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“A nice stay in Kobe”
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the b kobe
Ranked #17 of 118 Hotels / Ryokan in Kobe
Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“A nice stay in Kobe”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

The hotel is located in the centre of the Sannomiya district where a wide variety of shops and restaurants can be found. There are some clubs around the corner but they don't cause any nuisance to hotel guests. You can reach the JR Sannomiya Station in 5 minutes on foot. As for the Shinkansen's Shin-Kobe Station, you can reach there in 10 minutes by taking the local subway which has an entrance adjacent to the hotel.

Despite the relatively small rooms, the twin beds are quite big, offering us nice sleep throughout the stay. The staff are nice and attend to guests wholeheartedly. One night, when we wished to enjoy our cup noodles, we realised we didn't have any chopsticks. After we had called the front desk for utensils, the manager brought the chopsticks to our room instantly. Trivial though it sounds, we could feel the warmth the hotel intends to provide.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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IshinHotelsWest, Manager at the b kobe, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Dear ilovetravellingyeah,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.
We are glad to read that you appreciated our location and service 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 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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Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Stayed at B Kobe for one night. Took number 6 bus from Kansai airport to Sannomiya and then a short walk.
Was pleasantly surprised at size of room. The room was absolutely spotless and bathroom well stocked. Plenty of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc etc. I've got to say that after a 24 hour trip the heated toilet seat was ..well....appreciated. Bed was very firm, nice down comforter. Wish I could have stayed longer to figure out all the buttons on the toilet controls, looked similar to something that might launch the space shuttle.
Staff very pleasant and helpful.
Lots of little places nearby to eat. Head out of hotel and turn left and a nice cafe ( Excelsior) where you can get coffee, pastries etc for breakfast. Also an old Shrine just up from cafe.
Great value for money, under $100 for double room. Highly recommend. A nice start to my Japan adventures.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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IshinHotelsWest, Manager at the b kobe, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear TheWebSlayer,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our location and facilities of your room. As you noticed we are located so close to many of Kobe’s great attractions, Shrines and shopping and conveniently located to public transportation.

Next time you are in Kobe for pleasure please take the time to go down to the port and enjoy a short cruise to see the city from the sea and visit Harbourland and a whole different look at 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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London
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875 reviews
107 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 847 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Booked a twin room which gave us an excellent stay in a very large bedroom. The hotel within walking distance of Sannomiya Station and a short taxi ride to the Shinkansen Shin- Kobe station. All the normal B extras … free tea and coffee 24/7 available in the lobby. Excellent wi-fi. Fridge & tea & coffee making facilities in the room, ice and washer/dryers that you can use for free albeit you need to buy the detergent from Reception. The breakfast was very good – a wide choice although slightly more geared up for the Japanese taste than us Westerners. That said, we did get to eat a bacon sandwich with ketchup! Note the breakfast was served in the Il Aberta restaurant on the ground floor – turn left as you get off the escalator – tucked away - entrance not easy to see. If at night you eat in any of the restaurants on the ground floor they will give you a discount because you are staying in the hotel. We tried the Thai and had a very good meal. Location is in the midst of Kobe, close to Chinatown and the city loop bus. Suzuki, one of the Receptionists spoke perfect English and was very helpful in planning the next part of our trip, willingly making many telephone calls on our behalf. All in all a very good stay at a very good price

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Dear elsiek,

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

As you noticed we are located so close to many of Kobe’s great attractions, Shrines and shopping and conveniently located to public transportation. Next time you are in Kobe for pleasure please take the time to go down to the port and enjoy a short cruise to see the city from the sea and visit Harbourland and a whole different look at Kobe.

Another wonderful activity is in the evening to take the gondola ride up the mountain to see Kobe lights. The ropeway is located next to Shin-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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London UK
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We stayed at the B Kobe for two nights as my wife was attending a Jewellery fair in Kobe
We tried to book a ryokan but could not find one in the city centre, so ended up with this very modern business hotel

It’s very centrally located in the centre of town about a 5 minute walk from Sannomiya station and about 20 minutes away from Shinkobe station (for the Shinkansen) by a local metro train from Sannomiya station (I think you could walk it but we never worked out how to)

We got an extremely good rate (50% discount) booking direct on the hotel website which included breakfast

We had a superior twin plus room which was fine. It was quite large, well furnished with twin beds and a combined bathroom with an automatic toilet which was very modern.

