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“nice hideaway from the city with room for improvement”

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Tai O Heritage Hotel
Ranked #149 of 730 Hotels in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 May 2013

think it was a nice job done in converting an old police station into a hotel though I could not see why after all the additional staircase/ lifts and stuff, why couldn't they add a new access veranda at the back so that the front porch can be remained private, and you could have more proper window openings at the front without the concern of being disturbed by the wandering public....

the rooms have neat decorations but I have 2 suggestions for considerations:

1. there can be more hooks/ shelves inside the toilet
2. the a/c seemed to be a bit loud and it blew at your head.

excellent location for a hideaway, and has good access to some hiking trails nearby.

as for the restaurant, while some of the dishes using local produce were good, the kitchen just could not do a proper steak... why do you have steak on the menu in the first place? focus on local flavor might give you a winner. and the TV inside the restaurant was quite annoying and immediately destroyed the atmosphere and setting.

the staff were generally nice but were a bit rigid in seeing to the requests of their guests. I stayed there with my wife and daughter to celebrate my wife's birthday, while they have a birthday package including meal + accommodation and a birthday cake, they could not accommodate a personal message even if I offer to pay extra for it...? since the place is far away from the city, I could not possibly bring my own cake to the hotel. a little bit more consideration would help.

really want to see this hotel blossom to a true gem!

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

You know you're in for something different when you pretty much only get to this hotel by bus, walking or speedboat. It's an adventure just getting here. The property itself is lovely it's a sympathetic conversion and I think it does retain some original features as much as they could have anyway. We stayed in room 1112, the former armoury, which is two rooms and two bathrooms, I guess good for a family or like us a couple spreading out. The in room entertainment system is excellent and we just chilled for a couple of lovely days after chasing around Hong Kong

The area around tai o Is really very interesting too and gets a lot of visitors every day, but it doesn't feel like a tourist trap. We had a lovely wander through the town and all saw it from the land and the river.

The food at the hotel is pretty good and the service is also attentive and enthusiastic. I'm so pleased that we came here to probably the most unique experience in hong kong. If you get chance you should come here. A day is good, a night is better, two nights just about spot on.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2013 via mobile

The hotel has been renovated beautifully and i stayed on the bottom floor, room 1118 which is a double double bedroom. It is suitable for 4-5 people to stay in since it is quite spacious. What I liked: the dinner set was quite cheap at under $300hkd per person, the closeness to nature, with the sound of birds and cicadas in the morning and butterflies. What i disliked: If we booked the upstairs suites the view would be much nicer and there wouldn't be people walking around as much since the hotel is open for public from 11-6pm. The restaurant service is quite robotic and the restaurant was not full so many staff were loudly chit chatting at the bar. This was quite annoying.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Stayed here for one night. It is not easy to get to but it is worth the travel. If you want an amazing contrast between old Hong Kong and modern excellence then this is for you. It is a converted ex police station outside a traditional fishing village which has maintained it's roots. The village is scruffy, smelly and has houses built on stilts and others made out of what appears to be baco foil. The hotel is pure luxury in an incredible contrast to this. The rooms are lovely - wifi, plush beds and a shower head to die for. The restuarant is on the roof (enclosed but glass topped), the food is excellent and the service attentive. Pure colonial architecture with a museum feel to it. If you don't mind the hassle in getting there it is well worth the trip. I am a local HK resident and found this to be a wonderful oasis of calm and beauty.

Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

We decided to escape from busy Hong Kong for one night, and actually this Hotel is very quiet and the surroundings are calm and relaxing. Perfect if you plan 2 days-one night sightseeing Tai O Village+Buddha, direct bus available.
We arrived at Tai O with bus from MTR station, then you can walk there (15') but we preferred to go there by boat, ask the tourist trip boat to stop at the hotel pier just for 10$ each person.
The Hotel is in a very nice location, views are really nice, reminded me to a Mediterranean resort.
We were worried about people visiting the resort in "open to public" hours, but eventually we could see anyone hanging there, maybe it was no busy time.
We had a big superior room on the 1st floor: one bedroom and one living room, two very confortable bathrooms, a fireplace...you could feel a real colonial atmosphere there, as living in an old building. Free tea and coffee in the room. The only so so issue were the doors, actually they are still old style and if you want to have complete dark you have to close the extrernal window as well, as they were conceived as veranda doors.
In the morning, very quiet, total silence, only birds singing...
Service is ok, girl at reception very helpful, but as most service staff here in HK it seems they are forbidden to smile. They recommended Solo Cafe and their home made tiramisù (in the village), actually it was very nice, as well as cappuccino.
Tai O boat tour at sunset, it was nice, actually not so much to see, vey touristic but I took some nice pics. The location is no more a fishing village anymore, just touristic, but still interesting and traditional.
Food: we had dinner included, well...caprese mozzarella was nice and also the dessert (pre-forzen but nice apple crumble pie with ice cream) but all the hot dishes were disgusting. Spinach cream, barramundi fish and lamb leg...didn't touch anything...big disappintment.
Breakfast was good instead, plenty of choice and nicely cooked eggs.
Service in the restaurants, ok as usual, very attentive (immediately switched off aircon when requested) but no smiles.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

I happened to find this hotel from ELLE magazine, at the time i was struggling in choosing a nice but high performance-price ratio hotel in HK downtown for a 4 days' vocation during CNY.
The pictures, historical background caught my eyes immediately and I didn't spend much time to discuss with my mate and finalized this hotel as our destination. It's good to keep away from crowded people, especially in the "golden week" where Chinese tourists are everywhere.

The hotel is nice, chic with fine decoration and good service.
* Room is spacious, especially the bathroom.
* 20-25 minutes' walk from Tai O market.
* Breakfast is limited. American BF, few choices from the set menu. It's a little bit boring for guests who stay 3 nights even longer like us.
* Nespresso cafe machine for free is a plus.
* You may also borrow some books to learn about the local culture and history from reception.
* Tourists visiting from 11 am to 6 pm is a problem. Which means you can't really enjoy the public area during day time. Room on 1/F might be better. But the only double bedroom on 1/F is too difficult to get.

Room Tip: The only double room on 1/F is recommended.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to first-time visitors to HK but it is truly perfect for Hong Kong dwellers looking for a break-away.
The location is arguably the most idyllic for a heritage spot, nestled on a small hill on waterfront on the quiet side of Tai O fishing village. After dark and when the hotel is closed to public, there is almost no one around except limited hotel guests.
We stayed in the suite on 2nd floor which has 1 living room with shower and toilet,1 ensuite bedroom. It was spacious and very clean. No detail spared in decorating this historic house - shower heads are old fashioned and light switches brass flipped! However no sea-view windows to let natural light fall in.
They have packages with set dinner for two. The restaurant Tai O Lookout serves mainly western food and American breakfast.
Free wi-fi and movie selections.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Shek Tsai Po Street | Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Hong Kong, China
Region: China > Hong Kong > Lantau Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#91 Romantic Hotel in Hong Kong
#118 Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range: £143 - £262 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tai O Heritage Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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