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Tulips Apr 5th, 2014 04:07 AM

Hong Kong in August - hotel question
I am looking for a hotel in Hong Kong the last week in August. I have been to HK before, but ages ago. Am going with student daughter, who has never been to HK, and will start a semester at university.

I was thinking about W hotel, but most posters here say the location is not so good.
Budget of about 3500 HK. Any recommendations?

jobin Apr 5th, 2014 05:50 AM

Your budget is 3500 HK per week? Some locals, or Chinese visitors, could find rooms that low for a week but you would struggle. I'm not enamored with the Central high rise scene nor Mong Kok cement jungle so i would invite you to consider the Regal Riverside in Sha Tin. With nearby MTR trains and buses to everywhere and peaceful walks along the river, or catch nearby ferry to outer islands, etc, seems reasonable to me. Maybe u.

rkkwan Apr 5th, 2014 07:32 AM

Since the OP mentioned W, it should mean HK$3500/night.

frogoutofwater Apr 5th, 2014 02:11 PM

Where is your daughter's university? It might be a good idea to choose a location in approximately the same area.

Tulips Apr 6th, 2014 02:22 AM

The university is in Bluewater Bay - HKUST. I don't really want to stay near there, but it's probably easier to get there from Kowloon.

3500/night - I was looking at W, since I may have some Starwood points that I can use. I now see that the Sheraton is probably a better location, and less expensive than W. We would like to be able to walk to the Star ferry.

Cicerone Apr 23rd, 2014 12:24 AM

I don't like the location of the W, you cannot walk to anything. You also won’t have views (although they do have a very cool rooftop pools which has some good ones). If you want to be in that area, then stay at the Ritz-Carlton which has THE view and in August is should be quite clear and amazing (chance of rain of course). But also not walkable to anything.

If you want to use points, then the Sheraton is a better choice. Good views (make sure you get a harbour view) and walkable to many things, including the Star Ferry. You have a nice budget, so you could consider others. The Peninsula and Intercontinental should be in that budget and also close to the Sheraton. On the Hong Kong side you could look at the Four Seasons. The JW Marriott, Island Shangri-La or Conrad would also work. The Upper House is in this same complex, but has no pool, and in August you will want one. (Four Seasons has the biggest and best, IMO. ) See what the Mandarin is charging for those dates (indoor pool only).

It makes no difference in terms of ease of getting to HKUST whether you stay on the Kowloon side or the Hong Kong side. It may save you 3 minutes to take the MTR from the Kowloon side, but I would not stay on the Kowloon side solely for that reason.

One thing to possibly consider is the East Hotel in Quarry Bay. It is on the line over to Yau Tong, which is a bit faster way to get to HKUST. The hotel has some very nice views and a W-like vibe. Very nice rooftop restaurant and bar and nice outdoor pool. The neighborhood is a mix of office buildings and residential. There is not a whole lot to do there, although there are a few good restaurants and some old neighborhood markets. But it would be something different. If you are not going out to HKUST every day, then staying in Central or TST may be better from a sight-seeing point of view. But see

Tulips Apr 23rd, 2014 03:18 AM

Thank you Cicerone, very useful advice! If it doesn't make much of a difference in getting to HKUST, I'll look at the hotels on the HK side. We'll be there a few days before term starts, and I'm sure the student will need to do some shopping...
The Four Seasons website is quoting rooms from 4700 (harbour view 5200).

The East Hotel looks fantastic - maybe next time.

rkkwan Apr 23rd, 2014 03:26 AM

It's clearly faster to get to UST from Central/Admiralty than from TST. As described by Cicerone.

rkkwan Apr 23rd, 2014 03:30 AM

Let me clarify a little. Even from TST, the fastest way to get to UST is to take MTR via HK Island to Hang Hau station, so there is no advantage for staying in TST. But the 4S is quite a bit of a walk via the tunnel to get to the Island Line trains.

Cicerone Apr 23rd, 2014 08:09 AM

Just a thought, but IMO the best shopping mall in HK is City Plaza in Quarry Bay (Tai Koo MTR), which is where the East Hotel is located. They have bascially every shop you can imagine, plus a few you can't like Muji (great home shop) and Uniqlo (clothing the college age would love). See

The only thing missing is an Ikea (although the Wing On in City Plaza is excllent for kitchen, hardware and housewares and cheaper than Muji), but you can go to the Ikea in Causeway Bay via the subway quickly, or go to the one in Megabox Mall in Kowloon Bay (also another good mall, with a large Muji as well.)

