Royal Park Hotel
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Our home suite home (when we're not on the road!) for the past 3 weeks has been the Royal Park Hotel in Shatin, Hong Kong. Before we …
... we found out later HK is wifi mad. Every place you go, no matter how cheap and dingy has a wifi access key stuck on the wall or the table or the menu, so you can get a signal).
It was past midnight by the time we got in the room, and we slept well that night.
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The hotel is linked to a shopping centre which has a train stop. Only 15mins to get into HK island. Room was large, comfy and great to relax in. Bathroom was modern and clean. No breakfast included but options in hte shopping centre.
Great hotel, convienient to shopping and Public transportation!
If you read the other reviews you know that it's a little out of the way from downtown Hong Kong. But this can be an asset, since it's quiet and away from the some of the craziness... and it's in a convenient location for eating and shopping. For some days we left the hotel in the morning, took the KCR into Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui) and didn't come back until evening. It's about a 20 minute KCR ride to Kowloon, but the trains are quite frequent and cheap. The hotel itself is helpful and accommodating, though the restaurants aren't the best. But that's not too much of an issue since you have a lot of choices in the attached shopping mall. The hotel has some nice river views and there's some good walking in the adjacent park.... plus the Temple of the 10,000 Buddhas is not to be missed, it's a short, if steep walk from the Royal Park. I'd recommend doing Hong Kong this way if you have several days - if you only have one or two days, stay in Kowloon or other places closer in.
My family and I have just returned from a 10 day stay in HK......this hotel was great! Even better when we requested a switch to a bigger room with a microwave. Like most people have suggested, there are tons of cheap food outlets in the plaza that are attached. If raining, you won't even need an umbrella to get to all sorts of shopping and to the KCR which connects you to the subway system MTR. The KCR actually takes one directly to East Tsim Sha Tsui which is adjacent to the regular TST which is basically a tourist hub. It's a short walk underground, and you can also access the Star ferry which is one ride not to be missed(suggest u go after dark to see the awesome harbour lights). There is free internet on one machine in the Shatin Public Lib. on the 2nd floor, or go to the Pacific Coast coffee lounge on the 6th flr of the plaza.
Room cost us abt USD$90 per nite, and still a great deal even if we factor in the travel expense.
NB: re:shopping: stores in Shatin are bigger and I think more friendly than the same branches in TST.
Nice place, next to shopping and public transportation
The reviews on tripadvisor.com for this hotel were very acurate. I had a lovely time in Shatin. The hotel room was very clean and spacious. The breakfast buffet was a very nice mix of Asian and European foods.The huge shopping mall was very clean and modern with great deals to be found.Pubic transportation was easy to access. The empolyees in the lobby were very courteous and helpful. Overall these reviews made my trip a great success.
Good hotel out of the center
I had to be at a congress in Shatin so I booked this hotel which was nearbye. Very good, clean hotel with large comfortable rooms. Good beds. Nice bathroom. I paid about 130 US dollars a night which was very good to my opinion. I had one complaint about this hotel. From six in the morning and from ten to about twelve midnight I heard all my neighbours using the bath and shower which made it difficult to sleep since I'm a light sleeper.
Thats a pity and that why I could not give my rating a five stars. (I was on the 8th floor; it could be that on other floors the noises are less).
In 10 minutes you walk through the shopping mall to which the hotel is connected , to the nearby train station. In 15 minutes you are downtown. Train connections are very good in HK.
If you have to pay considerably more for a hotel downtown, book this hotel if you can get a good price.
Fantastic location, rather out of the centre of HK
Fantastic value in this hotel. Modern and clean. Comfortable rooms. Great location if you are going to the races at Sha Tin or on business in the area. Otherwise, count on spending a lot of time in the taxi schlepping to and from Kowloon or the Island.
Nice hotel, Very nice pool
For the price of this hotel, you get a really good deal. Don't try the american breakfast. It is over fried and terrible. The room I stayed in was a superior room and it had a little kitchenette, a larger fridge and a microwave. It is interconnected to a large mall and the Shatin train station so it is quite convenient for staying and then travelling to central HK whenever you want in 20 minutes. I stayed on the 13th floor and had a good view of the river and a park where people came in the morning to do Tai Chi. It was a nice hotel and I would stay there again. Definitely the place for people on a budget. The swimming pool was especially good. Better than the Sheraton (where I also stayed for part of the vacation). No jacuzzi though :-)
Go see the temple of 10,000 Budhas if you are in Shatin. The conceirge at the hotel will help you.
