Some hotels have hot springs, others have books, but this hotel in Osaka has cats. That’s right, Neko Hatago is a hotel where guests can watch 16 resident rescue cats chilling in the adjacent cat café Neko Yokujo through an observation window in each hotel room.
Opened in mid-December, Neko Hatago welcomes animal-loving humans in search of four-legged furry comfort. The hotel has a ryokan aesthetic, with traditional wooden fixtures, tatami mats and a rainbow Mt Fuji mural presiding over the cat café. More of a hostel rather than a hotel, the rooms consist of individual bunks for one or two people with a separate shared bath facility.
Each room has an observation window looking into the cat's play area. These 'portals' are strategically placed so you can only see the cats, not make awkward eye contact with other guests. You are welcome to quietly observe or play with the cats with radio-controlled toys.
The accommodation price, which ranges between between ¥8,500 and ¥11,500, also includes a two-hour session in the cat café before its regular opening or closing hours for a more intimate experience with the felines. If you happen to fall in love with a particular kitty, good news, all of the cats are available for adoption.