Italian-style hotel in a very covinent yet quite spot for most of the happening in Kobe town. Everything is within walking distant. The train station (for both JR and local line) is about 10 mins away, 5 mins walk to Sogo and the 24-hrs Don Quijote is around the corner.
This child-friendly hotel was truly a peaceful heavan within the hustle and bustle of thousands of shops and restaurants.
We received warm welcome from the professional and attentive staff. we took the cheapest room which was small but cozy, I would say it was elegant than dated. I have no problem with the bed size but ensure you pick the room type with larger (longer) bed if you are taller than 175 cm as most of the beds, typical in Japan, are 180 cm long.
There was not much items the breakfast table but most of them were good. Suprise to found a few dessert items as well. The breakfast room was tastefully decorated in contemporary Japanese style.
It was interesting to walk around the compact hotel ground to see the small chapel at the end of a spiral stairs, the lovely garden and the comfy reception lounge.
Ikuta Shrine also round the corner so we went there in early morning to aviod the crowd.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Monterey Kobe offers a glimpse into the architecture and atmosphere of medieval-era Italy. The hotel recreates the Romanesque character of a Northern Italian castle through its use of flagstones and arched colonnades. We invite you to rest in the comfortable sofas in the lobby area to cure your initial travel weariness. Then take a stroll through the courtyard where you can wander through the colonnades to the sound of flowing water from the fountains, helping to calm your spirit and evoke sentimental feelings of nostalgia. ... more less
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