from New York City, New York
Submitted on 01-30-2017
Wifey and I were passing through Kobe and decided to stay at the Kobe Grand Palais Hotel. We‚??ve stayed there in the past and thought it was comfortable and a pretty good value. The location is good, as other have noted. Close to Harbourland and JR eki (station). Plus, wifey loves their Viking asa gohan (breakfast buffet). This time around we upped the ante and stayed in their suite. In a word‚?¶‚??nice‚??. It was spacious, well appointed, and pretty elegant. Not at all like your typical room i...
Wifey and I were passing through Kobe and decided to stay at the Kobe Grand Palais Hotel. We‚??ve stayed there in the past and thought it was comfortable and a pretty good value. The location is good, as other have noted. Close to Harbourland and JR eki (station). Plus, wifey loves their Viking asa gohan (breakfast buffet). This time around we upped the ante and stayed in their suite. In a word‚?¶‚??nice‚??. It was spacious, well appointed, and pretty elegant. Not at all like your typical room in Japan. They were definitely trying to go for that ‚??Waldorf=Astoria‚?? feeling, and they were pretty successful in starting to approach that overall vibe. Our suite featured two bathrooms, one of which was large enough to raise a family of four in, a beautiful living room, a bedroom with a super-king bed, and a ladies makeup/changing room. When you first enter you‚??re in a small foyer (a small bathroom is off the foyer), and as you continue walking the far door opens automatically and you enter onto one side of the living room looking down to the bedroom. In the living room itself, the sofa/chair arraignment was nice, and there was also a nice bar and a nice writing desk. Although the living room (and suite itself, in fact), wasn‚??t ‚??artfully done‚??, if you know what I mean, everything was comfortable, from the chairs in every room, to the gloriously magnificent bed. The extra space of the suite really makes a difference. Wifey absolutely loved it, especially the ladies powder (makeup) room, which she firmly claimed as her own. The powder room is directly off the bedroom, and the second bath is on one side. Everything worked just fine in the suite, although there were several outlets which had no power, and it took some walking around to find a working outlet to charge our devices. Overall though, it was a very nice experience staying there, and my only regret was that it was for one night. If I had known it was going to have been that comfy, I would have scheduled a two night stay, for sure.
I briefly mentioned the breakfast from a previous visit, and I should say a bit more on that topic. Basically, it‚??s fantastic! Great food in a very nice, and pretty chic setting. I really like the space. As far as the food options go, there are enough things on offer that you‚??ll find things which will satisfy your onaka (stomach). No problem there. The only thing I wouldn‚??t bother with is the French toast station, as they use some kind of strange bread, which absolutely does not work for French toast. Overall though, the breakfast is great!
In closing, we go to Japan several times a year for pleasure, and this specific trip was a ryokan orientated trip (wifey‚??s request). But, after having stayed in a couple different Japanese-inns throughout that visit, the only thing that came from my mouth when I first walked into our suite at the Kobe Grand Palais Hotel was ‚??wow‚?¶WOW‚??. It was refreshing to be back in a regular room. Regardless of how much a J-Inn is overpriced (typically, they are very overpriced for what you get), sleeping on the floor in a bare-boned room just can‚??t compare to the comfort and elegance of this Western styled suite (and over the last few years we‚??ve stayed in some of the top ryokans in Japan). But, they are two different animals, and a debate better left for later, lol. The bottom line is that I would return to this hotel anytime. The check-in service was quick and professional. We conducted check-in in (my not so great) Japanese, so I cannot say for sure how proficient they are in English, (my last time there I also spoke only Nihongo), but I‚??m pretty sure that they at least have some basic English skills, as they present themselves as an ‚??international‚?? hotel. If you need to stay in the Kobe area, then I can strongly recommend Kobe Grand Palais Hotel. That‚??s based on my having stayed in both a regular room there and in one of their suites. No matter which route you go, you‚??ll be in good hands, although if you can‚?¶go for the suite, as you only live once, desho?!
Hope this review helps.