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Bishop Lei International House
Ranked #153 of 718 Hotels in Hong Kong
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
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“A good stay - recommended for those who travel light”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The location of this hotel may seem a little urban at first when arriving by taxi through the maze of skyscraper apartment blocks. But don't be deceived! A 3 minute walk away and you join up with the Central–Mid-levels escalators in Hong Kong, apparently the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The escalators travel through an array of pubs, restaurants, massage places, and small stores. So the Bishop Lei can be considered a nice little oasis when you want to escape the buzz of activity that can be a bit overwhelming in Hong Kong at times.
The room we had (1410) would be considered microscopic by some western standards. I've had bathrooms bigger than the bedroom in other places but this is HK and space is premium. But something to be aware of if you're planning to spread out and display your day's purchases or if you're a bit on the messy side. Can't find the bar fridge? It's in the cupboard between the beds that doubles as a bed side table.
The rooms are clean and the bathroom (think telephone box size) is functional.
One black mark against this property is the use of old-fashioned keys with a key chain tag the size of a CD - quite disproportionate to the size of the room actually. There's only one key per room which needs to be left at reception when you go out each day/night. This means if you're planning to come back to the room after your roommate has gone to sleep, you'll have to wake them so they can let you in.
Good point is that the wifi is free and works well. If you're using multiple devices, you'll need to get a code (from Reception) for each device. eg, a smartphone and a laptop.
Based on other TripAdvisor reviewers, we didn't eat breakfast at the hotel. We chose Cafe O just a little down the way on the escalators
Tip: There is only one escalator. It goes down in the morning from 6am-10am and then up from 10.30am to midnight. Be aware of this because if you don't get it at the right time, it's quite the climb up/down which isn't exactly good for mobile-impaired people. And those who've had a few too many ales.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Sunne, Sweden
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

This was a pleasent hotel sto stay at. Good location at Robinson Road and just a short walk to the escalators that takes you to town in a scenic enviroment. The personell was helpful and the view was great althought we didnt have the sea view. The training facilities was good but the room was small. The pool was not open for the season. We would reccomend this fort short stays and long stay, if you dont expect to be in the hotelroom. We will definatly look this hotel up next time we come to Hong Kong. Good value for the money.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

We booked a standard room through Agoda for $72 a night and were so grateful when a hotel employee inexplicably upgraded us to a harbor view suite on the 14th floor for free. We were flabbergasted by the view (which seems much higher than the 14th floor because the hotel is in the Mid-Levels on a hill overlooking Hong Kong Island) but maybe that's because we've never had a room with a view you could see from the bed! Although the space around the bed was a little tight, this was actually ideal because it put us closer to the big windows and made us feel like we were floating over the buildings. We slept with the blinds open each night so we could watch the twinkling buildings.

The room was immaculately clean with new towels, soaps and turn-down service each day. The living room had a small couch, flat screen TV, fridge and a desk overlooking the harbor.

The wifi Internet is free and works well in the rooms. The hotel location is great - above the Hong Kong Zoological Park and a block away from the Mid-Levels escalator.

Breakfast is not included, but they offer a daily buffet for about $10 USD.

We really and truly enjoyed our stay and didnt want to leave. Thank you, Bishop Lei!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Agree with most of the reviews below: location is definitely the best feature of this hotel. The rooms are indeed not spacious, but it didn't botter me a bit as you'll probably only there to sleep anyway. Close to mid level escalators, so easy to explore the area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Was quite pleased with my room- a roomy suite with pull out sofa, mini bar, medium sized bathroom with shower and comfortable large bed. But the best attribute was the incredible view even from the 6th floor. The staff was friendly and helpful as well.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Ipswich
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

For those unfamiliar with British TV comedy in the 1970’s this was the catch phrase of the character Mandy, played by Dick Emery as a female impersonator. For me, somehow, it sums up Bishop Lei International House perfectly.
Ordinarily, the criticisms that one could make would result in a highly negative review. For instance, the rooms are “tired” and definitely need refurbishment. Even the Harbour View Suites are small resulting in such features as a shower from which it was necessary to exit at 45° because of its location between the wash basin and toilet. The end of a bed was so close to a window that there was barely sufficient room to squeeze by, a major challenge in the middle of the night, though somehow Matron managed! The beds are on the hard side and only one pillow is provided, resulting in a lengthy wait when we requested seconds and even then they came “in seriatim”.
But where else in the World can you lie in bed and watch it get light over the iconic I M Pei Bank of China Building, watch Black Kites soaring round the skyscrapers and listen to the Gibbons calling in the Zoological Gardens? In short, we’d be back.
More tangible plusses are the friendliness of the staff, easy access to Central via the Mid Levels Escalators, the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Hong Kong Park and the Peak Tram (You do have to be fairly fit though).
Room rates are good by Hong Kong standards and it’s easy and economical to get to the Airport Express.
A counsel of abstinence, breakfast, while cheap, is probably best taken elsewhere.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a night on way through Hong Kong. Was very easy as they have a shuttle from the airport express in Central which made getting there easy.

Hotel was on mid levels in Hong Kong, a short walk to the escalators into Soho and Central shopping area.

Rooms were small, but this is Hong Kong. Food/bar options in hotel looked limited. Great view from room.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Bishop Lei International House
Address: No.4 Robinson Road | Mid-Levels Central, Hong Kong, 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 ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #153 of 718 Hotels in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bishop Lei International House 3*
Number of rooms: 227
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boasting spectacular views of the city's skyline, Bishop Lei International features an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. It is a 10-minute walk from Soho and offers free shuttle services to and from Hong Kong Station (Airport Express Station). Bishop Lei International House provides value-for-money rooms with flat-screen cable TV and a work desk. They are bright with floor-to-ceiling windows, and have a tea/coffee maker and a safe. Guests can make use of the well-equipped gym or the sun loungers around the pool. For a quiet afternoon indoors, there is a reading room at International Bishop Lei Hotel. The Sky Terrace Restaurant provides an international breakfast buffet daily. Meals are accompanied by sweeping views of Victoria Harbour, and can be enjoyed on the terrace or in the privacy of guest's room. The Hotel is about 5 km from Hong Kong Ocean Park and only a stroll to Lan Kwai Fong entertainment area. The hotel offers scheduled shuttle services to and from Central, Admiralty and Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wanchai. Mid-Levels is a great choice for travellers interested in nightlife, city trip and sightseeing. ... more   less 
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