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“Clean, Friendly, Good Value, and GREAT Location”
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the b kobe
Ranked #19 of 117 Hotels / Ryokan in Kobe
Reviewed March 26, 2014

The hotel itself is somewhere in the level of a trendy Marriott Courtyard. I mean that as a good thing. It's a bit trendier, has more muted colors, but offers the same level of adequacy and value that Marriott Courtyard hotels tend to offer.

The decor in the rooms aren't particularly notable, but the rooms are clean and relatively spacious (for a Japanese hotel). The bathrooms are typically Japanese (small), but clean and adequate. You have a plastic booth for a shower (actually, it's very reminiscent of the shower stall in Bruce Willis' character's home in the movie, "5th Element"! Overall, there isn't much to complain about here. It's not a five star hotel brimming with top-flight amenities and service, but a very competent 3.5 star hotel.

As my wife and I were there during new years eve, and the hotel is right near the street leading directly into the temple (many Japanese celebrate new years eve in the temples), room availability was limited and we were left with a twin room (two beds instead of one). However, we were able to push (roll) the beds together to form a king-sized bed and slept quite comfortably.

The staff is friendly and makes a concerted effort to accommodate you as best as they can in their limited English.

The best aspect of this hotel is the location. It is on the main street, but not right in the middle of everything where it's noisy. It's a short walk from the train station, all of the restaurants and bars are nearby, the food carts are just steps away, and, as I mentioned earlier, the street leading to the temple with all of the yummy food carts, is just a block away.

A 3-rating may seem low to the people who run the hotel or the people reading this. But it's not. I truly hope to stay there next time I visit Kobe, and I really have no complaints. I just think that the ratings need to accurately convey what type of hotel travellers should expect, and it's not a 4 or 5 star hotel. It's a 3.5 star hotel and it's very good at what it does.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2014

Dear KoreaByWayOfNY,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe. We are glad to read that you appreciated our location, our facilities, our neighborhood and that you found value for your money.

Since you seem to know of many great dining options in our area, may we suggest that you try some of the eateries located at our street level entrance. There you’ll find a Thai restaurant, a renowned steak house Kobe Plaisir and Miyakoya Japanese BBQ.

We thank you again for your comments and for being such a loyal customer of the b kobe. We will 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 23, 2014

Great hotel, close to everything. Very clean and great rooms. We walked from the station and this was fine, it's walking distance to all of kobe. It is a few mins walk from a great kobe beef restaurant (misono I think). Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank anna l
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2014

Dear anna I

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe. We are glad to read that you appreciated our location and our facilities.

Since you seem to know of many great dining options in our area, may we suggest that you try some of the eateries located at our street level entrance. There you’ll find a Thai restaurant, a renowned steak house Kobe Plaisir and Miyakoya Japanese BBQ.

We thank you again for your comments and for being such a loyal customer of the b kobe. We will 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 14, 2014 via mobile

The rooms were clean and large by Japanese standards. The showers were awesome and the toilets rise to greet you....literally. I was on a first name basis with my toilet by the time we left. I shed a tear as I watched the door close behind me. I hope it's next guest will treat her as well as I and not just crap all over her.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Nick R
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2014

Dear Nick R,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our location and your accommodations. 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 go down to the port and enjoy a short cruise to see the city from the sea.

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 March 13, 2014

Great location, about 5 minutes walk from Sannomiya Station, just after Tokyu Hands Bldg. The room was huge for Japanese hotel standard, bathroom was also big and spacious with auto toilet seats, sit down shower area. I just loved this hotel and the price, truly value for money.
Lots of restaurants around this hotel from breakfast to supper time.
Took a video of the room and bathroom, posted to Facebook and my friends were excited about going to Kobe.
We'll definitely come back to Kobe and stay in this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bibik_Ruth
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2014

Dear Bibik Ruth,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe. We are glad to read that you appreciated our location, our facilities and found value for your money. As you noticed we are located so close to many of Kobe’s attractions.

Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to take the ropeway which takes you to a beautiful mountaintop garden and a wonderful view of Kobe.

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 February 16, 2014

I have stayed at this property many times over the past few years and realized I had not written a review. The property is about a 5-7 minute walk from the JR and Hankyu Sannomiya railway lines. If you have baggage with wheels you should be fine and the walk will reveal some nice places for you to consider having dinner. In the neighborhood there are 3 lovely Thai restaurants tucked away down alleys. The hotel itself is about 9 stories, and for Japanese standards, the rooms are large. Some of the bathrooms are walk in (lengthwise) and very spacious. Showers have multiple heads and some of the bathrooms have showers large enough for 2 people and a place to have a seat whilst enjoying the jets! This was a plus for me. The beds were comfortable for me and the working desk area was a plus. Check in was quick and easy and the staff speak ENGLISH and Japanese and possibly some other languages as well. The location is central Kobe and is easy walking distance to Motomachi, the shopping areas of Sannomiya and right back to the train station if Osaka is on the agenda. Also, if you're thinking about staying in Osaka, consider staying in Kobe. You will save money and it will cost only a short train ride and a little extra time.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank harmonyeternal
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Dear harmonyeternal,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe. We are glad to read that you appreciated our location, the service you received from our staff and our facilities.

Since you seem to know of many great dining options in our area, may we suggest that you try some of the eateries located at our street level entrance. There you'll find a Thai restaurant, a renowned steak house Kobe Plaisir and Miyakoya Japanese BBQ.

We thank you again for your comments and for being such a loyal customer of the b kobe. We will 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 13, 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights. Location is fantastic. Plenty of restaurants and shops at doorstep. Room was ok (you get what you pay for). Felt a little stuffy and the bathroom was a tinge small - still ok. Good condition, nice and clean rooms. Helpful reception. Family Mart opposite hotel.

Those traveling with luggage may find it a little challenging having to drag your bag from the train station. Lookout for the Kobe Sauna and Spa - good landmark.

Stayed: January 2014
2  Thank ConradTwins
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

Dear ConradTwins,

Thank you for your comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our location, the service you received from our staff and our facilities. We are also happy to hear that you found value for your money. As you noticed we are located so close to many of Kobe’s attractions.

Next time you are in Kobe please take the time to take the ropeway which takes you to a beautiful mountaintop garden and a wonderful view of Kobe.

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 2, 2014

One of the BEST hotels I have stayed in Japan for the money.

Large room, great Neorest Toto Toilet and bathroom.

Comfortable bed.

Great location near Sannomiya station.

The breakfast could be better but it is standard international fare for Japan.

Lots of good restaurants are near this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Dan P
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

Dear Dan P,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our location, facilities and confort of our beds. As you may have 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 go down to the port and enjoy a short cruise to see the city from the sea.

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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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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Ranked #19 of 117 Hotels / Ryokan in Kobe
Price Range: $67 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — the b kobe 3*
Number of rooms: 158
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