Vintage-style Hong Kong Hotel

This vintage-style hotel is located in Wanchai, boasting Hong Kong 60’s decor and accoutrements. Despite its old Hong Kong style, all rooms are modernly furnished, with hit-tech features. This is because, according to a newspaper report, the hotel’s owner is from an IT background. Each hotel room is installed with high-tech Intelligent Hotel System, and equipped with LCD TV, DVD player, comprehensive audio/ video library, radio, Internet access, and audio jacks.

mingle-by-the-park-roomPrice of rooms ranges from HK$400 to HK$1700, all with a small balcony resembling that of 60s in Hong Kong. But be prepared that the rooms are small, just like the way it was, with the smallest only 80 sq feet, just enough for a single bed and a TV set. But the decoration of the hotel looks really cool, bringing you back to old Hong Kong.

The 3-star hotel has 25 guestrooms. It is said that it is particularly popular with backpackers.

Here’s the hotel (Mingle Place by the Park)’s website.

First and only international hotel in New Territories

hyatt hotel in shatinI introduce this hotel because it is the first and only international hotel in New Territories. As a result of its location, the room rate is comparatively cheap. A hotel room of same international brand name in the city centre can charge HK$2600 (about $335) per night, while it charges about HK$900 (about $116) only.

And the environment is very good, as the hotel faces Tolo Harbour, with rooms having either mountain or sea view.

I am talking about Hyatt Regency Hotel in Shatin.

The hotel is located adjacent to The Chinese University of Hong Kong, at the University Station along the East Rail line of MTR, close to Lowu. Transportation would be convenient, though going to Central or Wanchai may take a bit longer.

Obviously the hotel has close relationship with the University. Right, the hotel actually is kind of teaching hotel for the University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management. The School and the hotel group Hyatt Hotel & Resort celebrated the hotel’s soft opening in February 2009. The hotel facilities are brand new.

The hotel is special in that it has 133 long-stay suites to cater for extended stay. Given the nice environment in the Chinese University, which has Hong Kong’s most beautiful campus, and the surrounding natural scenery, the facilities for long-stay is no surprise.

Btw, if you stay in this hotel, don’t forget to visit the Pavilion of Harmony in the Chinese University’s New Asia College.

Boutique Hotel in Hong Kong

There are not many nice boutique hotels around in Hong Kong. This one, The Fleming, is one I know. With it minimalist design and cozy feel, high-end price is expected. But this time around, it is giving out special offers.

 The rate for a Standard Room has been lowered to about HK$1000-1200, a discount from its normal price of HK$1,800.

The boutique hotel, with 66 rooms in total, is conveniently located in the depth of Wanchai, a 10-minute walk to the shopping centre Causeway Bay.

If you are interested, check out its website: www.thefleming.com.hk

Short-term apartment rental in HK (part 3) – away from the city

Let me introduce two properties that are located relatively far from the city centre, but yet are in rather nice seaside or countryside living environment, with shuttle bus service or connection to the public transport.

If you don’t mind the distance and want to live in the countryside like environment, they may be your choice.

These two properties are run by two of Hong Kong’s main property developers, Sino Group and Hong Kong’s tycoon Li Ka Shing’s Hutchison and Cheung Kong Groups.

Gold Coast Serviced Apartments, at Gold Coast, New Territories

These apartments have sea view, and require a minimum of one month stay, from HKD16000 per apartment.  Nearby is a beach.

It provides shuttle bus service to different points in the city centre, and takes about 30 minutes to reach Central on the Hong Kong island.

Harbour Plaza Resort City in Tin Shui Wei, New Territories

Tin Shui Wei area is known in Hong Kong for frequent occurrence of family tragedies where the poor families do not get enough support from the Government. So this “resort city” is inherently not really belonging to the area’s landscape. The place is a bit far from the city centre, but it is on the railway line, at the Tin Shui Wei Station of the Hong Kong MTR station. Travel time from Tin Shui Wei to, say Central, is 44 minutes by train. Monthly rental of the apartment is from HK$5900.