With a creative constellation that includes renowned UK designer and Philippe Starck protégé Tara Bernerd, the folks behind the acclaimed Palace Hotel Tokyo, and master chef Shinya Otsuchihashi, Zentis Osaka stands out as this thriving metropolis’ first design-driven, internationally inspired boutique property. The newly built, 16-story, 212-room hotel is a welcoming amalgam of raw materials defined by a natural color palette, exposed brickwork, and timber beams. Here, polished wooden floors, a dramatic stone staircase, and splashes of mustard are offset by the commissioned works of local Japanese artists. Located on the edge of the restaurant-rich Kita-Shinchi neighborhood, the hotel is itself a prime draw for foodies thanks to the succulent French-meets-Japanese offerings of Chef Otsuchihashi, who has teamed up with the forces behind the one-Michelin-star Craftale in Tokyo. A chic bar/lounge/outdoor terrace and an airy, bright gym outfitted with cross-training equipment round out this singular statement in Osaka’s hospitality scene.