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"Very good quiet peaceful area"
If you like a full facilities hotel which have a very nice view of the harbor, this is definitely a good choice in my opinion. Room is quite big for Japan standard and most rooms have nice views depending which side you prefer. Moreover, Japanese Hospitality is always very good. Even though it is not right in the middle of the happening Sannomiya area, they do provide frequent complimentary bus from the hotel to the center. Walking to the opposite side of the Harbor area is not too far and you can enjoy the surrounding view too. Walking to the Kobe Chinatown is also not too far which we did, about 20 to 25 minutes pleasant walk. Overall, a good choice!!
"Great Amenities, Great View, Recommended"
I stayed in the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel for 6 nights while attending a conference which was held in the same hotel. This hotel offers great amenities, great view from the room, great services, and it is situated at very beautiful and scenic area. Even though it is not close to the crowded and central business district (Sannomiya Station), you can reach this hotel easily. The hotel provides free shuttle bus from the Sannomiya Terminal bus stop no 8 to the hotel every 20 minutes. From Sannomiya station to the hotel, the bus will stop shortly at Okura Hotel since the bus is joint shuttle bus of Kobe Merieken Park Oriental Hotel and Okura Hotel. You can also take the same bus from the hotel to the Sannomiya station, bus don't forget to ask for a complimentary bus ticket from the bell desk or the one provided in the room before boarding the bus. The neighborhood of the hotel is also nice. Within 15 minutes walk you can visit Kobe Meriken Park, Kobe Maritime Museum, Kawasaki Good Times World, Kobe Port Tower, and Kobe Harborland. The Kobe Harborland, especially Mosaic, has various restaurant with affordable prices and wide selection of menu. I stayed in the Standard Twin Room with Balcony and West Harbor View (Non-Smoking). The view from the room was indeed great and beautiful, especially at night. I could see the Kobe Harborland (Mosaic), Ferris wheel, and Concerto restaurant cruise ship from my room. In the morning you will have a fresh and relaxing view, while at night you will feel the romantic atmosphere. So, always open the curtain of your room. The room I stayed was very spacious and it was equipped with many useful facilities such as TV, alarm clock, water kettle, ice thermos, coffee & tea, big working desk equipped with pen and papers. The hotel will provide you daily newspaper (The Japan Times) by hanging it on your room door every morning. I noticed that the hotel provided the newspaper based on the on the guest's preferences. If you're a Japanese, they will provide the Japanese newspaper. Meanwhile, if you're non-Japanese, they will provide you English newspaper. The TV system is easy to use and English friendly. It offers video on demand (VOD) with various range of movie genre. To watch the VOD is relatively easy. You just need to select the movie and select "Pay at Front". After that, it will ask you one more time for confirming your intention to watch the VOD and pay at the front desk when you check out later. After you confirmed it, the VOD will be available for you for a day. The daily VOD rate is JPY 1500 (JPY 1620 after tax). It has good and fast Wi-Fi in the room. The Wi-Fi password can be found on the right bottom corner of your TV screen when you turn the TV on. The bathroom is spacious with bathtub, shower, and electronic toilet seat bidet. They provide great bathroom amenities such shampoo, body soap, conditioner, face & hand soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, hairbrush, shaver, cotton & cotton bud, shower cap, towels, bath rope, slippers. Everyday around lunch time the cleaning ladies will come to provide new amenities, make up the bed, and clean & vacuum the room. I didn't have the breakfast in the hotel because it was slightly over my budget (JPY 2500 weekdays, JPY 3400 weekends, before tax). But as I know, the hotel's restaurant (Santa Monica's Wind Restaurant) has an excellent rating on Yelp. I would like to suggest the hotel to provide a convenience store and ATM machine inside the hotel because to reach the nearest convenience store and ATM we need to walk approximately 15 minutes. Overall, if I have another chance to have a business or personal to Kobe, I will definitely stay again here.
We stayed here for 2 nights in the cherry blossom season. The room is cozy and quite. It's good for light sleepers. There is also a balcony in each room to enjoy the view outside. Although the location is a little far from downtown, the shuttle bus comes every 15~20 minutes. It is still convenient for backpackers. The staffs are very warm hearted and polite. My wife and I also enjoy the harbor view and sunset in the nearby beach park.
The hotel is strategically located and the staffs are very accommodating. Their free shuttle service to and from JR Sannomiya station helps us ease our travel since we have a very hectic schedule that requires quick move from Kyoto to Kobe then Osaka. View is so relaxing day or night and will make you stay more if time permits. I definitely recommend this hotel for a very memorable vacation and won't hesitate going back.
The outstanding of this hotel is the amazing Kobe harbour view. Everything in the room is clean,bed is soft and comfortable. They also have a big bathtub for you to relax (^^). Their shuttle bus pick up you at the hotel and Sannomiya JR station, so convinient! They have their own cosmetic brand callled "Oriental" which used in hotel's bath room. What a good product! From this hotel, you can walk along the habour to Mosaic, Chinatown,...
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM