Regal iClub, 211 Johnstone Road, Wan Chai
The thing which will attract your attention for one reason or other on looking at the hotel website pictures is the fact that the bathroom has transparent glass walls. This did actually stop me from staying here on a previous visit as I was travelling with somebody who I would not have been comfortable sharing a room with my toilet habits on full display [which is basically – anybody and everybody]. On this trip I was alone, so went for it.
The room I had actually had frosted glass walls. The sliding door, although it overlapped the opening [just], it stood away from the glass wall by a couple of inches. So, whilst one would have largely visual privacy, there was no hope for sounds and smells.
Room facilities. Desk and chair, fridge, bedside clock radio/iPod docking station, tea/coffee provisions & kettle, hair drier, toiletries, safe, good blackout and normal blinds. The tv had the usual few English channels normally found in far eastern hotels. Best take your own on a suitable viewing facility. The bed was comfortable with clean bedding. I saw no signs of foreign bodies or stains anywhere. Air conditioning worked well.
Breakfast was supplied and was the usual pastries, cereals, fruit, and bread for toast etc. Seating was limited and several times over my 8 day stay I found myself having to sit in the adjoining internet room at the PC stations. Tables seemed to be occupied by guests who had obviously finished their breakfasts and were just needlessly occupying seats just talking. A strict disciplinarian would be welcome to tell these people to get up and go.
Use of the lifts and access to the breakfast room requires your room card.
Reception staff were very helpful, polite and accommodating. Book your room on the hotel website and they give you a choice of free gift on check-in [ I chose a nice chromed metal bookmark] The hotel will store your luggage in the reception area after checkout.
An airport shuttle bus is provided. It is a lengthy trek to get to it though, as it’s from the Regal hotel adjoining the terminal. Even when you get to the hotel there are no signs for the bus and no obvious direction to go in. I had to ask somebody, who found it easier to take me rather than try to give directions. I have to ask though, am I the first and only person to encounter this problem? I very much doubt it, so why haven’t they done something about it? It was about 90 minutes to the hotel. For the return journey, allow plenty of time. I encountered a delay picking up passengers at another Regal hotel who weren’t ready and quite honestly should have been left behind. The driver was also somewhat erratic. He slowed right down to about 35mph on the airport motorway, eventually moving on to the hard shoulder for a while, then very slowly accelerated back on to the main lanes. I initially thought the bus was having engine problems but it turned out the driver was just using his phone.
The location of the hotel was excellent. About ten minutes walk to Wan Chai metro station, or less if you’re one of those odd human gazelles. There’s a trolley stop almost across the road. A minute’s walk down the road is that saviour of western people in a foreign country – McDonalds, and a KFC a bit further away. There’s also a type of food place immediately next to the hotel entrance which looked like one could eat there and survive. For the techno geeks there’s the Wan Chai Computer Mall next to the metro station. Another one – turn left out of the hotel and you’ll find Computer 239 a few minutes down the road on the right.
This was a very good hotel that I shall stay in again some day – as long as I’m travelling alone. Good room, excellent location. Which means I am shooting myself in the foot here as no doubt the next time I want to stay here its popularity and hence rates will have rocketed so I’ll be looking for somewhere else [take note, Metropole, just down the road, whose rates have doubled in the past 3 years and have lost me as a regular].
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- iclub Wan Chai Hotel, a contemporary select-service hotel located in Hong Kong’s famed Wan Chai entertainment and business district, is the first carbon neutral hotel in Hong Kong and also features a revolutionary array of interactive services and innovative facilities. The hotel provides a smoke-free environment and 99 chic and trendy guestrooms and suites with striking decor, offering style and comfort to discerning tech-savvy business travellers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iclub Wan Chai Hotel Hong Kong