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“tiny room, clean and close to mid level escalator”

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Bishop Lei International House
Ranked #152 of 725 Hotels in Hong Kong
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Located in a residential area, the hotel is away from Hong Kong's noise, yet within walking distance to the Central , Soho and Alberdeen areas via the mid level escalator. We pay about 130 USD/ night for a standard room, breakfast not included. The room is tiny, even with only 2 carry on luggages, you barely have any space left to move around, yet it is clean, comfortable and bright with a large window looking out on the street. Good Wifi connection, AC & hot water and a safety box. This is a good accommodation in HK where housing are so expansive. The people at the help desk are friendly and helpful and you can exchange money at the hotel for HK dollar. The hotel has a free hourly shuttle that run until 8 PM and takes you to Central, the HK airport express and a few other places .

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

I have stayed at the hotel annually, for a week at a time, for the past several years.

This is a modest hotel situated above the hubbub of Hong Kong island.

The guests are usually families, middle-aged church going people, Indian IT wallahs and other business types on a budget. In short the sort of civilised person you would like to be sharing a small, relatively cramped hotel. This year I stayed at around the time of the Hong Kong Sevens, so there were some muscular sorts wearing flip-flops. They seems well enough acculturated to the culture of the place in the mornings, but I did not late-night comings and goings and they were noisy. Given the size of the place, you will hear others' door bells and imprecations to be let in.

The rooms are small, there is not a lot of space beyond the bed. But they are perfectly formed, and very neat and tidy. The larger rooms have a sitting area which lessens the feelings of cramp and those at the end of the corridors have infinity beds, i.e. when you open the windows you may as well be floating outside.

Just below, literally, is Hong Kong zoo and botanical gardens. This provides the morning birdsong, which at least is an antidote to the sounds you'll hear anywhere else in Hong Kong. Visiting the gardens is a 5 walk.

Room rates include breakfast for which you get a quaint coupon. The buffet is basic and the selection relatively small. But this seems perfectly adequate for the sort of person on a budget who stays here.

The hotel is very close to the mid-levels escalator, turn right out of the hotel and down Mosque street. As you go down note the laundries on your left, they are much cheaper than those at any hotel. Whenever you do go out make sure to bring some water back. The sink says that the water should be boiled for consumption and the bedroom is charged for, at typical hotel rates.

The escalator is a nice way to get to Central MTR station and everywhere else in Hong Kong. If you can get your timings right the hotel also runs its own hourly shuttle service to Central and also picks up passengers from the airport. The bus typically stops to collect passengers from a place to the left of the taxi rank at the Hong Kong Airport Express station.

This is a basic, simple hotel, which promises little but amply delivers on whatever it says it will provide. There is also free wifi (five star hotels that charge, take note). However the bandwidth did not seem to be good enough for a Skype video call.

Room Tip: Corner rooms have 'infinity' beds.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Quite a mixture of reviews on here, however I have to say that my husband & I had a fantastic 3 nights / 4 days at the Bishop Lei. Fantastic location, quiet but not far from loads of bars & restaurants. Easy to find, not far from the escalators. Botanical gardens are nearby & worth a wander around. We went for a suite having read the reviews, and asked for a high room floor - kindly they put us on the 21st out of 23 floors with AMAZING views over the Botanical gardens, the city skyline, and the harbor & Kowloon in the distance.

Staff very friendly & helpful whenever we needed them. We didn't eat there so no comments on that.

Really pleased and would definitely stay again. Thank you.

Room Tip: Ask for high floor overlooking the city skyline & harbour
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Stayed at the Bishop Lei for one night on business.

This is a reasonably tall but narrow hotel in an out-of-the way location.

Reception was small and fairly spartan. Reception staff were courteous and welcoming.

My room, on the third floor, was very small with a single bed. It was very clean and well-kept, but with absolutely no frills. Free wifi was a bonus.

Didn't take breakfast; had a hunch it'd be rather basic.

To summarise, this hotel offers clean but basic accommodation in a slightly inconvenient location. It was OK for one night, but I wouldn't return.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We booked "Bishop Lei" for 2 reasons; Price and Location, and were not dissappointed on eiter account. From Tripadvisor reviews we were warned rooms were small - or should we say tiny. This turned out to be true.!! We stayed in a Grand Suite which has a tiny bedroom (with no door) and a small sitting room with no coffeetable, but with a small working desk. The bed is small in both length and width, but comfortably. You can't really walk around the bed, in our case it was back to the trick of climbing over the parnet when getting in and out of the bed.
Our grown up son stayed in a standard single room, which were equally small in size. The bed was a single bed, also short and narrow.

We found both bathrooms to be small, but well cleaned.

The hotel itself lacks any kind of atmosphere. The reception area is small, lobby is practically non existing. The breakfast room was matching the rooms in size.

BUT the Price was reasonable, and we found the location to match our needs. Close to the escalator with plenty of restaurants nearby. We had 3 nights and 2 full days in Hong Kong, our day program was packed and we just needed a reasonable priced stay to sleep. Not interested in staying at a typical business hotel where we might feel under dressed, we were happy with our choice. i doubt we would have been as happy had we had to spend more time in the hotel..

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The only two reasons to recommend this hotel are the cheap room rates (often the lowest in Central offered by booking websites) and its location (in the heart of Midlevels). Other than that, rooms are old and tiny. The service is average/below average.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

we stayed here for 2 nights, it was a bit more expensive as the nights we were staying were week nights and prices. The location was good and easy to get into central using buses or taxis. Rooms are small though, but its hard to get a large room in HK.
Would recommend booking accommodation in advance as prices do book up fast and hotels charge more on the door.. Free wifi which was brilliant.
Staff were v helpful and happy to assist where they could.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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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
Hotel Style:
#64 Best Value Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range: $91 - $255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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