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The Cityview Hong Kong
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No.23 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China (Jordan / Yau Ma Tei)   |  
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Ranked #104 of 694 Hotels in Hong Kong
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Reviewer
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7 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Excellent & Affordable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Stayed at this hotel a friend last weekend. Rooms are very clean and the hotel is located 2 minutes away from Yau Ma Tei station, exit A2, which made it very convenient for us to get from the airport and to the city areas for shopping.

Staff are extremely friendly and speak English. It helps to download the free TripAdvisor app on Hong Kong if you need to use the map function which works without Internet connection. Most locals may not be fluent in English but they would help in any way they can.

The hotel is also within walking distance to the main central area called Nathan Road. There you can find tons of places for good food, late night suppers and if you are looking to buy back famous Hong Kong goodies, look for this stall called Kee Wah bakery…it’s just right across the road.
If you are looking to savour the famous Bo Lo Bun, look for this old café called Mido Café. It’s about 20 minutes walking distance from the hotel…use the TripAdivsor app…it will guide you there! The café was set up in the 1950’s, it’s architecture is really cool…complete with low ceilings and that old school charm. Try the French Toast and Iced Hong Kong milk tea.

Food in Hong Kong is really cheap and good. Head down to any Jason’s supermarket and look for their in house bakery called Urban Bakery and try their Bo Lo Croissant with French Butter – you won’t regret it!

If you are in need of toiletries or cosmetics look for this shop called Bonjour…they are known for really cheap items.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Cityview is very near to the MTR - Yau Ma Tei MTR which makes commuting by train very convenient. Just across the road of the side entrance of the hotel is a small local restaurant that sells nice HK style congee which is not to be missed. A local customer helped my husband and I with the ordering as we can't speak Cantonese. According to him, the congee is one of the best in HK.

Back to review on the hotel, lobby is very spacious and clean. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Thankfully, we were given a free upgrade to a bigger room. The room was big considering HK hotel room standard.

However, the bed is very hard and the pillows are too soft. Throughout the 3 nights stay, my husband and I had neck ache and shoulders ache. If the bed and pillows were more comfortable, I am very sure I will come back again. Also, the water pressure was also quite low. We called the front desk to ask for help twice as there was no difference to the pressure after the first call. After the second call, the basin tap water pressure improved but not the shower head.

Overall, thumbs up for the hotel staff service, cleanliness and location but I will think twice coming back as the bed is too hard and pillow too soft for my comfort.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheCityview, Front Office Manager at The Cityview Hong Kong, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Your concerns regarding the hard bed and soft pillows has been carefully noted. Thank you for your time and we look forward to serving you very soon.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

City view is situated at a very convenient location. Just next to Yau Ma Tei MTR station and that is the only good thing I have to say about the hotel. The service is so so but the rooms are really dirty! I checked in to their superior room and was disgusted by the size and the cleanliness of the room. There was no space for luggage and the basin is pathetically small. When you wash your face, you will get water on the toilet bowl. The carpet is very dirty. By looking at it, one will noticed stains and carpet felt really dirty under one's feet. The room is totally not sound proof and you can hear every noise on the corridor and if other guests are loud enough, you can even hear them in their room. I upgraded to deluxe room on the second night and it was bigger but carpet still dirty and there were stains on walls and the doors were really dirty!
A horrible stay and will not go back there again!

Stayed July 2014
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TheCityview, Front Office Manager at The Cityview Hong Kong, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for taking the time out to write your reviews, informing us the unpleasant experience you have encountered during your stay with us at The Cityview. The less desirable experience you described in your reviews causes us deep concern. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience and disappointment that have caused you.
Your valuable comments concerning the dirty carpet and stains on walls and doors has been carefully noted by our Executive Housekeeper. Kindly rest assured that your comments will be immediately addressed.
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Personally stayed here 3 times for the past 3 years. I have also recommended this hotel to many of my friends who are visiting hongkong for the first time, especially for those who want to walk the streets of mongkok. There are some small local eateries just walking distance from the hotel. I have to give a thumbs up for the absolute convenience.

