- Reviews: 384
New World Renaissance Hotel, Kowloon: Great Location!
This was the hotel I stayed in on my second time to Hong Kong.
The staff are very friendly and you are welcomed with a smile from the time you check in.
The rooms very very comfortable, and well equipped, and the hotel is in a very good location. The only drawback was that the beds are a tad hard, but apart from that, we had a very enjoyable stay.
Like I mentioned before the location of the hotel is very good. Its only a few minutes walk from Tsim Sha Tsui station, and only a few minutes walk to the Star Ferry Terminal.
The Hotel is also attached to the New World Centre, which plays host to a variety of shops sufficient for the most ardent of shoppers.
- Reviews: 384
Metropole Hotel: Great Value for Money
I stayed at the Metropole Hotel on my trip to Hong Kong.
Its based in Kowloon, and only a short walk from the MTR.
For guests they also have complimentary shuttle buses that go to 3 MTR stations in Kowloon. Rooms were clean and bright.
The staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay there.
Good value for money. Go up to the top floor to the pool area for a cool down in the pool and also take in the gorgeous views of Hong Kong.
- Reviews: 1238
Man Hing Lung Hotel: Cheap hotel, great location!
In a city as densely populated as Hong Kong, 200HKD (approx 15 GBP) per night does not buy you a lot of room! To be precise, it bought me a cupboard sized room (with a bathroom just big enough to stand in) on the 14th floor of the rather insalubrious Mirador Mansion on Nathan Road.
Mirador Mansion is the slightly less notorious counterpart of the nearby Chungking Mansions complex. Both are huge, run-down block of flats housing small hotels and guest rooms amongst peoples' homes and small workshops. They are renowned for their litter-strewn, cockroach-infested stairwells and for the host of shady characters loitering about outside on Nathan Road.
I booked this hotel over the Internet just one day before flying out to Hong Kong and, having read a whole load of reviews that ran the whole spectrum from "rat-infested hell hole" to "clean, bright rooms in a prime location", I was feeling a little apprehensive.
My arrival at the hotel certainly did little to ease these fears. Having jumped off the A21 Cityflier bus right outside the hotel, I was soon approached by people asking if I needed a room or needed directions. The hotel had emailed me to warn me not to trust anyone on the street outside and not to show them my booking details or they would likely take me to some place else and pretend that that was the hotel I'd booked. In the event I needn't have worried - I was pointed in the direction of the lifts and made my way up to the 14th floor.
Upon exiting the lifts I wondered if I'd come to the right place. Washing hung outside flats, small workshops were operating from tiny premises - what was I doing here?
I found my way to Flat 2, the location of the hotel, and was greeted in the small reception cum family living quarters by the friendly owners. I was shown to my tiny single room; sparsely furnished but relatively clean (aside from a few hairs and the odd squashed mosquito on the wall) and certainly better than it might have been judging by the appearance of the premises' exterior.
The room was furnished with a bed, a TV (a handful of local stations and occasional English-language news), a drawer, 2 coat hangers, air-con and a telephone (from which all local calls are free).
This is certainly not a luxurious option, but if you're travelling on a budget and just want somewhere to lay your head at nights, you could do a lot worse than this hotel.
The location of Mirador Mansion is excellent - just a minute's walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui metro station and the bus stop for the airport bus (A21 Cityflier) and 10 minutes walk to the Avenue of Stars promenade and the Star Ferry terminal for ferries across to Hong Kong Island. And of course, it's right in the heart of the busy shopping and eating centre of Nathan Road. The location of the hotel itself (on the 14th floor) is not so great, but it is served by a handful of (usually full) lifts.
The hotel is much cleaner than the building in which it is located. I never used the infamous stairwells, but often saw litter stacked up outside peoples' homes and beside the lifts and one night, returning to my room, there were a couple of rats on the landing. My room was cleaned each day (a process that must have taken all of 1 minute given its tiny size), fresh towels were provided every other day and the bedding was changed once during my 10 night stay.
Stories of shady characters loitering around outside are a little over exaggerated. The ground floor of the building is a shopping arcade and a few touts hang around the entrance - mainly tailors or fake watch sellers, but they're harmless enough and I never felt the least bit unsafe.
The hotel's staff are friendly and are happy to dispense maps, guidebooks and information as well as providing a Visa processing service. Internet access is available from a terminal in reception and you can get free wireless access in your room if you bring a laptop.
As stated above, this is not a luxury hotel - but I am satisfied that I got good value for money and didn't expect any more for the price!
- Reviews: 2683
Mt. Davis Youth Hostel: Fantastic view
Staying in the dormitory is not always fun, well it depends who else is there. Separate dorm for boys and girls. There are also a couple double or with 4 beds which can be mixed when coming with friends. This is about the only place in Hongkong where you are bound to find a bed, when everything else is full. Why this is the case read on.
