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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Hotel Pearl City Kobe


Price
This was a good value hotel from the point of view that the rooms were quite spacious. It was slightly more up market than a basic business hotel. 





Location
It was close to the centre of Kobe but on an island. The hotel is located in an area to cater for the convention market as the convention and exhibition centre are close by. I deliberately chose this hotel as I was on a nostalgia trip, I had lived nearby. It is in a very quiet location, there's just a convenience store across the road from the hotel and that's it! The surrounding buildings are mainly office buildings, so on the weekend there's no-one around.
The hotel has a free shuttle bus which will take passengers to Sannomiya (Kobe city centre) and the Shin Kobe station. It's also less than a 5 minute walk from the monorail (Portliner) station which takes you directly into Sannomiya.

Facilities
The hotel had free in room wifi, there was a restaurant and a gift shop in the lobby. As already mentioned a free shuttle bus. The hotel did look somewhat dated, it was built in 1991 (there was a sign!) and it didn't look like it really had been upgraded since it was opened. The room had a kettle but only offered green tea, no coffee.

Recommendation?
I was quite happy with my choice of this hotel, the location was very quiet, the Portliner nearby meant easy access to Sannomiya and the room was reasonably spacious.


View from the room, the Portliner (the automated monorail train) coming into Naka Futo station.

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