"In Port City, business-class hotel at good price"
This hotel seemed more Western-style than most others in Japan.
Stayed here during recent trip traveling most of Japan.
It's in Port City (which either requires bus-provided by hotel service, or Port City Liner metro line-much quicker than bus)
I took the Port City Liner metro to hotel (about 15-20min ride) and then walked to hotel.
It's in a quieter part of city than downtown (near train station).
Great views of port (although when it was daylight, it was Sunday morning-so not too much activity on that day)
Wish I could have stayed here another night, but the mountains are calling-so I must go.
Ben from Omaha, NE
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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
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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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Arrived to find an innocent looking and rather small
Little lobby off the street....until we were told the lobby is actually on the 17th floor.
Once you step off the elevator, you will be greeted by a wall of glass overlooking Kobe Harbour.
And our stay was just as spectacular all the way including the food.
Only small complaint was the spotty wifi..... But we didn't care. The rooms were
Simply perfect and the staff was attentive.
I'd put this hotel in a class by itself. Not too small of a boutique hotel but not
The too big to be unfriendly and cold.
Great place. 5-stars
"Good, well located hotel hotel but bad bed choice."
Good location 5 min walk to nearest train station, 10 min walk to central Kobe for transport/shopping/restaurants, 15min walk to waterfront area. Our room had good view, over playing field/park with mountains on horizon. Helpful & cheerful staff, good breakfast. Our room was on the small side, but the bed, listed as 'semi double' was barely bigger than a single bed. An 'interesting' time was had trying to fit 2 of us large people on the bed for 4 nights.
My sister and I had the most comfortable stay at Hotel 1-2-3 Kobe although it was a little cramp for the double bedded room as there were not much space for us to place our huge luggage bags during our stay. It is slightly further to walk to the Sannomiya station as compared to other hotels I've stayed for the same price but it's fine if you're travelling light. Nevertheless, we truly enjoyed the warm welcome and friendliness of the staff. The breakfast offered an array of selections from Japanese and Western choices - we preferred the Japanese, of course :)
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