We stayed in Kobe for 1 night and based on the rates and feedback from hotel booking websites we decided to give it a shot.
We took the ferry from Kansai airport to Kobe airport (with online discount coupons only ¥900 per person) then take monorail to sannomiya (三宮) station. We then used the hotel map print-out we got from the hotel website to guide us there. (We reckon it's easier this way than to interchange trains for so many times)
Asking passers-by for directions is absolutely not helpful as they can't speak English at all. Luckily Japanese shares a lot of Chinese characters thus we managed to find our way. With 1 heavy luggage for each of us it took us 20 mins to figure out our way and got to the hotel from Sannomiya station. Without luggage and if you know the way it should take less than 10 mins.
The hotel is situated in a prime area with luxury boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Prada stores just around the corner from the hotel. We managed to find some restaurants close by which open till late (we arrived at the hotel at 22:xx).
Check-in was prompt and there is wifi available in room for free. The connection is pretty fast. Room is very small as we expected, there is barely room to walk after we put our luggages. But the room and shower is spotlessly clean, we also had a good night of sleep after our flights.
We spoke to the reception in English and we did not have much problems communicating with them. Just remember to talk slowly with the aid of body language then it should be fine.
If I come to Kobe I will definitely stay here again.
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