A friend recommended The Rocks Hotel to me so decided to give it a try. I had passed by the hotel wandering in Fisherman’s Wharf in a trip to Macau a few years ago. Although the Wharf sounded like a failed white elephant investment, The Rocks Hotel looked quite charming among the tacky facilities nearby. It is Victorian replica, but with details.
We arrived on a really hot day. The ferry pier exit was cramped with hot chick ushers from the big casinos. We failed to locate the shuttle bus stop of The Rocks Hotel so ended up taking a taxi. The driver frowned on us as the hotel was quite near the pier, though one won’t venture to walk in the scorching sun. He even refused to hand over the coin changes apart from the bills, saying it’s the right amount already.
Anyway we checked in to a nice double bed room. The Rocks Hotel boasts a much more waterfront location than the more posh hotels. The balcony opened to a panoramic sea and bridge view. Since the double room is designed for couples, the bathtub in the washroom faces a glass window behind which the louver can be slid open for intimacy, or left closed for privacy. That’s real thoughtful. The décor is quite girlish actually, but it’s much more tasteful than the bigger hotels with casinos where the exotically designed windows are fake, with spot lights on but not usable. The verandahs and window frames at The Rocks exude a British ambiance. It’s even more beautiful when the lightings are on at night.
However, the bed quilt was way too thick to be used in such hot weather. I tossed around in bed all night long since it’s too hot. Tried to turn up the air-conditioning but it didn’t help much. Hope they can pay attention to that so that it’s more eco-friendly. The breakfast is no good. The croissant was cold and the omelet tasted bland. The restaurant, though, is nicely decorated with alfresco seating and a fountain facing the sea.
The staff, though with Mainland accent to cater for quite a number of Mainland guests, is friendly and helpful. They helped us to phone a remote eatery to find out which bus stop to get off, and also exchange full coins for us to take the bus.
Though we did take the shuttle to the jet foil, we only managed to find the shuttle sign at the pier as a hotel logo among a few small casinos of the same Group on a small board hidden among the big guys. Hope they can improve the signage in future. All in all, The Rocks Hotel is reasonably priced and has its own charm to stand among the competition.
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