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the b kobe
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2-11-5 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0011, Hyogo Prefecture   |  
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Ranked #30 of 114 Hotels / Ryokan in Kobe
4.0 of 5 stars 221 Reviews
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great hotel and value-for-money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

We stayed at the B Kobe on a short break from Tokyo in February 2011. It was very reasonable for a Japanese hotel and the room was very spacious. The location was great, all the main places in Kobe are within walking distance. We stayed in a superior twin plus room and it was nice and clean, with big comfy beds, quiet, and with all the usual facilities you would expect. The staff were all really friendly and helpful and the reception staff spoke good English.
We didn't get the chance to eat at the hotel, but the free coffee was a great feature. We also tried the Thai restaurant which is kind of within the hotel building and it was delicious! Almost as good as having Thai food in Thailand and with great Japanese service.
Overall, the B Kobe was a great base for exploring Kansai and having a nice couple's escape from hectic Tokyo.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ishinwj, Manager at the b kobe, responded to this review, November 10, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review "the b kobe".

We are pleased you found the hotel suitable to your requirements.

As you have highlighted, the hotel is ideally located in the Sannomiya area of Kobe. This area is the main shopping, restaurant, bar and entertainment district and located nearby the major rail lines.

Thank you for dining in the Thai restaurant located at the entrance to the hotel. The hotel has numerous restaurants located inside the building, from Izakaya (Japanese Pub) to an amazing Kobe Beef restaurant.

We are also happy you enjoyed our complimentary coffee in the lobby. This is one of our "b " hotel standards and can be found in every "b" hotel across Japan.

Again, thank you for your positive comments.

Best regards

Clive Murray
Managing Director - West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

My husband and i were travelling with our 2-yr-old son and spending 4 nights at the B Kobe last year. From our many japan trip, this is one of a few we like the most!

We like this hotel from its reasonable price, spacious room (in JP standard), great service, helpful staffs, and very convenient location.

** Room - We had a superior twin plus room. The beds were quite big and we pushed them together, so it became much bigger than one king and accommodated 3 of us very comfortably. Pillows and bed were comfy. The curtain was great and could be super very dark. We had a jetlag from the flight and slept in from 3-6pm on the arrival day, and the curtain made us feel like it was at night. Room was quite spacious, i think they made a wise design with no closet (just hangers) so room was big. Room was also very quiet. Only negative thing was no view from window, but we were totally ok with it after a long day trip 

** Bath - bathroom was especially my favorite. Our son was still using milk bottle, so spacious bathroom was convenient for baby cleaning works. It was one of the most spacious bathrooms we had in JP. No bath tub, but well equipped shower room. On negative thing is that it has no lock, so could be annoying when you need some private time.

** location - so many restaurants around the hotel and a few convenient stores nearby. About 10-15 mins walk to shopping center. Very safe to walk around at night. We also walked to kitano, which took us like 30-45 mins with our always-get-out-of-way toddler but the path was worth to walk (temples & shops).

** staffs - very friendly staffs. Our son was attached to cartoon, so we brought cartoon DVD from home. We asked a lady staff for rental DVD player, and she found us one with free of charge :) She had the DVD player set at our LCD tv in the room before we came back from day trip.

** lobby - modern decorated and clean. it has a computer stand for free internet. You can check weather (which is quite precise) at end of each day to plan next day trip.

** overall – love it and will come back on our next kobe visit!

Room Tip: superior twin plus - for those who are travelling with a small child, recommend push the beds togeth...
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  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ishinwj, Manager at the b kobe, responded to this review, October 2, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review "the b kobe".

We are pleased you found the accommodation met your expectations. Thank you for highlighting some of the key attributes of the hotel. The hotel is equipped with black out curtains to ensure you get an amazing sleep. The bathroom you have mentioned is one of our soothing "Shower Towers", that let you sit or stand and ensure an all over body massage.

You also made note of the great location. "the b kobe" is just a couple of minutes walk from the major railway lines and only one stop on the Subway line to the Shinkansen (Bullet Train). The hotel is located in the middle of the shopping and entertainment districts with all major attractions within walking distance.

We are very pleased our staff were able to help you with the DVD and thank you for highlighting how great they were.

Again, thank you for your positive comment on "the b kobe".

Best regards

Clive Murray
Managing Director - West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011 via mobile

Good location and the service, as always in Japan is good the room size was small and the view was to a wall, the JR station is only 5 min. Walk, and just around the corner you can visit a beautiful temple, al over this area you can find lots of restaurants and bars.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ishinwj, Manager at the b kobe, responded to this review, September 25, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review "the b kobe".