The hostel is located on a hill and therefore not so easy to get to. But the good news is that there is a free shuttle bus several times a day which leaves from Sheung Tak Center, just by the SevenEleven Shop. It's a good place to hang around all day and you can see the hostel cat and big butterflies, watch the ships down in the bay. Bring your food. There are full cooking facilities there. There is a washing machine. They wash it for a charge and you choose between hanging it up outside yourself or more expensive option tumble dry. Due to the humid climate you cannot hang washing in the rooms. Very friendly staff. Maybe you are even there for a barbeque?!
On weekends the place is crowded by locals who have all sorts of meeting/action going on on the hostel grounds. Local lovers even get a room to escape their parents although they live just down the road.
The only missing thing is a swimming pool and it would be the perfect holiday resort!
- Reviews: 561
Intercontinental Grand Stanford: Wake up and see the harbour from your bed!
Travelling is always best when it's paid by someone else... in this case by the production company shooting the travel program I was presenting... hehe!
The rooms at the Grand Stanford (back then it was called the Grand Standford Harbour View) are spacious, clean, and the service is truly 5-star.
The hotel offers plenty of choice when dining and is also close to Nathan Road, a good shopping district as well as Kowloon Park.
The breakfast buffet offers Chinese traditional cuisine, as well as healthy alternative (cereal, fruit, yoghurt, etc.) and of course the well-known breakfast favourites of all imaginable variations of eggs, hash browns, toast, breads & buns, meats, baked beans, mushrooms & other vegetables, etc.
One entire side of the room is a ceiling-to-floor window, so you don't even have to get out of bed to watch the ships and lights across Victoria harbour!!
See breathtaking sunrises, especially when it's foggy and the fog slowly lifts away...
The bathroom is relativey spaceous and equipped with high-quality hair dryer, nice fluffy towels, good shampoo, magnifying mirror, etc. etc. etc.
The lobby cafe is a very nice place to sit, have a cup of coffee and do a spot of people-watching. The service is friendly, efficient and welcoming.
- Reviews: 98
YMCA: the Salisbury: YMCA: the Salisbury
I visited my schoolmate when she stayed at the YMCA - the Salisbury which located at the excellent point -- Tsim Sha Tsui. I found the room (double room) is not very big but clean and comfortable.
The hotel (it's quite big thus I won't call it a hostel) located just opposite of famous Peninsula Hotel and Kowloon Hotel. It is 5 minutes away from the Star Ferry Pier and 3 minutes away of the MTR (underground) station.
If you need to take the KCR (train which to New Territories and Mainland China), just take the mini-bus located next to the hotel to the KCR Hung Hom Terminal.
If you are cultural lover, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Art Museum, Space Museum are just sited opposite.
room fee for summer promotion (2004)
- single HK$600 (appro. US$75)
- standard twin/double HK$700 (appro. US$87)
- partial habour view twin/double HK$780 (appro. US$97)
- harbour view twin/double HK$890 (appro. US$110)
- family suite HK$1100 (appro. US$135)
- 2 single bedroom suite HK$1100 (appro. US$135)
- harbour view executive suite HK$1300 (appro. US$160)
- dormitory bunk bed HK$210 (appro. US$27)
- private fax line in all rooms
- wireless broadband internet (HK$80 per day/HK$30 per 4-hour)
dining & conference
- banquet rooms
- room service
- conference rooms
- cafe & dining room
sports & recreational
- in-door swimming pools
- squash courts
- fitness centre
- indoor climbing walls
- secretarial service centre
- hair salon
- laundry & dry cleaning
- concierge service
- Reviews: 2381
Renaissance Kowloon Hotel (New World Hotel): My first hotel stay in Hong Kong
My first stay in Hong Kong was at New World Hotel, now managed by Mariott as "Renaissance Kowloon Hotel".
Was surprised that the room was small though comfortable with all the deluxe amenities.
Location was next to the harbour waterfront promenade and the walking distance to all the shopping and restaurants of touristy Tsimshatsui.
Well, it was my first experience in Hong Kong. So would stay there again one day soon.
- Reviews: 160
Hostels: The ultimate budget accommodation
For all budget travelers within VT, I suggest to have a look at one or more of the following hostels:
Dragon Inn (Ah Shan Hostel)
Location: Mongkok - Kowloon
MTR (subway) station: Mong Kok
Amenities: TV, air-con, private shower (suites only!)
Wang Fat Hostel (see separate TIP for more details!)
