Four of us stayed three nights at the Hotel Nathan in Feb 2012 and were generally impressed. Externally, it's not the prettiest hotel around, but inside it's got a high spec of decor and is very clean.
Our room was comfortable and well appointed. The staff are polite and helpful. However, although the decor in the corridors and landings on our floor, which was near the top of the hotel, looked great on first sight, it was actually quite tired and could have done with a makeover. The carpet, for example was stained in places and there was a distinct whiff of tobacco smoke. I can't remember what the smoking policy was, although our room was definately smoke-free.
Situated on Kowloon Island there is plenty to do. There is a very busy night market about five minutes walk away, where you can shop for souvenirs and other wares, or enjoy local cuisine with the masses of local people who flood the area after work. There are loads of street cafes and restaurants if you're feeling brave, although the sight of dinner swimming about in bowls and buckets is rather off-putting.
Hong Kong Island is just a short hop away aboard one of the famous Star ferries. It's worth taking a night-time trip over to watch the nightly laser show over the harbour. When we went there was very low cloud which made for some very interesting photographs.
Back at the Hotel Nathan, be sure to take advantage of their two-for-the-price-of-one Happy Hour. There is a comfortable cabana in the roof-top bar, and the four of us curled-up with "Long Island Ice Teas," "Around the Worlds," " Whiskey Sours," and of course "Sex on the Beach." After our second cocktail, we didn't really care that we still hadn't found anywhere to eat!
All-in-all, the Nathan is a well-appointed, comfortable hotel that offers good service at an affordable price. We would certainly stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel located at the heart of Kowloon's Golden Mile Nathan Road and only 3 minutes by walk from the Jordan MTR subway station. It is surrounded by a large variety of restaurants, transportations, retail shops and night markets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nathan Hotel Hong Kong
- Nathan Hong Kong