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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bishop Lei International House Hotel Hong Kong
- Bishop Lei International Hotel
- Hotel Bishop Lei International
- Bishop Lei International House Hong Kong