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TravelPod Member ReviewsBishop Lei International House Hong Kong
We had booked a suite with a view over the harbor and was spectacular.
The hotel is on a very good location in Central, two minutes walking from the escalator (shelly street) so its very easy to go down to soho and LKF or even further. Besides busses and taxis stop in front of the hotel.
Breakfast is pretty good, dinner is not, so i would recommend you to go out for dinner (in soho for example).
Service is good as well. Free WIFi in the room!
Price value is definitely good, so we were satisfied with our choice to stay here.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Bishop Lei International House Hong Kong
Lovely hotel, amazing views
Stayed for 3 nights in december. paid extra for harbour view suite. we were on 20th floor with the most amazing view over hk island. room clean, staff friendly. a few mins walk from escalators, great location. plenty of places to eat very close so didn't use hotel for food at all. would recommend hotel to anyone.
Great spot to stay
Great location and really cheap by HK standards.
We stayed 12 nights in a twin room. Very small, but comfortable and cleaned twice a day.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
The bars and restaurants are minutes away in the evenings, the parks and the peak tram a short walk away in the day.
If you go to HK, get an Octopus card at the airport.Its a prepayment credit card that can be used on buses, trams,the metro etc.
Not posh, but good value...
My company installed me in this hotel for a 3+ week stay. I was in one of the "suite" rooms, which I would rate as essential for more than a few nights' visit. (Standard rooms are TINY, even by European standards.) The suite was indeed two separate rooms. Furnishings were 3-star hotel quality. Inside of the room was clean, although corridors need refurbishment.
There are 2 suite styles (I viewed a colleague's room): Corner rooms have wrap-around windows in the bed area, so even though you have to walk around the bed corner sideways (literally) it doesn't seem so claustrophobic. Lounge has a 2-seat sofa, small table and 2 chairs. There is closet space for only 4 hangers though. Non-corner suites are also 2 rooms, but the bedroom is larger, there is a proper closet, and a futon-type sofabed in the lounge area.
Mattresses are comfortable, but I found the pillows horrible - hard and flat. Water pressure is good, but bring your own toiletries/soap as what's on offer is poor. Towels are average hotel stock. No robes offered. Rooms do have a small kettle and fridge.
You must put your room key in the lock just inside the door and turn it "on" to get power to the room. Even then, lights will come on but you must turn the air conditioner unit(s) on manually. (Front desk staff don't advise new guests of this...)
Front desk staff are generally comfortable in English, but housekeeping are mostly not.
There is a free shuttle van service to Central morning and evening, if you don't want to take the escalator. There are lots of restaurant options a few stops down the escalators, along with a 7-11 convenience market along one of the stops. (Figure about an 8-10 min. walk to dinner.) Note that the escalators stop at midnight, so you might be in for a serious walk UP the stairs if you have a late dinner/drinks! (In this case a taxi may be advisable if you are not OK with climbing 8-10 floors' worth of stairs.)
BOOKING NOTE: ALL rooms at this hotel have shower cubicles only. No bathtubs are available. Also, there is only 1 non-smoking floor in the hotel, which means only 4 NS suite rooms, so getting one is not guaranteed.
Great value and views
Booking a hotel for late August in Hong Kong gave me many options. This is not exactly a preferable time to visit the territory given the oppressive weather but being in the tourist off-season meant that there were many deals to take advantage of. The Bishop Lei is one of the hotels in Hong Kong that offers deeply discounted rates and a good opportunity to pay a lottle for a lot of hotel in Hong Kong.
The Bishop Lei is located above the action on Hong Kong Island in a neighbourhood called Midlevels. Midlevels is about 1/2 km up the road from the central business district, called Central. Initially, I was worried about the location of the hotel - it's not exactly smack dab in the middle of the downtown core. However I learned to appreciate this fact given how busy and frenetic Hong Kong can be. For the uninitiated it may be overwhelming and a hotel out of the fray could offer from breathing space. Note, I am not trying to say the hotel is unaccessable. Far from it. Many buses stop right outside the front door and whisk you down the mountainside in five minutes right to the business and entertainment core. Also, the central-midlevels escalator (a wonderful tourist experience) deposits you right at Mosque Road where the Bishop Lei is two minutes walk away. The escalator is exceptionally convenient because it transports you down in the morning and back up in the afternoon and at night - a huge relief in 90% humidity and 33 C degree heat!
I booked about seven months in advance of my stay and was rewarded with a substantially discounted rate. Since I was to be staying for seven nights, the hotel offered me a special weekly rate - what would have cost HK$1680 (about USD $215) end up costing HK$620 (about USD$80) per night. I was really surprised too by the quality of the room. I requested (and was rewarded with) a "Grand Harbour View Room" on a high floor with views of the harbour. Staying on the 23rd floor (the top floor), I had unobstructed views of the downtown skyscrapers, the HK zoo below the hotel, the mountains, and the harbour. At night between 8 and 830, the skyscrapers of downtown light up and put on a lightshow. On one night there were even synchronized fireworks. At the desk by my window I had a front row seat.
