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TravelPod Member ReviewsSouth Pacific Hotel Hong Kong
Very good and comfortable hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews South Pacific Hotel Hong Kong
Average Three-star Accomodation. Neither Disappointed Nor Delighted
I am just coming back from a two days stay at the South Pacific Hotel in Hong Kong. I chose this hotel among the three-star hotels offering in Wanchai because of the good reviews I read about and a good deal I found on the Internet. My experience with this hotel is quite unremarkable, accomodation and service provided was in the average of the three-star hotels and, all in once, I deem I got right what I paid for.
Location is the major plus of this hotel. Right in the heart of Wanchai, one of the liveliest districts of the city, the hotel is located one block off Hennessy Road, one of Wanchai main avenues, where you will have access to an extensive choice of trams, buses and taxis which will take you wherever you want to get to in Hong Kong. The subway station is also nearby even though you will have to walk about 10 minutes. I used extensively taxis to get around since they are not expensive, but you may consider that Hong Kong's public transportation is among the best in the world and you can get around efficiently, comfortably and safely with few bucks per day using the network of trams, buses and subways.
The hotel is absolutey in the standard average of three-star hotels, with undistinguished but fairly functional and comfortable accomodation and service. I stayed in a "Standard-type" room which was quite small indeed, with the bathroom very very small, but I suspect this is quite standard in this level of accomodation in Hong Kong. The room and the bathroom were clean with all the amenities usually found in this level of hotel such as TV with international channels, pay-per-view movies, minibar, international telephone calls. I did not have breakfast included in my package but this did not bother me since I enjoyed the variety of choices available out in the street including international chains coffee shops and the famous Hong Kong bakeries.
One point of disappointment was the extra-charges. I had to pay a usage fee of HKD20 (about US$2.5 or 2 Euro) for a plug adaptor provided by the hotel and I was charged HKD30 (about US$4 or 3.5 Euro) for 15 minutes internet access. I was also not impressed by the courteousness of the front-desk staff, which treated me quite impersonally every time I stop by for assistance. The consierge staff was quite better, even though I did not find them very helpful.
To sum up, you may want to consider this hotel if your are looking at a three-star level of accomodation in Wanchai. Basing on my experience, I would expect you will enjoy the location while you will have a fairly neutral experience with accomodation and service provided without being neither disappointed nor delighted.
Nice Hotel - even better toilet seat!!!
Nice clean well located hotel. I do agree the rooms are a bit on the small side and the bath would be better if it was bigger or a larger shower cubicle instead. But what impressed us was the electric toilet seat - all singing all dancing - last word in comfort!!! we have order one for our house!. I would definately stay here again.
Sth Pacific is excellent
The South Pacific Hotel is in an excellent location for any traveller to Hong Kong. The service is efficient and courteous. We contacted them by email to arrange Hotel Link pick up from the airport and this worked perfectly. The buffet breakfast is extensive, hot and cold (Western and Chinese) and great value.(£8)The view from the Starlight Lounge on the top floor is stunning. The bar has music and snacks and is a great place to wind down after a hectic day. Rooms are not huge but certainly adequate, proper space for suitcases etc.(unlike many tiny rooms in Paris!)Currently they are refurbishing. Even though we had an older room it was spotless with good quality linen and towels. Bath with shower over, again spotless, shower good and plenty of hot water whatever time of day. The hotel location is steps away from a traditional wet market with fascinating meat fish and veg stalls all displaying their day fresh produce with great pride. The street food and culture is amazing - a real insight into the traditional ways of life in the city. There are trams, buses and taxis a couple of blocks along from the hotel and the nearest MTR station is five minutes away at Times Square(Causeway Bay). Getting around with the Octopus card is so so easy. We went all over the territory on buses, ferries, MTR and trams at an average fare of 50p a journey. Collect your card at the airport and hand it in again at the airport when you leave and get any value left on it returned plus your original deposit - brilliant system! Times Square is big new shopping centre with a fantastic food court and supermarket in the basement. If proper restaurant is what you want it also boasts several of those on other floors. An ideal place to stay, we will return.
The South Pacific has a good central location and is not too far a walk away from the metro. It is also a 5 minute walk away from the Time Square Plaza, which is a huge shopping mall, with everything you need. There are plenty of shops around and a load of restaurants. The rooms in this hotel ARE small, however, if like us you're in HK for a short amount of time (3-4 days) you won't find yourself using the hotel for much more than sleeping and getting ready, for this purpose it was excellent. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The Starlight Lounge on the top floor is amazing!! They do great cocktails (some similar to rocket fuel) and you get breathtaking views across Hong Kong island and across the Bay to Kowloon. Compared to the prices we saw for other hotels in central locations, this is a good priced hotel and definitely worth staying at.
Very small rooms
The room we had was verrry small. You could not swing a mouse let alone a cat. there are larger rooms in the hotel (suites) but they are expensive for what you get. On the good side, the staff were excellent and helpful. The food was more than enough even though we had dinner only once in the dining room. The position of the Hotel in Morrison Hill Road is good as there are bus and tram stops near the hotel. The nearest rail station (underground) is under Times Square shopping centre, about 3 minute walk from hotel. There are some good restaurants nearby, both in Morrison Hill Rd and around the corner, to the right, in Hennessy Rd.
If you eat where the locals eat, you can't go wrong.
The Stanley markets are worth the trip. you can get some good bargains and great food along the waterfront. A walk of about 10 minutes will take you to the bus stop to catch a No. 40 bus to Stanley Markets.
The first thing to do after booking into your hotel (wherever) is go to the nearest rail station and buy an "Octopus ticket" this will allow you to travel on trains, buses, trams and Star ferries without looking for change etc. In fact you can buy these tickets at other places so ask at your Hotel for the nearest.
I LOVED this hotel
It was so sad to leave HK. This hotel made me feel at home. The staff were so friendly and everything was clean. My room was so comfortable and had a great view. Everything worked fine though the heater didn't seem to be too efficient. Overall, I loved South Pacific and it's located in the most convenient location for getting around. The tram, subway, buses, etc are so convenient and Central is only a short tram ride away.
I will not stay again
Small rooms,not good service ,can meet insects in the room
not worth with price
My first visit to HK was just great!
We stayed at the South Pacific and everything was fine. The room was Ok and the staff were very friendly and efficient. It is very well located being near to the Times Square MTR station. I would recomend this hotel as it was very good value.