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Y Loft (Youth Square)
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London, United Kingdom
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“Funky, modern, good value accommodation for students and travellers on a budget”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

The Good

- Large, clean, private rooms, many with balconies facing into a central courtyard and all with ensuite facilities
- Modern custom furnishings with a zingy colour scheme.
- Big flat-screen tv with a couple of English language channels showing mainly boring British and American imports (except Big Bang Theory which is brilliant).
- Unusual room design. Enormous sink in the bedroom, separate from the rest of the ensuite bathroom.
- Direct connection to a shopping mall with shops and eateries open until late. Great if you have a late-night hankering for tiramisu.
- Power shower! Perhaps the most powerful shower head in the history of mankind. Was literally blown about the shower cubicle.
- Kettle and mugs in the room but bring your own tea bags and milk.
- Staff spoke good English and were very approachable and helpful. They could book tickets for you and had good local knowledge.
- Very quiet. No street noise at all.
- On-site laundry was spotless, easy to use and cheap. Buy tokens from reception.
- Free on-site gym looked barely used. Equipment was top of the range.
- Free Wifi in all rooms.

The Bad

- A bit of a slog to get to. The building is directly connected by flyover to Chai Wan Station on the MTR Island Line (well signposted), but to get to Hong Kong Central takes around 30 minutes.
- Finding the reception for the first time is a complete pain and navigating the building itself will make you want to punch your way through a wall to save yourself time and effort. Read my advice in the verdict below if you need some help.
- The Youth Square building has four lifts, but they always seemed to be in use when I needed them. I often had to wait several minutes for one to become available.
- Firm bed. Very firm bed. Don’t jump onto it on arrival. You’ll snap your neck. Took a little getting used to but I did so much sightseeing, I still slept like a sloth.

The Verdict

Every box ticked as far as I’m concerned. Y-Loft was comfortable, clean and modern. On the negative side, a degree of patience (and maybe a degree) is required in getting to and from the building and navigating the building itself, but this problem is almost negated by the hotel’s many positives. In other words, it was worth the hassle. Price wise, Y-Loft was a complete bargain. Book through dedicated hostel booking websites for the best deals.

Where's the Reception?

I’ve never had to write a ‘Where is the Reception?’ section before, but for Y-Loft, it is completely necessary. Finding it for the first time is a nightmare if you don’t do some research beforehand.

I’m assuming that you’ll be traveling to Y-Loft in the MTR. Take the train to Chai Wan, the last stop on the Island Line. Upon alighting, follow the signs for Exit A. Go through the doors into the New Jade Shopping Centre. Pass through the centre, veering right and pass through a second set of doors leading outside. Walk along the footbridge, then take the first right. Look up. That’s Youth Square. Look down again. You’re approaching a bizarre, user-unfriendly entrance to the building. Head straight on by stairs and slopes (not the escalator) and find the lifts. Call any lift and head for floor 12. Upon alighting the lift, turn right. Reception is just around the corner. Phew!

Where my room?

Listen carefully to the instructions given to you by the person on reception about where your room is. This building makes no sense whatsoever.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

I was on a budget trip with my backpack through Asia and found this place on a Hostel webpage but after visiting this place I don't really know how to rate it, as it's more of a Hotel experiance than a Hostel. The main problem with this place is the location, its on the end line of one of the subway lines. It takes about 40 minutes to reach it from downtown Hong Kong. Even after exiting the station, you don't really know where to go. Had to ask the locals for the directions. The hotel lobby is on a high level and it shares the floors with a Garden Patio, a coffee/snack bar, laundry and a small gym. The rooms are big compared to other Hong Kong locations and they offer a balcony overlooking the patio Garden on the reception level. The flat TV screen in my room was attached to the wall in a silly way, cause you coudn't see it while being in bed. The bathrooms are small but clean and offer everything you need on a budget trip. The beds are comfortable and the A/C worked perfectly. The only thing that makes this place a hostel like is the fact that they don't make up your room everyday. If you want to eat anything, there is a mall on the way to the subway and also for a overnight snack you can walk to the 7eleven location block away. There is a bus running from the bus stop next to the hotel to the Hongkong Airport, it takes a while to get there, but the views are wonderful,

Room Tip: Ask a local how to get to the station
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

The hotel is next to a mall, in what appears to be a residential neighborhood, and is conveniently located near the subway. While it's a bit far from the center of HK, it doesn't take long to get there by subway. (It's actually the most remote subway station, but one doesn't need to switch lines from Central.) Although not exactly a romantic hangout, the hotel has a young, modern feeling and the rooms are clean, quiet and pleasant. The staff was very nice and spoke English. In the winter, the heating isn't turned on when the temperature is over 20 degrees (C). I was cold and requested a second blanket, which was kindly provided. Because they charge by person, it's a fantastic deal if travelling alone, but still a very good deal if travelling with company. I enjoyed my stay there.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

As it had been said by many, it's a bit away from central HongKong. But the price, size and quality of the rooms sure makes up for the location. It's modern, vibrant and youthful. I enjoyed checking out the themes of the other floors. There is a nearby mall, 7-eleven and local deli shop that have microwavable meals. It's close to the MTR and since it's at the end of the line, you always get the seats first. You can spend your travel time people-watching, planning your day ahead or just resting those achy feet after a day of shopping!

Room Tip: If you're not afraid of heights, choose rooms with balcony overlooking Chai Wan.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Davao, Philippines
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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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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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 smok...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Y Loft (Youth Square)
Address: 12/F, Youth Square, No.238 Chai Wan Road | Chai Wan, Hong Kong 000000, China
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Location: China > Hong Kong
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 158 Specialty Lodging in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Y Loft (Youth Square) 3*
Number of rooms: 148
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Y Loft houses 148 rooms located in the Main Block and Hostel Block of Youth Square. Room selection includes Twin Rooms, as well as Twin Rooms With Balcony, Triple Rooms, House of Six, Duplex and Accessible Rooms. Equipped with full-service facilities like The Oasis, SkyTrack, common area, fitness centre and laundry marts, etc., Y Loft provides a perfect accommodation for budget travelers all over the world. It also offers concession rate to youth organization or youth activities held by non-profit organization or International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) members. Y Loft has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for three consecutive years in 2012 – 2014 and 2016 by TripAdvisor in recognition of its well-appointed facilities and the attentive service provided by staff. Y Loft further received a Bravo Badge and Certificate of Recognition from TripAdvisor and an online travel agent respectively, for delivering good levels of guest service and experience this year. ... more   less 
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