We are pleased the service of the hotel and location met your expectation.

As you highlighted, "the b kobe" is ideally located near the railway station and also the subway station is only 150 meters walk away. The subway is only one stop to the Bullet Train line.

"the b kobe" is also located in the heart of the shopping and entertainment districts and as you mentioned, the famous Ikuta Shrine is just behind the hotel.

Again, thank you for your positive review of "the b kobe".

Best regards

Clive Murray
Managing Director - West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group
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Hong Kong
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Been there for maple leaves hoilday last year. Excellent location , near to JR anf Hankyu train line for approx 5 mins to station.Easy to find. Very clean room, the toilet is modern and shower + rainforest to ease your tiredness.MRT is just on next street, it takes around 30-45 mins to Famous Arima Springs from MRT(depend on the train interval only), so feel good after a whole day's trip returning hotel. There is a famous Kobe beef restaurant downstairs. Hot springs of the same hotel group situated opposite street and offer discount to hotel residence.There is a 24-hr shop(300 yen) at rigjt hand side of hotel, so you can still shop at late hours if you cannt not sleep)

Also,many travellers had mentioned the Free coffee at Lobby, really taste good, even better than many branded shops. Staff could speak English, some are better depending on the shift

Room Tip: Upper floor as busy downstairs near street level.
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  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ishinwj, Manager at the b kobe, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review "the b kobe".

As you highlighted, the hotel is located within minutes walk to all train lines and subways and one stop from the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) line.

Based in Sannomiya, "the b kobe" is located in the heart of the restaurant and restaurant district and within walking distance of the major shopping area.

We are pleased you enjoyed the complimentary lobby coffee, and this is a standard across the entire "b hotel" group.

Again, thank you for your positive review of "the b kobe".

Best regards

Clive Murray
Managing Director - West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group
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Montreal, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

good location but really hard to find at first. Clean, good service but they don't really speak english. They cannot give you tips.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ishinwj, Manager at the b kobe, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review "the b kobe".

We are pleased you found the location suitable for your needs. Located within the key entertainment and restaurant district and minutes walk from all train lines and shopping areas, "the b kobe" is an ideal location for both business and pleasure.

Thank you for your feedback regarding the limited English language skills of some staff. All staff receive language training and we are committed to the constant improvement in our team.

Again, thank you for your review.

Best regards

Clive Murray
Managing Director - West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

Located right in the middle of Sannomiya, close to transport. The room was understandably small, as is usual in Japan. But it was simply but comfortably furnished and clean. If you just want a nice place to sleep and relax for a few hours in the evening it's fine. Staff were efficient and spoke good English. The lights outside my room were a bit bright at night and I could only sleep if I pulled the blinds completely shut. Perhaps on the other side of the building that's not a problem though. Free in-room Internet was fast. Even though it seemed busy at night outside, I couldn't hear much in the room. Quiet.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ishinwj, Manager at the b kobe, responded to this review, July 3, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review "the b kobe".

As you have highlighted, the hotel is located in the center of the key, entertainment, dining and shopping district. It is also located only minutes walk from the local train and subway stations.

Across our entire "b hotel" portfolio, we offer clean and contemporary accommodation all with complimentary high speed internet.

Again, thank you for your review of "the b kobe".

Best regards

Clive Murray
Managing Director - West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group
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Hong Kong, China
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96 reviews 96 reviews
62 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

The hotel is easy to find and conveniently located near train station, just off the food street in Kobe.

The room I stayed is small but already a big one in the hotel. True that you don't have much room to put your luggage and coat. The room is very nice and comfort, but a bit dark. The bathroom is very clean and well-equipped. What I mean is they have a very new kind of toilet bowl that operated electrically, meaning you don't need to use your hand to raise the toilet seat cover and ........... Reception is OK but some staff can not speak adequate English. Lobby level offers complimentary coffee that is not bad quality.

It is located in the middle of the city so don'5 expect to have a good view, what you would see Is the wall of other buildings.

An ideal choice.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ishinwj, Manager at the b kobe, responded to this review, June 26, 2011
Thanking for taking your time to review "the b kobe".

As you have mentioned, the hotel is ideally located in the middle of the entertainment, eating and shopping district, and only minutes walk from the local railway and subway stations.

The bathroom you are referring to also has our unique shower towers that offer a relaxing massage.

Again thank you for taking the time to write a positive response.

Best regards


Clive Murray
Managing Director - West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group
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Address: 2-11-5 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0011, Hyogo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Hyogo Prefecture > Kobe
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 114 Hotels / Ryokan in Kobe
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Hotel Class:3 star — the b kobe 3*
Number of rooms: 158
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