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Monday 21st June - thank god most of this day was a rest day, we bloody needed it. We just stayed at our hotel in Jo'burg all day which was heaven....we got to sleep in for the 1st time yay! especially since we had such a long day before going to …
On Monday morning, we were up bright and early for what was supposed to be a 9 a.m. flight on Hong Kong Express, owned by Hong Kong Airlines. We suspect, however, there has been a change in ownership. It is now the Grace L. Ferguson Screen, Storm Door and Airline Company. When the teacher wandered up to the desk at the gate to find out why, 15 …
This morning we set off to see the Pandas, which were at Ocean City Park. So it was down to the subway, transfer to a bus which took us around to the park. We'd timed our visit to coincide perfectly with summer holidays so it was queue time to get tickets. When we finally got to the ticket booth the lady there told us it was actually quiet, the day …
The next morning we made an early start to take a walk around the bird and flower markets which were a short walk from the hotel. We walked past the edge of the flower market first and each shop had a huge selection. It seems this area had orchids as the flower of choice and Karen was in her element wandering through the displays. or video Then we …
Nothing much on the first day except exploring the town area. Got my data SIM card and hunt for our dinner, end up eating Yoshinoya, their menu very interesting, as compared to Singapore. They sell steamboat too!
We walked around in the city exploring the night life, bought some snacks, explore a few shopping malls …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Plaza Hotel Hong Kong
Centrally located, spacious room and I got a very good price of HKD$550/Night/Room. However, the major problem I encountered during my stay is that the room had a very stinking smell of cigarettes. When I phoned to the front desk telling them the problem and asking for the option to change to a non-smoking room, a staff replied that there was no classification of smoking/non-smoking for standard room type. He said they would provide some air refreshing spray to us. But finally no one showed up and my room still stinked.
This ruined the entire experience. Otherwise, considering the quality and the price I paid, I would have given an "excellent" rating.
A small advice to fellow travellers, if you get an offer of HKD$1000 below per room per night, stay here. Otherwise, stay in the Langham Place Hotel nearby, that is a real five star hotel in Mongkok, but not Royal Plaza Hotel. By the way, who said Royal Plaza is a five star hotel? Don't be fooled by those web sites.
Exceeded Our Expectations - Happy to Recommend
After spending lots of time on the net reading many reviews and chasing good prices we chose this hotel as it seemed to offer a good balance between price and comfort. We weren't sure what to expect with it being described by some as being out of the tourist area but for us this turned out to be a blessing - no pushy copy product sellers - and almost every mid range store you'd find in Tsim Sha Tsui - many of which were in the ever so convenient enormous shopping centre next to the hotel - the KCR station was so close for our day trips to Shenzhen - and an easy undercover elevated walk to the MTR. Walking distance to the Flower, Bird, & Ladies markets and with the efficiency and regularity of the MTR and KCR you're never far from anywhere.
Our deluxe room was very spacious - all services were very good - and our dining experiences, including room service were all very impressive. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely stay here when next we visit. The concierge service never failed to impress and the regular complimentary shuttle bus to and from the street beside the Peninsula Hotel a handy addition.
The package offered included the use of the health club and pool and while we didn't get to try them they looked first class.
Excellent Hotel - slightly out of tourist comfort zone
This is a classy and professional hotel albeit in slightly off the beaten track for tourists. It is actually very conveniently located on the Mong Kok KCR train station and connected to a shopping center with it's own food court and childrens playground as well as a cinema. This is where you get to see how the locals live. The hotel itself was clean and spacious with marble everywhere - as you woiuld expect from a 5 star hotel. Even the room service was excellent. Don't be put off by the location - this is a great hotel to stay.
Value for money
I think the rooms for this hotel is very spacious, especially for a hotel in HK. Although it is not in the center of the city...it is connected to another shopping mall. The MTR is also closeby and the walkways are covered. The train station that goes to China is located at the bottom of the hotel. Would say this is a value for money hotel. Will definetely return to stay in this hotel again.
