Where I stayed in: Hong Kong

Ever since I was introduced to housekeeping, I became very particular about hotel room cleanliness and the facilities that they offer and obsessed with the different hotel brands in the world and the other individually managed hostels and accommodations. In my recent trip to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, I stayed in a total of 3 different hotels and I will be sharing with you the 2 hotels that I stayed in Hong Kong and the other hotel that I stayed in Shenzhen shall be reviewed in a separate post. So let’s get started! Hong Kong, in general, the hotel rooms are smaller than the standard hotel room size of around 25sq.m (on average). Thus you should be prepared and be mentally ready to expect a room size that is smaller than what you have in your home country. For the first hotel that I stayed in Hong Kong, it was a hotel located in Causeway Bay:

Best Western Causeway Bay Hotel

Address: Cheung Woo Lane, Canal Road West, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay Station

My Rate: S$61.93 incl. of taxes and gst. ( Tues)

I got this best low rate from Agoda after comparing countless of website including their home website since 2 months ago before my arrival date and managed to get this rate when I saw the room rate was lowered about a month before my arrival date. I guess in Hong Kong, you shouldn’t book your room too early in advance as the rates for better hotels will drop about a month before the check-in dates.

(Note: Keep referring to the websites to check if there is a change in room rate every week. Compare from various websites like Hotelclub or Hotels.com, etc and make use of the promo code available to help you save up from the additional gst and taxes charges, so you can save more!)

The room that I booked was a superior city view room and I got a non-smoking room at the 21st storey which were of what I requested. The front desk was on the 3rd storey and you have to take a life from the ground floor to the 3rd storey. The staff in general speaks fluent English except for some. One downside of the hotel is that it is not located in the main street but in a small dark alley so you have to be careful when you are alone but generally, Hong Kong is still safe for solo female travellers like me! But still, it may be a little hard to find at first if it is your first time in Hong Kong so you might have to get your map ready and research done in advance before travelling. (Note: You can spot the building easily with its signature color scheme and the bright cream gold colored ground floor.)

As for the room cleaniness, I would probably rate it an average. The bed was clean but the coffee and tea making set that were placed on the window porch housed some ants and they were crawling all over. I had a hard time trying to kill them because the cups and tray were black and I happen to placed my bags near. (ants-killing time!) Also, there were several hairs found in the bathtub and I presume that the room attendant only used a towel to wipe dry the bathtub without a thorough cleaning. The plastic bath curtains were pretty worn out as well.

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Nonetheless, the room was well-designed and I really love that chandelier that was hanging on the ceiling and it look so Victorian and the wallpaper greyish-black with gold hues. It was beautiful. The blackout curtains were awesome in effectively blocking out the sunlight and I had a pretty good sleep despite all the excitement in me about heading to Shenzhen the next day. The bed was comfortable, just nice, not too soft nor too hard.

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In general, I would probably rate it a 4 star hotel although their room cleanliness can be greatly improved.

After I came back from a one night stay in Shenzhen, I returned to Hong Kong and stayed in another hotel in Sai Ying Pun area instead of Causeway Bay. Sai Ying Pun is an old district by itself with plenty of  HK’s older generation with foreign expatriates staying there thus there is a mixed of old and new with the old tall houses and brand new condos amidst the old buildings.  Generally Sai Ying Pun area is like a downhill slope where you could see beautiful mountain on the tallest part of the slope while on the other side, it’s the Sun Yat Sen Memorial facing the beautiful Victoria Harbour with another side of Hong Kong skyline. This second hotel was also another part of Best Western property:

Best Western Harbour View Hotel

Address: 239 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong Island West, Hong Kong.

Nearest MTR: Sai Ying Pun Station (Exit A1)

My Rate: S$68.78 incl. GST & taxes. (Thurs) / S$76.56 incl. GST & taxes. (Fri)

Room rates are slightly higher during the weekends like friday and saturday night. As many mainland china people would cross over the borders to Hong Kong for holidays or a short getaways, therefore with the high room demand, price becomes slightly steeper. Thus, I would recommend you to travel to Hong Kong during the weekdays to avoid the crowd and higher weekends hotel room rates.

The room that I booked was a superior mountain view and the room had a twin bed instead of a double which was not what I have booked. I called down to the front desk and requested for a double and that they told me the superior room all came in twin and the only double bed available room was deluxe and I had to pay extra for the upgrade. This is very disappointing as I’ve booked the room from Hotels.com and yet they clearly state the option to pick from twin or double bed when the hotel does not even have a double bed for that room type. I felt I was cheated as I could have booked other hotels instead.

Anyway, the bed in the room was as hard as a rock and mattress are of cheap quality for it is so light and when you are sleeping on the bed, you could feel the springs against your body. It hurts…! Other than that, the room is kept very clean by the lovely room attendants who are super friendly as well.

In general, I wouldn’t really recommend anyone to stay in this Best Western property because of it’s low comfort rating and the small room size (the room is smaller than the one in Causeway Bay) unless you are someone seeking for hotels nearest to MTR stations exit.

For your information, there is going to be a new Best Western Hotel opening soon in the same area as the Harbour View one, (if you look carefully in my last part of the video, you’ll see a new Best Western Hotel over where I filmed my Hong Kong sunset) so maybe you should try and book a room there instead of this.

Also, I know you might be wondering why did I pick both my hotels under Best Western property over the countless hotels and guesthouse in Hong Kong? Put it simply, I studied about hotels brands and chains over a few years ago during my tourism course module and Best Western is one of the popular and well-known four star hotel brand as the price was pretty acceptable and within my budget of S$75/night. I think I would consider myself to be budget traveler and although I know that the infamous Chungking Mansion in Hong Kong is popular to tourists for its cheap accommodations,  I was tempted to reserve a room in Chungking Mansion however, because of its bad reviews about the surrounding and room quality, I gave up on the thought and chose to stay in a hotel instead so as to reward myself since it’s was a birthday holiday! Haha 😀

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3 thoughts on “Where I stayed in: Hong Kong

  1. glad to know that you are still alive! I was beginning to think that those HK pirates had captured you and were holding you prisoner! hehe (I just finished reading a book about hong kong pirates Arthur ransome). I’m sitting at a public computer right now,having a late…i’ll read the post later…but gee! $60s for a hotel in causway bay!!!that’s so so cheap!! lucky girl. no pirates though,eh? 😉

    • haha i’m alive. My hk uncle gave me an introductory tour of hong kong on my first night and accompanied me to shenzhen on the second so it’s pretty much safe.
      Yeah, it’s very cheap for a hotel in causeway bay, everyone was shocked that i could get a decent hotel for like less than 100 in hk haha.

      • ah ha! so that’s it…your uncle must be in the triads. that’s why the pirates didn’t get you. How else could such a pretty girl avoid being kidnapped into white slavery? (said he, enveloped in an air or conspiracy and mystery).Acually, the book i was reading is called “Missy Lee” and was in part based on a real life 19th century queen of pirates who practically ruled the south china coast in those days. If your still wondering about a career choice consider piracy. btw, your “Canadian “uncle” would like to show you around Victoria one of these days,too. It’s not as exciting as HK but probably prettier.
        I really liked the atmosphere of hk, so modern and yet so much of the feeling of the colonial period still in evidence in so many places. That seems to have been pretty much washed out of sparkling clean singapore.

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