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“A very good two-way experience”
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The T Hotel
Ranked #7 of 718 Hotels in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A very good two-way experience”
Reviewed 14 January 2012

I was looking for accommodation for a midweek three day break with my wife just to use up our expiring airmiles. On city visits I usually look for a reasonable place close to the mass transit rail. On our last visit to Hong Kong we stayed at L'Hotel Nina because of a promotion offer soon after their opening which proved to be rather good locationwise as well as ease of access, being a reasonable walking distance from Tsuen Wan West.

I read the reviews of others on the T-Hotel and, after I located their web site, was rather intrigued by the good reviews in spite of the not-so-easy access and distance from the MTR. But having never used the Airport Express nor the bus system in HK in more than ten trips I thought it would be a good (cool) time of year to experiment.

Well, after that long winded preamble let’s get to the essence of the review.
Room first - .. good size & good seaview (from room no. 625), well equipped, pleasant direct & indirect lighting, wi-fi (free), good coffee/tea provisions, very well stocked minibar at very reasonable prices (no need to rush out to the convenience store in disgust). The bed was very comfortable and the variety of pillows offered was a nice personal touch.
Bathroom: .. modern and well provisioned but designed rather cramped for space, particularly the shower cubicle which looked attractive with solid glass enclosure and sliding door BUT had the column (or maybe pipe shaft) intruding into the shower space so that the already narrow door became even more restricted (inconsiderate for guests with large girths). The sliding door seal was insufficiently effective in preventing water leaking out to soak the floor mat which is always needed as one steps out of the shower. This can be lessened somewhat by pointing the shower head away from the door but never completely prevented. A great feature was the smart-film glass window on the bedroom side which could switch the transparent glass to opaque at the touch of a button. Impressive (but totally unnecessary) was the bathroom TV which had a waterproof remote control that you could experiment dropping in the bath just to see if it worked. If the bathroom door could be sliding instead of opening inward the cramped feeling could have been eased. Excellent quality bath towels and bath robes.
Other facilities: .. All areas (reception, concierge, gym, dining room, guest lounge) were tastefully laid out, equipped and decorated. Staff service was impeccable since all were students going out of their way to please, not just doing a job. Hope this attitude is instilled throughout their life in the hotel business. Checking in and out were speedy and efficient.
Food: .. Only had the breakfast which was plentiful and catered to all preferences and styles, full English, continental, oriental - it’s all there, even a 4-variety cheeseboard.
Access & transportation: .. On arrival we took the Airport Express to Hong Kong Station (25 minutes) where we were picked up by HK friends, taken to dinner then delivered at the T-Hotel. They took a little while to find it because the entrance was a short driveway which was not easy to spot at night, overshot the first time but got it on the second attempt. On our own we found the weekday morning-only shuttle service to HK Station very useful and punctual at 0830 & 1030 (technically not a shuttle because it doesn’t bring you back). The bus service to return in the evening was quite easy and exactly according to the hotel handout, so no difficulty there.
Everything in the above review was included in my comment card.
Overall the T-Hotel was an excellent find … well worth the rate charged which was quite reasonable by Hong Kong standards. The earlybird summer rates are even better, I hear.
But check your girth before you book ... waist size should not exceed 48 inches!

Room Tip: Check the bathroom first if possible.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2012

This hotel is a gem. You will only find it through trip advisor reviews as it is not advertised at all and is on none of the travel websites. I am in the hotel business and have stayed at five star hotels all over the world, as well as boutique hotels and everything in between. This hotel combines the best of a five star experience with that of a boutique experience. It is a training institute for the hospitality industry, so staffed by students, and you need to be patient. But they are enthusiastic and want to please. I congratulate the Hong Kong government for funding such an excellent idea and and the Director, Mr Tang, for the excellent work he and his team are doing. Stay here if you come to Hong Kong and get the Ocean view suite if available.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Tromsø
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2011

I'm not one to review hotels I stay in, but I just had to say something, this hotel was awesome! Frankly, because of my budget (perhaps), I had never stayed in a hotel where I got to watch my TV while I soak in the tub after a long day's thingummies.

The checkin/checkout was quite smooth, way smoother than the Royal plazza hotel where I stayed the proceeding few nights. The trainee staff was very polite, and this was quite a welcome relief, given the hostile treatment I received a couple of months back at the San Francisco Travelodge (Airport North) by trained staff, so be warned and stay clear of the same. Anyway, I digress...

