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After clearing immigration and changing some currency we boarded to train to Hong Kong Island, the smooth silent journey made me realise how bad trains the UK are. After consulting the map we set off for Des Vouxes road the home of our Ramada hotel, unfortunately we didn't realise the difference between Des Vouxes Road Central and Des Vouxes Road …
Hong Kong was as always it's heady mad mix of Ex pat looseness with Asian flavours. Thanks to my brother and Shannon we upgraded from a dorm room to a 3 star hotel for 3 nights.
We arrived on Halloween and after a couple of long island ice teas and some Thai food in Rat Alley we took on Lan Kwai Fong. It was Halloween madness and huge …
What I will term as the mid point of our journey. A chance to revisit a familiar city and see an old friend Adam his wife Brooke and new addition Angus.
The Ramada hotel, not 5 star but walking in with our back packs, I feel a bit scruffy. The traditional tidy up and out the door.
Adam is aware that we are here, but does not know …
Man I was surprised how cold Hong Kong was after Joburg being in the 30s. It was 8 degrees and raining when I arrived when allowed me to feel completely justified spending the entire day in bed to recover from very little sleep for over a week. I ventured out to eat in the evening it was slightly overwhelming with 100s people. I eventually chose a …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRamada Hong Kong
Not walking distance from MTR. You must take a cab or the hotel shuttle which does not run all day. Not alot of stuff to do near the hotel. Hotel was clean and nice, English speaking people available for help.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ramada Hong Kong
NOT the place to stay in Hong Kong!
We chose this hotel in the first place only because it belonged to an international famous hotel network, but we were greatly disappointed. It was by far worse than 4 or 5 stars "Chinese" hotels, (which don't belong to any international hotel network) that we stayed in on our China tour. We won't give this hotel more than 3 stars. It is located in a poor neighborhood, with ugly buildings around, and at least an hour walking distance from the city center and the nearest subway station. The lobby was small and poor, breakfast was very BAD.
In addition, they charged us HK$30 for each phone call that we made - which were all to toll free numbers! So we had to pay HK$210 for calls that didn't cost the hotel a penny.
In short, NOT the place to stay in Hong Kong!
Far exceeded expectations
I found myself in an absolutely horrible hotel in Kowloon, and decided I should move somewhere else. Luckily the Ramada Hong Kong had good rates, so I decided to give it a shot.
While the location isn't perfect, it's in a very safe area a bit west of the last Hong Kong Island subway stop. But what far exceeded my expectation were how nice the rooms were... everything was brand new, polished, and very clean. Comfortable bed, and a very large room, considering I chose the cheapest one they had.
One big fault in my book was the absolutely horrible gym. Despite the fact that the building is brand new, they apparently bought 5 or 6 pieces of used gym equipment from the 80's and stuck them in a space smaller than the smallest guest room, with no windows. Most of the machines were absolutely unusable.
Beyond that, I found the location was actually kinda fun. After spending 3 nights in the non-stop freakshow that is Tsim Sha Tsui, it was nice to come back to a quiter area of town... especially because the link between the subway and the hotel is the historic, fun, and cheap double-decker trolley system.
But the main draw here is the rooms... you simply won't be able to find rooms this nice at this price anywhere else in Hong Kong. Also, most rooms have a pretty nice view... not of any famous buildings, but you can see the bay and ships floating around... actually quite nice and relaxing. Overall a very good hotel that feels as new as it is.
Great value and location
I stayed at this hotel from May 31 to June 3, 2006. I booked the room on Ramada's website and paid 470 HKD per night for a standard room. Be aware that the price listed on the website during booking does not include a 10% service charge and 3% room tax so the bill was a bit higher than I expected upon checkout. Still, it's much cheaper than other hotels of the same quality in Hong Kong.
I was given a very clean and quiet standard room with 2 single beds on the 22nd floor. The room was quite new with a very generous amount of storage space and an impressive marble bathroom. Like other reviewers said, the mattresses were quite firm like most Chinese beds but they felt comfortable to me. The air conditioning was more than sufficient to deal with the early June heat and humidity. My room faced away from the harbor but the view was still quite impressive. The staff spoke English, Mandarin, and Cantonese and were very friendly and informative about the local sights.
The location of the hotel made it very convenient to visit most of the sights in Hong Kong. The tram, which is amazingly cheap at 2 HKD per ride, takes you directly into the center of Hong Kong island making the MTR subway unnecessary for me. The tram stop is right in front of the hotel. There are also quite a few affordable, authentic Cantonese restaurants around the hotel.
Some tips if you want to rely on public transit to reach the hotel: When taking the tram, you can figure out where to get off by looking at the road signs that have street numbers on each of them. Make sure to get off at 308 Des Voeux Street WEST and not at Des Voeux Street CENTRAL. Some tram lines will terminate before reaching the hotel - I found taking the trams labeled with "Kennedy Town" and "North Point" (and perhaps 1 or 2 others that I can't recall) will get you to the hotel.
I stayed at this place because my sister, an expat lives up the road at Pok Fu Lam. It was excellent value compared to some of the arm and leg places in Hong Kong. I got 7 nights for $6280. Rooms clean and well appointed. My only gripe being that the air conditioning wasn't working very well and I had to make a call to the duty manager to get it fixed. May have been the filter. The fan sounded like it was working but the room was still very stuffy until getting fixed.
The area is authentic HK, just a tram ride away from Central. Cross the road and wait at the tram shelter.
