I stayed in Panda Hotel for a week in early December 2013. Although it was rather expensive for my budget, I felt that I received good value for money. My room was comfortable and quite large, with no bother at all by cigarette smoke mentioned in another review. I am allergic to smoke, so I would have noticed it. As an aside, in the parts of Hong Kong that I visited there were very few people smoking, certainly much less than is the case in Europe, with just a few people having a drag outside one of the entrances of the hotel or, sometimes, on the foot bridges over the streets.
The breakfast and evening buffets in Panda Cafe were excellent, with a wide choice of both western and oriental food, including versions of some European regional specialities. The evening buffets included a lot of seafood, enjoyed by many guests. I drank in the bar next to Panda Cafe a couple of times, but the drinks were fairly expensive, although I have been told that is the case everywhere in Hong Kong. Fortunately, on the first occasion the very pleasant young man working in the bar told me that it was happy hour!
Internet is available in the Business Centre on the top floor of the hotel, a relative bargain at $15 per 15 minutes. As a bonus, there is a fine view from up there.
I mostly travelled around Hong Kong by train, using an Octopus card that I bought at the airport and received a refund on when I was leaving at the end of the week. Panda Hotel is accessible in about 5-10 minutes walking from two MTR stations, Tsuen Wan and Tai Wo Hau, and is not too far from Tsuen Wan West, either. Panda Hotel is closest to Tai Wo Hau station, as advised by the helpful staff in hotel reception. Travelling on that line allows access to Hong Kong Island. On the first whole day there I made the "mistake" of travelling to the centre in the rush hour, and the train was crowded!
Tai Wo Hau station is also close to Shing Mun Park, a bit of greenery only about 10 minutes walk from the hotel. There is a Promenade at Tsuen Wan West in the other direction, too, which was especially impressive at night with a view of the lights of the buildings round about and across the water.
With never having been to Hong Kong before I was slightly confused after looking at the picture of the hotel on the website. It looked as if it wasn't surrounded by other buildings and, therefore, I would be able to spot it from some distance away. Of course, being Hong Kong the hotel was indeed hemmed in amongst other tall buildings. However, signs along the walkways crossing the roads from the railway stations indicate the direction to walk to reach the hotel, so I had no trouble finding it, tired though I was from an overnight flight from Sydney.
There were two relatively minor problems with my bathroom which I was able to make do with but reported before I checked out.
I had a pleasant surprise on checking out, as my bill for food was less than I was expecting, there being a discount on the quoted prices for guests eating in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Panda Hotel is one of the largest hotels in Hong Kong. The combination of our friendly service, approximately 1000 comfortable guest rooms and suites along with four highly acclaimed restaurants and catering venues with full range of business and leisure facilities, it makes Panda Hotel your true home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Panda Hotel Hong Kong
- Panda Hong Kong