The old Victoria Hospital at the Peak, the harsh life of a chicken in Hong Kong and an old car ferry still plies it's trade
Let's get one thing straight right off, this Hotel is NOT 25 minutes from Central on Hong Kong Island, Hotel's always claim fantasy travel times which are made up by some Hotel employee living in an alternate universe.
It takes 15 minutes to get to the ferry pier from the Hotel by bus, then say a wait of 10 - 15 minutes for the Ferry, then 30 minutes travel time to Central and then it takes at least 10 - 15 minutes to get from Pier No. 3 to the heart of Central, so we are talking an hour or more and that is when the planets align. Just something to take into account if you are thinking of staying in the Hotel.
The other major issue is that you CANNOT take a taxi from the airport or anywhere else to the Hotel as taxi's are NOT allowed in Discovery Bay where the Hotel is located (or car's, trucks, motorbikes etc) you have no idea how inconvenient this is for Hotel guests who have to rely on the Hotel shuttle buses (not that frequent) or public buses... crazy.
The Hotel itself is lovely, it has great views, the beach is nice and it is in the middle of an exclusive gated community. The Hotel lobby is huge, the lobby bathrooms are brilliant and it seems the rooms are big (and nice) but somehow I do not think that, that makes up for it's horrible location and the fact you have to rely in buses to get around.... it also has an incomplete shopping mall next to it, but at least there is an Uncle Russ Coffee Shop (however the coffee is awful) and that is basically it.
If you do not mind the inconvenience of just getting around then I am guessing this would be a great place to stay especially as the room rates are low but they are low for a reason.
I love wandering around when I am not working and came across the old Victoria Hospital near Barker Road at the Peak, I bet there are a few ghosts in this old building...my understanding is this is where some of our Governments top brass now live.
I still believe our Government is making a mistake allowing live chickens to be imported into Hong Kong when clearly they play a major role in the spread of bird flu and looking at these poor chickens I imagine they would like the ban to be enforced as well.
It isn't much of a life being a chicken, all cooped up watching your family and friends having their neck wrung...
This is a car ferry, they used to be a common sight in the old days (the 1970's) taking cars and people from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon... a couple of these ferries where actually converted into truly awful harbour cruises so it nice to see one actually doing the job it was built for.. I was surprised to see it, I thought they had been scrapped except for the 2 scooting around the harbour during the day and evening.
The Peak Tram is much more exciting going down but remember it is always crowded.. to me it is great for people watching, some people get terribly excited!
I do personal walking tours around 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 37 years. My private walking tours 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.