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Hong Kong must be the easiest place to navigate by public transport. With the advice of the tourist information lady we found our way to the hotel and booked in.
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I fly home tomorrow afternoon, and will be back in the UK at 20:30 if all goes to plan. I have had an amazing time, and I hope you have all enjoyed reading about my adventure in China!
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So I will be brief, I'm on my phone but will do a longer update later on today/tomorrow morning when I have my laptop. I made it to Hong Kong, and to my hotel! It is a very nice hotel too. I have a view across the bay, and a very comfy bed. Unfortunately the hotel charges an extortionate amount for wifi, so I will have to keep coming to Starbucks …
My holiday begins! Yippee.... So I arrive at Hong Kong airport and meet up with both bezzie mates, Shilpa and Hamira. It was so weird meeting them after such a long time, but so cool! We made our way to the lovely 4* hotel on Hong Kong Island and basically after we had a lovely locally made Chinese meal - I crashed out! I was so tired after …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHarbour Plaza North Point Hong Kong
This hotel is conveniantly located right next to the subway. I prefer a hotel on Nathan road because but this is an exellent alternative. Spacious clean rooms, huge breakfast buffet and for early check out, you can order a breakfast box.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Harbour Plaza North Point Hong Kong
More square metres for your money
I was truly surprised to read some of the less favourable reviews here of this hotel. Our 16-night experience was all good and we would not hesitate to recommend the place to anyone. From my research, the rooms (36sqm) are very spacious compared with more "central" accommodation in Hong Kong.
We were given a "family suite" for two adults and one child; later, we matched it to the 72sqm Junior Suite described on the hotel's website. It was interconnecting rooms - one with a sofabed, dining table and chairs and a kitchenette; the other with two king singles, a desk and armchair, and wardrobe space. All very clean and oh-so comfortable. The two TVs came in very handy (with a seven-year-old addicted to cartoons) and the two bathrooms were a bonus for quick showering after all the swimming we did in the lovely hotel pool. The pool was very well maintained - the staff did regular checks on the chlorine levels and the area was immaculate. A few times we were ushered out when the pool was closed due to an approaching storm.
We had no problems with getting toiletries etc restocked and I, a self-confessed hygiene freak, could not fault the cleanliness of the premises. Our suite was on a non-smoking floor (17th) and we had a view of the harbour and the pool. The hotel has a broadband internet service but if you have a wireless set-up on your laptop and you're lucky, you might find a free connection accessible from your room. Oh, an extra bonus was that the electronic room safe was unusually big - large enough to accommodate a 15-inch laptop computer. The room also had an iron, ironing board and hair-dryer (in the desk drawer). The air-con was very user-friendly and responsive.
The Wellcome supermarket across the road is open from 7am to midnight and is very well priced. Cafe de Coral, also across the road, is a very cheap and generous alternative to the pricier hotel restaurant, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Great BBQ meat-rice takeaways. And McDonalds is only a couple of blocks away for a late-night fudge sundae. Another bonus was the full-size fridge in our hotel room which we kept well stocked with cold water, mangosteens and beer!
"Exit C" of the Quarry Bay MTR station is only a two-minute walk and you can also catch trams from Kings Road on the hotel's doorstep - we used one to get to the fab Causeway Bay shopping district once or twice. We used the First Ferry from North Point to Kowloon once but after that we used only the MTR-Star Ferry combo to get to Kowloon. Some travellers would find that North Point is too far from where the action is but we had absolutely no problem with the location - Quarry Bay to Central by train was only 10 minutes.
The coin-operated laundry in the hotel's basement is good but relatively expensive; a load of washing costs $25HK (which includes detergent/softener) and an eight-minute dryer cycle is $5 HK. The washers seemed to be out of order quite often and the machines were in demand but at a pinch I'm sure you could get your washing done efficiently at a nearby Chinese laundry.
To anyone reading this who is going to Hong Kong soon - I am extremely envious and I hope my humble opinion has been helpful. All the best!
