The Salisbury-YMCA of Hong Kong
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Salisbury-YMCA of Hong Kong
Good service offered by friendly and polite staff. Great location for exploring both Kowloon and Hong Kong island. Not the cheapest of hotels but good value.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Salisbury-YMCA of Hong Kong
Wonderful for Families
We stayed at the YMCA for over 2 weeks. We paid very reasonable price for a family suite, which was great with two small boys. The room had a partial view of the harbor and therefore, the kids could view of the fireworks during Chinese New Year in the comfort of our suite. Hotel also has a children's library and a playground, which was great for the kids. Staff were very friendly towards the kids even though sometimes they made a mass (accidents, spills, etc) in the restaurants. Also very convenient for the location (close to MRT, bus, ferry), and close to the Ocean Terminal.
Overall Great value for the location and great for families with small kids!
Pluses and minuses
We were happy with YMCA Salisbury, but we had never been to HK before. We thought it was quite expensive (HKD 900 - February special - plus 10% service charge, plus breakfast charge) but thought it was worth it for an introductory visit to HK. Unfortunately for us, there was fog every day of our late Feb 05 stay and we didn't see the Peak from our modestly-sized harbour view room. We only just saw the top of HK's tallest building.
YMCA pluses ... efficient staff and everything worked like clockwork, room was clean and well-serviced, very good breakfast (although it should be for the price), terrific Kowloon location near Star Ferry and shops, view across to HK island (although I agree about the awful Cultural Centre - was the government architect blindfolded and drunk?), lovely big firm bed.
YMCA minuses ... poor bathroom ventilation, room was standard hotel fare and a bit worn, some noise from neighbouring rooms, front desk staff a tad surly (we asked for late check-out and they said 1pm at the latest but when we booked the airport shuttle they were magically able to extend it to 2pm).
May I also say that anybody who's prepared to QUEUE for the "exclusive" Peninsula Hotel (next door) afternoon tea needs to get out more. It didn't look too flash to us. There are lots of other more interesting things to do with your time, and other salubrious hotels for refreshments.
Not just another corporate stay
Just returned from 4 days at The Salisbury and wish we could have stayed longer. Hong Kong kept us going day and night so we never even had time to find the pool, but did appreciate the spaciousness of the room. I even enjoyed the view of laundry drying on the apartment across the way, juxtaposed as it was with the big Cartier sign on the street nearby. (How many Cartier stores can one city hold?)
If you want glamor, this is not the place for you. It isn't romantic or created to impress. What you will find are down-to-earth people who talk to you in the elevators, and lots of enthusiastic, polite young people.
The Salisbury adds a 10% service tax onto the bill. This pays the staff and helps train them so they can move up in the service industry. I like this arrangement better than handing out tips.
We considered this hotel to be excellent in terms of value for money and location. We paid the little bit extra for two harbour view rooms and it was well worth it. The two rooms themselves were quite adequate, nothing particularly flash but the view over the harbour at night time was stunning. The exact same view from The Peninsula Hotel next door was well beyond our budget. The staff were helpful and courteous and the hotel had all the amenities we needed. The use of a washing machine/dryer on one of the floors was an added bonus.
Location on the Kowloon side was excellent, very close to Nathan Street and a subway stop if you wanted it. It was only a couple of minutes of walk to the promenade by the harbour and Star Ferry Terminal was only 5 mins walk to get you across to Hong Kong Island side.
Great place to stay. Top view, just buy the shopping mall and Star Ferry terminal. It will cost you a fraction of the price of other hotels offering the same facilities. Rooms as clean as any I've ever experienced, friendly staff, all the comforts I'm used to in a 3-4* hotel. Book a harbour view room on one of the upper floors.
Ratty, Banged-up, and No Longer the Value It Once Was
Ok Folks-for all of you who think this hotel is the be all and end all of great travel bargains-think again! I returned from my stay at the Salisbury over New Year's-Never Again! The rates went up on Jan. 1st-to a whopping $149 plus 10 per cent service charge-for a harbour view-and believe me, you will not spend all that much time looking out at the view that is partially blocked by the HK Cultural Center-
What do you get with this view? A small, dinky room with HORRIBLE carpet, both in the room and the corridors, no pictures on the institutional beige walls, and a cheap wall mirror! That's it! To be fair, the tiny bathroom (I couldn't turn around in it, or barely close the door) was sparkling clean, and the sheets were changed on my king bed most days but the banged up baseboards, and the dirt in the corners, was too much for me, you can stay 5 min. away up Nathan Rd. at the quite nice Holiday Inn Golden Mile and have a far better room right in the thick of things-you can also have your harbour view by taking the Star Ferry back and forth for a couple of HK dollars with your Octopus card- you don't need to pay the prices for the harbour view UNLESS you want to pay for a really good hotel room (and I DON'T mean the overrated Peninsula) but the IC (fantastic for drinks and its harbourside location) the Sheraton (Sky Bar is fantastic-right there on the waterfront) or the Hung Hom Harbour Plaza Hotel-a tiny bit out of the way, but 5 star harbour views and amenities-a great place to stay!
