This is a superb hotel. The facilities are excellent and the location -- essentially protruding into Osaka Bay is superb. Most or all rooms have a balcony which one can sit outside in and enjoy the calm of the water along with a superb view. Kobe is a long and narrow city with mountains very close to the shore -- thus, the view include an excellent skyline and the mountains -- in addition to the water. One thing to be cautious about -- the hotel offers a very convenient shuttle bus to and from the downtown transportation hub -- Sannomiya Station. The shuttle bus is shared with the Hotel Okura (a nearby and likewise superb hotel). It leaves from Gate 8 (as of Nov 2014) but there is another bus for the Portopia Hotel which also leaves from Gate 8 and you must go up to the front to see where the two lines start. When I first arrived I waited in the very long line for the Portopia Bus only to find out, after one bus had already left full and I reached the front of the line, that the line I was in was for the Portopia Hotel. One thing the Meriken Park Hotel (and the Hotel Okura) could do would be to have better markings/instructions for their buses so other guests don't needlessly wait in the wrong line.
John from Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Offering an outstanding oceanfront position in Kobe, Japan , the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel is a very convenient …More
The Kobe Crown Palais is an excellent hotel easily accessible using the trains from the airport. This is particularly helpful if arriving in the evening as many find it easier to navigate in the day. Take the Portliner to Sannomiya, then the JR line 2 stops to Kcbe station and the hotel is a short walk from the station using an underpass. You will be able to see the hotel (about 17 floors) from the Kobe station platforms. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Staff is helpful and courteous. The one negative was the breakfast. The food was good but when arriving for breakfast at about 0800, traveling alone, was informed people by themselves could not have a table but had to sit in an area around the bar where there were a series of chairs, in sets of four, which surrounded a small square table type device. This was uncomfortable – while there were enough seats so that people were not cramped together, the arrangement was not good for eating a meal given the angle of the seats to the table. The hotel needs to fix this problem – likely by setting up more two person tables which can easily be used by single travelers. Overall, though, an excellent hotel I recommend.
John from Okinawa
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