Accessible Kowloon oasis offers value for a middle-range price
Exploring the streets of Kowloon on foot can be an intense experience for any visitor to Hong Kong. Having a comfortable place to stay in the area is essential. After our two-night stay during a sightseeing stopover, we are satisfied that the Miramar fits the bill.
We made this first-time booking at the Miramar by working with the Hong Kong Hotels Association by phone. We specified a hotel of middle-range price in the heart of Kowloon within easy walking distance of the main transportation points. The staff did an excellent job of coming up with good options and we chose to book a deluxe "park view" twin room at the Miramar for HK$1200/night.
On early arrival, the Miramar offered to upgrade us to a twin room on the "Business Floor" (the seventh) for no extra charge. We accepted and checked in to a room of standard western hotel design and dimensions. However, the room was well-appointed with quality bathroom fixtures, good lighting options, comfortable bedding, and quiet air conditioning. Internet access was freee through the television. Since the room was high off the street and faced Kimberley Road, we had a quiet sleep on both nights. With at least 5 elevators in operation, we had no trouble getting up and down.
In general, we found the hotel to be clean and well-appointed. The staff were professional and numerous. The bell hops were equipped to handle large groups, of which we saw several. Unfortunately, the lobby area is too small and any lounging space was constantly over-occupied and noisy. We noticed a heavy security presence in the lobby: at least three vigilant security guards on duty at all times. On a related note, we were surprised to see an "infared thermometer" (with red warning light) mounted above the reception desk queue and a "hand sanitizer" by the elevators. No doubt these are intended to control the spread of a communicable disease such as SARS. At the airport, we saw these hand sanitizers as well as infared body temperature scanners directed at arriving passengers.
For eating, the hotel's lobby restaurant, the Atrium, turned out to be a good option. The dining area is airy and pleasant, situated in the lobby's open area where the ceiling extends to the third floor. The breakfast buffet was excellent and reasonable at around HK$80 for hotel guests. Lunch was also reasonable and of high quality. Unfortunately, the noise level in the restaurant area is high since it is surrounded by the busy lobby.
The hotel is on busy Nathan Road at the corner of Kimberley Road. Fortunately, the main entrance is on the less-busy Kimberley Road. This is only two blocks from the Tsim Sha Tsui subway station and about a 15-minute walk from the Star Ferry pier. Within two blocks you can find a 7-11 convenience store, secure ATMs, and banks. Across Nathan Road is the pleasant Kowloon Park. A 10-minute walk straight across the park brings you to Harbour City, a massive hotel/office/shopping mall complex that stretches right down to the harbour front. For a walk to the Star Ferry, this route offers a pleasant alternative to Nathan Road's gauntlet of crowds and touts. Since the hotel is central and big, taxis are always available. Nathan Road carries a number of city bus routes.
Airport transfer is easy: A free bus (#K5) runs between the Airport Express train's Kowloon station and the hotel door. (When you take the bus, stay alert for your stop because when the bus pulls into the Miramar, the hotel's name is not visible. Our surly driver did not announce anything and the automatic announcement system was a stop out of sync.)
One of this hotel's main assets turned out to be the mall across the road. The "Miramar Tower" faces the hotel across Kimberley Road -- in fact, it is connected by a walkway on the hotel's third floor. This air conditioned mall has shops and restaurants of various price levels. On the adjacent "Knutsford Steps", there is a pleasantly situated Starbucks. In a place as busy and chaotic as Tsim Sha Tsui, it was nice to have relaxing eating and shopping alternatives right at hand.
Miramar -- Great Location, Service , Quality, and Price
Our adult family group of six stayed at this conveniently located hotel on Nathan Road in Kowloon for 4 days in late June 2006 and occupied three different units. Then, four of us returned 11 days later to occupy two rooms. The staff is accommodating and service is excellent. They stored luggage for us until our return. I booked through Expedia.
The rooms of the original stay were in an updated area of the hotel where the rooms and closets were a little larger. One of the rooms during the later stay was easily exchanged for a “fresher” smelling room. Whereas 2 small bottles of water were complimentary the first day, water needed to be purchased the remaining days. Hotel bottled water went for US$4 a bottle. On the street it is US50¢. The TVs offered 4 English-speaking stations – CNN, CNBC, BBC, and HBO. The hotel restaurant had a very good breakfast buffet with many Western and Asian choices.
The hotel is across the street from Kowloon Park and near the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR (train) station. Within walking distance are the HK History Museum, the intriguing shops along Nathan Road, and the ferry terminals to HK or Macau islands, or the mainland city of Shenzhen (cheaper domestic flights than from HK airport). The Miramar is serviced by travel agency-arranged US$28 rt private bus shuttles to/from airport or the new US$22 rt public airport express train to Kowloon with connecting free bus shuttle (K5) to the hotel. The hotel’s business center offers broadband Internet at US$6 for 15 minutes or the nearby Pacific Coffee on Nathan Rd offers free Internet on 3 computers.
