I had read the reviews before I stayed here so I had somewhat of an idea of what to expect. When searching for a hostel in Hong Kong, nothing really stood out to me, but this place seemed to be the best place to meet other travelers. It did seem pretty good for that. I actually ended up meeting someone who lived like 5 blocks from me in NYC. However, the whole building situation and staff were kind of a turnoff once you actually arrive there. It's different reading about it and then actually being in it. The common area where you check in on the 9th floor is nice, with a decent view...the balcony is tiny and right outside the door of the best/most expensive private room available. I had booked a single private room/shared bath for two nights, but my room got double booked. I've worked in the industry before. I understand this happens, but I also understand some compensation should be given when this does happen. All they had available for me was a bed in the 10-bed dorm the first night and then my original booked private room the second night. The receptionist (Vicky, I believe) when I arrived was extremely nice and accommodating trying to figure out what happened. She had called her boss to figure it out, because apparently he had changed it and not left any notes about the situation. The worst part about this was that I was originally still being asked to pay my original balance when I was being put in a cheaper room the first night. We got that straightened out without too much trouble though...good thing I was on top of it...and it actually ended up being a blessing. There were only 3 of us in the 10 bed-dorm and the accommodation on the 11th floor was better than the 9th floor in my opinion. Better shower, bigger rooms. Better, bigger balcony, but not nearly as good of a view. The second night I had the private room on the 9th floor. Pretty tiny and the shower was too...but I didn't spend too much time there so it served it's purpose. All in all, very average. The rest of the staff didn't seem like they were into hosting guests much, which was the major turnoff for me. Another guest and I were trying to ask about getting to a tourist attraction, and were pretty much ignored by the staff just staring at their laptops. It's a pretty underground operation. Every time you see another tenant in the building, you just feel like you shouldn't be there and they look at you like that. It's not horrible, you will get to meet some other travelers here, I just wish there was a better hostel type place in Hong Kong...and there just might be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pandora After 80s is a wonderful place for every type of traveler. We have 7 private rooms with a double bed, TV, shower and private toilet. For travelers with a tiny budget or Packpackers you can have access to a dormitory for 10 or 4 beds. The atmosphere is friendly and cool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pandora After 80s Hong Kong