By Hongkong standards, this is a good place to stay - some disadvantages, some advantages - probably the most important among the latter being the low cost.
Mistake # 1...
I took teh airport express shuttle which dropped me at the hotel close to the YWCA. Bad idea - the hostel is located on an upward slope on a road hidden behind buildings. It took me 15 minutes of asking and poking to find the path. (Despite being able to SEE the building!) Finally, I called the hostel and they told me to come via the public librarry (there are no signboard anywhere en route) - nut comfortable when you are lugging around the luggage. So my suggestion - pay 50 Hkg dollars and take a cab fromt eh airport express Kowlooon.
Check in was quick, the otel is not exactly bright and sprightly, neither dull. Staff is polite as would be expected in a YWCA, there are always some community services happening on the lower floors so tehre are always peopel around.
The room itself was very small - me and my 2 bags could just about fit in. (I took the larger room costing 450 dollars). Now this IS the best you will get in Hkg for 450 dollars. Rooms are clean (Best part - they have huge windows), air con. The TV has 6 channels (1 English - the rest are Cantonese / Mandarin). There is a hot ware kettle (remember to bring your own tea / coffee).
The restaurant is really good - large, inexpensive, quick service, good food.
Taxis are easy to get, and while the hostel is located in the midst of residences, a public library and schools, it is 5 minutes walk from the main Waterloo road. The MTR is a good 15 minute trek, through the busy streets of Mongkok.
I just wish rooms had wifi - they do not. So, to use internet, you need to go to the reception (always full of people, no place to sit) or the restaurant. It is free though (unlike hotels that always charge for the net)
All in all, the YWCA Anne Black is a good place for single people on a budget, but if you can afford bigger bucks, or are here with your family, stay at a hotel with larger rooms.
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- Anne Black Guest House (Ywca) Hotel Hong Kong
- Guest House Hongkong
- Anne Black Hotel Ywca
- Anne Black Guest House (YWCA) Hong Kong