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Kobe Kitano Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is a place I have wanted to stay at for years, since before we even came to Japan for the first time and it took our third visit for us to finally make it here. That was in part because the Relais & Chateaux website does not offer availability far enough in advance for a trip planned months ahead - something I finally realised were happy to rectify. So Kobe made the itinerary this time around and I am delighted to report that generally speaking the Kobe Kitano lives up to its exalted reputation. It's a reputation built on tradition, timeless elegance, great service and, of course, food. At one point in time the Kitano held 3 Michelin Stars and while these seem to have gone now, the prices in 'AF' restaurant don't seem to have been adjusted accordingly and dinner there cost us comfortably more than staying B&B in a Deluxe room. While dinner was very good it didn't warrant the price tag and it would have been enhanced (in experience and probably price!) with the option of a wine pairing. Copies of the menu to keep would also have been a nice touch too but on a positive note, the ambiance and service were both excellent. Our room was lovely. Spacious, well equipped with a pleasant balcony and a hydrotherapy Japanese (think short but deep) bath. It had something of a Country House hotel vibe about it but that wasn't as incongruous as it sounds. It was a really pleasant place to spend some time with much more character than many Japanese hotels. The breakfast is worth a mention too as others have noted and it's not as over-facing as you think when the entire table is filled with trays laden down with what constitutes the 'Kitano take, on a Continental breakfast. Suffice to say I enjoyed the flight of juices more than the 'Pot au Faux' (which has no place on a breakfast table anywhere) but apart from that one rogue ingredient, everything else was great. In summary the reality, in the main, lived up to the expectations and we would happily stay at the Kitano again. As a hotel it is lovely and we'd probably stay for longer next time, allowing us to spend more time in what turned out to be one of Japan's most interesting cities. And trying a few more restaurants.

We arrived at the hotel near 10 o'clock at night. We would like to eat light snack, ordered two glasses of wine, cheese and dried- fruits at the bar. Two dishes were decorated with flower petals, looked very beautiful. Especially,blue cheese with chestnut honey, mimolette with fruits were excellent flavor. Next night, We enjoyed the dinner at the main restaurant. We had lots of fan. Before eating, we showed live omar shrimp, grabbed by a stuff. The soup cup Looked like tiny goldfish basin. This glass cup appeared covered delicious biscuit . We found tiny green ball in clear soup. Octopus dish served with dried cucumber sauce which cooled with liquid nitrogen. A stuff sprinkled powder by table spoon on the dish.These sauce powder changed light green liquid sauce. Foie gras was entered the box. when the stuff opened a cover, rose smoke. We ate Foie gras with dessert wine. They were good combination. Those performances were astonished and fan. We received a good service and taste.

I've stayed 1 night with my friend, and it's exceptionally great experience. The staff were greatly attentive and friendly, and they knows a lot about Kobe town. The room has heavenly comfortable bed and the bubble bath tub. The atmosphere has blend of classic old taste and modern. I like the most was breakfast here. Every plate they server was extraordinary tasty and the presentation was beautiful. I definitely come back this hotel when we stay in Kobe again.

Great hotel! Old school charm ! Marvelous breakfast and service and large rooms. Clean and cozy and quiet. Not recommended for under-thirty punks who do not know how to live. If you are part of the Wi-Fi set, this place is not for you.

To be honest, we have never paid this much for a hotel before. So we didn't quite know what to expect. But if hotels are rated from 1 to 5 stars, this would be a 7. The staff were exceptionally accommodating. The room had stuff in it that you wouldn't dream of looking for. They even had slippers for my size 11 (USA) feet. The lunch was really good. The Breakfast was incredible. Where else can you go and get a tray with 5 different fruit juices? They kept bringing course after course, plate after plate. We were stuffed. And that's saying something for a 250 pound guy. But what topped it all was the bed. We have a tempurpedic at home, and that doesn't hold a candle to this. You lay down, and sink. But it's not soft, it's very firm. You would swear it was massaging you, without moving. It had all the support you could ask for, but soft. I overslept. And being in chronic pain, that usually means waking up and going for the pain meds. But I had no pain. You have to experience this bed! And the food! And the service!