Location: Causeway Bay - Hong Kong Island
MTR (subway) station: Causeway Bay
Amenities: TV, air-con, private shower, fridge
Location: Sham Shui Po - North Kowloon
MTR (subway) station: Sham Shui Po
Amenities: TV, air-con, private shower
National Guest House
Location: Wanchai - Hong Kong Island
MTR (subway) station: Causeway Bay (Exit B)
Amenities: TV, air-con, private shower
Yesinn Hostel (Insider Tip!)
Location: Fortress Hill - Hong Kong Island
MTR (subway) station: Fortress Hill (Exit A)
Amenities: TV, air-con, window (!), fridge, microwave, free local calls, private shower, mobile phone rental, laundry service
I recommend to take your pick based on location. Decide on where you'd like to stay and choose the respective hostel.
- Reviews: 2381
Holiday Inn Golden Mile: Downtown Hotel
Stayed in this hotel for a month, yikes.
A popular business cum tourist hotel, it is centrally located in Nathan Road in Tsimshatsui. The MRT station is nearby and so are all the shops and restaurants of all kinds of cuisines to choose from. The hotel even serves a popular Penang dish called "Char Koay Teow" - a fried rice broad noodles with prawns, cockles, eggs and black soya sauce and chilli.
Not much view and so can be claustrobic and busy traffic and road construction. Best thing is the central location. You can even walk to the Star ferry or the waterfront promenade for some fresh air.
- Reviews: 5386
YMCA Salisbury: Suite with Harbor view for 130 USD?
We booked this place as a cheap night for the arrival as we didnt want to pay Conrad rates or use 40,000 HH points when arriving at midnight. What a find it turned out to be. I will always stay here night of arrival and possibly more. We checked in. Had reserved a Harbor view. No clue what it meant other than we could see the harbor. When we got upstairs to our room in the north tower it was a suite. Never saw it coming. Had full on view of the harbor and HKI in the area near IFC from the living room and only slightly restricted view from the bedroom. Amazing.
And all this for only 130 USD. I know there are cheap places to stay in every town. Even Hong Kong. But this to me is incredible value.
- Reviews: 511
Novotel Century Harborview: On the Western District
Relatively well-located in the Western District, this hotel offers everything the normal tourist would like to have during the stay.
Service is friendly although not perfect, very good breakfast, internet facilities in the lobby bar and nice accomodations are its qualities.
To reach downtown or Central Station from the hotel you have two options: take a taxi, or simply leave the hotel, cross the street and on the near corner take your left down the road until you reach Des Voeux Rd. West. Just wait for the double-decker tram and have fun in HK!
- Reviews: 2381
YMCA The Salisbury Hotel, Hong Kong: Best YMCA Hotel
One of the best YMCA accommodation that I have stayed. It is more like a 4 Star hotel.
Excellent location at the tip of Tsimshatsui near Star Ferry. Walking district to all the shopping, restauratns and museums of Kowloon.
Had a harbor view of the magnificient Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island. At night you can see the "Symphony of Lights" show through your bedroom window.
Can also use the swimming pool and gymn of YMCA as a hotel guest. It is in another building, a short walk. This hotel is always fully booked, so make your early reservation.
Highly recommended for location, hotel environment but cheaper than similar standard hotels in Hong Kong.
- Reviews: 1349
Regal Riverside: A modern 4 star hotel
Hotel Regal Riverside is located along the banks of Shing Mun River in Shatin, New Territories. This is a four star 14 storey hotel with approximately 850 well-furnished rooms. It has several bars and lounges complete with five international restaurants serving Japanese, Cantonese, Chinese and Italian cuisines.
Among its modern up to date facilities are conference and meeting rooms, health centre with gym, internet access, car rental and airport transfer.
It is conveniently located along the banks of Shing Mun River, very near to New Town Plaza, Che Kung Temple and Shatin Race Course. Hong Kong Disneyland is only half an hour drive from the hotel.
- Reviews: 5386
Hyatt Regency Kowloon - CLOSED: Great Location. - CLOSED
This place wasnt bad for what it was. But I would have expected more.
Right above the TST MTR stop the location was great.
- Reviews: 6
Shangri-La Kowloon: Hanging at The Shang
Service, service, service.
From the door men to the check-in host to the bellmen, this hotel lets you know that no request is trivial.
I had a harbour view room. I was a bit jetlaged and woke up early to watch an amazingly vibrant and busy work morning. The view of the ferries, Hydrafoils and jitney boats was a great way to enjoy my tea.
Complimetary umbrellas and towels on return to dry off was a nice offer.
Harbour front on a quiet street VERY close to every thing.
They have a great selection of restaurants. Chinese, Japanese, Italian a buffet and a deli.
My favorite was Tapas. A sunlit bistro with a great wine list and martini selection, even though I just do Vodka rocks twist.
The staff seemed mainly from Nepal, beautiful women, and well trained. The food selection was fantastic too.
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