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Garden View Hong Kong
Ranked #152 of 719 Hotels in Hong Kong
USA
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54 reviews
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Reviewed August 14, 2007

I stayed at this hotel for 6 months... yes 6 months as part of a work project. I had one of the serviced apartments on the top floor which had not been touched since before i was born (and i am 24!).
The standard rooms in the hotel are OK. They are small and compact but then most rooms in HK are since space is at a premium. The standard rooms have been updated recently and are quite modern.

Despite the sub par serviced apartments the hotel is adequate for its location alone. It is the only hotel in the mid-levels and is within walking distance to Central and Admiralty. You will pay about three times the price of a standard chain hotel and well worth a try if you are not on a corporate account and are looking for a cheapish stay without fearing for your safety or valuables!

Stayed February 2007
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Reviewed April 30, 2006

We booked online a dbl for 2 adults (3 nites/1 bed) and ended up with 2 twin beds, and they found a double the following night but with the view we had on the 14th floor --we opted to stay put! Reviews here point out the downside (small rooms, dated furniture, etc) but if you want a reasonably priced hotel on Hong Kong itself, this is the place. Not only do you have the famous HKG skyline, but prime seating for the nightly 15 minute light/laser show bouncing off the neighboring skyscrapers. And next door is a Park'n'Shop, making for easy runs for snacks, beverages, etc. And for about $1USD or less you just had to run downstairs for toast in the morning; very convenient. Government just raised the cab fares in HKG as well as other Chinese cities, but it was such a bargain hopping in one for 15Yuan to Star Harbor ferry, mid-level escalators, etc. that even if it doubled it's a deal. Good service from staff; clean rooms. I'd recommend it if you're not going for luxury.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed March 8, 2006

The hotel was clean but the room was very small, dated interior and slightly worn. Additionally money was stolen from my bags while I was out. It is advertised as having a swimming pool, however the ymca next door, which the pool is sited over is currently preventing the hotel from opening it.

Stayed March 2006
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Usk Monmouthshire UK
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Reviewed March 1, 2006

The Garden View has been renamed from the YWCA. Was this a political gesture? It is not known by taxi drivers by its new name, which is confusing if your flight is late and you try telling a taxi driver at 4am the name. Best to use the address.

The rooms are fine though mine lacked the promised views. Well equipped though minibar limited (did not use it).

The problem is the restaurant facility. The hotel does not own or manage the ground floor restaurant. For breakfast it uses a YWCA facility on the sixth floor, the ground floor restaurant is closed at this hour. The sixth floor reminds one of a UK comprehensive school cafeteria and is very limited for a three star hotel. The restaurant is linked to a much lower standard dining area with smoking tolerated. Again not suited to a three star hotel.

We found the desk staff polite but no more. The information they gave us re changing money was inaccurate and wasted a lot of time trekking all over Central to change dollars. We did not find their attitude helpful to phoning the Airport Express terminal at Central to find out when we could book our luggage in either, they had not time apparently to sort out right then. We never did find out until we got to the Terminal. (We had no problem, booking in at 10.30 for a 21.30 flight to UK. Much the best way).

All in all not a good experience. A separate point is that HK Island Mid Levels location is steep. Unless both of you are fit and well do not attempt to walk. No problem for me but my wife found it difficult.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Reviewed January 2, 2006

We (family of 4) stayed in the hotel for 5 nights. Found the staff friendly. The first rooms we were given were smoking - so we asked to be moved - which they did no problem.

The position of the hotel was excellent - easy access to the city centre, peak tram etc.

The hotel is close to shops, botanical garden, good views of the city from the rooms. The gym looked good (though I didn't try it out) outdoor swimming pool.

On the ground floor there is a restaurant and canteen (as it is connected to the YWCA) which has good food for a reasonable price.

The only downside was the rooms were small and a bit shabby, but if you are out site seeing all day and only go to the hotel to sleep - then its no problem!

Note: taxi drivers know it as the 'YMCA' so if you ask for the gardenview hotel - they don't know what you are talking about!

  • Stayed December 2005
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 11, 2005

I stayed at the Gardenview International hotel Aug.20-30,2004 to meet my fiancee & now we are happily married.And I enjoyed my stayed there.The room is clean,receptionist are polite and the place its very convenient to Central Hongkong...

Stayed August 2004
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Additional Information about Garden View Hong Kong

Property: Garden View Hong Kong
Address: No.1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong, China
Location: China > Hong Kong > Central
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#105 Business Hotel in Hong Kong
#112 Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Garden View Hong Kong 4*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Garden View Hong Kong has 141 spacious hotel rooms and suites overlooking the city with panoramic garden view, offering optimal comfort with full service yet reasonably priced accommodation ideally for business or leisure visits and extended stays.Hotel is in walking distance to Hong Kong business, financial center and shopping malls. Peak Tram Station and the trendy nightspot "Lan Kwai Fong" are all at your doorstep. It is easily access to all public transportations and nearby MTR Central subway station. ... more   less 
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Garden View International House Hotel Hong Kong
Garden View International Hotel
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