The motto is simple, try them all!
I often get asked for my opinion on Hotels, which is fair enough, I visit many of them on a weekly basis as I pick up my clients from the Hotel they are staying at.
I would like to offer a little tip which was passed onto me by a client and I have tested this method as well and it seems to work.
These days there are a number of great Hotel Room Booking sites which give you the opportunity to book the Hotel of your dreams at an affordable price and let’s face it who wouldn’t want to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel or the Peninsula for half the normal rate.
Quite simply, try all the sites you can find on Google as well the Hotel’s own site to get the best rate and you can also try Tripadvisor, they show the prices from a cross section of Booking Sites.
I am not an expert on how they work but some obviously have good relationships with certain hotels as it is possible to book a room even when everyone say’s that it is full, so try them all as quite frankly it is not much of an effort and you could get a substantial saving on the room rate.
Agoda and Booking.com are excellent.
Hong Kong Hotel Recommendations
I am not a travel agent but based on where my clients stay here are some Hotels to consider, you can also check their relevant Tripadvisor reviews.
If I had to make one recommendation for each area, then the Hotel Icon in Kowloon and the Conrad Hotel on Hong Kong Island
Remember these are my personal choices! The best bet is to go to Tripadvisor and research Hotels on there.
One final tip.
Some Hotels are really a bugger to get to and from, when I rate a Hotel, how close the Hotel is to the MTR Train System here is a major factor, you really do not want to be walking great distances or using taxi’s to get to your hotel after a day sightseeing... and trying to schedule your day out in order to fit with the Hotels shuttle bus service is also a right royal pain in the...
Hotels can be very creative when it comes to NOT telling you about poor transport options.
Here is my list of some of the worst offenders
L’Hotel Island South
Harbour Grand Kowloon Hotel
Metropark Kowloon Hotel
Regal Riverside Hotel
Gold Coast Hotel
The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Wanchai is obviously in an alternate universe and I quote one of their management team.
“Cosmopolitan Hotel locates on the interaction of Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, only 8 minutes walking to Times Square Mega Shopping Mall / Causeway Bay MTR Station and 5 minutes to Wan Chai’s hottest entertaining wining and dining district. To save our guests’ precious time, hotel also provides complimentary shuttle bus service to 15 destinations throughout Hong Kong island”
Even walking at a fast pace Times Square is 12 - 15 minutes walk and a minimum of 20 minutes to the MTR Station! (It takes 5 minutes just to get to the MTR Station tunnel from Times Square at street level and another 5 minutes to reach the platform through the tunnel) and Wanchai’s hottest entertaining district is a good 15 - 20 minutes walk, I should know I have done these routes many times! The shuttle bus service is good but 2 points, 1) the road system around the hotel is truly a nightmare, it would be quicker to walk to the MTR Station in Causeway Bay or Wanchai and 2) the shuttle buses do not run at 5 minute intervals, more like 15 - 30 minute intervals. Like I said, quicker to walk.
I do personal walking tours of Hong Kong, I am on the streets every day and I have a somewhat interesting perspective of this wonderful city I have called my home for well over 40+ years. My private walking tours of Hong Kong are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Hong Kong prior to exploring on their own and for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.
Many clients book me for their first full day in Hong Kong, they get to see the best that Hong Kong has to offer + a crash course on our wonderful public transport system and then they go exploring for the rest of their stay armed with step by step instructions and recommendations from me....
...oh, and if you book a tour then you are booking a tour with me, I do not employ other guides.