Great Alternative to KLN and HK Island
The Royal Park is located in Shatin, which is classed as a "satellite town" away from the central areas of Kowloon and Hong Kong, but don't let this put you off a very convenient and well run hotel. The hotel is in the New Territories, so for a start, you will notice the relative tranquility of the area and the lower levels of air, noise and light pollution in the area.
Airport express service A41 runs from the airport to the front door of the hotel, takes 45 minutes and costs just HK$ 20 per journey. (The alternative is a $400 taxi ride or a cumbersome train journey.) When you arrive, the super helpful concierge will be ready to help with your luggage and the staff in general are helpful and knowledgeable.
Rooms are well equipped and the larger rooms are located in the upper floors. The hotel has undergone some renovations, so the fittings are quite fresh in most cases. The pillows were a bit squishy, but there are spares kept in the wardrobe if you need them. A LAN connection is provided in the rooms, but the charge is a bit pricey ($100 per day) compared to the local internet cafes, especially if you only want to log in for five minutes to check your mail!
The big winner for this hotel has to be that it is built adjacent to 5 (yes, FIVE) interlinked shopping malls, as well as the local KCR (railway) station and you don't even need to step outside the hotel to start shopping as enclosed bridges link the hotel to two main areas. The railway links you to Kowloon (15 minutes), onto Hong Kong island, or in the opposite direction to the New Territories and the other satellite towns.
Quick tip - We weren't provided with any tea or coffee facilities by the hotel, but we asked for some cups and paid a visit to the Seiyu Supermarket downstairs in New Town Plaza, where we picked up some teabags, milk, bread and any other home comforts we needed for a fraction of the price that room service would have provided.
There are restaurants aplenty in the shopping malls, ranging from fast food places to the top class eateries, however, the hotel does have renowned Chinese and Japanese restaurants of its own. As these were too pricey for us, we stuck to the cheaper food court options. One gem is the Denki Sushi bar on the ground floor of New Town Plaza III, where they do the most delectable chocolate cake as well as super fresh sushi and Japanese snacks. If $12 per plate is still too expensive for you, Seiyu does sushi at $8 per plate in its food court area.
All in all, Royal Park is one of my top choices for Hong Kong!
Don't pass up this little gem!
If I ever disappear, this is where you may be able to find me.
Holy smokes, I have traveled all over the world and finally found my favorite hotel. Forget Boston, Delhi, Taveuni, Oban, Aberystwyth, Florence, Paris, Cairo, Nairobi, Kyoto and Glendora, this place is my next home!
Away from the water, situated next to the stunning Sha Tin Park, . . . Give me back my breath!!!
Extremely clean. Put it this way, when I opened the door to the room I simply melted into comfort . . . not elegance, not opulence, but just absolute "welcome home" comfort.
Let me up! And right across the street . . . restaurants priced reasonably with great food! A mall with everything in the world including "reason."
Pay a few extra bucks for the "Executive level." Higher is closer to heaven.
Take me back to Sha Tin Park!!! Would someone from the cities of Los Angeles, New York, Paris and London quit taking a paycheck and go see how parks should be done. Goodness gracious, what a wonder.
Whoever situated this lovely little home away from home sure knew what he or she was doing. Dig this . . . my girlfriend loved the place, too, and we have stayed everywhere.
Don't buff this diamond, let it be. Don't tell anyone either. If you are "upper class," please stay in HK or Kowloon. This is where charm and reason reside.
"Been to Hong Kong before?"
"Yes, I stayed at the Peninsula." "And me, well I stayed at the Ritz."
Like sleeping in your mother's arms. Night, night and God Bless.
Elegant hotel, perfect for business trip.
I've stayed at this hotel a couple of times on business and it is ideal. The service is excellent. It is located in Sha-Tin which is not a tourist area, but if your business is located in the new territories, this is a good base.
The hotel has a shuttle bus service, or they can arrange a car to pick you up (ours was an air-conditioned Mercedes with nice polite driver). The staff are all very efficient and helpful. The rooms are large, nicely decorated and quiet! The beds are extremely comfy. A local english newpaper is left for you every day, and a bottle of water and fruit are in the room (there is also a minibar and coffee/tea).
There are a few restaurants and a nice bar, which has a happy hour til 9pm (but there is a HKD85, about £6, minimum charge at weekends). There is a good sized pool which is partly outdoor, perfect to cool off in the hot summer months.
There is a good selection at the breakfast buffet, with european and chinese options. The hotel is attached to a large modern shopping centre, which leads to Shatin train station. So, you can be in Kowloon in about 15 minutes. Alternatively, there is usually a row of taxis right outside the hotel.
Unless you need to be in central Hong Kong, don't overlook this hotel.