Dirty sheets and poor service
Stayed one night at the hotel. Arrived on a late flight from the airport and got to the hotel at 12:30 AM. The floor we were on smelled. Air cond. was poor. I looked at my pillow and there were spots of something on it and under the pillow was hair and some other spots.
Called the desk manager to change the sheets (which they did) and they did not even say sorry or seem really concerned. I'd never stay there again.
A pleasure to stay
Never having been to Hong Kong before we just took the hotel from our agent's brochure as being the sort of price and standard we would like. we were NOT disappointed. Everything and everyone was as we had hoped. The rooms were comfortable and well appointed and the location was perfect for the MTR network and away from the hubbub of Central areas. We agreed with the earlier comment about the cost of the buffet breakfast (and of a round of drinks in the bar!), nevertheless, we hope to return another year.
Could be better
According to travel agent North Point was best value for us (2 adults / 3 children). 2 rooms - clean - and reasonably well appointed. Great pool and gym area. It was good also to have a do-it-yourself laundry to avoid costly hotel charges.
Buffet breakfast at the restaurant was excellent.
Hotel is out of the way but access to MTR offsets this. Every now and then we would take a taxi and this was not expensive. For longer stays (in excess of a week) it might be more convenient to be closer into Central / Admiralty or somewhere on Nathan Rd as travel does become a bit of pain.
Standard of room service not good. Arrived at hotel to find only 3 beds made up. The supposed king size bed was in fact 2 doubles together - expressing my dis-satisfaction at 0100 in the morning resloved this quickly.
We had a small kitchen - but it took 4 requests to get a toaster. No cutlery was provided. Stayed in on one evening only to find out our room wasn't "fitted" for viewing in-house movies. No matter how hard I tried the cleaning service wouldn't provide new soap when required.
All in all it was okay but I will investigate other locations in future.
Noisy, airless rooms, poor customer service
This hotel was pretty awful if you ask me. Maybe we were just unlucky but we were woken up every morning by people banging on each other's doors. The sound proofing was dreadful - we could hear the guy in the room above us who for some reason had his TV blaring out a war film at full volume at 4am. I eventually got up at 6am and asked for them to move us to another room. We got shifted into a really rubbish room a little bit further up in the hotel. It was quieter, but had no internet facility. Plus, we went to use the gym downstairs in the basement and it smelt pretty bad down there. Old sweat and boiled rice. The sauna's were OK though and the pool did look nice. We didn't eat there at all so can't comment on the food. The location isn't great - sure, cabs into the city are cheap and the MTR is conveniently located. But I'd still recommend staying closer in to the city. Oh, and the so-called harbour view isn't worth it - we could just about make out a slice of it, through the buildings positioned in front of our hotel and our room was supposedly a deluxe double.
We have just got back from a 6 night stay in the harbour plaza north point following some good reviews on t/a. The hotel surpassed all the things that were reported ,we found all the staff were excellent and the bar has a very good from 6-8 and 10-12.We were a bit worried about the location of the hotel but found it was a big plus being a little way out from the centre and with such great transport links it was no problem getting from a to b. The only small minus point was the price of the buffet breakfast
in the hotel. Go across the road and use the cafe coral .
We hope to return next year and will be staying here again
Good Service...very convenient to MTR
Good customer service across the board. Decent value, helpful staff, and convenient MTR access make this place above average. We paid $162/nt inclusive of tax during the week of 10/17/05. Shop around on-line. Rates do vary significantly among the sites.
We booked 2 months ahead requesting a non-smoking room, away from the elevator with a king bed. We opted out of the harbor view since we knew we were going to be out and about during our 6 day/ 5 night stay. Our initial room didn't meet our requirements b/c they pushed 2 twin beds together to make the "king" bed. When we mentioned the situation to the bell hop he immediately picked up the phone and called the front desk. He assured us the establishment will provide accommodations to our satisfaction. Inside of 3 minutes, 2 people from house keeping came up. We were concerned all they were going to do was throw a pad and king sheet to remedy the problem. We were right. Since I spoke the local dialect and cordially pushed back, the housekeeping folks called down to explain the situation. We were immediately moved to another room. A bit of a hassle, but we found the 2nd room up to snuff. We didn't get a chance to eat downstairs at Greens or the heavily advertised buffet, but there were lines and loads of people (local and visitors) dining. Being coffee addicts, we frequented JavaMama's on the ground level. Because of the nearby office park, this hotel is heavily frequented by business travelers who like to hang out in the lobby bar. Take note, the place is not as well appointed as the online pix make it. However, the elements intially noted above push it to above avg. for a 3 Star in our books.
