I’ve promised you guys so many blog posts that never pushed through. Usually when I have the time to blog about it, parang laos na ‘yung “news” so I don’t bother and move on with my current affairs. But there are moments like this that I have the time to blog but I don’t know what to blog about. Enter “Wayback Wednesday” blogs—now I’ll backtrack on things that I feel I should have shared with you but was too busy to.
For my first Wayback Wednesday post, I’ll share with you my take on the hotels we’ve stayed in in Hong Kong last year. I feel these reviews will be helpful if you or a loved one is currently looking for a hotel in Hong Kong.
We stayed in two hotels in Hong Kong last year: Residence G and Disney Hollywood Hotel. Here are my unbiased reviews about these two Hong Kong hotels.
Residence G Hotel (aka Hotel G) Review
If not for the fact that I lost my iPad, we wouldn’t have stayed here. But to pay penance for my stupid mistake, we opted to stay in this relatively cheaper hotel. When I say “cheap”, it isn’t exactly cheap. Most hotel rooms in Hong Kong were tailormade for hobbits, I suppose. Ang liliit talaga. And Residence G was no exception. This was my second choice because of its good reviews on TripAdvisor and because it has a complimentary smartphone.
When our awful cab driver dropped us off, I had a sinking feeling already. It was located in an area na medyo eskinita ang dating. Katabi pa ng mga bar.
Screenshot of Residence G “neighborhood”
It has been described on TripAdvisor as having this “modern” vibe, and most reviewers loved its “modern” vibe. Unfortunately, not we. Perhaps I’m old-fashioned, but I still prefer a cozy, homey ambience over a “steel-y” one. See for yourself:
Yep, that’s the bathroom across the bar. And yes, it’s transparent
The bathroom. Silver lining: I love the peppermint-scented bath essentials provided
To be fair to the hotel staff, they tried to help me recover the phone I left in the cab. They also helped us locate the nearest FitFlop store in the block. However, some reviewers on TripAdvisor said that they give complimentary cookies/fruits. I expected this, but we never received any.
Residence G Hong Kong (by Hotel G)
Room Type: Good Room
Address: 2.2 Austin Avenue,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact Number: +00 852 5808 4528
Cost per night of our hotel room: a little less than Php7,000
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel Review
Whatever bad experiences we had in Hong Kong were quickly forgotten the moment we stepped inside the confines of the “happiest place on Earth.” Yes, it goes without saying that I love, love, love and absolutely LOVE Disney’s Hollywood Hotel! I’ve been to many hotels but this is my favorite hotel so far!
The moment we stepped in the lobby, I knew we were going to love it! The lobby was really spacious and modern-looking, but it has this whimsical charm. I can’t really explain, so I hope I was able to capture them with these photos:
Upon entry, you’re gonna see the hotel’s toy & apparel store
Across the check-in counter is this spacious and kid-friendly waiting lounge. Ready to go to our bedroom?
But before that, here’s the lobby:
Aaaand here’s our bedroom:
Two double beds, side tables, study desk with chair, ample space, and very charming room decor…now that’s a real hotel room! Whew!!!
And I also love how quaint the toilet and bath is of Hong Kong Disney’s Hollywood Hotel:
It may be no different from the bathrooms of other hotels (in terms of amenities) our family has been to, but the Disney touches make it really special.
And before I forget, look at the sight that greeted us in the morning when we opened our curtains….
Paying more to get the sea view was absolutely worth it!
If you’re a parent with a teenager who’s too pa-cool and feeling adult, go on a vacation on Disneyland and stay in this hotel. I promise you, that scowl on his/her face will be wiped off in no time, and you’ll have your sweet baby boy/girl back.
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
Room Type: Sea View Room
Address: inside Disneyland Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Contact Number: +852 1-830-819
Cost per night of our hotel room: HK $2,100 (more or less Php 13,000) plus service charge
Randy and I used to think that hotel rooms aren’t that important because we’ll be spending most of the day going around, anyway. That’s true. But when you’re tired and overstimulated after a day of walking and sightseeing, won’t it be nice to rest in a cool, cozy room? Because going back to a stinky, cramped room located in a hard to reach place offers no respite. When on vacation, a good hotel is icing on the cake. 😉 So choose your hotel well.
Tell me what you think!
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