After I had gotten in from my 23 hour flight at midnight, the unsmiling Salisbury staff member told me instantly that the rates were going up Jan. 1, and that I had to pay some US30 extra for the privilege of staying there! Nice welcome, huh? I told them I'd take this up with them when I had some rest, and I lashed into them when I did. I assured them that I was NOT going to pay the increased rate, that I reserved at the rate of US116 with asia-hotels.com, and if they had a problem with that, they need to take it up with them, not with me! They relented, but that left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth-the staff are not friendly or particularly helpful-No thanks- you can do better, a LOT better in Hong Kong in terms of rooms and amenities now that the rates have increased!
Great View, Great Room & Great Deal
Staid 4 nights at the Salisbury YMCA in Sept. 2004. I had reserved a harbor view regular room. Upon check in there were none available so they upgraded me to a harbor view suite without charging me extra!! The room is modern, spacious & clean. The view from my room was partially blocked by the HK Cultural Center, but still the view was impressive. The Salisbury Y has got to be the best deal in HK! The Peninsular is right next door & can you imagine their price for the same room & view!
Don't miss the nightly laser light show on HK Island. The combination of the high rise neon lighting & lasers are unique. The best place to view the show is down along the Promenade, which is within easy walking distance of the Salisbury Y.
Hong Kong's little Gem, location, location!
What a little "Gem" is the Sailsbury, don't be put off by the YMCA tag, it's as good a three star hotel as any other in Kowloon, and what a location right on the harbour front, just two minutes from the Star Ferries, and the MRT, and two blocks from Kowloon Park, which is a must see when in HK.
You can walk to the Temple Street and Jade Markets or one stop on the MRT, get yourself an "Octopus Card" these are so good for getting around HK, we went everywhere using these and in 5 days we still had $20HK left for refund, simply brilliant.
We had a Harbour View Room on the 15th floor and the view was simply stunning, we were able to watch the Lazar Light Show from the comfort of out lounge chairs, what a bonus.
The rooms are big for HK, very clean and comfortable, both the restaurants are very good and reasonably priced for Hotels.
Best of all is the cost of staying at the Sailsbury, it's about one fifth of the price for the same Harbour View Room at the five star hotel next door, we can highly recommend this little gem.
My family was very happy with the Salisbury. It has the quality of a more expensive hotel, at a bargain price. We paid approximately USD70 for a twin room with an extra bed for a child. In the US, you can't even get a Hampton Inn for that price, and the Salisbury is much nicer than the Hampton Inn!
The hotel is easy to reach from the airport. The Airport Express shuttle stops at the Kowloon Hotel, which is just across the street. The lobby of the Salisbury is spacious and bustling with activity. The rooms are modern, with sleek blond wood. Even with the extra bed, there was still enough space to get around the room. The bathroom has marble accents and is stocked with an assortment of toiletries. Our room had an electric kettle and an assortment of teas and instant coffee, sugar, creamer, etc. The TV had a number of channels in different languages. The only negative point was that the carpet has some stains in the closet, but that was easy to overlook.
The staff, both at the desk and those who delivered the extra bed, were friendly and efficient. We didn't eat at the restaurants, so I can't comment on the food, but there was a nice basket of fruit in our room when we checked in.
I made my reservation with precisionreservations.com. The only downside to using a website based in Asia is that when you email them, you don't get a response until the middle of the night, due to the time difference.
I would definitely stay at the Salisbury again and will recommend it to family and friends going to HK.
Hong Kong's best kept secret
This was a special trip to Hong Kong to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary, but you can forget your swanky hotels at fancy prices, including the Peninsula which is right next door to the Salisbury.
There cannot be a better location in Kowloon, always book a harbour view room and you will not want to go to bed! The view is absolutely stunning, with the added bonus of a laser/light show every night between 8.00 and 8.30.
The rooms are more than adequate with marble accented bathroom, power shower and more toiletries than you can possibly use.
The staff are extremely helpful, all in all an unforgetable experience.
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