Japan."
"We are excited to add yet another Marriott Intl. property to our portfolio and even more thrilled to be introducing a brand as daring as W to the country," said Isami Wada, chairman of Sekisui House. "It will be an exciting year for Japan, and the W brand will surely offer limitless experiences to those visiting from all corners of the world."
W Osaka is set to join more than 50 W Hotels now operating globally, including the recently opened W Shanghai, The Bund; W Suzhou; W Bellevue; and W Goa; as well as the soon-to-open W Panama; W Amman; and W Brisbane. W Hotels is on track to have 75 hotels operating by the end of 2020.