I have to agree with all those who recommend this hotel. I didn't ask for but got a room with a harbour view. The hotel is located quite high up on the side of Hong Kong Island, so the view is breathtaking. The rooms are large and five star standard, and are immaculately maintained. The mini bar prices are not the exorbitant prices you get elsewhere.
But the caveats. First, it is out of the way. There's a former infirmary next door for Catholic priests that is now a film school, and the start of a walking track up to the Peak not far away, but apart from that, it's hop on a bus (or in a cab) to take you downtown.
Second, it's a teaching establishment. The students are keen and want to be helpful, but not yet expert in their jobs. People have pointed out that at breakfast, the coffee and tea don't always arrive as asked, and so on. When I was there, no-one seemed to be watching the buffet to if a food item was close to running out, to order some more from the kitchen. What would happen is that (say) the scrambled eggs would run out. Finally, a student would notice or be told by a guest. Then there would be a wait while the student sent word to the kitchen, the kitchen cooked a fresh batch and it was sent out. A much better system would be for a student to be keeping watch when a food item was running low, then notify the kitchen in advance to start cooking. Overall, service was reactive rather than proactive.
Second, there is not the give and take that you get with making up a room that you get in a four or five star hotel. The supervisors seemed keen to get the students making up rooms as early as possible, even while guests were still at breakfast. This happened to me, and I also saw another couple come back from breakfast only to find a team of students making up their room. In the end, I just extended the end of my breakfast with coffee and a newspaper on a lounge while the students set to work.
So those are the caveats. If you can live with them, it's a nice place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The T HOTEL is a training concept hotel committed to providing vocational training in the field of hospitality and tourism, while dedicated to delivering a pleasant hospitality experience to our guests.Set among the lush greenery surrounding of Pokfulam, 20 minutes southwest of Hong Kong's city centre with panoramic views of the South China Sea, this 30-room training hotel is situated on the 6th floor of the VTC Pokfulam Complex as part of the Hotel and Tourism Institute, "HTI". Since first introduced our hospitality programmes in 1984, HTI has been the forerunner in the field of hospitality training in Hong Kong. Together with our training spa and training restaurants, The T Hotel forms a vital element of the HTI's ongoing initiative to provide integral vocational training beyond the classroom environment. The T Hotel is operated by trainees under the supervision of experienced professionals from various fields of the hospitality industry.As our trainees deliver this unique brand of hospitality while in return receive world-class vocational training, we look forward to welcoming you to The T Hotel. ... more less
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