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Travelling with toddlers, Novotel or Empire Hotel Kowloon ?

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Travelling with toddlers, Novotel or Empire Hotel Kowloon ?

We are travelling with two lil kids & prefer a hotel room in TST.

At the moment we are torn between novotel on nathan road & empire hotel kowloon. We are inclined towards novotel as they have a king size bed for HK100 less than empire hotel.

However, there are a couple of things we need to clarify.

1- how close are these two hotels to the MTR stations as we are travelling with lil kids who gets tired easily:)

2- distance to the main road, if we want to catch the bus.

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1. Re: Travelling with toddlers, Novotel or Empire Hotel Kowloon ?

1) Novotel is slightly closer with less than 5 minutes of walking distance. Empire would be just under 10 minutes of walk

2) only about a handful of hotels in hong kong have a huge yard/garden or driveway for that matter (i.e. most of the hotel is on the road side). The most important question is that what bus you are going to take? If you just want to 'experience' a double decker and doesn't care where you are going, Novotel has a bus stop about 20 steps away from the hotel and Empire is a bit further... by one minute of walk!!

However, hotel class wise, I'd say Empire is a tiny bit better than the Novotel

Edited: 14 February 2011, 09:33
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2. Re: Travelling with toddlers, Novotel or Empire Hotel Kowloon ?

tq onelight year for your reply. really appreciate ur input.

we are considering to take the bus if this is a convenient way to travel other than taking cab or mrt to around town.

one last question, how are these two places if compared to the Salisbury ymca in term of access to public transport & comfort?

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3. Re: Travelling with toddlers, Novotel or Empire Hotel Kowloon ?

Hotel class wise it's in between the two you have previously listed. The actual location of the hotel is the most convenient as it's in central TST right down by the waterfront but all 3 are more or less the same if you are talking about the convenience of transportation.

The good thing about the YMCA is that there is (pay) option of rooms with harbour view and the 'wow' factor of a luxury YMCA but then I bet it's the most expensive out of the 3 you have shortlisted

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4. Re: Travelling with toddlers, Novotel or Empire Hotel Kowloon ?

We stayed at Novotel in December, it was absolutely wonderful and we would stay there again. However it is at least a really good 5-8 minute walk once you get to the entrance, go down stairs and then to the MTR itself. (and that's with teens) I think the YMCA would be better. The only reason we stayed at the Novotel was we couldn't fit 2 kids in the YMCA as they are too old, whereas you could with toddlers. Then you are much more local to everything like food etc. All the MTR's have a lot of walking underground. There is not much you can do about that. However the taxis are so so cheap and were often cheaper for the 4 of us than the MTR and quicker when it wasn't peak hour.

Hope that helps

Edited: 21 February 2011, 07:23
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