The Portopia is on an island right next to the convention center in Kobe. Since the area is a bit isolated from the restaurant/bar scene, I would recommend it to convention goers, not sightseers. The rooms are big for a Japanese hotel. Mine in the Southern tower had two large twin beds, a twin sofa bed, desk and chair, and soft chair and table. You could also go out on the balcony and enjoy the view of the port. The beds are firm -- hard for Westerners but this is quite common in Japan. On the plus side it's quiet and newspapers English or Japanese are delivered daily. Having stayed at the Portopia about 17 years ago, I felt as though I had stepped back in time. Although the rooms are very clean, and the bath/shower are spotless, the couch and chair need to be replaced. They, as well as the carpet, are worn (mine had cigarette burns in it even though it was a non-smoking room) and when you enter the room it looks as though the section with the beds has been redone (new wallpaper) but the rest of the room is very much in need of a fresh look. There are only a couple of outlets which is very inconvenient. On the other hand, WiFi is free. Most Japanese hotels offer a package deal with breakfast (I didn't get the deal). The breakfast buffet is about $28.00 per person -- a bit pricey. I did eat dinner at the hotel one night and it was quite good. Communication can difficult if you don't speak Japanese but they have several employees who speak English if they are on duty. If you are sightseeing, it's better to stay in the Sannomiya area -- much more convenient. Also, the Portopia provides a free shuttle to and from Shin Kobe station if you don't want the hassle of taking the subway and the Portliner to the hotel. I would stay here again if attending a conference but not for pleasure.
Ask for a higher floor if you want a nice view of the harbor!
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