An very good hotel for location, service, quality and price.
The Miramar is a busy hotel based in the middle of Kowloon,
opposite a good shopping center and very close to restaurants
and shops in busy Kowloon. I always stay there and can recommend their newly refurbished execuitve rooms.
The staff at the hotel are very good and the food served is well above average. Great hotel at a reasonable price, will continue to stay there when in Hong Kong.
The front desks staffs gave us a bad first impression. Not one of them smile to the guests. In fact they only smile when they engaged in their small talks.
Book a room prior to my trip, when we reached the hotel at 2.45 pm, but we were made to wait an hour at the lobby for the room to be cleaned up. None of the requests (i.e. double bedroom, higher floor) that we put across when we book the room were fulfilled. My wife and me have to make do with seperate beds and "dummy window" with the view of a back alley.
I have stayed at a nearby 3 stars Hotel before, their front desk gave me better impression. If do not mind some poor front desk services, the hotel is situated at great location.
Central Location & Good Hotel
Just returned from a 13 night stay in the Miramar Hotel. The location is great. It is opposite the Miramar Shopping Mall which can be accessed directly from the hotel so you can go shopping with out having to go outside when its raining. This also connects to Knutsford Steps which has a good Starbucks. The MTR Station is only a 2 minutes walk away which gives access to almost anywhere in Hong Kong.
This is the second time we've stayed in this hotel and found it to be very good value for money and a very nice hotel. Staff were friendly and attentive and whenever we requested anything from housekeeping etc it was there in a flash!
We did get a complimentary upgrade from our travel company and the room we had on the 12th floor was a nice size, clean and more than adequate as there is so much to see in Hong Kong that you probably won't spend much time in the room. There was a turndown service every night when everything was topped up and tidied up, and the beds were very comfortable.
If you want a drink in the bar go between 5pm & 9pm when its Happy Hours. All you can drink for 98 HK Dollars and entertainment too. For an extra 60 HK Dollars you can drink until 11pm. Great Value!!
The gym is quite good and newly refurbished. The pool would have been very nice if it hadn't been so cold. The attendant assured me the water was 30 degrees, but with the aircon on full blast it felt very cold. There is a sauna in each changing room.
All in all a good hotel in a very good location. We would definitely use again.
Met a ghost in the room
Hotel was good, reception staff left a lot to be desired though as did not speak good english. Asked for breakfast in bed but kept getting told they did not do buffet. Woke up one night wondering why there was a little girl in our room, she was dressed in old fashioned clothes, just as I was about to turn the light on to take her to reception (of course not even thinking how did she get into the room) she disappeared. Thing is though I did not feel scared. Partner also found that anytime he went into the bathroom he felt as though his head was spinning. My first and hopefully last visit from a ghost. Watch out for her as I am sure she doesn't just visit one room. Good hotel apart from that but view from room was of a ventilation system and we got the noise from the elevator shaft at all time or day and night. Great place to be if you want to be central though. Would stay at another hotel next time I go.
My mom and I stayed in this hotel for 4 days and 3 nights. The hotel is located near a MTR station (Tsim Sha Tsui) which becomes more convenient upon traveling to different places around Hong Kong.
Mc Donald's, Pizza Hut and KFC are also near the hotel, as well as the Welcome Supermarket and 711 Stores which I can easily buy snacks and drinks. I also love that this hotel has a mall; shopping areas are very near to this place like Granville Road wherein different shops are located. From the hotel it is also easy to access when you want to experience Symphony of the lights at Avenue of the Stars or ride a Star Ferry. For me it was a perfect location.
The room size in this hotel is quite huge for twin sharing. I must say that the room is very clean and the staff that often checks the room is very friendly and accommodating.
We stayed at the Miramar for 4 nights and found it to be a good hotel for the price we paid (approx HKD685 per night excluding the 13% taxes). The hotel is well located on Nathan Rd with Tsim Sha Tsui MTR just a couple of minutes away. Plenty of shopping and food places just outside the hotel.
Our room was a twin with two double beds. It also had two arm chairs and a round coffee table where we could enjoy a cup of tea after a long day sightseeing and shopping. Tea/coffee making facilities provided. The room also had a business desk and safe. The room including the bathroom was clean and the shower was great (good pressure). After having read reviews on various hotels and room sizes being small in Hong Kong, we were pleased with the size of the room and happy that it did not turn out to be a shoe box.
Our flight was at night and the hotel allowed us to use their fitness facilities to shower and get refreshed before heading to the airport. No charge for this.
Being our first trip to Hong Kong, this hotel was a great base for our tours around Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island.
The Miramar Hong Kong
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great location on nathan road. super old place, renovated every few years. rooms range from small and ugly to super nice, and price not always determine quality of room. always try for upgrades. look for defects in room assigned, go down and complain and ask for better. unless they are full you will always get a better room.