So this is basically a B&B in Kobe (maybe slightly larger). Looks like someone's European house from the 1800s. Keys are metal and old school. Breakfast was meh. They took a normal continental breakfast and fancied it up a bit (e.g., took juice and made a juice flight). There is an awesome chinese restaurant across the street though... I know you are in Japan why go get Chinese food, but it is really good.... like "don't miss it good".

The Kitano area of Kobe is a quiet residential area within walking distance of Shin Kobe station. December is always a hectic month and Christmas in Japan is another hectic working day. While we live in Osaka, not far from Kobe, and wanted a quiet place to refresh and enjoy some good food on Christmas Day. The Kitano hotel is perfect for R&R. The hotel is a lovely 5 story brick building with European antiques. Our room was on one of the back corners and the size of a suite room. The hotel is famous for its french restaurant - and dinner was one of the best french dining I have had in Japan. Our server help pick some excellent wine and I have to say it was one of the best I've had as well. Breakfast was equally wonderful filled with European style breads, jams, ham, yogurt and strong French espresso cafe' ole. The only issue I had was there was no internet service but this is common in the older hotels in Japan. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for place to escape to for some R&R and European atmosphere/hospitality. While on the high end of the price category, the service and value is better than many higher priced hotels.. Don't miss wandering through pearl shops. Many pearl importers are located in Kitano area and offer good pricing and unique styles -- the Kitano hotel was a great place for a romantic getaway for us. The hotel also would be a great place for a cozy wedding - with more fun than the other "staged" ceremonies one traditionally finds in Japan .

We like breakfast, That's rich and diverse used for breakfast, bread, jam, fresh fruit juices It is amazing breakfast ! Then The hotel's afternoon tea is also very good, if you hace time must to taste

First off just want to say we love Kobe. The city is fascinating in many ways and for Westerners (English speaking), it's a great base for exploring the central Japan region (Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji, etc) with convenient bullet trains zipping you to all the major destinations under an hour. We arrived at the Kobe Kitano after a week in Tokyo. We chose the hotel due to its reputation as something different from what you'd expect from other hotels. And yes it is different. I'd say it's like staying in an upscale French hotel in the middle of Kobe. The rooms, decor, service all seem to be up to the highest French standards. Which is not by coincidence but by intent given the proprietor and head chef, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, spent a lot of time in the Francosphere learning about French hospitality and gastronomy. Which brings us to the next really amazing aspect of this complex. Aside from the great rooms and space and the first-class service where every need is met, you are faced with a dining selection that is formidable. Hiroshi Yamaguchi is a rock-star in the world of gastronomy. To experience his creations is magic and a dining experience you will never forget. Smart guests should most definitely take the dining option when making reservations as it offers exclusive access to the great chef's delectable menu. It is not cheap but as I said this is a splurge choice for Westerners traveling in Japan and for those who seek a little touch of France as a respite from Japanese culture and cuisine.


3-3-20 Yamamotodori, Chuo Ku Kobe

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Kobe City Centre, Kobe Kitano Hotel is next to Kobe Mosque and Choueke Family Residence. This 30-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like 2 restaurants, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction and Space 11 Darvish Museum are a short walk away.


Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Igrek, which specializes in French cuisine. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


Kobe Kitano Hotel's 30 rooms are individually decorated and provide refrigerators, coffee makers, and safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and wired Internet, along with TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. In-room massages are available, and other amenities include phones and desks.

Property features

Guests staying at Kobe Kitano Hotel enjoy free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Self parking is offered for JPY 2500.00 per day. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Deluxe Double Room, Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Twin Room, Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Twin Room, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Presidential Twin Room, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 239 reviews