Recently opened, so everything looks new. Views out of the hotel on the sea side are pretty good. Rooms are larger than the usual Hong Kong hotel rooms, even the other HI Express. Breakfast is usual HI Express type, but here there is no buffet. There are breakfast sets and you are handed a tray with a plate of what you asked for, juice and tea/coffee.
Atop MTR Station - Popcorn Mall which makes it convenient to walk through with your luggage, but you need to change trains (get out of one and walk in to another) at North Point and then at Central/Hong Kong Station for the Airport Express. Has Bus Station next door and the bus ride to airport is about 45 minutes after every 30 minutes or so. Thus, connectivity is pretty good even though the hotel is about 30 minutes subway journey to Central. Night buses at a lower frequency can get you back to the hotel if stalled in the city for some reason.
Given that there isn't a big difference in room cost with HIE Soho it might not make sense to stay here wasting time traveling in to the city at work on a normal Hong Kong day. On special event days in Hong Kong, the other HIE at Soho becomes a lot more expensive and it would make sense to stay here if the difference goes beyond HKD 300 and upwards.
Crown Plaza is next door, Popcorn mall is connected with 3 other malls and normally all the usual brands for shopping are available and so are Jusco, Park 'b' Shop, etc. Food and eats and many restaurants in these malls including bakery and convenience stores.
All and all nice for a business stay, not sure if it is going to be great for families wanting to go around Hong Kong with a scanner.
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- Find reliability and comfort at Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East.The new Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East offers you sincere service and attractive facilities, all at a great value.We are conveniently located atop Tseung Kwan O MTR Station and PopCorn shopping mall. Just minutes drive from many of Hong Kong's famed shopping and leisure venues, 20 minutes from Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and a short 45-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport Travelling to other parts of the city is easy and swift.Be it for work, shopping or holiday, make Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East your first choice in Hong Kong. ... more less
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