The mini-bar was the most stocked I had ever seen, with lots of varieties. It gets better, the price of a can of soft-drinks (coke, 7up, sprite, etc) was HK$ 6, the same price as in the supermarket or corner store...how ridiculous is that, what hotel does that! There was also complimentary chocolate plate and ice cubes every day!

The outside views were spectacular, the room design exquisite and roomy, with easy to use central control units for lighting and air-conditioning.

The trainee staff will give their guests more attention than one might think possible, and this is not necessarily a good thing, but at the end of the day you feel good about helping the young youths through their training. They were so full of energy, promise and eager to go out there and change the world (tragically, been there done that :)

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2011

I highly recommend this to anyone who's travelling to HK. The hotel set-up is elegant & breathtaking by itself, & the window view is an extra wow! The crib comforter is fluffy, not like other hotels that give you crib comforters that are obviously worn out thin. We've stayed at the 6/F for 3D/2N, & would go out from time to time to appreciate the rest of HK, but the minimal stay we had in the hotel gave a great lasting impression. If ever I would go back to HK, this is the ONLY option in my list. Best experienced yourself. You won't regret it!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2011

This is indeed a hidden gem where not many have discovered it yet. Although this hotel is approximately 10-15 mins by taxi to and from Central Station, it is not at all difficult for the taxi driver to locate the place. The taxi ride costs approximately HK$60 one way and buses are aplently just outside the hotel. Apart from the slight downside on the location, the hotel is awesome. The room and toilet are spacious, clean and with lots of toiletries. The best part is that you are paying a small price for great sea view! Though some people may not be used to the excessive attention from the students, to me, this is better than people ignoring your presence.
This hotel will definitely be my preferred choice whenever I am in HK again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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11 Thank Willie S
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New Jersey
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2011

This hotel offers features of hotels that cost more than 3 times the price. This is a hotel for vocation training of hotel workers. The performance of the front desk, room cleaning and cooking staff were excellent. The dining service trainee were somewhat shy, I was informed that they were in the first week of serving hotel guests, but there were no problem in our service, because they were closely supervised by their teachers. The room was large, luxury and well equipped. The mini bar stocked better than any hotel that I have ever seen and the price of the items was reasonable. The view of the room was great, our room had sea view. The gym was beautiful. The food are great, but if you want to eat at the Chinese restaurant, make sure you make reservation, because it fills up fast. The only negative of this hotel is the location. It situates outside of the city. You will need to take bus or taxis to get to the city. However, you do get to enjoy it's quiet and peaceful environment, What an excellent value!

Room Tip: Ask for sea view room, unless you prefer mountain view.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2011

This is my ever first hotel review, I tought this hotel really deserve a review, especially after staying 5 weeks.
This hotel is cheaper than a service apartment and the service is excellent. The Staff are extremely nice, the food is nice, and it is a perfect place to relax after a manic day at work or a day shopping /walking in Kowloon .
I will be coming back next year, for work, and i only want to stay in this place...
A taxi ride to Wanchai or Central is about 15/20 minutes ( depending on traffic) and cost 60/70 HK .. If you take the bus in front is even cheaper.. but all depends if you are in a hurry or not ...I highly recommend this place if you are coming over to Hong Kong ...

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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14 Thank Olivier Z
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Property: The T Hotel
Address: 6th Floor, VTC Pokfulam Complex,145 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China
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Region: China > Hong Kong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Hong Kong
#5 Spa Hotel in Hong Kong
#7 Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong
#10 Romantic Hotel in Hong Kong
#12 Family Hotel in Hong Kong
#21 Business Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The T Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The T HOTEL is a training concept hotel committed to providing vocational training in the field of hospitality and tourism, while dedicated to delivering a pleasant hospitality experience to our guests.Set among the lush greenery surrounding of Pokfulam, 20 minutes southwest of Hong Kong's city centre with panoramic views of the South China Sea, this 30-room training hotel is situated on the 6th floor of the VTC Pokfulam Complex as part of the Hotel and Tourism Institute, "HTI". Since first introduced our hospitality programmes in 1984, HTI has been the forerunner in the field of hospitality training in Hong Kong. Together with our training spa and training restaurants, The T Hotel forms a vital element of the HTI's ongoing initiative to provide integral vocational training beyond the classroom environment. The T Hotel is operated by trainees under the supervision of experienced professionals from various fields of the hospitality industry.As our trainees deliver this unique brand of hospitality while in return receive world-class vocational training, we look forward to welcoming you to The T Hotel. ... more   less 
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