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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby Em » Sun May 07, 2017 10:21 pm

MomOfOne wrote:Hi

Am looking at hotels to stay too for my upcoming Jun trip. Any review on these 2 hotels:-

1) Cordis hotel
2) park Lane The langham hotel

Thanks


Am assuming you mean Langham Hotel at Peking Rd

Cordis is to Hotel Jen at Somerset as Langham is to Hotel Jen Tanglin (the former Traders Hotel).

Both are great hotels, but convenience-wise, cordis is better. Cordis lobby can be accessed via link bridge at 4th level of the adjoining huge Langham Place shopping mall, directly above mongkok station. Supermarket, bakeries, at basement levels. Fully sheltered access to train station, also located in basement somewhere. Surrounded by many cheap eateries and shopping areas. Only issue is this is the shopping mall with the escalator reversing incident a few months back where 18 people were injured. I think those were the same escalators which are used to go to the hotel link bridge level.

Langham Hotel is small but posh. Good for biz talks. Restaurant prices nose-bleedingly posh too. getting to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) station requires you to cross a small lane to opposite bldg, go down to a short underground passage and back above ground again to get to Nathan Rd where there are several entrances to TST station. This underground passage also links up to TST station, TST East station and many other buildings within the vicinity. So Short walk mainly above ground if the weather is fine. But during bad weather, quite a long walk underground to TST station. It's actually a shorter underground walk to TST East station.

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby Susan Koh » Tue May 23, 2017 11:17 pm

whywhy wrote:Hi, my family is Travelling to HK coming Sept. 2A2Teens. Will be staying near mtr TST. I would like to go Victoria peak. any tips coz most Travellers say Long q est of 1 hr. pls share & I welcome any tips n recommendations on food n places must go. TIA


Yes do be prepared for the long wait to go up the peak especially on weekends and in the late afternoon since most would want to see the night scenery of the skyline.

If you're going with your teens, can go to Ocean Park as there are more thrilling rides compared to Disneyland. But for me, I still enjoy Disneyland and hoping less mainland tourist since they have a Disneyland in Shanghai now.

You can also go hiking with your family, https://www.sassymamahk.com/family-hikes-in-hong-kong/

Food wise, they have so many many options. I wrote about some of these places on my blog.
http://ajugglingmom.com/food-guide-hong-kong-part-1/
http://ajugglingmom.com/food-guide-to-hong-kong-part-2/

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby floppy » Mon May 29, 2017 1:29 am

whywhy wrote:Hi, my family is Travelling to HK coming Sept. 2A2Teens. Will be staying near mtr TST. I would like to go Victoria peak. any tips coz most Travellers say Long q est of 1 hr. pls share & I welcome any tips n recommendations on food n places must go. TIA


My recommendations:
1. Tim Sum is a must try. I like Luk Yu if I'm on Hong Kong Island.

2. If you prefer something more authentic, you can always look for the street snacks. You can eat all the way from Tsim Sha Tsui to Jordan, if you can walk that distance.

3. Some other places that I think is worthy to explore. You can avoid the queue at the Peak Tram if you reach the terminal early. You can head up the peak using the tram but come down from the peak using their local bus (which will bring you to IFC).

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Re: Hotel near TST mtr

Postby floppy » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:08 am

floppy wrote:
Sun_2010 wrote:Hi Floppy,
Are you back from Hkg?
Waiting for your review :please:


Not really, I'm across the sea at Macau :lol:
But I can give a quick review of Holiday Inn Golden Mile

Pros
1. Great location - close to the MTR, lots of food options nearby, 2 nice shopping malls (K11 and iSquare) only a stone's throw away, Jenny's Bakery next door (and Cookie's Quartet slightly further away)
2. Price - one of the better option (for a hotel) that I found

Cons
1. Old - unfortunately, I got one of the yet-to renovate rooms (higher up). The wear and tear is showing. If you are concern about the state of the room, may have to look elsewhere.


Ok. A litte belated but a more detailed review of the Holiday Inn Golden Mile.

