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“Clean, central and cheap”
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the b kobe
Ranked #16 of 118 Hotels / Ryokan in Kobe
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This is a great choice for central Kobe. The b chain is a bit like the Ibis in Europe except much cleaner, more stylish and well-located. We got freshly-laundered pjamas on our pillow, a well-stocked bathroom and a very comfortable bed.

If you're looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful to stay in Kobe you probably can't do any better than this.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Dear LondonZoeJ,

Thank you for your generous comment concerning your stay at the b kobe.

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the comfort and cleanliness of your room and the location of our hotel. We value our customer's feed-back on our quality and yours is very encouraging for all of our staff.

We thank you again for your positive comment and look forward to greeting you again in the near future.


Best regards,
Renaud Payette
Managing Director
West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed four nights in the b Kobe hotel. It is a short walk from the Sannomiya JR Station, close to where the loop bus stops and about 3/5 minutes by taxi to Shin-Kobe Station (from where you can get the Shinkensan (bullet) train.
We found the hotel very central, very clean and the staff were courteous and helpful. The room was a little small but quiet and comfortable.
Breakfast was adequte even though the selection of food on offer was limited - it does not have its own restaurant.
An ideal place to stay as it is central and convenient to all forms of transport and is reasonably priced.

Room Tip: Just ask for a quiet room. Ours was at the back of the hotel.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Dear TonyK39,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning your stay at the b kobe.

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the comfort and cleanliness of your room, the location of our hotel and the service you received from our staff. As you have noticed it is also located near great places to eat and discover.

We thank you again for your comments and look forward to greeting you again in the near future.


Best regards,
Renaud Payette
Managing Director
West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

B hotel is a pretty new set up set close to the food streets in Kobe. It is within walking distance to the Osaka-Kobe railway station.

Service: Good service but rather blunt and less polite than most other Japanese hotels. Almost American in many ways.

Value: Pricey, without breakfast at Yen10,000 per room night for 2 pax, tax inclusive, no breakfast.

Sleep quality: We got a very rectangular room with a longish bathroom but it was comfortable. Good beds and good rest.

Cleanliness: Impeccable as with most Jap hotels.

Location: Central to most places, slightly off the Kobe loop bus service, walking distance to Chinatown, shopping malls, Motobashi.

Rooms: Medium sized, jazzy table lamps, off white colours, lots of space, outstanding TOTO water closet that lifts up when you approach it. Only the cover lifts up and for men you gotta manually lift up the toilet seat if you're polite. Flushes automatically too, control panel is mounted on the wall.

Room Tip: Not necesarily the first choice for my next stay
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Weimin
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2013

Dear Weimin,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our great location, facilities in your room and cleanliness.
Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to try one of our many fines eateries and services.

We thank you again for your comments and look forward to greeting you again in the near future.

Best regards,
Renaud Payette
Managing Director
West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

location & price point & size of room & detail of service , etc was perfect.
I had been travelled more than 100 times in japan for business.
I could say this is one of best hotel in japan considering price point & location .

Room Tip: deluxe twin room's shower & toilet is much better .
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2013

Dear tripmania_12,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are happy to hear that you appreciated its location and value for money. Indeed we are located right in the middle of the action in Kobe and close to great shopping and many interesting attractions. Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to try one of our many fine eateries.

We thank you again for your comments and look forward to greeting you again in the near future.


Best regards,
Renaud Payette
Managing Director
West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for new years eve as it was close to the JR station and to ikuta shrine for the countdown. The staff was really nice and room was clean. Free wifi only available in the lobby, but if you do bring a laptop, there is free wired internet as well. The room had nice designs and all, but not really that practical. We had some difficulty finding space to put our luggage in the room as the table was in an awkward shape. Otherwise, the location was perfect and hotel was great.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank mokona_hols
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2013

Thank you for choosing the b kobe for your memorable trip in Japan.

We are happy to hear that our staff service and location were satisfactory.

As for the rooms, we offer various types of rooms from 11 to 28m2. We hope you can find better matched room with your need for your next stay.

We look forward to having you at our hotel again.


Best regards,
Takehito Azuma
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Excellent location. Modern and clean. Beds were very comfortable. Bathroom extremely high-tech; impressive. Reception was very helpful when we asked for restaurant recommendations. Only donwside was Wi-fi was only available at the lobby. The breakfast at Il Alberta was value-for-money.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Yin C
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2013

Thank you for your generous comment on the b kobe.

I was especially delighted to hear that our staff's service was well-received. As for the Wi-fi service, we are planning to improve the service this year. Hopefully you can experience the improvement during your next stay.

Thank you again for the time to review our hotel.


Best regards,
Takehito Azuma
Hotel Manager
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

It was in August 2012 when I first visited kobe. From internet search, I chose The b Kobe which is at city center and close to the all sorts of transportation you could name, train, JR, city bus, airport limousine, ferry.

On arrival and stayed for three nights there, we found this hotel much much better than what we had expected.

The rooms are spacious, in particuar the bath room. It is in shower type design. I can move freely inside and through the shower. The space outside the shower cabin is exceptional large with a wide table top by the face washing basin. There was no more frustration as we encountered in other hotels with the typical clamp pre-cast bathroom.

On your way between the hotel and the train stations, there are so many choices of restaurants and snack stalls. Along the avenue undeneath the elevated railway bridge, we also found lots and lots of Japanese style small food stalls providing various types of food at highly reasonable prices. We never had to refer to our travel books for recommendations on where to eat out. We only had difficulty to decide giving up which resturants for this trip as many of them were appealling.

Comparing the hotel price and transportation time/cost between Kobe and Osaka, I even find it worth considering staying in the b Kobe for my future visits to Osaka.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2012

Thank you for your time to review the b kobe.

I was delighted to hear that our room facilities and location could meet your expectation and you had a memorable stay in Kobe.

At the b kobe, we offer a multi-functional shower system in 65 rooms which provides special shower experience for travellers.

As you rightly mentioned, there are many restaurants and eat out, and also the Ikuta shrine where a big summer festival is held every year in our neighbourhood. During the festival period, there will be variety of stalls of food, toys, and games, and the mood is worth visiting.

We all look forward to having you at our hotel in the near future.
Thank you again for your great comment.

Best regards,
Takehito Azuma
Hotel Manager
the b kobe

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Address: 2-11-5 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0011, Hyogo Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Hyogo Prefecture > Kobe
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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#9 Best Value Hotel in Kobe
Price Range: $62 - $221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — the b kobe 3*
Number of rooms: 158
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