I am a Hong Kong native who moved to the San Francisco about 20 years ago, and recently bought a flight+hotel package to go home to visit family. This hotel (located on "Choon Yuen" street) presented as one of the cheapest package options, but I mistook this as the Newton Hotel which is ALSO in the same region of Hong Kong. BE AWARE: Newton Inn Hotel is NOT the same as Newton Hotel (on Electric Road); the latter, which I have visited before, is much more decent and comfortable.
Our first impression of the Newton Inn Hotel was when we arrived from the airport; the limo service stopped about a block away because the street that the hotel is on is actually an outdoor "wet market" -- this is a very crowded street where the locals get their meats, poultry, and fish from the butcher stalls along both sides of the street. We had to wheel our luggage down a wet, filthy street stinking of fish with probably bits of guts strewn all over the pavement. This was the last thing that I wanted to do with my luggage at night after a long flight (or walk through at the end of each day to go back to my hotel). The street was also quite sketchy and poorly lit at night (but safe).
The location is about 2-3 blocks from the nearest MTR subway station; the location is not inconvenient, but having to walk through that market every day got really old after a while.
Our room was on the 27th floor, and was very spartan. The view was great and overlooked a big part of the Hong Kong harbor, but that was the only good thing about the room. The bed was very hard, and it felt like we were sleeping on a boxspring without any sort of padding or mattress. The sheets had stains and looked really cheap (as did the carpet), and the 2 measly towels in the bathroom were the same. Even the towels I use to wash my car has more fluff and are larger! The bathroom was very small and has very little counter space, but was otherwise adequate with good hot water. They do not provide any amenities (shampoo, etc) other than a bodywash dispenser in the shower and a bar of some Chinese no-frills soap. There is a security safe in the room, and a run-of-the-mill desk to write on. Internet is only by ethernet, and costs about $10USD per day. There is air-conditioning and climate control, and that worked okay. The lobby was filled with "mainlanders" from China and is a restaurant. The pool on the roof was closed during our visit, but looked nice from the photos. Overall I would say the comfort and quality of the room was a notch BELOW the Days Inn / Travelodge level in the US, and I would not give it more than 1-2 stars on a standard 5-star scale. The other hotel I mentioned, the Newton Hotel, is more like the Comfort Inn / Marriott Courtyard level of quality.
Our first night was spent listening to this really loud family in the next room talking and packing from 1am to 5am; the walls are THAT thin. Every cell phone ring, zippering of bags, and conversation was heard. My hearing is not that good, but it sounded like they were inside our room. After we complained to the management, they moved us on Day 2 to another room in between two single travellers; that was much quieter and tolerable. We also took the comforter and stuffed it between the "mattress" and the sheets, which helped ameliorate the bed discomfort.
The final part that really took the cake was on the morning of our 3rd day, when I was standing in the foyer of our room and, with a loud thud, the air conditioning duct above me came loose (totally random) and almost crashed down on me (see photo). The hotel service was very quick about coming in and repairing it, but it was just another surprise that went with the rest of our experience.
Overall, I would never stay at this hotel again. I can honestly say it was one of the most uncomfortable hotels I have ever stayed in anywhere on the 6 continents, and was way subpar compared to my expectations given its price and advertisement. I felt it was a bit misleading to name itself after a nicer hotel down the street; if you are looking for another cost-effective but decent hotel in the vicinity, I would consider both the Newton Hotel and also the Metropark Causeway Bay, but stay away from this one.
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