Since I live with 2 roommates in a tiny closet apartment – and since it was my birthday – we decided to get a hotel room this time. He was only in town for 2 nights, so a hotel wasn’t going to break the bank. There are about a million hotels in Hong Kong and we might try out a new one each time he comes over. People are always asking me about hotels in Hong Kong, but since I live here I never really go to any of them. Maybe now I’ll have better recommendations.
This time we stayed at the Kowloon Hotel at Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s a reasonably priced business hotel across the street from the Peninsula – which is far more expensive. This is a great location in the southern tip of Kowloon within easy walking distance to the Harbour, Promenade and a bunch of tourist stuff. There’s shopping and plenty of tourist restaurants all over the place.
We don’t care about any of that. We picked it because it’s cheap enough and was available at the last minute. It also has 2 MTR entrances right outside the front lobby door – exits L3 & L4. You can walk from the hotel to the MTR without getting wet.
The hotel itself is nothing special. It’s old & drab, but they’ve updated most of the rooms with new TVs and bathrooms. The rooms are small, but so are most hotel rooms in Hong Kong – unless you’re willing to pay a lot more. The staff’s English is hit & miss and they seemed pretty bored to be there when we checked in. Maybe it’s not the most exciting job in the world, but you should never let your guests know that.
There are lots of shiny gold decorations in the lobby that Chinese people love. We never looked at the restaurant, so I can’t say anything about that – except that if you’re in Hong Kong there’s no reason to eat in your hotel. The city is full of food 24H.