Upon our arrival, the owner, Cindy, was not available until we called her. For a prompt booking, she was obviously not as enthusiastic to welcome us on time.
Location was also a huge problem. On the map it looks accessible to XimenDing
But if you take the cab in, even the most learned cab driver has no clue where this road is. It's so deep in that you feel like you're living in the projects.
Place was damp, toilet papers never replaced, floors extremely dirty and corridors filled with aging trash.
Water came out in spurts and then at some point in time, no hot water at all anymore. You'd turn the knob to max heat and it literally DRIPS warm water out.
Not all the plugs worked too. International ones worked but the other local ones didn't.
There were spiders and Mosquitos in the apartment as well. Many mosquito bites every night. Outside the apartment there were Mosquitos flying in droves. I reached out and grabbed randomly and killed two Mosquitos with that. That was how many there were.
The biggest let down was when the owner decided to let 7 China-Chinese (PRC) guests into the apartment. These 7 PRCs were clearly all over the age of 60 and for an apartment that insists it is a place for youths, it certainly wasn't holding on to its words. The owner's attempts to SUGGEST they take a hotel instead fell on deaf ears but she did nothing to kick them out.
The killing points were when they smoked in the apartment(some of us really cannot take smoke), spoke loudly all the way past midnight, washed their laundry and hung it all over the apartment (even blocking the way to the shared computer and a Japanese guest's toiletries) AND before we forget, one of them leaving their dentures in the common cups in the common area overnight, at the door when we came back.
The 7PRCs treated the place like their house and even locked the main door with the manual lock. If any of us had gone out. We would not have been able to come back in. Irresponsible! The Japanese guest and two other HongKongers were also shocked at this.
However, it is not our PRC guests that we are pointing the fingers at. Culture is a person's own fault. But it is the owner's responsibility in this matter that was the most disappointing. After texting her (we never ever see her) she replied its not within her power to help. At our expense most unfortunately.
When we left. There was no trace of Cindy to see if everything was ok. We just packed and left like this. Probably was better that she never was there since she never was from the start.
We most definitely will never be coming back. And I suggest you never do too unless you find yourself possessed by a wild animal spirit and wish to roam among dodgy leopard and zebra-printed sheets with the Mosquitos and spiders.
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