Hong Kong Hotel Tips by picek
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on the road, the main facade
If there's one building which represents Babylon and globalization in this world then it would be Chungking Mansion in Kowloon/Tsim Sha Tsui. It would be indeed hard to find a visitor to Hong Kong who wouldn't have heard of that legendary place, 17 storey building built in 1961.
This is place to stay if you're looking for cheap accomodation, although cheap in HK means something different than cheap in other Asian countries. You will be able to choose between hundreds of guesthouses and hotels here - and they are scattered among 5 blocks of the building. We came here without pre booking and as far as main holidays are concerned (such as new year) it could be difficult to find a room then - so it's at your risk not to book in advance for main holidays but in the worst case you'd get a room in dorm. Most rooms are small but clean.
You should check out a few places, because prices vary and some rooms are without window, so it feels claustrophobic there. Apart from guesthouses you can find plenty of shops and ethnic restaurants here, but also other things not worth to mention.
I found it a bit frustrating that in a block where we were staying (block A) there was no stairs between ground and first floor or at least I couldn't figure it out where there were (and you have to take elevator). I wouldn't like to be trapped there in case of fire, really. It is also not the best place to stay if you fear height.
This is certainly interesting and vibrant place with interesting history. Make sure that you take care of your belongings and you'll be fine. By the way if you show interest in buying fake 'rolex' and stuff, you will be swarmed by by people who will not give up so fast in order to sell you a thing. So, be carefull, then. You could be as well badly cheated and even fined if caught in the act.
Unique Qualities: multicultural world here.
tall blocks with hundreds of guesthouses and restaurants... and other services
hear languages, music and fashion of the world
... here globalization is the most intense... in all things good and bad. See film Chungking Express which was in some points recorded here by one of most renowned film directors Wong Kar Wai. An interesting stuff and story.
Address: 36-44 Nathan road
Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Nathan road, Tsim Sha Tsui
kare... lights lit
If Chungking is more famous, more multicultural and crowded, then Mirador is more quiet, more private and somehow more Chinese/Cantonese of a place. And it's is still only a few steps from Chungking and Kowloon Mosque, so yes, you are in the centre of activity!
It is another tall block building here with large open kare in the middle (hmmm... if you want, call this atrium or square) and the views from top to ground are stunning, see those many windows and balconies and air con machines and pipes... but hey, this isn't 5 star hotel and you get what you pay for. I found it as well slightly more friendly than Chngking and slightly less claustophobic, maybe because there's more 'air' between different wings of the building.
It also doesn't have that much guesthouses and shops here and sometimes your guesthouse will be next to family flat and you can actually see here how is the life in Hong Kong, the life of a 'normal' people.
We stayed here on our second visit and actually we just followed a landlady from the street in front of the mansion and lived in her flat/guesthouse... we got our own room with bathroom and had a nice view (see the photo at my front HK site) on the side street down there in front of Holidays inn... and you could watch things going on in the ground floor then, but in matter of fact we didn't really spend much time in the room because we had plenty of things to check out around HK still. Yet, those were really much better views than in Chungking where we saw only to our neigboors rooms in next block, pretty close.
It is okay to take a look into different rooms and if you stay longer you may as well ask for a 'discount'.
Basically rooms are a bit cheaper here and better quality than Chungking mansions (i believe you'll be reading this if you're on low budget), and it is in general safer feel because you can view the public balconies with your eyes and it's not like being in a labyrinth with too many dead ends.
The ground floor is as well full of shops here.
I'll update with photo...
Unique Qualities: Great choice for budget accomodation if you feel like living like local. Many rooms to choose from with views.
Address: 54-64 Nathan Road
Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon... near the Mosque and Chungking mansions
Not so typical choice of stay for average tourist to HK, it looks! But that will be great, because you will be staying close enough to bustling and expensive Tsim Sha Tsui side of Kowloon, yet in the Hung Hom area which has lot more local Cantonese feel. You will only need to walk a few meters from hotel to find typical local restaurants, hairdressers, tailors, small shops and small businesses and... impressive streets of funeral parlors in the street level (ground floor) of otherwise tall buildings...
There are several Bridal tea houses in Hung Hom, we stayed in the Winslow street. It's typically high, thin building of more than 20 storeys - each storey has few small rooms, all spotlessly clean... and you guessed - all so typically small that you may have problems storing lots of lugagge and keeping it organized. Yet it has reasonable price (we paid something like 450 HKD for a night and bargained discount for longer stay) and some stunning views of trully dense populated area (and here we speak of some of the densest populated areas in the world).
Ask for the breakfast if you like to eat at hotels (we didn't); though it was high season we didn't have problem getting a room without pre-booking. Though there may be more crowded around Valentine's day when youg couples are having night out in hotels (anyways, the name says 'bridal', but it's not necessary only brides and grooms stay here, though).
Unique Qualities: 1. views, views and views.
2. all very clean, very quiet
3. not crowded as the TST stays
4. local atmosphere with chinese restaurants and shops in the district
5. a few bus stops away from Nathan road, it will take few minutes to get there by public transport
Address: No. 57A-61 Winslow ST, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Comparison: about average
Directions: Near Hung Hom Train station/MTS station/bus station
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