Thursday, August 15, 2013

Where to Stay in Hong Kong: Grand Stanford and Golden Mile


Being an employee of a hotel company, I have the perks of staying in any of our hotels all over the world, at a very discounted rate. The only rule you have to comply with is that, you can’t stay for more than two consecutive nights at the same property.

My friend and I decided to make use of this benefit for this trip. Since we were staying in Hong Kong for 3 nights, we had to book rooms in 2 different hotels.


InterContinental Grand Stanford

We were initially looking to book the other InterCon Hotel in Salisbury Road. It is famous for its fantastic location and it also being dubbed to be one of the best hotels in HK and the world. Given the fact that it is very popular, it is always fully-booked. We really wanted to stay in the Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) area of Kowloon, so our other option is this one.


hotel exterior


This hotel is located in Mody Road. This area is more of the business district in HK. There are numerous other big hotels in this side of the city. A little off the tourist track and the shopping area. No wonder we were the last to drop from the Airport Express shuttle bus. We didn’t mind as long as it’s accessible and there’s a nearby MTR station.

We arrived at the hotel much earlier than the check-in time but we were warmly accommodated right away. The check-in process was easy breezy and quick. Carmany, the Front Office staff who assisted us was awesome.


Front Office


We were given a two-double bed room like I requested. Tired from the flight and from being awake since 3:00 AM that morning, the first thing we tried was the bed. Like what you would expect from an InterCon Hotel, the bed was superb. It’s the one you’ll want to curl up in all day.


loved this bed!


The room is not too spacious neither cramped. It’s just the right size. I like it that everything was so spotless.


a little traditional interior


There's a large flat screen TV. When we turned it on, there was this greeting on the screen especially for me. I loved how they put a personal touch on it. You will feel very much welcome.


welcome note from the GM :)


Then, there’s the bathroom. The walls and floor are made up of marble. We also enjoyed the bath tub.


T&B


This is the night scene outside the hotel. At the back of it was a bay boulevard full of restaurants and bars. We did not check any of them because we had a child tagging with us.


Mody Road at night


That night somebody knock at our door to give us these special treats. Chocolates! Yay!


sweet! :)


Even though we just stayed there a night, we felt very much valued as guests.


me and my bestie :)


They actually provided one of my best customer service experiences. Never mind the slight location woes. They’ll make it up with fantastic service and more.


InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
Address: 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Hong Kong, China
Reservations Line: 1800-1651-8888; Front Desk: 852-2721-5161
Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/ihg/hotels/us/en/reservation
Room Rates vary. Please check the website for that info.

Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥♥



Holiday Inn Golden Mile

We transferred to this hotel the next day. We spent our 2 remaining nights here. The main reason for choosing this property is location, location, location. :)


hotel exterior


Why? It is very convenient for travelers. It is located in Nathan Road which is the main thoroughfare of Kowloon. Across the street is the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station and a  money changer that gives a good rate. The Star Ferry is also just 5-minutes walk from the hotel. Aside from that, restaurants, shops and some tourist attractions are just walking distance.





Unfortunately, I didn't get to take a lot of photos here. Below is a picture of our room. I got the same room type with 2 double beds. The room was big, of course very clean too. I always love the Holiday Inn trademark where you can choose your pillows to be firm or soft.


relax and rejuvenate


It's a no fuss hotel which is good for families. I noticed that during our stay, majority of the guests were families. The only thing I disliked about it is their very slow check-in, check-out process. They can do better than that. Everything else was good. All the other staff are commendable for their great service.


Holiday Inn Hong Kong -Golden Mile
Address: 50 Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China,
Reservations Line: 1800-1651-8888; Front Desk: 852-2369-3111
Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/ihg/hotels/us/en/reservation
Room Rates vary. Please check the website for that info.

Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥♥