We were surprised to learn that Hong Kong offers a reasonable range of accommodation from cheap hostels to 5-star hotels located both in prime and rural areas of Hong Kong. Of our 5D4N stay in Hong Kong, the first three nights were spent in a cheap hostel at Mirador Mansion named USA Hostel. I'd admit it was the tiniest room we've gotten into, but the fact that it has two large windows, on the side and right in front of the beds, the room became a little bit larger and pleasant to the eyes. The chandelier is quite big for the room but it gives the room warmth and a little cozy feel.
the i-Square Mall right in front of our window
isn't the chandelier nice? :)
Our room is a little lovely box with nice view of Nathan road, aircon, cable TV and a private bathroom with hot and cold shower. Total hotel charges for 4D3N stay is US$154.62 ( Sgd $185.54, around Sgd$62/night) which is a real steal the fact that its location is literally in the middle of the city where Avenue of the Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR and shopping malls are just within walking distance.
Gil overlooking Nathan Road
USA Hostel is located inside Mirador Mansion situated along one of the busiest streets of Hong Kong, the Nathan Road. Beside Mirador Mansion is the more famous Chungking Mansion. Both of these buildings housed independent low-budget guesthouses, inns and shops.
the entrance of Mirador Mansion at night
All our Hong Kong activities were scheduled on the first four days of our stay so we were out on the streets most of the time. But there were times that we come back to our room in the middle of the day to take rest and take a nap since the location of this hostel is very convenient. For some reasons, comfort and convenience do not necessarily mean expensive.
USA Hostel also offers rooms for large group and families. I suggest you get the room with windows as their rooms can trigger claustrophobia due to limited spaces. Over all, we won't mind staying again in this hostel in the future! :)
Flat F1, 13/F, Mirador Mansion
58-62 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
00852, Hong Kong
ROYAL PLAZA HOTEL
On our last night in Hong Kong, we decided to stay in Mong Kok area so we could visit the famous Ladies Market for souvenirs. Inspired by the saying 'Save the best for Last,' we reserved the last 2D1N at Royal Plaza Hotel- a five star hotel with swimming pool (No picture taking allowed in the pool).
Based on readings, Royal Plaza Hotel is just within walking distance from Mong Kok station (MTR Kwun Tong Line). Little did I know that it's actually at Mong Kok EAST (MTR East Rail), a different MTR line. It was a long and tiring walk finding the hotel. Finally, we passed by a shopping mall and found the hotel right at the back of the mall.
the bottled water, coffee and tea are free, all others are not.
We booked Superior Room with buffet breakfast but to compensate for the noise due to the undergoing construction on some part of the hotel, we were upgraded to Deluxe Room with two double beds. Total hotel charges for 2D1N stay via agoda.com is US$178.64 (Sgd $236.08), more expensive than than the 3-night stay at USA Hostel.
at the elevator area
the lobby from the La Scala Restaurant at Mezzanine floor
The buffet breakfast the following day was served at the Mezzanine floor overlooking the lobby. Honestly, the lobby's interior wasn't impressive at all, so as the breakfast.
Over all, we had a nice stay at Royal Plaza Hotel but I don't think we will be staying in this hotel again in the future. The room is nice but the hotel's interior and the limited selection of buffet breakfast is not at all impressive. Location is quite far from the main roads as well. Imagine how much we have saved if only we extend our USA Hostel stay for that last night! *wink*
Royal Plaza Hotel
193 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon
Mongkok, Hong Kong