Shopping in Central is mainly fashion and is quite expensive. Pedder building has some homeware shops and a good kitchen and bath shop, but they are expensive. Gough Stree and the Peel Street areas are possiblilites for some home furnishings. There is a Wing On Dept store in Sheung Wan which is great for kitchens, bedding, etc. See for all locations.

If Four Seasons is too pricy, look at JW Marriott/Conrad and Island Shanghi-La to see if they are any better. You could also consider the Salisbury YMCA in Kolwoon, great views, and with your budget you could get a suite. Not as luxe as the others, but with a suite with that view, you may not care.

Tulips Apr 23rd, 2014 10:18 AM

Thank you for your great advice rkkwan and cicerone!
We'll need to shop for sheets, towels etc.

I have an offer for the Peninsula (courtyard or Kowloon view) for 4480, with a complimentary night, so paying 4 instead of 5 nights (3584 night average)
Island Shangri-La Harbour view room at 3655
JW Marriott harbour view at 3120

Which one would you prefer?

Cicerone Apr 23rd, 2014 06:05 PM

Ask about room size, Marriott can be on the small side. That would be a factor to me. Also, if you want twins beds, ask aobut that as well. Not all hotel rooms here have those (and double doubles, common in the US are even rarer).

For the Penn, you won't have a harbour view so I personally would not stay there, lovely as that hotel is.

The Island Shangri-La is more luxe than the Marriott, but both are in the same complex and location is good, walkable to Peak Tram and Central, one a subway and major bus lines, walkable to Wan Chai shops and restaurants. Both have nice pool areas.

rkkwan Apr 23rd, 2014 06:56 PM

Agree with Cicerone's reasons. I'd take the Island Shangri-La, though the Pen is quite tempting.

Belinda Apr 23rd, 2014 07:11 PM

I love the Kowloon Shangri-La, my favorite Hong Kong hotel.

Tulips Apr 23rd, 2014 11:26 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice!

harrybridges Apr 29th, 2014 02:03 AM

Recommend you Marco Polo HongKong Hotel $355 one night and the Langham Hong Kong $306 one night(grand room).
The Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel is located along Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, at the heart of the city’s busiest commercial, shopping and business hub.
The Langham Hong Kong presents a refined European-style haven in the heart of the bustling Tsimshatsui shopping and tourism district.

Charlie_louise May 1st, 2014 06:10 AM

I have just returned from a two night stopover in HK from Oz, we stayed in the Hotel Icon. Absolutely amazing!!! The service was impeccable, check the reviews out on tripadvisor!

We payed slightly more to stay in a harbour view room which was well worth the money! The rooms are amazing and the food is delicious! The location was great too!

Tulips May 1st, 2014 07:33 AM

The Icon looks great too, Thank you for the tips!

rkkwan May 2nd, 2014 06:34 AM

Seriously, the location of the Icon is hardly the best for the tourist.

annhig May 3rd, 2014 01:27 PM

You could also consider the Salisbury YMCA in Kolwoon, great views, and with your budget you could get a suite. Not as luxe as the others, but with a suite with that view, you may not care>>

we stayed there for three nights last November and really for the price [and probably quite a lot more] it couldn't be bettered. Lovely room, great bathroom, and wonderful view. plus the facilities of the hotel AND the YMCA. Many thanks again to the kind person here who recommended it.

Charlie_louise May 7th, 2014 05:50 AM

rkkwan - Why would so many tourists stay in the Icon then?!

We are a very active couple, taking a walk to view attractions/sights is not a problem for us. Taxis are very cheap if you would rather not walk!

DonTopaz May 7th, 2014 10:07 AM

> Why would so many tourists stay in the Icon then?

Because it costs less than the better-located hotels?

rkkwan's contention about location is spot on: many, many other other hotels in Hong Kong have better locations -- closer to MTR stations, closer to the Star Ferry, better harbour views, etc. Which is a primary reason that the Icon costs less.

That isn't at all to say that the Icon is in a bad location -- it isn't. But most tourists would find that a hotel like the Sheraton or the Salisbury Y or a Pacific Place hotel or the Holiday Inn Express in Causeway Bay is a more convenient to restaurants, shopping, and the MTR. HK is a great place to walk around when the weather is pleasant and dry, but a lot less so when it's hot. humid, and about to rain in torrents.

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