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Hi, I'm going to Hong Kong for work in mid-August and will be there for 21 days, so would like to get a suite or one bedroom managed apartment. Any suggestions for sites or buildings? I'm hoping to stay in mid-levels.

So far I've found 2 MacDonnell Road which seems reasonable. Anyone know anything of it?

Lastly, since it's mid-August I'd love to find an outdoor pool to use. I see that the YWCA next door has one and I assume I could pay for day use. There is also something called the Ladies Recreation Center which has a pool but seems to be members-only/exclusive. I also wonder about using the pool at the Four Seasons or other hotels -- does anyone know whether non-guests can use these (either by paying a one-off fee, doing a monthly pass, or otherwise?)

Thanks all! Really appreciate any insights.

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    While mid-levels is nice, if your office is on the Kowloon side or in North Point on the Hong Kong side, you will be in for quite a commute each day. Can you tell me where your office is located? I might be able to give more appropriate reccos.

    The Ladies Recreation Club is members only (and a five year waiting list), if you belong to a country club in the US you may have reciprocity, check with your club. Some hotel pools do allow you to pay to use the pool for a day (Four Seasons is not one of them; I assume you don’t want to stay at the serviced apartments at Four Seasons Place). I think the Marriott, Conrad and/or Island Shangri-La in Pacific Place may offer this, I know some hotels in North Point (like the East Hotel) offer it, but that may be a long way to go if you are in Central. The Renaissance Harbour View may offer it, and their pool is very large and on a nice deck, shared with the Hyatt. There was just an article in Time Out Magazine about this, but I won’t be back in Hong Kong until the end of next week so can’t look this up for you. (You might check the on-line edition of Time Out Magazine for Hong Kong, it is the May or June issue.)

    At some hotels, like the Peninsula, you can get access to the pool by booking a spa treatment. The Four Seasons theoretically does not allow this, but I will say that I have used the pool when having treatments there and no one asks (just don’t try to order food or drinks, or play dumb when they tell you that spa guests aren’t really supposed to use the pool area. It is one of the nicest in Hong Kong, and they have 2 large pools.) The pool at the W on Kowloon is really interesting, on the top floor with great views, and there is a Bliss spa there, so I think you can get access to the pool if you are using the spa. (The pools at the Mandarin and Landmark Mandarin are indoors, so not worth booking a treatment to get access to these, unless all you want to do is swim laps. The pool at the new Ritz-Carlton is absolutely magnificent, but indoors—but what an incredible view they have! Esp at sunset.)

    I know MacDonnell Road quite well having lived there myself before my flat was ready here, rooms tend to be on the small side (as is true for much of Hong Kong), but perfectly fine. Some rooms have very nice views. It is across the street from a grocery store which is quite helpful. Only one restaurant in the building which is not really worth it, several good inexpensive ones in Coda Plaza across the street (next to the YMCA). Nice green neighborhood for walks and you can get up to Bowen Road (pedestrian-only for about 2 miles) for other walks or if you are a runner. Easy walk downhill (hot in August) to Central, good bus service or cheap taxis. I believe they offer a shuttle service to parts of Central as well.) Overall good location.

    You should also look at the Oakwood serviced apartments at 7 Kennedy Road which is just down the hill a bit from MacDonnell Road and just as convenient and perhaps more luxe. See http://www.oakwood.com/serviced-apartments/furnished/HK/Hong-Kong/prop13849/showMap.html#propDetailLower

    Oakwood has a few other places in Hong Kong, I think the location of the Kazan apartments on Sik On Street is utterly charming (in Wan Chai but on side street) and could be easier for a commute depending on where your office is. See http://www.oakwood.com/serviced-apartments/furnished/HK/Hong-Kong/prop4590.html#propDetail. For Oakwood serviced apartment generally, see http://www.oakwood.com. Most of Oakwood properties require a 30 day stay, which MacDonnell Road does not.

    I believe that the Parkview apartments, which is a very nice luxury flat complex up on top of the hill above Happy Valley has some serviced apartments which they let on a short-term basis, go to http://www.hongkongparkview.com/. Some of the best walking and hiking in Hong Kong would literally be out the front door, there is a big outdoor pooland grocery store in the complex, and a free shuttle bus to Central. There is also the Convention Plaza in the Grand Hyatt Hotel complex, (go to http://www.conventionplazaapartments.com,) which would have access to the very large pool complex there..

    There is a chain of serviced apartments with various location on Hong Kong Island, take a look at http://www.thev.hk/. I don't know anything about this group or the quality of the apartments.

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    This is great info Cicerone, thank you so much!

    I was actually in HK today and walked around a bit checking out the neighborhoods. I didn't love MacDonnell and thought the areas right around the midlevels escalators would feel a bit chaotic. then I walked east on Hollywood and really liked it as it quiets down a bit further on and around Blake Garden. there are some Ovolo managed apartments there -- that would be an ideal location -- but any alternatives in that area would also be welcomed.

    Will also submit an enquiry to Parkview as that looks promising as well.

    I'm working for a start-up so we don't have a proper office in HK, but I will be going to Central a lot (and Kowloon a little) to see clients.

    Great info on LRC and on the pools too.

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