Excellent Location! 5 Recommended Hotels Overlooking Kobe’s Bay Area

From the invigorating landscape during the day, up to the glittering night scene, Kobe is a port town where you can enjoy stunning ocean views. Below are five recommended hotels in Kobe’s Bay Area, where you can stay when you visit.

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1. Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel is a famous hotel that is also considered to be the landmark of Kobe’s Bay Area. Looking like it is floating in front of the pier of Kobe Port that pushes out into the sea, this hotel boasts of prime location that has 270 degrees of the property surrounded by the ocean. All the rooms come with a private balcony. Staying here will be treating yourself to a moment of elegance that will make you feel like you are actually traveling aboard a luxurious cruise ship. The five restaurants and one bar inside, including those that serve Japanese cuisine and steaks, also offer an outstanding location. Here, you can enjoy gorgeous views while dining on delicious food. Wi-Fi is free in all guest rooms and in some common areas inside the property. There are staff who can speak English.

1. Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

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2. Oriental Hotel

Oriental Hotel is the oldest hotel in Japan, having been opened more than 140 years ago in 1870, which was right at the time when Kobe Port was opened to the world. From the stylish guest rooms, you will be able to marvel at a harbor view of the beautiful port, or take in a city view of the majestic Mt. Rokko. There are various restaurants and a bar inside the hotel, too, including a dining place with an open kitchen style, a steak house, and a sushi joint! Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English, Chinese, and Spanish.

3. Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland

Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland is recommended as a sightseeing base for travelers, as it is just a 10-minute walk from JR Kobe Station. All guest rooms here offer ocean views, with each room equipped with a spacious terrace. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful Kobe Port while feeling the sea breeze against your face. Another appeal of this hotel is the big jacuzzi bath that awaits guests in every room. Inside the hotel, there is a spa and beauty salon, as well as several restaurants and a bar where you can savor dishes that contain Kobe beef, as well as other local specialty ingredients. Wi-Fi is free throughout the entire building, and they have staff who can speak English and French.

4. Hotel Okura Kobe

Hotel Okura Kobe is a famous hotel that had all its guest rooms renovated in July 2016. There is a wide array of guest rooms available here, ranging from the standard type, up to opulent suites and modern Japanese-style rooms. The restaurants inside the hotel offer different kinds of dishes – from sushi, tempura, and other orthodox Japanese dishes, up to refined French cuisine. Another major draw of this hotel is its extensive lineup of facilities that guests can use, including a fitness center, pool, beauty salon, and clinic. Wi-Fi is free in all the guest rooms, and they have staff who can speak English.

5. Kobe Minato Onsen Ren

Kobe Minato Onsen Ren is a ryokan (Japanese inn) that takes pride in the ocean view that they’re able to provide from all the guest rooms, which have their own terraces, as well as the hot spring that gushes out from 1,150m underground. Here, the beds in all the guest rooms face the window, so you will be treated to a view of the ocean when you wake up in the morning. The suite rooms are also equipped with a semi-open-air bath filled with hot spring water that provides a stunning view. On top of that, there is an open-air bath and other large public baths within the premises, as well as a bar with a view at the top floor, a hot spring pool overlooking the ocean, a stone/lava sauna, and many other amenities! Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and they have staff who can speak English.

Kobe is a city that is filled with appealing attractions, such as tourist spots and gourmet dining places. Try to visit at least once!

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