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The Empire Hotel Wan Chai
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

The hotel is located in the wanchai area which can be considered as center if you are in the city for a congress. Close to the convention center and ferry pier to Kowloon. One side of the hotel faces Lockhart Street, where a good portion of this street is full of sex clubs. The Street is always full of women inviting passers-by into the these "clubs". You can hear the noise all night.

Apart from the location, the hotel is spacious only in terms of the lobby. The rooms are smaller than it looks on the Internet. Internet is free and there is wi-fi in the rooms as well. There is no breakfast but there is a cafe in the dark basement of the hotel where you can have an expensive buffet breakfast (128 HK Dollar = 17 USD). If you care about Kosher or Halal food you can have only fruit and some cereals for this price.

Due to rain season, the rooms were humid and a bit smelly. Some people told that in the 20th floor there was no such odor in the rooms. It is hard to tell for sure. There is no opening window for that reason you have to deal with the humidity and odor in the room without any fresh air. On the other hand the rooms are cleaned every day and towels are changed regularly.

In conclusion, this is an average hotel in the expensive city of Hong Kong. The photos on the internet can be deceptive in terms of the size of the rooms. Staff tries to be helpful but sometimes there may be misunderstandings due to language barrier.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

Rooms are average quality. House keeping staff does not speak English, reception staff are careless and rude. Air condition works too powerful. Location is convenient. There is a spa massage place right accross the hotel which is worth visiting and having a foot and body massage.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
1  Thank Mine G
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Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

If I had a choice, this is definitely not my choice. I have better experiences staying in hostels than this place.

Service levels: Limited receptionists? Check. Sulky staff? Check

Hotel Area: Girly bars? Check. Drinking places with call girls nearby? Check.

Hotel rooms: Dark corridors that you wonder if you stepped into a "love" hotel instead of a business hotel? Check. Noisy rooms ie you can hear your neighbors? Check. Traffic sounds from your room? Check. Small rooms that only 1 small body can squeeze in? Check.

In short, It's meant for a certain clientele and certain body sized person.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
1  Thank mag_ty
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Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Wan chai is the prostitute central. So in case you were deciding on the area. But the hotel was close to the metro. Also some decent sports bars around. But come 10pm it does get a bit shady.
The hotel was clean, but rooms small.
English tv channels a benefit.
Floors on the lower levers smell in bathrooms. Avoid

Stayed: April 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

We stayed at the Empire Hotel over the recent rugby Seven's weekend. We knew that it was in a bar/club area and was likely to be noisy. Our room was facing Lockhart Rd and I had to sleep every night with earplugs because of the street noise. We were on the 6th floor.

We appeared to have a cleaning cart permanently stored outside our room door. It looks as though they leave the cleaning carts in the hallways always, as we saw several others permanently left in hallways.

General upkeep of the rooms and hallways was shabby, although the rooms were clean and tidy. Beds were very hard, and only a thin sheet and blanket. i was actually cold some nights.

Breakfast was OK, but nothing great.

Room Tip: try get a high level, maybe the street noise will be better
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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