1) If taking the airport express, you could alight at Kowloon station and take the free shuttle bus K5 that drops you at the doorstep of cityview hotel.
2) This hotel is conveniently located right beside Yau Ma Tei MTR station, just 2 mins walk from Exit A2. Minimum walking is especially helpful if you are going with elderly.
3)Prices are reasonably cheap compared to lotsa major hotels in hk.
4) Rooms are small. I dont remember seeing a bathtub. But that's ok for me.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TheCityview, Front Office Manager at The Cityview Hong Kong, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for your loyalty and support over the past years, it means a lot to us.
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352 reviews 352 reviews
67 hotel reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Very nicely located in the city (Kowloon) and it is very clean and has everything you need. Skip the coffee shop at the lobby and go for a starbucks near by, your wallet will thank you, so will your tastebud. Buy a sim card at any 7-11 and save yourself the wifi headache

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your reviews and look forward to be at your service again soon.
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Cityview Hotel is located in Kowloon and is a nice escape in a very busy city. The hotel itself is clean as all the amenities, has a coffee shop located on the ground floor (which is extremely expensive) and as with most hotels has limited free Wi-Fi.

The hotel is air-conditioned, a necessity when the temperatures outside between 37 and 43°.

The main bus route is located outside the hotel and a five-minute walk puts you in the centre of the shopping district. To get to the ferry service that crosses between Hong Kong and Kowloon you use bus number 7 which can be accessed from outside the hotel, the full route costs less than one US dollar and will deposit you at the ferry dock. There are two routes departing from the ferry service and the rush-hour cost is 25 US cents to cross from Kowloon to Hong Kong.

The hotel has a bed and breakfast rate with a very pretty breakfast restaurant with both Western and local food, with breakfast being served from 6:30 AM.

The hotel has both smoking and non-smoking rooms as well as a selection of single or double beds, on check-in these selections can be made.

Within three blocks of the hotel they are banks restaurants and shops, and an evening adventure must be undertaken to the Temple Road market which has really interesting goodies and gadgets for sale.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay in The Cityview and looking forward to welcoming you very soon.
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Stayed here in mid December 2013 with family. Good location as it is only a 3 minute walk to Yau Ma Tei MTR Station. In Hong Kong, you can easily get to anywhere via the MTR so choose a hotel that is accessible & near a MTR Station.

Right across the hotel lobby (along the walking route to YMT station) is a row of small eating shops where you can grab a typical bowl of unhealthy instant noodles + luncheon meat + egg combi. There is also a 7-11 convenience store where we bumped into a B-list HK Actor one night! There is a school nearby but hardly any noise.

Room: Decent enough for the price we paid. Do not expect modern interior or a minimalistic design. There was a wardrobe, dressing table with mirror and chair. Bedsheets, pillows and blankets were ok and looked clean. Floor was carpeted. We did not make use of the aircon as it rained and poured throughout our 4-night stay there and it was cold enough, about 15-18degress.

Toilet: Wet and dry area. We had a bathtub and it was the only area to shower so be prepared to have to climb into the tub for a shower if yours doesn't come with a standing shower area.

Overall cleanliness of the room in my opinion: 8.5/10.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your kind reviews and look forward to serving you again soon.
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Address: No.23 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Location: China > Hong Kong Region > Hong Kong > Jordan / Yau Ma Tei
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#73 Family Hotel in Hong Kong
#90 Romantic Hotel in Hong Kong
#98 Business Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Cityview Hong Kong 3.5*
Number of rooms: 422
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Book direct with promotion code "CVLP" to enjoy extra discount. Ideally situated in downtown Kowloon adjacent to the bustling Nathan Road, The Cityview is right at the heart of the territory's transport hub to all destinations. It's a 45-minute drive from the Hong Kong International Airport and just a minute walk away from the Yau Ma Tei MTR station with a host of popular chain stores and great dining outlets nearby for you to enjoy. Also, just 10 minutes away on foot are some of the most famous tourist and commercial attractions like the Ladies' Market, Jade Market, Temple Street Night Market and many others, making The Cityview the ideal destination for both business and leisure travellers. The Cityview does many things to help protect the environment. We conserve energy and water, reduce waste, and operate in a sustainable manner. Recently, the environmental performance of The Cityview has been recognised by EarthCheck; the travel and tourism industry's leading environmental management, benchmarking and certification company. Based on the benchmarking assessment report from EarthCheck, in addition to having a Sustainability Policy in place, the indicators on Energy Consumption, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Portable Water Consumption and Waste Sent to Landfill of the property are at or above the best practice level, which is an achievement to be highly commended. ... more   less 
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