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  1. Bogieman

    Bogieman Junior Member

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    Thanks guys/girls for all the great info that is posted. A couple of questions if I may. Can anybody tell me why the hotels in Hong Kong are so exspensive for the first half on November? Secondly can anybody recommend a convienient hotel in HK as it is my first visit. Only really going for a quick look en route to Singapore. Will be in town for 3 or 4 days only. Any must do's.

    thnaks again and keep up the great work.
     

  2. cssaus

    cssaus Active Member

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    For good quality budget accommodation, I can recommend EXPRESS BY HOLIDAY INN HONG KONG HOTELS | CAUSEWAY BAY | Official Hotel Site . Stayed there last week for the umpteenth time. Cost me $HK830 plus taxes per nite.
     
  3. Keith009

    Keith009 Established Member

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    #3 Keith009, Jun 11, 2007
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    A good yet inexpensive hotel would be the Holiday Inn Express in Causeway Bay, HK Island. It is well located, near many good restaurants and Times Square. Also nearby is Rosedale on the Park where I once stayed on a one night layover - small but clean rooms and decent rates. My parents also swear by the Excelsior which will give you nice views of Victoria Harbour.

    If you're prepared to spend more, there's the Conrad, Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental etc at Central, near great nightlife at Lan Kwai Fong.

    A lot of tourists usually like to stay at the Kowloon side - but I personally think it seems really ghettoey and prefer the HK Island side. There are a few good hotels on the Kowloon side - cheap and cheerful: Holiday Inn; expensive: the sensational Peninsular, InterContinental, Sheraton.

    Must dos - Star Ferry that plies between Central and Kowloon, the Peak, shopping (head over to the little market stalls at Pottinger St, off Wellington St in Central), clubbing at Lan Kwai Fong/the Hollywood Rd area is pretty good except that some of the live bands have a really limited repertoir - oh and look for this place called Dusk Till Dawn at Tsim Sha Shui. And last but not least - FOOD! Great Yum Cha at Maxim's and Jade Garden Restaurant (1 in Causeway Bay, 1 in Kow Loon), and lots of nice restaurants along Wellington St. Don't forget to check out the prawn dumpling noodles - I strongly reccomend Mak's Noodles on Wellington St. There's also another great noodle place opposite Ben and Jerry's but alas I can't remember its name. And - the famous roast goose at Yung Kee, Wellington st. Also - not very Hong Kong-esque but do try to have High Tea at the Peninsular - you gotta dress up a bit for that one. Head over to Jordan for seafood if you're feeling a bit adventurous but I wouldn't do more than that as it's a pretty dodgy area. That ought to get you started. :)

    Enjoy Hong Kong! :D
     
  4. straitman

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    #4 straitman, Jun 11, 2007
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    Bogieman,

    Welcome to AFF.

    Hong Kong is a place wonder for many people.

    A few links that may be of use to you:

    ¤¤*ì¦a¹Ï Centamap

    Hong Kong International Airport - Transport - TRANSPORT TO THE AIRPORT

    Last Minute Hotel Deals - Rates To Go

    Hotels in Asia - Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore Hotels & More…

    With the centamap address there is a small link in the top left that transforms the text to English.

    Transport from the airport is via one of numerous buses if you understand the system or via the 'Airport Express Train' which runs to central in 23 minutes at a cost of approx $HK90 - $HK100 each way.

    I suggest you get an 'Octopus Card' from the information desk at the airport as this is usable on all the trains, trams, buses and at 711 stores. Makes life a lot easier. You can add to the credits at the MTR stations and trade in any spare credit at the Airport (purchase point) prior to departure.

    Also look here for info:

    Hong Kong - FlyerTalk Forums

    I'll send an email to some Chinese friends in HK and ask about Novemeber and get back when they answer.
    Have fun and please ask for any more help required.
     
  5. Febs

    Febs Established Member

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    LKF (Lan Kwai Fong) on a Friday night - fantastic atmosphere. A must-do if you're into nightlife at all. No recommendations on a specific place - just walk around and see what takes your fancy.

    (Or you could do what half the crowd does - get drunk on $2 imported Heinekens at the nearby 7-11, then see where the night takes you. :D ).

    Cheers,
    - Febs.
     
  6. simongr

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    I think that there are some trade shows on at that time -I am booked into the Conrad and we are paying about HK$3200/night :shock:

    My colleague (tgtwwm) is at the JW Marriott for about HK$2800.

    After having spent a night clubbing in LKF (after dinner and then beers at the Bulldog watching the FA Cup final) I would suggest making sure you are completely steady on your feet before running down any wet pavements :oops:
     
  7. Mr_Gimlet

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    I prefer to stay on Hong Kong Island, and have been using The Fleming for the past few visits. It's essentially an apartment block in Wanchai near the Convention Centre, very friendly and helpful staff, and a good price.

    Not sure why November is busy, unless travellers are avoiding the Canton Fair (and its associated heavy bookings etc) at the end of October, and so are all arriving in November.
     
  8. Foreigner

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    3 weeks ago, i stayed 2 nights at Ramada HK for hkd600 per night, including 2 full breakfasts. They upgraded me to a suite. After a night in China, I returned to HK but this time stayed at the Novotel Harbourview, for hkd520 per night room only. I got a room on their Biz Floor.
    Both hotels are in the western district on the island. Very easy access by taxi, tram. The Novotel runs a complimentary shuttle to Central every 30 minutes.
    Both bookings were made on wotif.com.au.
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  9. serfty

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    I normally stay at the Novotel Harbourview too - It's in the western district; a HKD30 ($6) taxi, a HKD2 (40¢) tram ride or a HKD2.50 (50¢) bus trip from central (Airport Express train).

    A nice clean hotel with typically small Hong Kong rooms. (4m x 7m)

    With adv+ I have paid as little as HKD440 ($73) for a night there, normally around HKD550.
     
  10. Keith009

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    I usually stay at the Le Meridien in Cyberport nowadays which is rather out of the way and a dead area but an awesome hotel. Not good for a first time visit to HKG but I've lived there. It's also next to a bus terminus - 15 mins and HKD8 to Central; can't remember what the taxi fare is because being on a taxi means it's 4am and I'm smashed. :oops: It's also near a few touristy sights like Stanley Market and Ocean Park.
     
  11. IainF

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    I second the Le Meridian in Cyberport as a great hotel, in a bad spot.....
    If it was closer in to Central it would cost twice as much.
    I have put about 9-10 nights in there and loved it. The staff are pretty cool, and the barman knows my fav drink.
    Just have a few $$ for the taxi in and out.
    I think there is a deal at one of the Stamfords ATM, which is under $1000 per night. Check the IC Hotels website for further details.
     
  12. caggs

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    It's expensive then because it is the season for the Autumn exhibitions in Oct/Nov. You will see that the hotel prices go up about threefold. A reasonable hotel on HK Island in Wanchai is The Charterhouse. It looks a little dated but most of the rooms have been updated. The sports bar downstairs has great food. The best bit is a laundry across the road that does good work.:)

    Cheers
     
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