I stayed here back in June when I was in Hong Kong by myself for an exam. It took me several days to finally decide on staying here (was working on a budget, and found other accommodation options to be either too expensive for a solo traveler, or rated too poorly despite the low price) and I can definitely say that it was the best decision to do so!
The only con I can think of would be that it is a little bit hard to find, especially if you arrive past midnight (as the A21 bus does not operate past 12AM). I took an N21 bus from the airport as I was told when I called up the hostel, and arrived about 2 hours later after an hour on the bus and an hour being lost on the streets. On a hunch, I got off at a Causeway Bay stop, and I was initially in the right direction had I not doubted myself and turned the wrong way - thus, ending up walking in circles. In any other city, this would have been a no-no, but the central location made it safe even for a lone tourist like me to walk on the streets at around 3AM. There were a lot of people out, as it was Sunday - drunk and tipsy from Saturday night parties. Not all taxis knew where the hostel was, though, as I had asked 2 taxi drivers and they either did not understand English, or they just really didn't know where the hostel was in that area. Luckily, the third taxi I hailed pointed me to the right direction as he insisted that I walk since it was a short way away. Honest Mr Taximan. :)
I was sweating like mad when I finally found the building. After punching in the code, I was relieved to feel the airconditioning that was on full blast even on the stairways. One set of stairs up and an elevator ride to the 2nd floor, I finally reached the reception area.
It was just how it looked like in the pictures! There was just this one guy snoozing on the massage chair, and he quickly woke up when I called out to him. After 5 minutes, I was directed to my room, where I tried to be as quiet as possible considering it was around 4am. Even in the dark, I could see that this room was nice. I settled my stuff in my assigned locker (electronic card key!), parked my trolley bag, and climbed all the way to the top bunk to sleep.
It was only in the morning when I found the time to admire the room. Again, it looked just how the pictures showed, and though it could be a bit small in the middle with all 9 occupants present, this never really happened as everyone was out doing their own thing so it was usually just a couple of girls left in the dorm at a time, except for sleeping time.
The bathroom was NICE - sparse, clean, a hot and cold shower, and made you want to take your time (which was a bad thing for the other girls haha). There was a sink with cupboards above in the room as well, just outside the bathroom.
The reception area on the second floor also served as the "social area", and this was where you could either chill on the couches, go online via one of the 2 computer stations, or prepare breakfast in the kitchen. Coffee, choco, and tea was free. The kitchen had all the utensils and appliances necessary (complete utensils, pots and pans, an electric stove, a microwave oven, etc), and you could also store food in the refrigerator (with the option to either share it or tell others that it's yours by sticking one of the stickers prepared for such on your food/drink container). All these were at your disposable - just be sure to clean up after yourself and wash whatever you used. I found this set up very convenient.
The place was clean, funky with splashes of color and art on the walls and ceilings, and the reception was friendly and helpful. The MTR was just a short walk away. I found some new friends here, too, which made the whole experience so much more enjoyable.
Overall, a great experience! :) I definitely recommend this to anyone travelling by themselves as it is cheaper than getting a room at a guest house for yourself but much much more worth it and fun!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 2 minutes walking distant from Yesinn Causeway Bay Hostel to Causeway Bay MTR station, our premier location makes us the ideal starting point for exploring the city. Recently renovated, we boast not only a fantastic Hong Kong city center location and building but our free services are unbeatable! We have taken great care when it comes to your safety & security so you don't need to worry and can hang out in our common room or relax in the roof top garden. An added bonus is that big size beds are tailor made for taller person and come with linen for free, so that late arriving travelers can jump straight into bed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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