The Wharney Guang Dong Hotel Hong Kong
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Wharney Guang Dong Hotel Hong Kong
Decent hotel for the price
Being the budget travelers that we are, we choose the Wharney Hotel for it low prices and central location for our 10 day Hong Kong vacation in early January. It is also one of the few hotels that allow children under 2 years old, and we had our 1 year old daughter with us.
To our surprise, the hotel really exceeded our expectations! The staff was very warm and friendly from check in to check out. We were given an non-smoking room on the 12th floor in the newer wing of the building. My parents ended up with a smoking room on the 11th floor, but there was hardly any smoke smell and their room had a slightly different, but nice decor as well. We were also pleasently surprised with the room size. Although on the cosy side, there was plenty of space for our 3 large suitcases and "baby stuff". Comparable to hotels in Tokyo of the same price, it was a very good value.
My parents did have some trouble with noise both from the street and from some unusually noisy upstairs neighbors one night (arguments and loud [--], which everyone on the floor could hear). The hotel wasted no time changing the room and they were relocated the very next day to a room facing away from the street and near a stairwell. Security staff was available 24 hours to handle such situations as well.
The location, although smack dab in the "night district" is very central and near every type of transportation Hong Kong has to offer. Restaurants are numerous. We tried several in the area including Thai, Indian, Chinese, Dim Sum, Turkish, American, Southeast Asian buffet, Chinese and Mexican restaurants and even got to know the owners of some of these places. People were very friendly and even "babysat" our baby while we ate!
Great choice for all types of budget or business travelers who want to enjoy Hong Kong!
Fine for the Price
We found it very good value as we needed 2 rooms as a family so it saved some money for other things like tours we booked from the Tour desk.
Some reviews I had read had me worried about standards and also what floor they would put us on but we were on the 11th foor and missed much of the traffic noise etc. We were next to the lifts which ran all night...this would apply to any Hotel ...these people dont sleep and like to arrive and leave at all hours and slamb doors so some ear plugs worked.
We were also worried about being ripped off for charges on our deposit etc but the staff were great and the room was cleaned daily and towels replaced . I would definitely stay here again subject to price, and its close to many usefull facilities...MTR banks food ,coffee etc .
PS we felt completly safe in this area which has the strip clubs and bars which provided for some amusing interest from our 2 boys. We were not offended or intiminated at all you accually dont see any thing accept neon signs....at least when you walked home at 1am there were "businesses open" and some activity and a 7/11 store etc across the road. You cannot compare to our own Kings Cross where I would not venture.
Good Budget Hotel
Not wanting to spend a fortune on a hotel which we only planned to sleep in, we have just had 9 days at the Wharney.
The rooms are small and in need of modernisation, although work was going on at the time of our stay. Rooms on the back don't have a view but they are quiet. Worth noting because Whanchai is very busy at night.
Didn't use the restaurant but there is a brand new basement Scottish bar - The Canny Man - which serves a huge selection of whiskeys and good bar food. Definitely worth a visit.
Don't stay at the Wharney if you want luxury, but for value for money it's hard to beat.
Moderate hotel, interesting night life
The hotel is clean, although the rooms are a little tired. The lifts are chronic- they only hold about 4 people, and it was virtually impossible to get a lift between 8 am and 9.30 to stop on the 8th floor. The staff are very friendly, and the breakfast is pretty good.
The district the hotel is in is interesting! There are certainly a number of interesting bars around, however there are also many girls dressed in various states of undress outside the strip bars that frequent the area. Despite this, the area seemed pretty safe and was always busy even late in the evening. The hotel however was surprisingly well insulated from the outside noise. The Wharney is reasonable, given it falls into the lower price range, but if you are going on a family holiday, you may want to consider a hotel a bit further away from the sights and sounds of Lockhart road.
Great hotel with good breakfast in a convenient location
I stayed at the Wharney for 3 nights and the only complaints that I would have were that the elevators are very slow (annoying if you're staying on the 21st floor!) and that the swimming pool is quite small. However, the rooms were a reasonable size and comfortable, the hotel is just 5 mins walk from an MTR (underground) station, and there are loads of good restaurants and bars within 2 mins walk. Contrary to the other reviews of this hotel, there is a restaurant which serves breakfast, and it serves a good mix of Chinese and Western foods (including baked beans and waffles). I would definitely stay here again.
8 days at The Wharney in March 2005
Stayed here from March 2nd and left on the 10th. It is not the best hotel in Hong Kong but considering how cheap (BA were offering special Hong Kong deals and we paid £88 total for 8 nights) we got it for, I was quite happy overall.
We had booked a non-smoking double but as we arrived at around 9pm, I assume they had all been given to guests who had already checked-in and we received a room with two single beds. This might sound inconvenient but we had 3 people in our room so it worked out OK and saved us from hiring an extra bed. Rooms were clean though a bit on the small side. Bathroom was OK and the shower was like a fireman's hose with it's water pressure, great.
The business centre was expensive $50 (HKG) for 30 mins on the internet or $90 for the hour. Problem was there was only one PC which must be 6-7 years old. Very slow but had I discovered there was an Italian Cafe 30 yards down the street with 3 fast PCs offering free access, I wouldn't have bothered.
Had breakfast just once and that was quite nice. Buffet style where you help yourself though not a massive amount of choice. No baked beans, hash browns or black pudding but this is Hong Kong not Rochdale. Still had eggs (fried and scrambled), bacon, sausages, chips (described as fries in the USA), cold meats, muesli and fruit juices. Probably missed a few things but it wasn't the breakfast buffet at the MGM grand !!
Located quite centrally so anyone reasonably fit can walk to most places from there. Wan Chai underground station is less than 5 minutes and is first hotel stop on the free bus from Hong Kong station.
I would board there again although the fact it's not part of any major group is a bit of a downer as any stay doesn't attract loyalty point or airmiles. What also irritated me is that to use facilities like the business centre and gym, there was an added cost.
Good value in a central location
I have stayed at this hotel many times due to its central location in Wanchai and the reasonably priced rooms. Recently (autumn 2004) the reception has been revamped, but the rooms remain the same. A bit on the small side and no spectacular views, but clean and equipped with everything you could want except for a safety locker (but I think this is only the case in some rooms). Don't expect anything extraordinary, but the staff is courteous and you get a free newspaper every morning. The hotel doesn't have a restaurant and doesn't offer breakfast (but there are cafes nearby). Recommended if you are in Hong Kong for the sights and not for the hotel.