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Historical Traveler Reviews Silvermine Beach Hotel Hong Kong
Fantastic location for a relaxing break away from HK Island
I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights of a 10 day holiday in Hong Kong. It was a perfect place for the end of my holiday, as I had seen all the major sightseeing spots in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island before I checked into this hotel, and so was able to fully enjoy what Lantau has to offer. The hotel is a little bit run down but the swimming pool and beach are great, and the location can't be beaten at just a 10 minute walk to the bus terminal and ferry pier. There are several good bars and restaurants in Mui Wo. I booked through Expedia and I found the hotel to be very good value, although note that there is no elevator to the 2nd floor.
On first seeing the Silvermine Hotel, it looks run down and dirty. When we got to our room, our opinion didn't really change. However, we have seen worse. It is very cheap and it is very basic so we didn't expect much more. We did however, expect the toilets to flush, the sink plugs to work and the room to be clean. Sadly, this was not the case.
Don't be put off by the price of this hotel - it's a bargain. Enjoy this little gem while it lasts, because I get the feeling that the price won't stay this cheap when Mickey Mouse opens his doors to the people of Hong Kong later in 2005.
Read the TripAdvisor reviews and decided to book one night here while in transit through Hong Kong.
PROS: 1. It is a quiet, almost private beach with few people crowding the beach.
After reading the reviews on this site and debating with my partner, we decided to try this hotel, because of its unique location, and very good price.
What bliss after frenetic Kowloon! Hotel is well run, comfortable and oh so quiet. Drinks and dinner every night at the excellent China Bear Bar at Mui Wo ferry pier, delicious homecooked food (the apple crumble and ice cream better than I make!) Great view, fabulous service, enjoyed every mouthful. Grand holiday.
We went to this hotel in October 2004, which for those who dont know, is the best time of the year to visit HK, as the weather is not muggy or sweaty its clear and not cloudy, and its still hot hot hot! av 27-30C.
If you are looking for a unique quiet, beautiful, restful beachfront experience, 30 min. ferry ride from HK, this is it. We stayed here half by accident. Hong Kong was booked and this was available and cheap by comparison. However, the more we researched Mui Wo, the better it sounded. We stayed in the older of two buildings, facing the beach. The rooms are comfortable, but basic. This is not your luxury American brand hotel. We had two twin beds that we put together to make our own king. It worked great. We brought our own down pillows and sheets. Even though full, the hotel was very quiet, and the international staff was delightful. The gym was good (wide selection of dumbbells for example), as was the pool and tennis court. The substantial complementary buffet breakfast was not wonderful, but we still really enjoyed it, sitting outside, overlooking the beach. Because there is only a foot and bike path between the hotel and the water, there is virtually no traffic noise. It was so restful to return here each day following the insanity of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. There are two grocery stores, plus a 7/11, and a traditional food market a few minutes by foot. Things to enjoy include beach walks and shelling, hiking through the quaint village to nearly Silvermine falls and cave. The hotel is easily accessed by a US$20 cab ride from the airport, or via bus. The cab will drop you a few minutes walk from the hotel, since there is no other vehicle access. If we ever return to Hong Kong, we would look forward to staying here. However, with all of the changes on Lantau Island, including the new airport, Disneyland, and new residential communities, the island is undergoing many changes. Therefore, get there soon.
Yes, folks, you can stay at a genuine South Pacific beach hotel and still be in Hong Kong, if not quite on Hong Kong! The Silvermine Beach Hotel lives up to its name. As hotels go it is just an ordinary three-star establishment, but is on a genuine sandy beach, in the lee of a genuine mountain. In fact the location is excellent, being a few minutes walk from Mui Wo ferry terminal (the same company owns both the hotel and the ferries), from where the regular ferry service takes you to Central or, on week-ends, to Tsim Tsa Tsui. A small tip here; some ferries are jet powered catamarans and some are older, slower ferries. The catamarans are a bit quicker, but there is no better or cheaper way to see the skyline of Hong Kong & Kowloon that from the First Class balcony at the rear of the old two or three deck ferries as they parade the length of Hong Kong harbour.