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“the b, Kobe Japan is OK”
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the b kobe
Ranked #16 of 117 Hotels / Ryokan in Kobe
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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182 reviews
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“the b, Kobe Japan is OK”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

we stayed here in August 2013 and it is an Ok budget hotel. It is fairly close to the subway, about a five minute walk. The room was a reasonable size, but we always book twin so that we have extra space. Large television. I did like the adjustable night light. Tea and coffee available in room. there was free coffee available in their small lounge area, but we never got to try as it was always busy.
Plenty of cheap restaurants at the door, plus Starbucks across the street.

Room Tip: We always book a twin room when traveling in Japan. I do not like having beds against the wall.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank downunder2207
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Dear Downunder2207,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are happy to hear that you appreciated our location and facilities in your room. Indeed we are located right in the middle of the action in Kobe and close to great shopping and many interesting temples.

Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to try one of our many fines 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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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

After reading reviews that this is a business hotel, I booked myself for 1 month stay. Just for your info, this is not my 1st tip to Japan. When I entered the building, I could smell a kind of old building or rather lack of ventilation. Anyway, I got myself the largest room that they had, however, to my disappointment, this was more like a budget hotel than a business hotel. The breakfast tasted terrible and I chose McDonald's instead. Most of all the mattress was terribly hard so anyone who hates hard bed should skipped this hotel.

The complimentary freshly brewed coffee at the lobby was great! Service staff from the counter were friendly and helpful. They did speak quite good English. Bathroom was bigger compared to other budget hotels. Location is convenient, however, once sunset, you could see female & male hookers on the street.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Chocolatepot
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Chocolatepot,

Thank you for your comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our location and found value in the price you paid and the service you received from our staff. As you noticed we are located so close to many of Kobe’s great attractions, Shrines and shopping. Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to try one of our many fines 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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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 5 nights prior to cruise. Hotel was good value for money and close to trains etc. I took the express bus from Osaka airport to the JR station. I also used it as a base to travel to Kyoto, Nara etc and was able to quickly access the subway and get to Shin Kobe for the bullet trains.

  • Stayed April 2013
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear leeleo727,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are happy to hear that you appreciated our 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 temples. Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to try one of our many fines 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

the b is situated in the heart of kobe. very close to trains, subways, buses, airport transfers. convenient location for first timers. city loop bus stop just a few mins walk. surrounded by cafes, restaurant and shops. late night shopping? no problem... Don Quijote is just next door and stays open till 4am while most shops closes at 8pm. explore the alleys of sannomiya just a few steps away. can get a little seedy at night as its close to kobe's red light district, but safe nontheless. great hotel, clean, easy and value for money.

Room Tip: 3rd floor is a smoking floor. choose 4th and above for smoke free environtment
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Dear donovan_25,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our great location and great night life in the area and found value in the price you paid for your room.  It is true that we are located so close to many of Kobe’s great attractions, Shrines and shopping.

Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to try one of our many fines 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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Taipei, Taiwan
1 review
Reviewed April 20, 2013

The air condition ofour room is glitch, then we respond to front desk male staff. He wonders whether turn on the control panel, I think the control only "High, medium, low" 3 button, this is not difficulty to identify.
OK, I understand no spare room at midnight once we request if any available room for change. Later, he coldly found a electrical fan to solve our problem, but we don't hear any sorry words duing whole process. This seems to feel we intentionally ask for his trouble, we never have such unkindness experience in several Japan traveling.

The room equipment is not modern, but clean and quite.

櫃台的服務人員態度沒有很好, 很冷漠, 當我們空調壞掉請他們協助是否能換另一間房間, 感覺好像是我們故意找他們麻煩, 後來他給了一架電扇暫時解決了我們的問題, 隔天空調確實也有改善了, 但是從頭到尾沒聽他們說過任一句道歉! 晚上會有特種行業在街上, 有小孩的家庭請留意

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank CYH0079
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear CYH0079,

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

First of all we wish to sincerely apologize for your unfortunate experience with a member of our personnel. We are very disappointed to learn of the miscommunication that happened and of the way it was handled. We have revised our policies and we have also taken appropriate action with that member of our staff.

Again we apologize for the inconveniences you encountered and thank you for bringing these to our attention. I invite you to contact me directly if I may be of further assistance.


Best regards,
Renaud Payette
Managing Director
West Japan Cluster
Ishin Hotels Group
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

My wife and I opted to stay in b-Kobe for easy access to the places we wanted to re-visit. We had previously lived in Kobe and wanted to enjoy our second home doing what we used to do. Sannomiya was convenient to trains and busses and to the shopping district nearby. We walked from the station to the hotel after arriving from our 6 hour flight. Even though it was late in the evening, the place was still very busy.

The hotel lobby was on the second floor. Quite a different feel already relative ti the front street. We were quickly checked in even after arriving 11 pm. We left our bag and went for a late dinner. We returned and unpacked and went to sleep. Room was spartan but had all the essentials. It was importantly a No Smoking room. Bed were also larger than the typical business hotel.

Room was equipped with a latest toilet technology - the cover opens up by itself when approached for use. It also flushes by itself when done.

And for the price we paid, this was very good value. We plan to be back. And we are back after a trip to Kinosaki. We left our bag with them overnight and returned to the same room

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank chinaren_10
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Dear chinaren_10,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our great location, cleanliness of your room and facilities of our hotel. It is true we are located so close to many of Kobe’s great attractions.

Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to try one of our many fines 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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Lake Geneva
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

The b hotel is only a short walk from the railway and bus station, and right in the buzzing centre of Kobe. Good rooms, efficient management, internet in rooms (but wifi only in the lobby) and an excellent breakfast. Just behind the hotel is a wonderful Buddhist temple -- in stark contrast to the agitation of the streets. This is a good place to be, for a bit of life away from the conference centers.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back would be quieter, and the higher the better.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Muverans
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Dear Muverans

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our great location and our breakfast. As we speak we are installing Wifi throughout the hotel so if you should visit us again you can enjoy the internet from the comfort of your room.

Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to try one of our many fines 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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Property: the b kobe
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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#9 Best Value Hotel in Kobe
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Hotel Class:3 star — the b kobe 3*
Number of rooms: 158
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