The room was smaller than the standard North American hotel room but had all the necessary amenities one would expect. Stocked minibar, 10 channel satillite tv (with CNN and MTV), reading light and computer port, key-lock safe in closet, and a shower. the bed was two twins pushed and sheeted together. I appreciated the extremely firm mattress (although I know some won't), fluffy soft comforter and sheets, and foam hypoallergenic pillows. They recommend against drinking the tap water in the room but with a kettle they provide in the room it really isn't that difficult to boil a liter of water and keep in by to brush your teeth with. There are bathroom amenities and lots of fresh big white towels. There is also twice daily maid service - a bonus I did not expect paying $80 a night!
The electricity in the room powers on when you insert your room key into a socket in the wall. Before arriving I read similar reviews about how inconvenient this is, especially when the room cannot cool itself while you're out. I can safely say that this wasn't a problem at all. The air conditioner (operated by a tv-like remote control) cools the room in about five minutes and I found myself frequently shutting it off because it got too cool for me. Really, this is not a problem. The room wasn't that hot when I walked in at the end of the day anyway - and in late August this is the hottest time of the year in HK.
The staff at the Bishop Lei (who all speak at least some English) were always courteous and treated me with a smile and a wave if they saw me in the lobby. Upon check-in I inquired about SIM cards for my cell phone and they resolved to find me the answer to my question and let me know. Checkout was quick and professional.
I did not dine in the in-house restaurant but with so many restaurants in neighbouring SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong (just five minutes away by escalator), it's really easy to hop on the escalator and go down into trendy SoHo for some amazing meals.
Stay at this hotel if you're after value and views. It's not that out of the way and you'll be glad you've stayed at a hotel that isn't deep in the dynamism of the city. In my opinion, the views were unparalleled for a hotel in this price range. Ask for a high floor - you won't be disappointed. When returning to Hong Kong I will unquestionably stay in the Bishop Lei again. Not only were my nightly rates reduced because it was the offseason and the hotel is competitive with its rates, but staying for seven nights they gave me weekly nights rates at a fraction of the going tariff.
Of course my review can't be entirely effusive and laudatory: some drawbacks to the Bishop Lei include the impossibly slow elevators, the drippy ceilings in the halls, and the fact the windows don't open to let in fresh air. I also had problems with the key that opened the in-room safe. One night at 1:30 in the morning I awoke to the sounds of an elevator door opening and closing, and since my room was right outside the elevator lobby I could hear every clank and swish as the elevator tried to move. It appeared that the "down" button kept calling the elevator to my floor and it was unable to leave. I called the front desk and within five minutes I could hear an engineer fixing the problem.
Aside from these minor problems, everything at the Bishop Lei operated pretty smoothly for my stay. I was really surprised by my stay here and it's a real treat to get a mid-high level business hotel experience for what you would pay for something of significantly lesser quality.
Exellent prices for a great hotel!
I have just spent 10 days at the Bishop Lei in Hong Kong and would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone. The prices are very cheap compared to Hong Kong standards (£20 each a night.) The pool, gym, friendly staff and cleanliness of the rooms are excellent!! Whilst it is slightly out of the way of Downtown Hong Kong, there is an elevator which can bring you up to the hotel and taxis are so so cheap and plentiful! Furthermore, being set back slightly from the city gives you a great view of the skyline from your bedroom!!! Exellent choice for someone who wants to save their cash for the shops or travelling!!! Fantastic!!
Terrible / No hot water! / Stongly advise to avoid.
A one star hotel at best. Terrible service. Miserable facilities. No hot water for morning showers. Only one bar of soap. Only one roll of toilet paper. Only one box of tissue. Dim lighting. Need to operate the toilet handle several times to activate the flush. Only 10 TV channels. Shabby walls and carpets. Other HK hotels are much better. Even Mainland hotels are better. It's a mystery they are still open for business. Strongly advise against staying here.
I was there end of October beginning of November for 13 days. What a disappointment this run down Hotel was. A/C not working.....SHOWER cold water.....BED LINEN was not changed the whole time just rearranged... Next time will pick a 4* Hotel.
My uncle went to HK on a business trip and I decided to tag along with him. The company put us up in Bishop Lei International for 4 days.
The room was horrendously small. The room size was just enough to put 2 single beds side by side with a small aisle. It hardly had space to walk hence the tv had to be suspended from the ceiling. Being on the 5th floor, our window opened up to another apartment's view. It's easy to peek into their apartments.
With the hotel being located in the Mid-Levels, we had to use 13 flights of escalators up to the hotel or down to the business areas. Some flights might be really short, thus the horizontal distance covered is short but vertical distance is far. Since the escalators are one directional, it runs down from mid level til 6-10am and up from 10am onwards. I will not advise any hardcore shoppers to stay there. I had a tough time walking back to the hotel after a day of conquering Causeway bay, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok.
