rif and I managed to book a 2-night stay at Regal Kowloon Hotel when we were in Hong Kong this year. We wanted a hotel that’s located near an MTR station and Regal Kowloon seemed pretty decent. Regal Kowloon Hotel is located in East Tsim Sha Tsui, so if you’re taking the MTR from the airport, you’ll need to walk for about 10-15 minutes in (air-conditioned) the underground pass to get to the hotel.
Alternatively, you can exit the MTR station and hail a cab like we did – for HKD20. It’s a pretty short drive but it saves you the hassle of looking for the right exit especially when you’re not familiar with Hong Kong. Check-in was somewhat complicated. Not all the counters were open and there was a long queue that extended right till the middle of the lobby. It took us about 40 minutes of waiting time before we got to our room.
The room we got was better than I imagined it to be. It was surprisingly spacious for a HK hotel and it offered a nice view of the harbour. The bed was comfortable enough to ensure a good night’s rest. We slept very well on both nights. One thing I really liked about the room is the window seat with mirror panels on the wall. I chose to do my makeup there to get the natural morning sunlight.
The bathroom was fairly large in size with standard amenities like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush set, shaving kit, hairdryer and cotton pads. The room also came with coffee and tea making facilities and an in-room safe.
We didn’t get to explore the hotel much but I know there’s a fitness centre that comes equipped with the usual workout machines. As Regal Kowloon is mainly a business hotel, there is no pool available. Best you can do is use the bathtub in your room. The hotel offers 4 restaurants – Mezzo, Regal Court, Café Allegro and V Bar & Lounge.
Breakfast is served daily at Café Allegro and the spread I tucked into was pretty good. The dim sum (for hotel standard) was the best I’ve eaten so far. I ate at least 10 pieces of siew mai on my first morning there! Wifi is provided if you book your room online – and it’s applicable to two gadgets per time.
Regal Kowloon Hotel is a walking distance from Hong Kong Promenade where travelers can enjoy the Light and Sound Show at 8pm daily, as well as the Hall of Fame at Avenue of Stars. It is also a 5-minute walk to East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.
Service however, needs a lot of work. I found the staff at the check-in counter cold and disengaged. On the whole, I recommend Regal Kowloon Hotel because it’s reasonably priced (from Agoda) and close enough to most attractions in TST. It’s a good place to consider if you’re planning to visit Hong Kong on a moderate budget. Don’t expect stellar service and you’ll do just fine. :)
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Regal Kowloon Hotel
71 Mody Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui,
Tel: (852) 2722 1818
Email: [email protected]