I’d gotten to the shinkansen platform at Himeji station early for my train to Shin-Kobe so I settled down for a bit of a snack. As I was early I’d planned on jumping on an earlier train. A quick look at Hyperdia told me one would be arriving soon… it did, and for some reason I just sat there, I was probably snacking away – sigh. Anyway, another train arrived soon and I was on my way for the 26 minute train ride to Shin-Kobe.
The Crowne Plaza ANA Kobe is right next door to Shin-Kobe shinkansen station, probably an 8 minute walk if you dawdle. The hotel is also right on top of the Shin-Kobe subway station. I would find out later on that evening that there’s actually an entrance into the hotel from the underground station.
Check-in was quick and I’d scored free breakfasts which was a nice touch.
I had a really great room up on the 28th floor looking south back over Kobe, Kobe docks and the airport.
The room was HUGE compared to what I’d had in Kyoto and Himeji with 2 queen size beds. There was a good, but old, bathroom and dressing room hanging off the entrance hallway. There was even a couch!
The bed and pillows were heaven after my previous two hotels.
The hotel is several minutes by subway out of Kobe proper but that wasn’t a concern for me.
The breakfast spread was very good with Japanese and European options but choice reduces towards the end of service.
On level 36 is the a bar called 36 Degrees with magnificent views of south east Kobe – a great place for a beer or to sip a Japanese whisky or two.