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“Great - But not the Private Room for One Person”
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Oi Suen Guesthouse
Ranked #274 of 721 Hotels in Hong Kong
Reviewed 5 February 2012

If you are claustrophic and traveling alone - do not stay in the private room.

This was my first time staying in a hostel in HK and even though I was aware that the room was going to be small I was not prepared for the prison like conditions of the private room for a single person.

The total size of the single private room is about the size of a closet. The bed is encased by three tiled walls and when you slip off the edge of the bed you are literally at the bathroom. I barely could close the door to take a shower b/c there was just no space!

The noise in the room is also very creepy. The sounds get flitered through the exhaust pipes and by the time it reaches your room it has an echoey effect. I could not sleep and was very grateful someone happened to have been hammering at the same time and I was able to get upgraded to a double occupancy room.

The double occupancy rooms were much better (I stayed in a room with windows) in terms of natural sounds (Mong Kong is busy so be prepared for city noises) and a bit more space. The bathroom is still very tight so if you're not that close with your traveling partner you'll need to schedule shower times as you will have to step out of the bathroom naked. There is no space and everything in there will get wet.

Pros:
- staff very friendly, however as noted by others the brother and mother have very limited English
- clean
- free wifi (hard to find in the city) and free local calls
- discounted tickets to local attractions
- location is pretty central with food and 7-11 close by

Be aware:
- If I havent' said it enough times - SOLO travelers do not stay in that private room
- I stayed on two separate occasions (once by myself and the 2nd time with a friend) with a one day break. They charged me to leave my luggage behind. I was a bit surprised as I was coming back to continue my stay and it was 1 piece for 1 day.
- Check out time is stated at 12pm on the bookings but they will try to get you out by 11am. I stayed until 12pm.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a window. Even though the noise from the street might keep you up you'll fee...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

I'm claustrophobic. so you can imagine that I felt a little like my room was a prison cell. I managed to get by, using earplugs for the loud music during the night. The elevator broke down while I was there (8th floor), but I discovered another one on the other side of the block. If you're into tiled walls and no floor space but you're a budget, the Oi Suen is for you. Be aware that the desk person may not speak any English. In it's favor, my room was very clean.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with windows.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank amershon
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

we stayed with oi suen from 15-26 dec and i had booked quite late but luckily the owner rainbow was able to allocate rooms to us even during such peak periods. i'd like to personally thank her for keeping by her word and trusting us. we hadn't begun our stay or even paid any deposit and needed a huge favour from rainbow. we needed a place to store 4 huge luggages while we were away on a 5 day tour and she was very friendly in assisting us. We barely had any contact with her on those 5 days and arrived in hk at almost 11pm and rainbow actually waited all night for us to arrive.

oi suen is located in sincere house and having stayed with dragon hostel and ah shan before, i'd highly rank oi suen next to dragon hostel. i was deeply appalled by the service and manner of the owners at ah shan, where its all about the money.

oi suen is situated smack bang in mongkok close to the MTR and near by all great places for shopping or dining. rooms are small but honestly if you've stayed with other hostels, im sure you're aware that size is minimal in hk. therefore toilets and showers will also be combined, having said that if you can't live in such a small area of space, i'd suggest you not consider budget stays. you get what you pay for and hk hotels are quite expensive.

rooms and toilets are clean as they are tidied and swept everyday. rooms are equipped with fan, aircon, lcd tv, free wifi, basic toiletries, phones with free local calls.

they offer ticket deals for tourists and van services to the airport which we asked for since there were 4 of us and had way too many luggages for a taxi.

rainbow the owner of the guest house went out of her way many times in accommodating us and she was nice and friendly, funny to joke with too. overall their service is beyond excellent and it was certainly a pleasure to stay with oi suen.


p.s. the old lady is rainbow's mum and with limited english it may be hard for non-chinese guests to communicate with her please she is really nice as well and always busy on her feet.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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8  Thank slam91
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

again, nice location with many good foods just around the corner (wantan noodle, my favourite!)

Room Tip: if you compare it with luxury hotel, I'm affraid it won't suit you. If you are the backpacke...
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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4  Thank leoguy25
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

Located near Tsam Sa Tsui. About less than 5mins walk to MTR.
Hostel on one of the floors and amist of the other shops or houses.
Was hard to locate and ulu (deserted).
First impression was not good as we mistook for oriental pearl hostel at first after that finally found the right one.
NUmber of rooms there less than 10. The room we rent is only good enough for 2 single beds, a small side table and a small toilet.
Amenities are sufficient but the condition of the room is only really average if u want cheap lodging. Stayed there for 5nights. Cockroach spotted. Bed stains.
Other than that, the hostel is fine. Hot water availabe out side the room.
Staff was friendly and also allowed luggages to be stored while we went to Shenzhen for 2days.

COnclusion: I will pay abit more to stay or try out other hostels.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank pinzisan
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

Pros:
- Really near Lady street and it's really convienient to just walk back up to rest after all the shopping
- cheap accomodation- ideal for backpackers

Cons:
- the rooms are really small. beside the bed, there are barely any walking space and if you are carrying large baggages, chances are you will not be able to open them up fully.
- The lady that was around was rude and could not speak any english at all. expect zero to little customer service from this lady who is around practically 24/7 during my period of stay.
- they do sell discount tickets to attractions but despite informing them that we need the peak tram tickets the next day(they ran out on the day we first asked and was told they will have it the next day), they did not stock up for us so we ended up buying our tickets from the peak tram station instead.
- Not recommended for friends as they are no room for you to hang/place your towers/clothes while you shower and the only way is to place your dry clothes outside the toilet. Spare yourself the awkward moments when you have to open the door to get your dry stuffs.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ymtan
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Overall, staying at Oisuen is the good choice for a budget traveling and especially for backpacker who are not really need the luxury requirement.

The location is good as in Mongkok, you can see a lot of shops around your hostel after you go down from the building. Convenience, lady street is just near to the hostel. Is extremely convenient for girls shopping...hehe. ^.^

The manager called Rainbow, is really helpful. She will give you some guide for the traveling information. Also, they are selling some tickets for the attraction. They accept returning tickets if you do not use it.

Room is clean, almost everyday she will come for room service.

To me, is really satisfied.

Regards,
Heroes19
http://newzealand-paradise.blogspot.com/

Room Tip: Good to pick a room with window
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank heroes19
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Additional Information about Oi Suen Guesthouse

Address: R811-812, 8/F Sincere House, No.83 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Region: China > Hong Kong > Mong Kok
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #274 of 721 Hotels in Hong Kong
Price Range: £22 - £53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Oi Suen Guesthouse 1.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oi Suen Guesthouse is located at Hong Kong shopping center, Mongkok.We are newly established,comfort,clean and tidy,providing free computer Internet access,WIFI,cool and hot water,towel and personal appliances etc.All railway and bus stations can be reached within 5 minutes which is convenience for you to travel,visit and stay with us. Mongkok is crowded for 24hours,so the eating,shopping……all are surroundings.Even Hong Kong People ourselves also tend to book a hostel for our relatives in Mongkok as it is too convenience!We believe that nothing is more important then communication. We are pleased to be a travel consultant and solve your doubt with email, msn, facebook for communication. We wish the relationship between us is friendship. Our staffs are friendly and keen to make a recommendation about shopping and eating for you.So, OiSuen Guesthouse is your best choice! ... more   less 
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