During my stay with John Mah in Hong Kong from 21-25 October 2011, we stayed in 2 different locations. Both were located in the Kowloon 九龍 – one of the 3 main areas (Hong Kong Island 香港島, Kowloon 九龍, New Territories 新界) in Hong Kong.
On the first night itself, we stayed in Guangdong Guest House 广东宾馆 which was located in Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀. The location was quite good as it was located in one of the busiest district in Hong Kong being in the heart of various businesses, shopping and entertainment outlets.
Entering Chungking Mall Mansions 重庆大厦 after our long bus trip from the airport had us having weird thoughts as the building itself was occupied with many Indians and Pakistani people. No offence to the specific races but while we are waiting for the lift, a fight almost happened there. 1 person cut queue, another one not happy with it – raised his hands and grab the other’s neck pushing him towards the wall. Pretty tension atmosphere.
Guangdong Guest House 广东宾馆 at Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀
Address : B2, 5/F Block B, Chungking Mansion 重庆大厦
36-44 Nathan Road 弥敦道, Hong Kong 香港
Upon arriving the door, i mean the guest house, we were welcomed with quite a number of notice out on the reception entrance.
Please contact Simon To only. Simon is a Chinese. Don’t check in with Indian Simon. Seriously? LOL! Again, i have to say, i’m not racist, it’s just too funny!! Go imagine what happened before yourself. ROFLMAO.
Apparently, this specific accommodation place received quite an amount of awards in the past. With Simon the ONLY person working there, i wonder how he managed to pull out an excellent job doing everything all by himself.
Simon is a nice guy who was very helpful in almost every thing. A quick intro by him with brief information about the location as well as the guest house itself made us feel welcomed instantly.
Guangdong Guest House 广东宾馆 at Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀 is a place equipped with electronic doors where you need a key card to access. The building itself has CCTV all over the place.
The room we had is one of the biggest room available in Guangdong Guest House 广东宾馆 but well, as you can see in the pictures above, it’s really quite a sad case for the both of us. Good thing we managed to utilized every inches of it then.
The stay was a decent one. A place with Free Wi-Fi internet, entertainment from TV with DVDs available, air-conditioner, toilet with shampoo & shower gel, towels provided and of course, bed! We booked a Double Bed Private Ensuite and the stay was USD68 which is around RM212.
Tai Kok Tsui 大角咀 YESinSPACE Hostel
Address : 4/F, Yesinn House, 10 Anchor Street 晏架街
Tai Kok Tsui 大角咀 , Kowloon 九龍, Hong Kong 香港
During the next 3 nights stay in Hong Kong, we went to YESinSPACE Hostel which is located at Tai Kok Tsui 大角咀. The place contains both industrial and residential areas where it’s between Mong Kwok 旺角 and Olympic 奧運 MTR station 地铁站 in Kowloon.
The place is slightly quiet compared to the previous stay. Further away from the prime areas where there’s a school & college located nearby.
The YESinSPACE Hostel contains a few floors & the reception is located on the 4th floor itself. At first glance, the place look extremely nice where it was re-furnished just recently. Got our room keys and headed up straight to the 9th floor to our room!
Didn’t imagine the room to so well furnished and i was really satisfied with the stay at YESinSPACE hostel. The room we got is a Standard Twin Private Ensuite. There’s a place for cooking purposes with a mini refrigerator. An attached toilet as well as TV with a couch & cupboards as well.
Had the housekeeping maid arranged our beds to 2 single beds to our comforts. The stay for 3 nights cost us HKD 1704.00 which is RMR685.69.
The reception by Simon at Guangdong Guest House 广东宾馆 at Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀 was wonderful, the place was quite clean with sufficient basic facilities but Chungking Mansion 重庆大厦 itself is quite a dodgy place of mixed people.
On the other hand, YESinSPACE Hostel at Tai Kok Tsui 大角咀 is much more of a better place to stay in with a peace of mind, however, the location is slightly far from train stations and prime areas. 7-10 minutes walk to Mong Kwok 旺角 and 5-7 minutes walk to Olympic 奧運 & MTR station 地铁站 (That’s if you’re familiar with the location itself & you can stand walking under the sun). Of course, you can opt for mini bus or cab. =)
Would totally recommend YESinSPACE if you ask me. Wonderful place to stay in. For more info, click here.
Though we booked our flight tickets with AirAsia last year, the trip was confirmed pretty last minute and so we booked our accommodation like just weeks ago before our stay. The cost could be cheaper if we booked earlier. Anyways our stays for 4 nights cost us RM 897, an amount which is still affordable for a stay in Hong Kong. =)