Got my booking directly from IHG as they were running a promotion for members. Hence, my earlier comment about their price (and given the location, it really is a fantastic price). Everything is nearby and within walking distance - MTR, supermarket, convenience store, 茶餐厅, etc. One of the consideration for my choice of hotel this time round is that it must be on the red line (Tsuen Wan / Central) as I would be relying on the MTR a lot. Plus, if you are into Jenny Bakery, their main outlet is just next door (very short queue when I was there).

I had considered airbnb but price wise, this hotel is still competitive and lower than some of the better lodgings on airbnb. My room had two double beds, thus, it sleeps 4 comfortably. No real concerns about the sleep quality. The room is rather spacious (by Hong Kong standards). If you are into hotel breakfast (err...), they have a Kids Stay & Eat Free guarantee. Kids aged 12 and under eat free at breakfast when dining with an adult.

Something that I like about the hotel is that they provide a Handy smartphone inside the room (which you can also bring out). Apart from surfing, calling local numbers, etc (things that you expect from a smartphone), you can also turn it into a personal mobile hotspot. Therefore, it saves you the money from renting a ChangiWiFi (SGD 5 per day). However, if you really must rent a mobile router, I recommend getting the one from klook.com instead. You can collect and drop off your device at Hong Kong airport and it only cost SGD 2 per day.

Unfortunately, the hotel is not all positive. As per comments above, I had one of the un-renovated room and the wear and tear is showing. The decor is also so 80s but that didn't really bother my family. If you prefer something nicer / newer, you should highlight to IHG when booking that you would prefer a renovated room.
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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby hquek » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:06 am

Seems handy phones are everywhere. I had one to use from Royal Plaza HK and a friend who stays at boutique hotels (nathan hotel?) also had such phones in her room. Btw i could use it to call sg (gratis)

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby floppy » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:08 am

hquek wrote:Seems handy phones are everywhere. I had one to use from Royal Plaza HK and a friend who stays at boutique hotels (nathan hotel?) also had such phones in her room. Btw i could use it to call sg (gratis)


My hotel in Macau has one too. I suppose Handy is providing their smartphones to nearly all the hotels in HK. I didn't try calling SG but that's good to know.

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Re: Hotel near TST mtr

Postby Sun_2010 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:40 am

floppy wrote:
floppy wrote:
Sun_2010 wrote:Hi Floppy,
Are you back from Hkg?
Waiting for your review :please:


Not really, I'm across the sea at Macau :lol:
But I can give a quick review of Holiday Inn Golden Mile

Pros
1. Great location - close to the MTR, lots of food options nearby, 2 nice shopping malls (K11 and iSquare) only a stone's throw away, Jenny's Bakery next door (and Cookie's Quartet slightly further away)
2. Price - one of the better option (for a hotel) that I found

Cons
1. Old - unfortunately, I got one of the yet-to renovate rooms (higher up). The wear and tear is showing. If you are concern about the state of the room, may have to look elsewhere.


Ok. A litte belated but a more detailed review of the Holiday Inn Golden Mile.

Got my booking directly from IHG as they were running a promotion for members. Hence, my earlier comment about their price (and given the location, it really is a fantastic price). Everything is nearby and within walking distance - MTR, supermarket, convenience store, 茶餐厅, etc. One of the consideration for my choice of hotel this time round is that it must be on the red line (Tsuen Wan / Central) as I would be relying on the MTR a lot. Plus, if you are into Jenny Bakery, their main outlet is just next door (very short queue when I was there).

I had considered airbnb but price wise, this hotel is still competitive and lower than some of the better lodgings on airbnb. My room had two double beds, thus, it sleeps 4 comfortably. No real concerns about the sleep quality. The room is rather spacious (by Hong Kong standards). If you are into hotel breakfast (err...), they have a Kids Stay & Eat Free guarantee. Kids aged 12 and under eat free at breakfast when dining with an adult.

