my friends and i were recently in hong kong and with the hotel rates sky high, we decided to stay in guangdong guest house, a hostel. we were a little wary at first because of all the warnings we read about people who hang out at the lobby, looking to cheat unsuspecting tourists out of a buck or two. we also had a warning from simon, the hostel manager, about not showing our reservation document to any of the people at the lobby and to ask for directions only from the security guards. walking into chungking mansion where the guest house is located is unnerving at first because of all the people of different nationalities looking at you, especially if you are carrying your luggage. none of them tried to stop me, however, as i made no eye contact with them and headed straight for where i thought the elevator that would take us to b-block was located. the trick is to keep moving, ignoring all the questions being thrown at you by all the people at the lobby and look as if you know where you're going.
chungking mansion looked seedy and dilapidated but the guest house looked as if it had just been renovated, our rooms were spotless, nicely decorated and furnished with all the necessities we needed for a comfortable stay. the bathroom was small (the shower was over the sink) but there was hot water, a hairdryer, glasses, shampoo, liquid soap, conditioner, toilet paper, bath towels that were changed everyday (without us asking), aircon, fan, tv, dvd player and dvds from simon's collection.
simon was very helpful and meticulous about the cleanliness of his guesthouse. he promptly assured us that the establishment was safe and pointed to all the CCTVs installed in the premises plus the alarm button to press should we need help.
during our four-day, three-night stay, he changed our bedsheets twice, changed the towels daily and cleaned the room every day (frankly, i think he's OC). he also gave very precise directions when we asked him for help in finding the bus station to take us to the airport.
guesthouse is located on nathan road so it's right in the center of kowloon and a minute away from the tsim tsa tsui mtr station, shops and eating places. considering the location, it's quite a steal, rate-wise. so have no fear about staying at guangdong guest house. it's one of the nicest hostels in hongkong once you get past the lobby and into your rooms.
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- Also Known As:
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