The room had a large flat screen TV, a kettle with green tea and two internet connections – a cable provided in the room, or Wi-Fi by getting a code from reception – both worked very well.

Although in the city centre on a main road it was very quiet at night, although it was impossible to open the windows

The breakfast was fine with a large help yourself selection of hot and cold choices – you could certainly fill up for the day with it !

The hotel was very convenient for most things you would want to do in Kobe – in our case only about a 20 minute train ride to the exhibition centre

So a very good modern hotel – not much character but good value for money & we would certainly stay there again if we ever go back to Kobe

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Jolynes,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our location and facilities of your room. As you noticed we are located so close to many of Kobe’s great attractions, Shrines and shopping and conveniently located to public transportation.

Next time you are in Kobe for pleasure please take the time to go down to the port and enjoy a short cruise to see the city from the sea and visit Harbourland and a whole different look at 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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64 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2014

With the hotel price that i paid, it would not be the valued hotel to recommended. The Superior Twin room is small and consist only 16㎡. Therefore, if you have 2 luggage's with size 20 inches will definitely a bad idea or problem to stay in here.

If you don't mind with the room size. It would be a convenience place for you to stay and travel with. Noted that, all the Japan Hotels check in time was around 3-6pm. You can stored your luggage at the Receptionist.

Hotel and guest room with modern designed, simple and cleaned. It would not be a problem for my breakfast since the room price did not come with breakfast. In fact, you can get a better breakfast choice out there with the hotel breakfast price that charged.

The hotel is near to Sannomiya Station consist with the JR station, local subway and etc.
Actual walking distance time:

* 5-10 minutes from Sannomiya station depend which train line station (JR Line, Hankyu Line, Hanshin Line)
*3 minute from Sannomiya station (Subway)
*15 minutes from Airport Limousine Bus Stop.

Besides that, the hotel is surrounded by food street, shopping complex and convenience stall which can easily fulfilled your needs and wants

If you plan to stay here. Below is the recommended travel course for you.

Plan A:
Arrival to hotel, Shop, walk and eat at Kobe Shopping Street, Chinatown in Kobe (Nankinmachi Shopping Street) > continue walking to Kobe Meriken Port ( Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Maritime Museum, and a memorial to victims of the Great Hanshin earthquake) > continue walking to Mosaic (Shopping and dinning area). You can take a great sunset and night landscaped photo with Kobe Port Tower back ground> Walk to Kobe Train Station take train back to hotel and have your great supper at hotel surrounding.

Plan B:
Arrange your last stop at Kobe Kitano Ijinkan at afternoon. Start from the street near to Shin Kobe Station, walk, eat and discover around and back to Hotel.

Pro:
Convenience, clean, and located at less noisy street.

Cons:
Overprice and limited facilities to enjoyed.
Room very small.

Room Tip: Higher floor.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Shya83
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Shya83,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our location, our facilities and our neighborhood. You certainly gave a great description of the sights to see while in Kobe.

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 sharing your insights into Kobe with other travelers. 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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Gdansk, Poland
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208 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

The b Hotel is very good place. Air conditioning room with frigo and fantastic bathroom with automatic w-c. New towels and pyjama every day. Excellent bed. Breakfast is little to much in japanese style but not bad. Staff not good speaking english but communicative. In neighbourhood many atractions, bars, restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Dear Posejdon12345,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our location and comfort of your room. 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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Massafra, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

The hotel is located in the center of Kobe near shops, restaurants and the main station. Rooms are bigger than usual (in Japan), cleaned and with a nice design... I really appreciated my one-night stay there! I would have liked to have much time to enjoy it more...

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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IshinHotelsWest, マネージャー at the b kobe, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
Dear strafElga,

Thank you for your generous comments concerning the b kobe.

We are glad to read that you appreciated our location and design of your room. 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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Address: 2-11-5 Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0011, Hyogo Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kinki > Hyogo Prefecture > Kobe
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