An oasis in Hong Kong
We spent 6 nights at the Royal Plaza Hotel (24/10 - 31/10) after reading good reviews on this site. We were not disappointed and, in fact, this hotel exceeded our expectations. On arriving at the hotel we were offered a breakfast package for a very reasonable price that would also provide us with an upgraded room and use of the health club facilities. We took up this offer and were further delighted on receiving an upgrade from a standard room not to a superior room but to an executive room. The room was large with a kingsize bed and elegant furnishings. The entire hotel was tastefully furnished with high quality decor and not a speck of dirt or wear to be seen. The staff were attentive and spoke good english. The breakfast buffet was worth a visit. This hotel is a little out of the main tourist area but is so close to the MTR to be accessible to anywhere but we were also happy to walk. After a busy day shopping we took taxis which cost next to nothing and are readily available. It was actually great to be a little out of the way so as to not be acosted by watch sellers when you step outside. We didn't try any of the hotel facilities but the pool looked inviting.
Right in the Heart of the Action!
Starting from the email reservation made 2 weeks before arriving into Hong Kong, the level of service at this beautiful hotel was well above our expectations. With a choice of a shuttle (AU$25 per trip per person) or limousine (AU$85 per car) straight to and from the airport, our entire experience from being picked up at the airport in a brand new Mercedes was fantastic.
Situated right on top/next to a 5-6 level shopping centre (with all the Western favourites and some great local shops), it's a quick 5 minute walk to the heart of Mong Kok - the Ladies Market, Electronics area, Sports area etc. A cheap shuttle bus (AU$25) is available to the main tourist area on the South of Nathan Rd also, although this was provided to us complimentary.
With 3 restaurants at the hotel (buffet, Chinese and Japanese), a gym, heated outdoor pool, beautiful bar area, it's great to get into the 'heart' of Hong Kong but then have a beautiful hotel to retreat to.
Room was beautiful - king bed, shower/bath combo (at a descent height!), mini bar, room service etc.
Will definitely be staying here when we go back next year. One word of advice, even though they look like crossings, you have to wait for the green man to go across the road!
Room with well-equipped, clean, valueable, convenient which is next to Century Shopping Center and subways, walking distance to "Fa Yuen" Street and Woman Street.
We stayed at the Harbour Plaza Metropolis is April 2005 for 4 nights. The hotel provides good service and good value for money. Whilst it is a little outside the main tourist areas the hotel provides a frequent shuttle bus to the main shopping district. For the more energetic guests, the walk along the Avenue of Stars provides fabulous views and takes about 20 minutes.
The rooms are small but comfortable. We asked for a harbour view room but our views were hindered by recent new hotel developments in the area, so I would not pay extra for a harbour view.
Buffet breakfast was extensive and service was prompt. We did not try all the leisure facilities, although the pool and changing facilities were clean and modern.
Overall a good hotel providing good value for money.
Great location for easy access to city
This hotel is located in Mongkok which is the most populated area in HK. The train and subway station are attached to the hotel, along with an underground shopping mall which has all the comforts you need.
Located near the famous Ladies Market where you can stroll late at night and bargain with the locals.
Hotel rooms are just what you need for a clean and comfy good night sleep. Matresses are hard but that's the same in all of China. Get used to showering on an angle if you're tall.
Overall, a safe, clean and convenient place to stay. Good price compared to hotels on the island and it really shouldn't take more than 12 minutes on the subway to get there.
It's good, but can be improved with better service
I have stayed at this hotel about 3 times, and we have certainly enjoyed our stay on each occasion. It is conveniently located, being built next/within a big shopping centre and easy walking distance to the night markets and big shopping areas.
The rooms were, as expected for a 5-star, spacious, very clean and generally of a very good standard. There are several restaurants also but I have yet to try these.
The negatives are that the service, especially at the front desk isn't the most helpful I have encountered and you do not feel that they welcome queries from guests. Also, there were a number of extras which were not included in the room price, such as use of the internet and the gym which may be complementary and not expected but the charges to use these, even once, was astronomical IMO! I have heard that now the gym is included in the price but I do place an emphasis on the service and effort that the hotel makes in accomodating the guests needs and I felt that they fell short in this area.