I’ve read a lot of positive reviews of this hotel and since the rate was cheaper than most hotels in the city, I decided to book this one thru Agoda. I got it for US$244 for two-night stay which was the average one night stay of hotels in the city center.
How to get there: As the MTR station (Twuen Wan or Tai Wo Hau) is a 5 minute walk from the hotel, it would be better to take the hotel airport transfer (Counter A16/B16 a the airport) as it would drop you off right in front of the hotel. Cost is HK$120. Another option is to take the Airport Express and go down at Tsing Yi Station (HK$60) and take a taxi from the station (HK $40-50). The third alternative is to take the Airport Express all the way to Hong Kong station (HK$100) and walk thru Central Station to take the Tsuen Wan line. Third option would entail LOTS of walking so I wouldn’t recommend it because you will be too tired to do anything else afterward.
The hotel is on the 3rd floor of a mall (Panda Place). If you took the MTR to go there (Tsuen Wan Exit B), a foot bridge connects you to the station. You would be walking thru 5 buildings/store corridors to get thru the station. You won’t miss the hotel as there is a large Panda drawing in the building.
When you arrive at the 3rd floor, your first impression would be that its chaotic with all the mainland Chinese people in the lobby. Its as if you have arrived on a convention. However, these people are basically just waiting for their tour buses so if you observe the front desk, you will see that its quite free from customers. The receptionists can speak English but in a typical Hong Kong way, they sound rude. Be patient as you explain yourself. The receptionist (Candy) told me that since I booked thru another website and not their site, they were not able to reserve a non-smoking room for me (tip: I guess you have to book thru their website). A room was available but on a smoking floor. They said they would do something to make the “smell” go away. Since I arrived there around 10am, they told me that room would be available by 12:00nn. I decided to leave my bags at the Concierge.
The hotel room was definitely bigger than the hotel rooms I’ve stayed in at the city (budget hotel and not the high end ones). I got a twin room and its quite spacious. It even has a two-seater sofa. You can definitely do your yoga stretches there and not worry about hitting your knees in bed. The bathroom was the same. It was bigger than average compared to HK city hotel although it’s the normal size if you go to other country.
The hotel is on the residential area so you will see a lot of family people walking by. It gives you a safe feeling, walking around the neighborhood. Although there are a lot of stores around it, its mostly local stores that sells local brands. There’s a KFC and an Italian pizza place downstairs. A Mcdonald’s is in the mall that you have to go thru to get to the MTR. All the rest are local eating place. A restaurant beside the hotel (Sunshine) seems to attract a lot of people so I assume that the food there were great. There’s a Park and Shop ,Wellcome grocery store and a 7-11 nearby so you can buy fruits, drinks and whatever food you normally find in a supermarket. You can buy your instant noodles there if you want to save money. A plug-in boiling kettle is available in your room.
For budget conscious travelers, this is a long way from the Hongkong party scene and all the tourist sites that a tourist would normally visit. If you are going to stay in this hotel, please note that you have to do a lot of walking from the MTR station. It might not be much BUT after a whole-day of walking around the city, you will definitely wish you stayed in a more convenient city hotel. However, if you have all the energy to do a lot of walking, then by all means, choose this hotel. This hotel seems to cater to mainland Chinese tourist as I only saw about a dozen of other nationals in the hotel. The rest were clearly Chinese tourists and they came by bus loads.
Get rooms from 20th floor or UP as these are on the Executive side. Separate elevators too.
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