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Reviewed November 30, 2011

Simple, affordable, accessible, free wifi in every room. Nice, decent hotel except location is not in central HK. Doesn't really matter as it's very near MTR.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank jessancatre
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

For this price for a hotel on Hong Kong island and getting a room where it doesn't feel like you are living in a chicken coop I think it's a pretty good deal. Downside is that it is located in Chai Wan which is the last station located on the MTR Hong Kong line - takes you around 20 minutes on MTR to go to places like Central or Causeway bay. Food is no problem, there's small shopping mall located nearby with ample restaurants. 7-11 is nearby as well. Close to MTR station and there are bus stops located nearby should you require cheaper transportation alternative. You can take the A12 to the airport for around HKD 40 on way. Takes around 40 mins to an hour. There is also a local attraction located nearby, go check out the Hakka Gu Uk (Old Hakka House) which is converted to a museum.

Hotel rooms are clean and sparse. Includes free wifi and LCD TV. Showers come with hot / cold water and there are safe boxes in the room.

As a conclusion it satisfies your basic needs in a comfortable manner. But if you are looking for something more then be prepared to pay something much more for a hotel in Central!

  • Stayed: November 2011
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3  Thank Oh-Jo79
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

Hong Kong in Chinese means "Fragrant Harbour", but in other languages, it usually means "I cannot believe the hotel prices!" In a city where the supply of hotel rooms are tight and rates for a 2-3 star hotel are ridiculous and that of 4-5 star hotels are even more ridiculous, the Y-Loft must be a godsend to those on a budget.

I chanced across this hotel only because it was recommended in an unfavourable review of another hotel. The biggest plus for this hotel is that the rates are very reaonable. Having booked early meant that I paid only USD85 a night. In HK, USD85 a night means you're either staying at the Y-Loft or a shoebox in Chung King Mansion. There are simply not many alternatives for that price range.

The hotel is located in Chai Wan, at the eastern end of the island line. Although it is right next to the MTR station, the distance from town may be a deal breaker to some. The train ride is about 25 minutes to the city but one could put the time to good use by planning the day ahead while on the train or catching up with sleep. Residential apartments surround the area although there are a couple of acceptable shopping malls with supermarkets to get necessities. McDonald's (1 restaurant is 24hrs I believe) and KFC are also nearby so satisfying hunger pangs shouldn't be too much of a problem.

The hotel has laundry facilities (HKD30 each for wash and dry), common microwaves for heating food, wifi in the lobby and rooms as well as a cafe of sorts. The laundry is a bit expensive but detergent is thrown in with the cost of the wash.

I arrived on an early flight and reached the hotel at 8am. I was happy enough to leave my bags at the hotel and return at the check-in time (2pm). The staff were very accommodating and told me to check back with them at 10am even when I did not request for an early check-in. The room was ready in 15 mins when I returned to the reception at 10am.

Amenities in the room are very basic. There are no luxuries like little soap and shampoo bottles. An all-in-one soap/shampoo dispenser is fixed onto the bathroom wall so if you prefer proper soap/shampoo, you may want to consider bringing those stuff along. There is a mini-fridge, safe, flat screen TV, writing desk, wifi in room and a phone. The wifi in the room was iffy. I believe the internet is filtered because although the wifi signal was strong, there were times when I couldn't access some pages (e.g. BBC News).

The room was also comparatively spacious and quiet, although there was the odd occasional door banging shut. Perhaps management could look into making the doors close more quietly. Otherwise, I slept peacefully.

Would I recommend this hotel? Absolutely, unless you can find a similarly priced hotel nearer the city (highly unlikely). If distance is an issue, then you would probably have to trade-off between that and space, service quality and/or price with another hotel.

The Y-Loft is a hidden gem with distance from town the only real factor against it. Who would believe that no hotel in Hong Kong has thought that the strategy of reasonable prices, with good service, clean and spacious rooms, would be a winning one?

Room Tip: Book early because rooms run out fast. The entire Y-Loft is non-smoking and rule no. 1 is no smoking any where. They are very strict on this (it is a youth hostel after all) and will evict guests who smoke in their room. If you cannot do without your nicotine fix in the comfort of the room, look somewhere else. Get a One2Free SIM card and activate the 7 day unlimited broadband for HKD78. Beats the wifi in the room
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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4  Thank SoloTravelr
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

This place is not the easiest place to find - there's no obvious lobby (and when I visited the main entrance was closed for renovations) so I was very glad I checked out their website maps and directions in advance.

I was delighted with my room: spacious and spotless, it looked very modern and new, and much better than I expected for the price and hotel type. I booked one of the basic ensuite rooms, the cheapest option they offered (605HK$ per night).

It had a double comfy bed, big picture window (view of other apartment blocks only), fridge, tv with a couple of channels that show English programming but no cable, really good in-room wifi (free and strong signal), and a kettle and mugs so I could make hot drinks (you need to provide your own coffee or tea). There were microwaves in the common areas too, I think, but I never used one.

The staff were friendly and polite and the hotel was really quiet. There are 2 grocery stores and 2 small malls nearby, and it's right next to the MRT station.

Yes, it is a bit out of central (35-40 minutes on MRT) but in exchange for spending a bit more time on the MRT you get excellent value for HK, which seems to have a real lack of good quality, inexpensive accommodation – there are lots of expensive hotels (>$1000 per night) and lots of cheap flophouses (<$300 per night), but very little in the way of “nice” places for mid-range travellers).

It's very, very busy, so book well ahead (I booked one week ahead and they were already fully booked for the weekend, so I had to transfer to another hotel for the second half of my stay), much to my annoyance.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank A-Canadian-in-London
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

It's not like most of the Hong Kong hotels which has very narrow rooms.I really like the room size.Problem is it's bit far from downtown,but still very easy to reach by metro.price is cheap and stuff is helpful.I like it there!!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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