I guess the saving grace is also the hotel's location. Being 5 mins away from Lan Kwai Fong is beneficial when you want to hop by for a drink before bed or simply wish to hang out without travelling far. Also, for nature lovers, you can take the tram up to the peak and walk down the Old Peak Road, ending very near the hotel. Lastly, being in the mid levels will spare you the noise and pollution that swarms Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei areas.
Good Value for HK Island
I lived in HK for 6 months and I would advise anyone who was visiting on a budget to stay here. In my view, this hotel is the best value for money if you're wanting to stay on Hong Kong Island rather than in Kowloon - you won't find a room with a more impressive view of the HK skyline! The rooms are clean and well-maintained and the reception staff are efficient and polite. If you're after glitz and glamour, then you should go to one of the exorbitantly priced chain hotels like the Shangri-la or the Ritz Carlton. But my advice would be to stay here (although ask for a suite rather than the single room, as these can be a bit cramped) and spend the money you've saved on the incredible shopping instead!
My wife and I just returned from a nine-day stay at the Bishop Lei Hotel in Hong Kong. The hotel is located above Central on Hong Kong island. The Mid-level escalator is a five minute walk from the hotel. Numerous buses stop right in front of the hotel.
We opted for this property because it sounded reasonably priced for what it offered. We chose the Duplex Suite I room on the very top (23rd) floor. Good or bad, I negotiated a $1,280HK rate per night, which included daily buffet breakfast for two. The room had a commanding view of Central and parts of Tsim Tsa Tsui. I say parts, because many taller buildings block what would otherwise be a FULL harbor view.
The duplex suite has a downstairs sitting room with bathroom, sofa, arm chair television, small refrigerator and small circular table with two chairs. Upstairs there is a very large bedroom, king-size bed, fully tiled bathroom, sitting area with internet connection (extra $35HK per 30 minutes or $100HK per 24 hour period), and enclosed balcony with chairs and table with a view of Central below. It was a comfortable situation for a stay of over a week.
While the suite was comfortable, we encountered problems with the air-conditioning on the lower floor on several occasions. At one point, they came in while we were out and replaced the entire unit to no avail. Only the fan worked for the last three days of our stay. Fortunately, three other air-conditioners kept the bedroom and enclosed balcony very cool upstairs.
The small refrigerator only contains enough room for the overpriced mini-bar beverages (nearly $4 US for a bottle of water). We chose to use one of the many convenience stores to purchase our drinks. There are several within five minutes of the hotel. One consumes a lot of water when the average temperature hovers around 90 degrees and the humidity around 80%.
The broadband internet connection works fairly well and is very simple to operate. The internet provider's website came right up when I plugged the cable into my laptop. On departure, the front desk allowed me to use the internet connection in their business office to check my e-mail and airline reservations at no charge.
Before booking this room, I was advised all rooms were smoking rooms, but the staff did a great job to make sure the room did not smell of cigarette smoke. When entering the room, you need to inset your key in a lock inside the room to activate the power, which runs the lights, TV, and air-conditioning. When you leave the room, and pull the key out of the lock, the power to the room shuts down within thirty seconds. This means the air-conditioning also shuts down. Upon return, the room is quite hot and the air-conditioning takes a while to cool the room. A second key would solve the problem, but the hotel would not issue one.
Taking a shower is a bit of trick if you want a constant water temperature. Before hopping into the shower, one needs to turn on the hot water tap in the sink (about half way). If you do this, you will prevent the delivery system from scalding or freezing you out of the shower.
Outside the room, the hallway had a distinct smell or mold and mildew, which I believe can be attributed to condensation leaking off air-conditioning systems to cool the hallway.
The hotel has a small restaurant on the first floor. Since a buffet breakfast was included in our rate, we did not order off the menu. The buffet is somewhat limited compared to many other spreads we've experienced. It did not deviate from day-to-day and included such things as, chicken or pork(?) hot dogs, bacon, fried potatoes, broiled tomatoes, fried rice, pasta with a mystery white sauce, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, various dried cereals, yogurt, juices, eggs cooked to order, sliced melons, breads, pastry rolls, coffee and tea. The hotel charges a modest $88 HK per person for this meal. The restaurant has background music that must be running on a three minute loop. After a few days, it became very boring to hear the same tune over and over and over.
The pool is located on the same floor as the restaurant. I believe it was open from 8 am to 10 pm. It was clean and refreshing. People from the surrounding high rise apartments have a direct view of the pool, so there is no privacy.
The young concierge, Alan, was a great help and more than willing to help us out with directions and bus schedules. The front desk staff, while efficient, really didn't go out of their way to help us out. On the day we left, we were waiting for the hotel shuttle to Central and were told to wait in the lobby area. The shuttle apparently came and left without us, even though we were advised that we would be alerted when it arrived. Alan quickly stepped in and flagged down a taxi, which the hotel paid for.
The Bishop Lei is a tired property and one that requires a multi-million dollar renovation to the façade, restaurant, lobby, hallways, and rooms. I have a hard time giving this property three stars, except on price or value. Vacations aren't always about saving money, so we will opt for a four or five star hotel on our next visit.
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