We stayed for an extra two nights in Hong Kong at the end of our cruise and relied on advice on where to stay. Our room had partial views over the harbour and contrary to previous reports had plenty of room with a reasonable bathroom. There was a regular shuttle from the hotel to the rear of the Peninsula Hotel within walking distance of the ferry terminal. Alternatively the Hum Hong metro station was a few minutes walk away through the mall adjoining the hotel. We only took breakfast there on one day and was excellent if a little pricey. The swimming pool is on the seventh floor and has fantastic views but it is cold!
We had a dream departure from Hong Kong by catching the airport shuttle bus from the front of the Hotel, which drops you at the railway check in desks at Kowloon Railway Station. Having deposited your luggage, we were then whisked into Hong Kong airport by a very comfortable modern train, which apparently travels at 135kph on the way. Arrival procedures and security at the airport were a breeze. We literally didn't touch our luggage from handing it to the bell boy in the room to claiming it on the arrival baggage carousel at Newcastle airport.
We also found the staff really helpful and polite with plenty of advice on hand. Our luggage was looked after by the hotel staff as we arrived before check-in time.
If you are going to Hong Kong for the first time, go to the Star Ferry terminal and get tickets for the hop-on/hop-off buses. There are three routes which can be done in one day but best over two days. The blue route takes you through all the sights in Kowloon, and the red and green routes start at the ferry terminal on Hong Kong Island. One route takes you over the other side of the island and the other round the business area, a tourist site in its own right. This enables you to see the whole area and then go back to what you want to explore further. The Victoria peak tram might look attractive but the queues are horrific. Instead take the no. 15 bus from the Exchange, five minutes walk from the ferry terminal, from which you get fantastic views of the island (if it is not cloudy) and drops you at the Peak terminal.
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