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!
- 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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- The T Hotel Hong Kong