Photo/IllutrationA deluxe room at the Conrad Osaka hotel, which opened on June 9 (Provided by Conrad Osaka)

OSAKA--This down-to-earth city inched closer to the heavens June 9 with the addition of the latest luxury hotel, the Conrad Osaka, which boasts magnificent views of the Osaka skyline.

As the hotel occupies floors 33 to 40 of Nakanoshima Festival Tower West, the lobby rests about 200 meters above ground so guests can enjoy panoramic views from the time they check in.

Overnight stays start at 45,000 yen ($408). Each of the 164 guest rooms has at least 50 square meters of floor space.

Queens or presidents, on the other hand, might prefer a bit more stretching room in the sole Conrad Suite, which covers a whopping 220 square meters of floor space for the princely pop of 245,000 yen a night.

Operated by the Hilton Group, a major U.S.-based chain of hotels and resorts, the Conrad Osaka is the second top brand hotel for Hilton in Japan, with the only other Conrad hotel in Tokyo's Shiodome district.

The increase in foreign visitors, many of whom are well-heeled travelers from elsewhere in Asia, was behind the decision to open the Conrad hotel in Osaka.

"There is still more room for growth in Osaka's luxury hotel market," said a Hilton executive.

The Conrad Osaka occupies the entire top portion of the building, which was constructed by Takenaka Corp. and The Asahi Shimbun Co.