Trip Report – 4 Days in Hong Kong – Day 1
This Hong Kong trip was a very special one, my eldest son was to be married on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand!
As a side trip, we decided to fly to Hong Kong, soak up the atmosphere of this busy city and stay a few days rather than the usual refilling stop favored by airlines on the U.K. and Europe legs.
Arriving in Hong Kong
We arrived late afternoon, collected our bags and cleared customs easily and quickly.
There are several options to make the 35km/22mile journey to either Kowloon or Hong Kong island, we opted for the Airport Express (fast train) HK$100 which deposited us to our stop on Hong Kong Island in just 24 minutes!
The train is fast, comfortable and spacious. Plenty of room with trains arriving and departing every 10 minutes, so even if you just miss one you won’t have to wait long.
We can’t say the same for the Taxi’s though, there was over an hour’s wait and a lot of congestion and queue’s from taxis, cars and buses once passengers were picked up.
There is a free shuttle bus available to take you to your Hong Kong hotel. Unfortunately, it had similar queue’s. As its purpose is to take their passengers to their accommodation, there is no guarantee that this would be a quicker option. Plus your accommodation does have to be on their list (ours wasn’t). It would pay for you to make a quick inquiry before you depart here.
Nothing really prepares you for the stifling heat and humidity of Asian countries and arriving in Hong Kong is no exception! Even as Aussies we found the heat stifling and humid, I guess coming from our winter temperatures into the sweltering heat didn’t help!
Where to Stay in Hong Kong
I choose Butterfly on the Waterfront for our accommodation in Hong Kong. The boutique hotel is located in Sheung Wan, which we found to be a real locals district, something that we love. Nothing like mixing it with the locals!
The team at reception checked us in quickly and efficiently and we were in our room on the 26th floor in no time. We had opted for this particular hotel as it fell into our budget range and it had a harbor view.
When researching accommodation in Hong Kong I found it to be pretty expensive comparing it with other Asian and 1st world cities.
Butterfly on Waterfront started its life as another name even though it was advertised as “new”. It belongs to a small chain of boutique hotel in Hong Kong that renovates tired hotels and re-opens them under the butterfly banner.
Our “Suite” was tiny in comparative room standards throughout the world. By Hong Kong’s standards I’m sure it would be considered HUGE as we had a desk area and a small (single) day bed that looked out over the harbor. The bathroom contained a bath and a shower area with two types of shower roses, a standard rose and a raindrop rose. I opted to use the raindrop rose to wash away the travel grime from the trip and it was HEAVENLY!!!
Not wanting to venture far as we were tired from travel we opted to eat in the small restaurant in the hotel called “Glo”.
Glo has a pretty basic menu, it’s clean, the staff attentive and the food was ready fairly quickly as there was only one other diner at that time. It did the job for what we needed after a long day. Soon after dinner, we headed off for some much-needed sleep ready for a day of exploring Hong Kong the following day.
Have you experienced Hong Kong? Where do you stay, Kowloon or Hong Kong Island?