"Great place to stay in Kobe, very convenient & hospitable"
Before planning to stay at the Kobe Plaza Hotel, I had checked the reviews on Expedia. I felt that the reviews were very much justified and I was very impressed by the quality of service and comfort that was apt for the price, even though the rooms were small, but that is typical of any Japanese Hotel. The location is great as it is just opposite the Motomachi station and minutes away from Sanomiya station. If I ever visit Kobe again, would love to come back to Kobe Plaza Hotel.
Stephen from Dallas, TX
Strategically positioned in the Motomachi-Dori Chuo-ku district, the Kobe Plaza Hotel, Kobe, Japan enjoys proximity to the …More
I chose the hotel because it was close to the ShinKobe station and I needed to get back to Tokyo early after a day of meetings and a dinner in Kobe the prior day. It is a modern well run first rate hotel. The room I had was smallish but quite adequate for one person alone. It is a 4 minute walk from the station. It has fantastic views out over the city of Kobe but other than the bullet train I got the impression it may be a little removed from where one might want to go in Kobe and from other train connections. For the excellent level of facilities, the price was amazingly good, possibly because of its location.
Adzuma from Japan
Set in a 37–story tower, the Crowne Plaza Kobe is situated in downtown Kobe, one km (less than a mile) from Sannomiya …More
The Hotel Okura is a magnificent hotel which is periodically, through Expedia, available at a reasonable price. I visit Kobe frequently and have stayed at most of the 4 star and 3+ Star hotels in Kobe and Hotel Okura is my favorite. Indeed, I could see the Okura being rated as 5 stars or 4 ½ stars. The rooms and overall facilities are extremely clean; the hotel is well maintained and the service is superb. In addition, the view from my room on the 17th floor was excellent – Kobe harbor and part of the city. The hotel shares a convenient shuttle bus with another hotel which goes back and forth from the main train/bus station in Kobe – Sanomiya Station. While the bus is a nice extra beware that at some times there are enough people waiting at Sanomiya Station that you have to wait for the next bus. Also, note that another hotel, the Portopia, also has a shuttle bus departing form the same platform, platform 8, and there are separate lines for these two buses which leave from platform 8. As the lines for the Portopia shuttle were longer during my stay in Nov 2014, be sure you are in the correct line.
John from Okinawa, Japan
A majestic 35-story high rise located on the seafront of Kobe City, the Hotel Okura Kobe brings together Japanese tradition …More
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
A fine hotel, situated just a little bit out of from Kobe, but close to the rail services via nearby "liner" train.
No real department store shopping around, half an hour away but a number of restaurants including the hotels fine dining and great views from the 21st floor restaurant. Staff service was excellent.
We would stay here again.
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