Being students we wanted a good deal on a hotel in an area in Hong Kong, to relax, before entering the city itself. Having shopped around we got 5 nights accommodation for 125 GBP including breakfast.
Having come straight from the Airport, we found out that the A35 bus from the airport is very irregular with only about 6 services every day. Either get a blue cab (people have said they cost around 150HKD) or get a bus into Tung Chung and then from there get a bus into Mui Wo, there are a lot more regular services including the 3M. Being a bus/coach it stops off at many areas on the island, so just make sure that you stay on the bus until the end [we made the unfortunate mistake of getting off near TOng Fuk? because of a large sign saying "Mui Wo Ferry Pier" - don't make the same mistake.] The Hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the ferry pier.
Reception were very friendly and spoke good english, they are very helpful, and as well as having timetables for the ferry and the buses they will also give you directions to good restaurants in the area - Rome Restaurant was always busy and offered good value for money; they even went out of their way to serve my vegetarian friend.
The breakfast wasn't quite as good as we were expecting, they have noodles, hamburgers etc for breakfast amongst other things, but there was good variety including cereals, yoghurts, fresh and tinned fruit and toast - plenty to get your fill for the day. Considering the price we were paying it was very nice - however they didn't cater specifically for vegetarians, and most of the cooked foods they couldn't guarantee were suitable for vegetarians, for my friend.
The hotel is in a good location, by the beach, the safe swimming area, with shark nets is about 250m away from the front of the hotel. Unfortunately when we visited the sauna and fitness facilities were being refurbished.
As for the rooms, they were plenty big enough, we stayed in the cheapest rooms (Hillside view) and they were well furnished and relatively roomy with our bags. There was a satellite TV with a mix of channels, a Fridge (with no mini bar), a hair dryer and a bathroom with bath and built in shower. Although the room did look tired, it was clean and sheets and towels were replaced every single day; we didn't really have any complaints - as for noise we didn't notice any noise travelling between rooms. The rooms have their own aircon, and therefore windows are closed all the time, if you have a view, you may be disappointed because a lot of condensation forms due to the very hot - sauna like weather - outside. The Aircon does make a noise, but was easy enough to get to sleep on the firm beds (I prefer firm so I was ok). One thing however was the smell coming from the bathroom, possible due to drainage problems, nothing worth complaining about but probably worth mentioning here.
Finally Mui Wo extends a lot more than expected, we looked around the local area and village (behind the hotel) where there is a market and smaller bars. We visited the Silvermine Waterfall on the "Olympic Trail" which was interesting. Considering the location it was easy to get to HK Island (Slow Ferry takes just under 1 hour) and the buses will take you all over the island from the bus station, right next to the ferry pier. Po Lin Monastary is well worth a visit as are the local walks and other beaches.
I'll upload some pictures, shortly after returning back to Britain.
As for the hotel, there were a mix of people using the hotel, other people from Asia, America, Australia and the UK, there was a mix of people all the time, however the hotel was never full whilst we were here [we seemed to have avoided the bad weather predicted so far] both older couples and younger couples and singles used the hotel, however most people didn't seem to stay as long as us (5 nights). We also noticed the prices reduced as we got nearer the check in date, so it may be worth booking with a provider that doesnt charge cancellation fees, and you may even find some vouchers too :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you are looking for an escape from the hectic city life or for replenishing yourself with a relaxing vacation, the Silvermine Beach Resort in Mui Wo on the eastern coast of Lantau Island is just the place for you. Silvermine Beach Resort is a distinctive beachfront property that boasts 128 guest rooms, beautifully landscaped gardens, outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, as well as meeting and event facilities. The Hotel is just ten-minute walking distance from Mui Wo ferry pier, only 30-minute ferry from Central, with public bus routes to Tung Chung and Hong Kong International Airport, is excellent to travelers for both sightseeing and vacation on Lantau island with Ngong Ping, Big Buddha, Tai O and Disneyland etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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