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"The Meriken Park Oriental Hotel. A well-known landmark"
. The Meriken Park Oriental Hotel is shaped like a huge ship and is a well-known and very stylish local landmark. Note that check-in times are strict, so you might find it difficult to get your room before 3 o’clock (although I believe you can leave your luggage and go out to explore). Members of staff were polite, helpful and tried hard to communicate in English. Who am I to criticise' My Japanese consists of sixteen words and four phrases. There is an enormous foyer with a restaurant and a tea room leading off it. The cakes are delicious. There is also a little shop near the entrance selling souvenirs and bottled water (there is no bottled water in your room). We also found a largish supermarket past the Port Tower, on the opposite corner. It stocks most things and is just across the road from the harbour (a few minutes’ walk from the hotel). We stayed here in early November 2016. It is worth knowing that the weather in Japan is usually pleasantly mild at this time of year (though we needed our thermals in Tokyo). The colours of the Autumn leaves are spectacular and taking the ropeway near Shin Kobe station up to the Nunobiki Herb Gardens makes a good excursion. The views from the top are amazing. We walked down past the reservoir and waterfalls but you can descend by cable car. We booked a 9th floor Standard Grande Twin room. Ours was on the east side and I gather that the west side, with views of the Ferris wheel, is more popular. However, I enjoyed watching the boats come in and I loved the twinkly lights at night and views across to a huge red bridge in the distance. Going up to our room was a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” experience. I always tried to take the glass elevator with views over the huge atrium. The Standard Grande is more spacious than a standard room. Ours had a picture window, a balcony and harbour view. It also had a sofa, a small table and a couple of chairs. There were coffee and tea making facilities and a fridge. Sachets of coffee and green tea were provided. A copy of The Japan Times (in English) was delivered every morning and house-coat style robes were laid out for us each day. The wardrobes had more than enough hanging space. Everything was very clean. The bathroom was large by Japanese standards. The ample toiletries were replenished regularly. I now covet toilets with push buttons and heated seats. Why don’t we have them' Breakfast was not included in our room rate and was very expensive as an add on, so we just had a coffee on the balcony before setting out to find brunch. We also became addicted to green tea Kit-kats (there are fourteen other varieties including sake or wasabi). We did, however, take out a mortgage and try the hotel’s recently re-furbished View Bar and Terrace overlooking the Ferris wheel and Kobe Port Tower. Nice photos but you are paying for the panorama. The cocktail list is mesmerising and a description of each cocktail would be helpful. Look on the website and choose in advance. Note that there is a hefty cover charge on top of your already expensive drinks. Be prepared. There is a swimming pool but there is a fee to use it which some people find excessive. There is also a chapel in front of the hotel and it is used for weddings, especially at weekends. Weddings usually take place in the morning. We chatted to some wedding guests as they returned to the station by shuttle bus and it was interesting to learn about Japanese wedding customs. The hotel is not in the centre of Kobe. However, Harborland is an interesting area, good for shopping, gifts and boat trips. There are more than enough restaurants here to satisfy every tourist. Alternatively, take the road straight ahead from the hotel entrance and search out the food in Motomachi. Yakitori (skewered chicken) is great. Try several different types if you are a bit daring. Sashimi chicken anyone' Kobe beef is melt in the mouth but do a bit of research before you choose your place to eat. Local sushi restaurants are also wonderful. Ultra-fresh sushi is prepared before your eyes and placed on a revolving belt. Your bill is calculated by the number of empty plates that you stack up beside you. Motomachi and Sannomiya have covered shopping arcades. We were able to walk to most places from the hotel or we took the hotel’s free shuttle bus to Sannomiya bus terminal (by the station) and continued from there. Sometimes the bus travels a bit further to Shin Kobe station but only at weekends. We found the shuttle invaluable, especially as, after our stay, we were travelling on to Himeji. For those who do not like to walk so much, try the hop on hop off City Loop Bus. The stop is near the hotel at the side of the Port Tower. This will take you on a tour of Kobe. We also walked to China Town, a bustling area packed with vendors and food stalls. China Town is on the bus loop. The former 19th century mansions of Kitano are worth a visit. They are too far to visit from the hotel on foot but, again, Kitano is on the City Loop route. Alternatively, you can do an uphill trek after taking the shuttle to Sannomiya or you can visit after your trip to Nunobiki Herb Gardens (it is in roughly the same direction but the walk is quite a work-out!) The ladies in the Kitano tourist office are incredibly helpful and gave us a map with useful discount coupons without us even asking. We used ours to visit some of the houses. The coupons were also valid for the Maritime Museum (including the Kawasaki technology experience. We could see the building below our hotel window). The sake breweries and their museums in Nada are also worth a trip. Lots of free sake sampling. Take the train from Sannomiya. We loved the Meriken Park Oriental and felt very comfortable there. By contrast, our hotel in Himeji was compact and bijou (but still a great experience). It made us appreciate our stay in Kobe even more.
"Good resort area in Kobe"
Very good resort hotel with balcony (every room with balcony facing different directions) facing the sea. Nearby (walking distance - 10 minutes) shopping mall with a wheel and lots of restaurants. Not in the downtown area (5-10 minutes by car). Recommended to drive and there were plenty of parking spaces at the hotel.
"Beautiful and Creative."
The rooms at the Meriken are definitely nice and bigger than the typical Japanese hotel room. It has quite the fantastic view that you can see from the balcony and has an interesting and fun layout. The hotel employees are very polite and will help you at a moments notice. The English was also quite well spoken so international English speakers will have no problems. The only downsides are that it starting to feel slightly old and it is slightly inconvenient when going to other attractions due to its location. Overall, I would highly recommend staying the hotel and believe that no traveler will experience any major problems.
"Hotel like a island"
I visited Kobe and seleted Kobe Meriken Park Oriental hotel. The advantages of this hotel are breakfast and great view. The buffet-style breakfast is all delicious and has variable menu. And Every morning seaview welcame me. It's great happiness. Moreover every staff is kind and of hotel that i have stay in Japan, room is the largest! But it's located a little far from center of Kobe and there are no convience stores around hotel. And anybody can reach the hotel rooms floor without room key or room card.
"Nice area but a bit out of the way"
The Harborland area where the hotel is located is very attractive and lively, especially on weekends. However, it’s quite a hike from the hotel to the downtown area and other attractions. The hotel offers a shuttle bus to the main downtown area (and Shin-Kobe on weekends only), but we found this was packed whenever we used it – make sure you line up in good time to secure a place. We had a high-floor room with balcony facing the sea. The view was great during the day, but the balcony was a heat trap. On a sunny day in December, we were absolutely roasting in the room – with no way to cool it down other than with windows wide open. I would avoid these rooms in warmer weather. The room itself was comfortable, but the carpets were dirty and the bathroom had seen better days. Food at the hotel was very expensive, particularly the buffet breakfast on weekends. The only other breakfast option we found close by was the Eggs n’ Thinks at the Mosaic center, but this was a bit ordinary. The other restaurants at Mosaic are very touristy – we tried a busy Chinese restaurant and had the worse meal we’ve ever had in Japan. There are few other options close by for food – however there is a delightful Italian/French brasserie (Est Est) about 10 minutes away.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM