if you're living on a budget, the bridal tea houses are an awesome option.. this Aberdeen location is EVEN BETTER because it's not quite where tourists would stay, therefore the price is much better than anything you would find north of the Aberdeen tunnel. what makes it so high on my list is that Aberdeen has a lot of history (used to be a fishing village, and there's still a lot of fishing boats docked in the typhoon shelter) and it's very local. If your into the 'let's get lost' spirit and want to see what local Hong Kong is like, this is the perfect place. That being said, please expect most locals not having very good English. There's a wide variety of food choices to eat all over - local HK noodle places, Shanghai cuisines, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, KFC and Mickey D's, etc.. Also a huge bus stop that has buses going all over HK (buses are my favorite mode of transport as you can see HK rather than being underground in the MTR and not seeing anything but people's armpits and ads), and once you get to the other side of the Aberdeen tunnel, you are basically golden. Wanchai (a HUGE night life semi-red light but has good live bands district) is just on the other side of the tunnel, so taking a taxi to and from isn't too costly (when you're done with Wanchai, you won't really be in the mood for buses anyhow).
The hotel is quaint, updated, stylishly furnished, but as I mentioned in the title, VERY VERY SMALL. Much smaller than the Western District one, but their facilities are much newer. With the price difference ranging from $100-$250 less than anything on the other side of the tunnel, you might choose this one over the Western District (again if you are the more adventurous traveler). The only thing that you need to know is that this room is so much smaller. The double beds look even smaller cuz they just fit into the end of the room (yes, I'm saying the width of the room is basically the length of a HK double bed, which is about 6'), the length from the bed to the bathroom is about 6-8 steps (mind you I am 5'1") so I suppose a nice way to put it is that 'everything in the room is within your reach'.
The staff is helpful; very honest and direct. If you get a double room you'd be away from the traffic since it's on a main room and be able to have a less noisier atmosphere to sleep in. For the price, the location, it's a good deal. Too bad it won't fit my 6'4" friend (why I ventured over to the Ap Lei Chau BTH across the shelter, a review to come) as unless sleeping diagonally, he wouldn't fit. So try it if you're here to try HK, live among the locals and won't be in your room a whole lot, cuz just for a place to stay, it's pretty nice... I might recommend just getting a double bed regardless and don't suggest more than one person in one of the room.. ; )
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bridal Tea House Hotel Aberdeen is located in No.150 Aberdeen Main Road, Aberdeen. With 5-storey and offers 20 standard and deluxe rooms.All rooms equipped with the basic amenities and hi-tech features, including LCD-TV, high speed internet broadband internet access, air-conditioner, coffee & tea maker, hair dryer and non-smoking rooms. It situated in a quiet residential area, close to the Jumbo the Floating Restaurant, Hong Kong Ocean Park, and South Island Beach. ... more less
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- Bridal Tea House Hotel (Aberdeen) Hong Kong