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Review of The Salisbury-YMCA of Hong Kong

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Review posted 7/8/2008 view all
Pink Choice Member from , London
Excellent value and great location
YMCA Salisbury Hong Kong

This hotel is a terrific find in Hong Kong and I strongly recommend it! Although it is listed as specialist accommodation and not as a hotel on tripadvisor, it is a fully-fledged hotel and not what you would expect from the hostel reputation of YMCAs elsewhere. It is in Kowloon, in a great position, next door to the famous Peninsula Hotel and other luxurious hotels and shopping centres. At the same time, it is just a 5-minute walk to the ferry that takes you to Central, the business district of Hong Kong that has high rise buildings, nice contemporary architecture, the tram to Victoria Peak and very luxurious shops.

I stayed at the YMCA Salisbury for 3 nights in April and found the accommodation very good. The hotel does not offer breakfast but with so many bakeries and a Starbucks next door, guests have many places to choose from. The rooms are spacious, very clean and nicely decorated and it is worth paying the extra for the rooms with harbour views. We had a room on the 10th floor and it was magical to wake up to the views of the river, the skyscrapers and the mountains of Central and the Peak, or see the show of lights in the harbour at night.

Kowloon is a great location from which to explore the city. The Harbour Shopping Centre, with hundreds of shops catering for all tastes, including luxury brands, a big bookshop on the top floor, and supermarkets, is just 5 minutes away. You can also walk to another ferry terminal in 10 minutes if you want to take the ferry to Macau, which takes one hour (take your passport as this is an independent region outside Hong Kong, although both are part of China). This former Portuguese colony is a bit rundown but has lots of history, interesting colonial buildings, and is the place to go to gamble.

Kowloon is also great to shop and get public transport to Central and Causeway Bay. In the latter part, you can find some buzzing youth fashion and quirky and trendy Chinese shops such as GOD, where you can stock up on nice design. For some trendy Chinese clothes shops, look for Giordano all over the town, which recently has branched into Giordano Women and Giordano Concept, the latter offering stylish pieces at very affordable prices.

In Kowloon, you are also spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, from the traditional Chinese restaurant for large groups of family and friends and hardly any Westerners, to luxurious restaurants in places such as the Aqua Bar, Spoon at the Intercontinental, or the high tea bar at the Peninsula.

The YMCA Salisbury is also opposite the Hong Kong Arts Centre, a venue of museums and concert halls on the hotel’s doorstep. When we stayed over, the Hong Kong Film Festival was on and we could see the arrivals on the red carpet from our bedroom window.

You also receive an English-written newspaper every morning, which is nice if you want to catch up on what is going on in the world in the morning from your room with a view. There is also a laundrette for guests on the 9th floor that is very easy to use and very convenient.

As a gay man, I also did not have any problems whatsoever in staying over with my same-sex partner and being given a double bed, something that still sometimes raises a few eyebrows in some hotels or guest houses. Staff were very efficient and friendly and made us feel welcome all the time.

This is definitely a place I recommend and the place where I would stay again if I visit Hong Kong again.
Month and year of stay:
April 2008
Length of stay:
3 nights
Recommend hotel for:
singles,couples,older gay
Describe the hotel:
Mixed gay/lesbian/straight
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