Wednesday, February 06, 2013

My Stay in Hong Kong

Taking the morning at 6am ish flight, we wanna buy ourselves one more day in Hong Kong. Luckily there is a premium lounge for me to have some short rest, or else I really gonna turn into zombie mode on the first day of my Hong Kong trip! The flight took about 4 hours so we arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport at around 10am. After passing the custom check and claimed our baggage, we bought the Airport Express ticket and Octopus card. 

We bought Octopus Card (八达通) cause we know we're not the kind of traveller who loves to rush from one place to another and we don't want our itinerary to be too packed. If you're travelling a lot, you could buy the Airport Express Travel Pass with the Airport Express and enjoy 3 consecutive days of unlimited travel (220HKD or 300HKD). 

The total amount we spent on travelling around the city with Octopus card is about 120HKD/ pax. First day we bought the Octopus card at the rate of 150HKD with only 100HKD credit, then we topped up 50HKD on the 4th day. ( 50HKD is refundable within 3 months )

While for the Airport Express, the rate is cheaper if you're travelling in group. For single journey:

Airport - Hong Kong :  100 HKD
Airport - Kowloon    :  90 HKD
Airport - Tsing Yi      :  60 HKD

Group of 2:
Airport - Hong Kong :  160 HKD
Airport - Kowloon    :  140 HKD
Airport - Tsing Yi      :  90 HKD

Group of 3:
Airport - Hong Kong :  210 HKD
Airport - Kowloon    :  190 HKD
Airport - Tsing Yi      :  125 HKD

Group of 4:
Airport - Hong Kong :  250 HKD
Airport - Kowloon    :  220 HKD
Airport - Tsing Yi      :  150 HKD

The frequency of Airport Express is quite high (around 5-15 mins a train if I'm not mistaken), and we arrived in Kowloon Station and hopped into hotel free shuttle bus at around 1140am (as we planned :p). Our choice of hotel to crash on - Silka West Kowloon Hotel , a 3-star hotel at Tai Kok Tsui.

Without further ado, let's check out our room! 

Standard room with 2 Single Beds. 

 The wardrobe and safety box. Why the wardrobe SO SMALL????????

We requested to change to double bed room on the 3rd day as we really needed more spaces. As we imagined, the double bed room (king-size bed of course), has a little more spaces and I can have bigger wardrobe (others are the same that's why I didn't take photo). The bed wasn't too soft, it's consider a little bit hard but still okay for me (not as hard as a stone, just not that heavenly-comfy-soft).

The bathroom is REALLY SMALL, see the pictures below and you'll know....

Complete set of toiletries and a hair dryer is provided.

See.....small or not?

Basically you can barely move when you shower, really not recommend for a plus size traveller.

 TV, mini bar, and WIFI available in room =)

You might ask me, why this hotel so small you still wanna stay? Well, almost ALL THE HOTELS IN HONG KONG ARE SMALL!! Unless you're willing to pay for suite rooms, which we don't think they worth the value of money. This is my choice after I've read so many reviews and booked it in at around 220MYR per night (w/o breakfast). 

- Free shuttle bus ( you may check the schedule on their website) 
- Very punctual of the shuttle bus (better get ready in the bus 5-10 mins before departure time)
- Walkable distance to Olympic MTR station (around 10 - 15 mins of walk )
- Near to public bus stop (around 5 mins of walk)
- Near to convenient stores (closest is 7-11, around 5 mins walk)
- Clean
- Free WIFI in room
- Newspaper at your doorstep every morning
- Helpful and friendly staff with good command of English
- Impressive service upon request (they'll send the stuff you requested from front desk via phone in less than 5  mins to your room)

- Room and bathroom is too small (only 11.15 sq.m)
- Sound proof is not so good  (you can hear if there's ppl talking outside your room)
- A little far from MTR station
- Dangerous (as the road is getting dark after 9pm when you walk back from Olympic MTR station)
- No nice view from the room
- Only have 3 pick up points but 5 drop off points for free shuttle bus! 

Silka West Kowloon Hotel
46-48 Anchor Street, 
Tai Kok Tsui, 
Hong Kong.

Alright, if you're a more budget traveller than me, you've a better choice - 宾馆. We went to this place because the boyfie helped his colleague to book the room for this coming March. We had a hard time in finding this though, but finally we saw it, I mean, ME! hehehe...I have sharp eyes :p

 This is the one, Wing Wah Building

 I was shocked when I saw this, SO MANY HOTELS in this small building????

 There were guards too, but nobody border us when we walked in so...??

How many hotels in 1 floor? *bluring...*

Alright this is it! Taking this pic to show you how it looks from the outside (sorry not dare to take picture inside cause the lazy boss was just sitting at the front desk =.=)

His colleague wanted this particular motel, Mong Kok Hotel. Don't know they name it hotel I rather name it motel. 

His colleague actually did some research and there are some good reviews posted online, or some kind of forum I think. I went inside and had a peek of the room with 2 single beds. It's a lot smaller! 

Pardon my drawing, I'm not a good painter. Just wanna show you how the room roughly looks like.

The room is really a long room, rectangular I mean, with air-cond. But it's really small, I don't know how the bathroom looks like as I just saw the door of the bathroom. Suggest you take the double bed room, at least it'll be squarer right???? The rate of hotel is about 350-400 HKD per night. If not mistaken, the 2 single beds is 350HKD/night and the double bed room is 400 HKD/night. You just have to pay 1 day deposit, depending on which room you wanna stay, and the lady boss will give you a receipt. The floor is clean though from what I see, and it's located in Sai Yeung Choi Street which is like located in the market. Find 荷里活购物商场 and 周生生 , it's around there. 

Mong Kok Hotel
3/F, Wing Wah Buidling, 
Sai Yeung Choi Street,
Mongkok, Kowloon. 

Phone : 2385 1962 / 2782 1283
Fax : 2782 1918


Wilson Ng said...

We should go there together?

Love Hong Kong


Henry Tan said...

well i guess it's like that.. u get how much u pay for it. haha plus.. personally.. hotel doesn't matter much to me.. just a place to get a rest. =p

Emma said...

@Wilson, duh, i thought u got better companion

@Henry, yes, depends on ppl's need. At least I need a clean and standard one, hehee :)

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