Had to stay here for two nights, as I had meetings with a supplier in this area. In fact, they had recommended this hotel. I go to Hong Kong 3 times a year, and so am quite familiar with the area and hotel standards. Off the bat, I knew this was going to be a frustrating time, as the hotel is rather secluded on the south side of Hong Kong Island.
Arriving at HKG airport, I took the train into HK station. The next hotel shuttle wasn't for another hour, so I opted for a taxi. Took almost 50 minutes to get to the hotel (around 6:30pm, so it was rush hour). Taxi cost ran HK$130--pretty steep. As others have said, lots of construction in the area--normally not that big an issue except for two things: first, during peak times the construction and its detours makes traffic a big problem. Second, if you are in a "Kowloon" taxi, they will not know how to navigate the detours, so good luck! Hopefully, when the MTR is finally constructed, (the reason for the construction), the hotel will be easier to get to.
Upon arrival, as is typical of most HK hotels, you take a elevator to lobby. The guys at the bottom are typical frosty Hong Kongers--efficient, but not friendly, and certainly never a smile. The check-in process was efficient, staff were professional, but again, no smiles, no warm welcome. One VERY odd thing was that at checkin they demanded a HK$1,000 deposit. I have never had this happen at any HK hotel before. Typically, they swipe your card for incidentals, and then charge it at check out. But this hotel insisted charging me the full amount, telling me it would be refunded upon checkout. It's been two weeks, but the amount hasn't yet been refunded on my CC--hopefully this won't become an issue. The hotel is nice, the lobby clean and welcoming. Everything looks modern and wonderful.
I had the cheapest room, and despite what others have said on this site, the rooms are actually very good size for Hong Kong. They are well laid out, comfortable, with good solid furnishings. Yes, the wood flooring is scratched and a bit old, but not a big issue. The bed is very comfortable, the pillows a good mix. All the mod-cons you would expect: lcd tv, mini bar, iPhone dock, multiple sockets for power, etc. However--this was very frustrating--there was no work area?? No desk or chair! Sucks for a business hotel. But then I think this particular property caters primarily to the leisure travelers looking to get away to Ocean Park. Bathroom is very good size for HK, plenty of space to move around. Minor issues were not enough space around sink to put your toiletries, and the shower curtain didn't look very clean. Also, the towels weren't super nice--looked a little raggedy.
Housekeeping was efficient, but a little slow. I came back the first day at 3pm after my meetings and the room still wasn't cleaned. But once cleaned, it was done nicely. I asked for some ice, it was brought up immediately. Room service a little overpriced, but good quality. I had drinks at the bar/lounge downstairs. Service was friendly and quick--prices were actually reasonable for Hong Kong.
All in all, it was a decent stay. I would probably rank this hotel as a 3.5 star property--something akin to a Doubletree or Four Points in North America. Not more than that. It was comfortable, clean with professional service. And it was rather reasonably priced for this caliber of hotel in HK (booked for $165 on cheaptickets for two nights). On the other hand, it was in the middle of nowhere--nothing immediately around the area either. The nearest gas station is difficult to get to, because you can't cross the road. And if you miss the odd timed shuttle to HK station, you have to get a cab back and forth to HK station. So going into the tourist areas will typically take you from 2 to 2.5 hrs round-trip--a waste of time.
Would I stay here again? All things being equal, the answer is NO. I would rather stay closer to the main city or tourist areas, and simply visit the suppliers in the area. Having said that, once the MTR is built, and assuming the rates don't rise too much, this may not be such a bad option--especially if you plan on visiting Ocean Park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uniquely located in the southern district of Hong Kong Island, the contemporary L’hotel Island South is the development of the Chinachem Group. This 37-storey hotel offers 432 spacious and design-led guestrooms and suites that are redefining conventional notions of comfort and style. As a convenience for today's global travelers, L'hotel Island South provides complimentary Wi-Fi internet connection and an array of other advanced technologies, plus superb meeting and banquet venues, a gymnasium and an outdoor pool that offer green vistas, and comprehensive business support. Complementing all of these is an eco-friendly attitude as well as a smart casual service style from our friendly and highly dynamic hotel crew. Whether for business or leisure, guests also enjoy quick and easy access to the territory's prime business, shopping, dining and entertainment hubs as well as a host of nice beaches, nature parks, plus heritage and cultural trails along the southern end of Hong Kong Island. ... more less
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