I have just spent 8 nights at The Royal Plaza with my sister and her 5 month old baby. We know Hong Kong very well and would usually stay near Central, but the rates and reviews for this hotel were so good that we thought we'd try it out! We weren't disappointed at all.
We were given a 10th floor room overlooking the pool/jacuzzi. The room was spacious, clean and extremely comfortable. Any minor niggles we had were dealt with at lighting speed and the service was impeccable throughout. Getting from the airport to the hotel was hassle free, the Airport Express train takes you to Kowloon station and from there the K5 minibus drops you at the hotels front door (approx. 40 mins) HK$90 one way.
The hotel is conveniently linked to Grand Century Place shopping mall via the 2nd floor and ground floor. There's a 'Wellcome' supermarket on the 7th floor and a food court on the 5th floor (selling mainly Chinese food, with a KFC thrown in for good measure) The shops stay open until around 9pm and the food area until 11pm+. We booked the hotels buffet breakfast in advance which is well worth it if you want to be fed for most of the day - we saved over 50% on the actual rate (approx. £8pp), the buffet was an eclectic array of fresh fruit, salads, cheese, fried bacon, sausages, waffles, pancakes, toast, pastries and two chefs waiting to cook omelettes and fried eggs to order! For a more local (and less expensive) experience, I would recommend going down onto Prince Edward Road West (by the Flower St) and sampling a freshly baked custard tart (daarn tart) from one of the small bakeries along the road... the smell is fantastic.
Mong Kok is the lively area of Hong Kong with all the markets at your feet, Ladies Market, Jade Market, Goldfish St, Flower St. Fa Yuen St, it's definitely an area for those who want to experience more local Hong Kong. From the hotel, Mong Kok MTR station is just a 10 minute walk on an undercovered pedestrian walkway (starting at the ground floor of the shopping mall) and from there the system is so slick that you can get around the rest of Hong Kong very easily and pretty speedily. We could get from the top of the Peak, via the Peak tram, Admiralty MTR and back to the hotel in around 40 mins. There is a hotel shuttle bus which takes you to Tsim Sha Tsui, but we found the times erratic and didn't use this.
The heated 30º outdoor pool was heaven as was the jacuzzi, immaculately kept and the staff treat you like royalty! There's a small sauna and steam room in the changing rooms. Although we didn't use it, the gym was spacious and well equipped and is complimentary to hotel guests.
There is a broadband cable in the room HK$40 for an hour or in the lobby Wifi is HK$40 for half an hour.
For those who are in Hong Kong on a shorter visit, or want to experience the more 'modern' Hong Kong, or Lan Kwai Fong/Wanchai nightlife I would probably recommend staying in Tsim Sha Tsui/Central. However we had great stay here, it suited our needs perfectly and we would without a doubt make a return visit. The rates, service and comfort of this hotel are hard to beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Mong Kok, the bustling heart of vibrant Kowloon, Royal Plaza Hotel sits atop the MTR Mong Kok East Station with connecting point to China on a 45-minute train ride and is easy access to public transportation. The Hotel is connected to a seven storey shopping complex and numerous traditional markets with its abundance of stalls ans shops for fashion and electronic appliances are within a 10-minute walk from the hotel's doorstep. Awarded as "Travel Choice - Family Hotel 2014" by Tripadvisor, the newly renovated rooms with a choice of two queen-sized beds in a superior space, which is designed to more than comfortably accommodate families and groups comprised of 4 guests. The hotel features free Wi-Fi in all guestrooms, a 40-metre swimming pool, a well-equipped gymnasium and three restaurants and bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Plaza Hotel Hong Kong
- Hotel Royal Plaza
- Royal Plaza Hong Kong