Something that I like about the hotel is that they provide a Handy smartphone inside the room (which you can also bring out). Apart from surfing, calling local numbers, etc (things that you expect from a smartphone), you can also turn it into a personal mobile hotspot. Therefore, it saves you the money from renting a ChangiWiFi (SGD 5 per day). However, if you really must rent a mobile router, I recommend getting the one from klook.com instead. You can collect and drop off your device at Hong Kong airport and it only cost SGD 2 per day.

Unfortunately, the hotel is not all positive. As per comments above, I had one of the un-renovated room and the wear and tear is showing. The decor is also so 80s but that didn't really bother my family. If you prefer something nicer / newer, you should highlight to IHG when booking that you would prefer a renovated room.


Thanks floppy,

Just in time, flying tomorrow .
Didnt book Holiday Inn, though. We looked at airbnb but didnt find anything that worthy. So settled for Hotel.

Did you try the iventure card? Is it worth it?

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby Sun_2010 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:43 am

hquek wrote:Seems handy phones are everywhere. I had one to use from Royal Plaza HK and a friend who stays at boutique hotels (nathan hotel?) also had such phones in her room. Btw i could use it to call sg (gratis)


Hquek, I have booked at Royal Plaza.How is the place, and accessibility?

any suggestions for Airport to Hotel transport?

Glad to know about the Handy phones.

Did you try the iventure card? Is it worth it?

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby floppy » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:09 pm

Sun_2010 wrote:Did you try the iventure card? Is it worth it?


I didn't buy the iVenture card but I've used similar cards in other destinations before. I believe it is worth it if the attractions that you are visiting are included in the card and you are planning to spend 3 or 5 consecutive days (for HK) covering those attractions. It should save you quite a bit of money. For me, due to the age of my travelling companions, I have to be extremely flexibility and can't be locked down into any kind of fixed itinerary. The iVenture card won't work for me.

P/S: If you are buying the iVenture card, don't get it from the official website. Resellers / retailers / travel agencies like klook.com can offer you a lower price. Actually, they can offer you a lower price for almost everything, including Disneyland tickets (SGD96), Ocean Park tickets (SGD66), etc.
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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby hquek » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:55 pm

Sun_2010 wrote:
hquek wrote:Seems handy phones are everywhere. I had one to use from Royal Plaza HK and a friend who stays at boutique hotels (nathan hotel?) also had such phones in her room. Btw i could use it to call sg (gratis)


Hquek, I have booked at Royal Plaza.How is the place, and accessibility?

any suggestions for Airport to Hotel transport?

Glad to know about the Handy phones.

Did you try the iventure card? Is it worth it?


Hi Sun_2010,

I have stayed there a couple of times. Place is still nice (renovated few years back), definitely accessible since it's linked to a mall and Mongkok East station. If your party can walk, do walk down to Prince Edward station area - a lot of convenience stores (Wellcome, ParknShop etc), loads of food (we went to Mui Kee - the famed porridge place, it's located in a market building pretty near from an elevated walkway...google for better directions), night shopping (pet street, flower street etc).

Note that you will have to call the concierge if you wanna make use of their free shuttle from hotel (goes to Prince Edward Station, ICC, TST). Coming back, you can wait at the TST drop off place to take the hotel shuttle (no reservations required) - I think it's at entrance of a duty free store on a small road. We used it mostly cos it was free and saves us that bit of walking.

One handy phone per room. we had 2 rooms so 2 handy phones - can call each other; I didn't use this too much as we were also carrying Starhub prepaid cards - the prices are cheap. I think 1G is like $7 for 7 days. I can use this prepaid card in China and Hong Kong (not Macau though, and HK handy phone didn't work in Macau).

From airport, the easiest is to use Airport express (go to counter and buy group pass if you have more than 2, it's cheaper). Take the train to Kowloon and then find the free bus that goes to RP. Can't use Cityflyer/bus cos the stops are far away.

Sorry, no clue on that card. We go to HK more for the food/shopping. I use OpenRice app for food places - their directions pretty good too.

Too much to say, and you are leaving tomorrow! Have a safe trip and enjoy yourselves!

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