If you're mass transit savvy, the BEST PART about the hotel is the 1 min walk to the fantastic MTR system. We were initially concerned about the Quarry Bay location, since we're use to staying in or near Wan Chai, Tsim Tsai Tsui and Causeway Bay. We only had to take a cab 1x during our entire stay. Almost unheard of pre-MTR. Utilized MTR to visit HK Disney. From hotel to amusement park took ~40mins on MTR.
Will consider staying here again on our next visit thru HK.
Great View, Great Service
We booked a couple of rooms over the Internet without knowing exactly where North Point was. Thank goodness the hotel was just across from the MTR (subway), and it was very easy to get around Hong Kong. We had two rooms, both with harbor views. One room was on the 18th floor, and the second room was on the 33rd floor. We got upgraded to the higher floor after I complained that the first room we were given on the 26th floor was a smoking floor (we asked for non-smoking). The view of the harbor from the room is breathtaking. The hotel rooms look very high end, with their sleek bathroom and well-appointed furniture, even though they function as an efficiency with the mini-kitchen and dining area. A family of four won't feel crowded. The bedroom is separate with its own desk, TV and closet with safe. The living area has a pull-out bed and another TV. There's plenty of closet and drawer space. The service is courteous and everyone speeks English. We didn't have our meals at the hotel. But across the street towards the MTR, there's a very affordable cafe. We had breakfast there, and ham , eggs, toast and coffee, was only about $2 US. There's also a supermarket across the street should you decide to cook. We were very happy with our rooms, and will stay there again.
Great location, excellent service
Being my first time in Hong Kong I was a bit hesitant about this location. As the name implies, the hotel is situated in North Point, not exactly the main place to be in Hong Kong Island.
But the location is superb. The MTR (Hong Kong's subway system) is just across the street and will get you anywhere in no time at all and certainly no expense at all.
Hotel room is high quality. No bath, but a very spacious shower. Broadband Internet access will cost about $20 per day. Local calls within Hong Kong are charged for HKG 5 (around USD 0.50) per call, which is the normal rate in Hong Kong. My hotel room had a nice view over the harbour and Kowloon, although some office buildings blocked some view.
The outside hotel pool is located on the third floor, and has only a capacity of at most 4 people. But it is enough for getting your workout in the morning.
Breakfast is great, you can order special made food if you like.
There are two restaurants in the hotel, one is a Chinese restaurant and one is more French buffet style, every day with a different theme. You can also order a-la-carte, which I very much recommend.
The hotel staff is great. We could even order a-la-carte hours after the restaurant was closed, coming back from a long and exhausting business day. They were very friendly explaining 'the way things work' in Hong Kong, so during our stay (10 nights) we really got to know how Hong Kong people live, work and enjoy themselves. The hotel bar closes at 01:00, but they are more than happy to serve you a large beer at 00:59.
Consider using the hotel bus link when going back to the airport. For around USD 10,= they will take care of everything. Keep in mind that the hotel bus link may stop at various locations so plan enough time.
Nice hotel, great access, quieter location
Stayed for 6 nights in a Harbour View room. Great view over to Kowloon although slightly obstructed by the adjacent building. The suite had ample space including our own small kitchen area and a dining room, in fact it was more like a small appartment than a room! Staff were very attentive and offered great advise on sightseeing, food at the restaurant was excellent. The hotel is far enough away from the hustle of Causeway Bay for a quieter stay but with the North Point MTR station opposite the main entrance to the hotel you can be in Kowloon within 15 mins. I plan to go back to Hong Kong again this November and I will return to this hotel for sure.