This is defo for budget travellers. I didn't make a hotel reservation prior to my HK trip since my Father and I were confident enough that we'd be able to stay at the Mariner's Club Hotel during our entire HK trip. Unluckily, the Mariner's Club Hotel only had an available room with separate bathroom which we didn't fancy at all. They were kind enough though to let us connect to their wifi and look for hotels nearby. We were told that the cheapest and safest would be the hotels/Inns at The Chungking Mansion. That sounded familiar! the attendants at the HK-Macau Port Tourist information Service told me the same thing. There were hotels/Inns at Nathan Road particularly at Chungking Mansion but it's best to check out the place first before booking a room. Scariest thing for travellers is to expect the unexpected when it comes to hotels but defo not for adventures.
I booked a double room for my Father and I thinking that it would be good enough for us since we'll be out touring most of the time and we just need a place to rest. Apparently we were in for a very unexpected treat. Chungking Mansion was a 4-6mins walk from the Mariner's Club Hotel. Be mindful of the bldg lift. They have an odd-even system so you must know exactly which lift to take based on the hotel's/INNs' address.
We got the place and we were greeted by the friendly attendant and showed us the room that we booked via agoda. The room cost us 4,361.01php for 5 days and 4 nights stay.The initial booked room was like a tiny closet and I wouldn't dare to sleep there. Obviously, it is something that I never imagined! My Father and I decided to pay an additional 250hkd to be moved to the twin room with private bathroom. The room was then prepped up by the sole attendant.. at least we know that the beddings were freshly taken out from the dryer since it was still hot and smelled good. The attended was very particular in keeping the room especially the beddings clean.He immediately gave us a heads up that there'll be an additional charge for stained beddings. So, we were careful enough not to stain them. The hostel got a mini bar that is shared like any other hostels - free coffee, sugar, milk, tea, hot and cold water. My Dad only used the coffee and hot water.
The room featured a 15in colored flat screen, a ceiling fan, a very nice and cold working air conditioner, 2 single beds, windows, night curtains, free wifi and a private bathroom.The attendant and the owner was friendly. They attendant even offered us a Disneyland ticket for adult price for about 10 -15hkd cheaper than the orig price but of course we just decided to book it online just to be sure. The hostel Is not as stylish and spacious as other hostels that I stayed at but it's tolerable. You get what you paid for.. it's not filthy and most importantly it's safe inside the hostel. The situation once you get out of the lift is what we felt unsafe. It's a market of everything downstairs - food, electronics, bags and knock-offs.. There was even a tourist whose wallet was stolen by a pickpocket while in line waiting for the lift.
The location is nearby by the shopping area, walking distance to everything. Temple street is just a couple of blocks away (15-20mins walk), food and clothing stores is just practically in every street. The HK - Macau port is nearby (20-25mins walk), Tsim Sha Tsui port, HK Science Museum, Avenue of Stars is just nearby and can be travelled on foot which is just within the port area. It's also near the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR.
overall rating is Average. This is a hostel that is just okay to stay if you're on a budget and be staying in the kowloon area for a day or two.
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