Breakfast is very adequate if not flash. Staff speak limited English which can be challenging. Great little local toyshop on the side road that the hotel is on. My 8 year old son stocked up on lots of battle tops and other toys that are quite pricey in NZ.
Convenience stores across street. Internet access from hotel computer is $50 per half hour.
Would stay again because of close proximity to transportation.
I stayed at the Ramada March 28-March31 and also on our last night in Hong Kong April 8.
The hotel is really good for the price that we paid. Very cheap in comparison to the other hotels in Hong Kong and a great location. Just learn the transit system and you can go anywhere in minutes!!!!!!
The staff was very helpful and put every effort to make sure your stay was great.
We had a deluxe room for three people. The rooms were very clean and the bathrooms were very nice...especially the shower!
I would definetly say this is a great hotel to stay at in Hong Kong......not worth paying too much for a room because most of the day you are not there.
Thank you Ramada for an amazing time in Hong Kong!!!!
Great little place
We were not expecting much from this hotel for our two night stay in March, especially considering we paid next to nothing for it, but we were more than pleasantly surprised.
The room itself is a good size, with a lounge area and a bedroom that can be separated by a dividing wall. The bathroom was small and you wonder how you will ever fit comfortably in the shower cubicle, but the shower is very powerful and we loved it! Everything was very clean.
We took advantage of the free hotel shuttle bus that takes you to Central Hong Kong station every half hour. However, our return journey was made from Central just as easily on the tram that has a stop right outside the hotel and this costs a mere 2HKD per person!
Shueng-Wan MTR is 5 stops away on the tram, about 6 minutes ride and from the hotel.
The location of the hotel is not smack-bang in the middle of the city, by any means, but neither is it in the middle of nowhere. Most places are easily accessible.
We will stay at this Ramada hotel if we go to Hong Kong again, which is more than can be said for the other hotels we have previously stayed in in Hong Kong.
Good value, clean, spacious rooms, authentic location
Stayed one Friday night at the end of February. Got a good internet deal on wotif.com of HKD 780 including service and tax and noted that it's possible to pay only HKD 560 on other week-days. The hotel is a ten-minute taxi ride from Central but between one-half and one-third of the price of such centrally located hotels. Hardly an attractive location but the tram to Central is right outside and it's easy enough to get a taxi from the road at the side of the hotel. For first-time visitors to HK it may seem a bit out of the way, but equally it's a more "authentic" setting to be in. And you can still see the harbour - smog and pollution permitting - from the harbour facing rooms. Seems to cater very much to the mainland Chinese market, but the Reception staff spoke English. Policy seems to be to give those who are occupying a room alone an upgrade to a harbour-facing suite, which is a nice gesture. The "suite" is in fact a very large room that has sliding door divider in the middle (see photos). The bed was a bit small and very firm (Chinese style) but the room was spacious, clean and had all the facilities you would need. The marble bathroom was very good, with walk-in (though slightly cramped) capsule-style shower (no bath-tub). Breakfast was HKD 60 extra (good value) and served in a window-less room - a bit like a Youth Hostel arrangement, with a self-service buffet that had everything you could ask for, without the linen napkins, armies of under-employed staff, and other unnecessary fluff that justifies other hotels exorbitant rates. For leisure travellers I would strongly recommend this place due to its cost, more typical HK-type location and for getting all the essentials right.
Very good value at Ramada
The hotel is on the west side of central but very easy to get to and away from. The rooms are new (or at least look new) and the staff are helpful and friendly. The price was very, very good through expedia.com ($86 Australian per night). I was expecting a dingy little hovel but the room was airy, had a marble floored bathroom, views over some of the harbour and the usual amenities were available. The only negative was that the bed was so hard that you could bounce a ball on it and ended with me getting a very sore back - maybe I just had bad luck because other people didn't seem to be complaining.
To get to wan chai, central or causeway bay get on the number 5 bus from outside (only $4 Hong Kong).
Basically, a 4 star hotel at a 2 or 3 star price - ask for a soft bed at checkin!
Excellent value for money
I stayed here for two nights in Feb 06. Booked a singe room on a non-smoking floor and was given a nice king size bed room with a sitting room (sort of like a serviced apartment set up). I had a view of the ocean, albeit between cracks of other buildings standing in the way. The room and hotel in general was very clean and nice. Shower was one of those cubicle boxes and thus is not very spacious but the rest of the bathroom was fine.
The hotel is a little removed from the main action. To get anywhere interesting you must take a tram for HK$2 which can sometimes be crowded and the nearest subway station at Sheung Wan is a good 20 minute walk or 8 mins on tram. (Although it is still much more closer to Central than staying on the Kowloon side.) Also the area around the hotel may not cater for travellers needing western cafes, pubs and supermarkets. However if you are not fussy about such details then the price is hard to beat. I booked through wotif dot com and got a great rate for $400 incl tax. If you are doing business in Hong Kong or want to stay somewhere a bit more authentic then the Ramada is great.
Beat my expecations
I booked the hotel via a chinese hotel reservations website for almost $500HKD, but when I checked in, the hotel only charged me $400HKD plus fees. The hotel is very clean and new and the neighborhood is very quiet and safe. Not a lot to see except for the chinese dried seafood stores. There's a $2 tram right outside to rest of the island, Macau ferry terminal, and the subway station. THe front desk staff were very nice and even helped me carry my bags across the street to catch the airport express bus, which by the way is only $44HKD for the 35 minute ride to the airport. Since all the hotels in the Tsim Tsa Tsui area are occupied by the "Freeman", you can't find a better deal that this place.