HK 2016: Best Western Plus Kowloon Hotel

Best Western Plus Kowloon Hotel Facade

This hotel used to be the Ramada, and it’s now a Best Western.

Best Western Plus Kowloon Hotel is located along Chatham Road South, near Granville Road.

THE BEST WESTERN PLUS KOWLOON

It doesn’t have much going for it except that we got it for free (points) and that it’s very convenient to go to and from the airport.

The last stop of the A21 Cityflyer airport bus is right in front of the hotel door, and going to the airport is a simple matter of crossing the street to the bus stop on the other side for the reverse trip.

Here’s a quick video from the airport to the hotel:

Check-in time is 3pm. Check-out time is 12nn.

The hotel will do for somewhere to sleep. The aircon is cold, the beds are acceptably comfortable, the bathroom works, there’s a flat-screen TV. But the hotel definitely needs a “modern look” makeover. It still looks like it is from the 70’s and the carpet is a bit musty.

Best Western Plus Kowloon Hotel Room

We stayed at the Executive Suite, and that is why it’s bigger than the usual tiny rooms in Hong Kong. Their regular rooms are tiny. There’s also a dressing table / desk and a place to lay your luggage, as well as a coffee/ tea bar, electric kettle and small refrigerator.

The bathroom has a bathtub, although it looks kind of old…

Best Western Plus Kowloon Hotel Executive Suite Bathroom

We’ve stayed at this hotel twice and have come to appreciate its location. While walking to Nathan Road / the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station takes about 10 minutes, it gave us the opportunity to check out what the inner streets of Tsim Sha Tsui have to offer.

WHAT’S NEARBY?

For breakfast, there’s a Ya Kun Kaya nearby, along Chatham South Road. There are also the usual McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, etc… along Cameron Road.

There are many Indian restaurants in the area, a Charlie Brown Cafe, and various shops and restaurants. Last year, we chanced upon a Hanjuku Kobo along Cameron Road, and, even though we had no idea why people were lining up for it, we lined up, too! It turns out Hanjuku Kobo is a Japanese bakery selling wonderful cheese tarts! Personally, I liked the oblong cheese things better.

Hanjuku Kobo

If hungry past 12 midnight, there’s a 24-hour Tsui Wah along Carnarvon Road.

Another advantage of the hotel’s location is that it’s just across the street from Tsim Sha Tsui East and Mody Square. Gordon Ramsay has a restaurant in the Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, and hotels like the Royal Garden, Regal, Intercontinental Grand, and Kowloon Shangri-La are located in the area as well. We checked out the area but I found it kind of boring… there weren’t that many people shopping in the centre. The Nathan Road side of Tsim Sha Tsui is much more lively. The only nice places there were the hotels, but they were all so fancy, everyone was serious and dressed in business attire and here we were, so tourist-y in jeans and sneakers.  Apparently, not many tourists stumble onto this area.

There are 3 groceries nearby that I know of – the nearest one is a Park N Shop across the street, but it is not open 24-hours. There’s a 24-hour Wellcome on the corner of Chatham Road South corner Mody Road. I saw another 24-hour Wellcome while walking around Cameron / Granville / Kimberley but can’t remember which street it was and couldn’t find it anymore!

If you need to store your luggage with the hotel because you’ve already checked out of your room but are not leaving for the airport yet, they charge HK$10 per luggage.

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