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“Convenient and functional but a bit cramped and indifferent”

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The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers
Ranked #88 of 717 Hotels in Hong Kong
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“Convenient and functional but a bit cramped and indifferent”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

For context, I have been traveling to/through Asia for more than 35 years and have a broad spectrum of "hotel experiences" (from yurts to the Ritz) to use for comparison. In this regard, the Royal Pacific is a solid if unremarkable hotel - nothing "bad" per se, but nothing to write home about either. Here are a few pros and cons:

Upsides:

1) absolutely convenient - just across from Kowloon Park on the western side of Tsim Sha Tsui and right on top of the China Ferry Terminal. If you're transiting to any place in the Pearl River Delta, this hotel is ideal. Additionally, it's a short walk across the pedestrian bridge through the park into Tsim Sha Tsui proper or you can work your way down to the ground floor and you're straight on to Canton Road - great from a tourist's perspective and shopping.

2) the breakfast buffet is substantial - wide variety of cuisines and the food is of generally good quality. You shouldn't go hungry here. Service is also generally quite attentive and pleasant.

3) tons of restaurants and shops in the neighborhood - nothing's more than a 3-5 minute walk from the Hotel.

4) reasonably easy to get to/from the Kowloon station for the Airport Express - otherwise a taxi from the airport will run between 165 and 200+ HKD.

Downsides:

1) if you stay in the Hotel Wing (vs. the Tower Wing) the rooms are fairly small and do not have desks so if you're on a business trip, plan on working off your lap on the bed as there's really no place to sit. Room has really minimal seating that's not terribly useful for anything other than putting your suitcase on it (which is good, because there really isn't any other place in the room to do so). Tower side rooms are larger - and a good bit more expensive.

1a) the bathrooms are comparably small as well - functional, but you're going to have to maneuver some in them. Shower's decent sized for us larger Westerners, but still not a ton of room to spare here.

1b) as noted, the Tower Wing rooms are generally quite a bit larger and much better appointed - a much better bet if you need room to work or don't want to feel quite so cramped.

2) front desk service can be inconsistent and a bit indifferent - a bit typical of many Hong Kong hotels these days: you get "processed" rather than "served". Nothing overwhelmingly negative here, but if you've ever checked into a hotel and felt genuinely welcomed ... well, don't expect that here. My check in was one of about 5 things the desk agent was doing at the same time and his attention to me was quite clearly the least important of the 5 five ... handed me my key and turned back to a conversation he was having with another desk agent.

3) like many hotels in Hong Kong these days, the aim is to separate as many mainland Chinese tourists from their wallets as humanly possible; given the proximity to the ferry terminal, there are a great many transients moving through the property on any given day. Be prepared for the periodic "Chinese crush" in elevators and such.

4) if you need to spend time over on Hong Kong Island, this is not a particularly convenient hotel - look for something in Central, Admiralty, Quarry Bay, or Wan Chai instead.

Again, there's nothing "bad" or "wrong" with this hotel - it's convenient, functional but understand it's utilitarian and has value primarily for it's location.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We stayed a total of 3 nights and had stayed in 2 different rooms as we had to check out on the 2nd day and check in again once we are back from Macau.

The first night room which was located on Towers Wing (if i remember correctly) was pretty good. Rooms were big & spacious, clean and comes with bath tubs and part Harbour views (though not full harbour views due to room/window orientation)

For the second and third night, we were allocated on the Hotel Wing (if I remember correctly). Rooms are very much smaller; basically guests have literally no space to walk if they have their luggages opened up. Rooms are of modern design and was clean though. The rooms had views to the bridge to the adjacent Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Both rooms comes with complimentary in-room wifi and 2 bottles of drinking water, and the hotel does not comes with a swimming pool.

Location of the hotel is excellent, as it is situated right on top of the China Ferry Terminal. Thus it is very convenient to access to China and Macau as you just have to take 2 floors down the escalators. For MTR, you can choose to walk through the Kowloon park to Nathan Road to access to Tsim Sha Tsui station, which takes approx 8-10 mins or by the other way to Austin station which take approx 5-8 mins.

Hotel's location at Canton Road is a heaven on earth for luxury shopping fans. Hotel is just situated very close to Harbour City, Heritage 1881 etc and you can walk to Peninsular Hotel, Avenue of Stars and Temple Street Night Market.

Overall, I have stayed in better hotels within same price range but I may consider to stay in Royal Pacific again if prices can be more competitive, taking into consideration of the very small rooms. The only thing which will keep me coming back will be the excellent location of the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

I stay in this hotel on business it was my first visit to Hong Kong and this hotel was recommended by a friend. It was in a great location and has very friendly staff. The room was small but did everything I needed it to do. No complaints it was clean and very we'll furnished.

Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

The hotel is a little bit far from the hotel, around 250 HK dólar by taxi, service is good, there are a lot of shops around, and a park to run next to it, even an aviary, so far the best hotel I have stayed in Asia.

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Reviewed 7 November 2013 via mobile

Stayed in one of the newly renovated Tower Wing for 4 nights. Room was spacious, clean, and bathroom had a double vanity basin top. Very helpful! We slept very well for the 4 nights, and housekeeping/front desk/concierge staff were always smiling and accommodating. One of the best stays I had in HK. The GM did an awesome job in training the staff. Will be back!

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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County Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Second time staying at the RPH, We travel to HK for the Lighting Show in October/November. The Hotel is in a great location for the Ferry to Mainland China or Access by Road. Rooms are small but clean and have all you need. good prices hotel for business and easy access to MTR. Would recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Porto, Portugal
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Very nice hotel. The rooms are spacious, clean, modern and new. The staff is very nice and if you're planning to stay in Kowloon, this hotel is well situated. Close to 2 metro stations, to china ferry and to star ferry. They have free WiFi, but every 24 hours you have to request a new password. The breakfast buffet was very good and had a lot of variety.

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Property: The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers
Address: China Hong Kong City, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Region: China > Hong Kong > Tsim Sha Tsui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#44 Business Hotel in Hong Kong
#74 Romantic Hotel in Hong Kong
#77 Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong
#88 Family Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers 4*
Number of rooms: 673
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Canton Road in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui,our hotel borders one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant retail and dining precincts. From this prime Kowloon location, our guests can enjoy postcard-worthy views of Victoria Harbour and explore the best the city has to offer. Within walking distance to the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR subway and Star Ferry, The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers is the only Hong Kong hotel with direct access to the China-Macau Ferry. Access to the HK International Airport is also easy and fast within one hour. ... more   less 
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