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“Good Budget Hotel on Lovely Lantau” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Silvermine Beach Resort

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Silvermine Beach Resort
Ranked #353 of 712 Hotels in Hong Kong
Cannock, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Good Budget Hotel on Lovely Lantau”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2009

We visited the Silvermine Beach Hotel for 8nts at the end of May and had an enjoyable stay in what we would class as a well priced but slightly dated hotel. Like most people, we chose to stay here for quiet retreat while having the access to the hustle & bustle of Hong Kong Centre, and it definitely met our expectations.

On arrival from the airport by Blue Taxi (HKD 150 including baggage fees & tip), we had a 2 minute walk from the drop off point to the front of the hotel (via a small, reasonable lit side street) - there is no car access to the front of the hotel. The next day, we were able see the actual position on the Hotel in relation to the beach front and Mui Wo village centre itself and found that a 5 minute stroll got you to the ferry terminal, bus terminal, supermarkets and local eateries.

The reception staff were very welcoming and informed us on arrival that, as we were classed as long stay clients, we had been upgraded to a ground floor "sea" view room in the new wing. This was a lovely touch as we'd paid for basic Hill View, but note, for those who like a view, that the ground floor sea view rooms have the view hindered by an ornate wall. Personally, after waking up the next morning and looking out, we were grateful for this as the street and beach was right outside and it stopped passers-by from looking in. There was no access outside the room through the patio doors.

This room itself was a nice size with large, comfortable bed, satellite TV (with English film channel), table and 2 chairs, kettle and cups (only 2 teabags though so bring your own), small fridge with minibar in it, very large bathroom, reasonably quiet air-conditioning, loads of well lit storage space and the provision of slippers, comb and toothbrushes (should we need them). Soap / shampoo was also provided via dispensers on the wall next to the sink and shower.

The room decor was a bit tired and I know for sure that during our stay that the carpet had not once been vacuumed, but clean sheets and towels were provided on a daily basis, the bathroom was well cleaned everyday and the cleaners made sure that they let you know they were available should the "do not disturb" sign be used. Apart from the dusty carpet, the only other negative things to note regarding the room was that there was some noise from neighbours on the weekend nights, probably due to having an interconnecting door in the room and it being busier with the locals on Fri/Sat nights and we did have on 2 occasions visits to our room from some very big cockroaches (we think that the severe weather we encountered on these days may have had an influence on that and, as a country with such a humid climate, these creatures are to be expected). Needless to say, we did make sure we wore our free slippers for night-time loo visits after that just in case.....

There was no safe in the room but there was free safety deposit facilities at reception and the staff there were always polite when we needed to access our cash. They were very helpful in providing information, maps for the local area (for visiting the Silvermine Falls), providing the weather forecast on a daily basis (the weather during our trip was pretty awful with the local Dragon Boat races being cancelled due to it ;<() and they even kindly sorted out booking a taxi for our return to the airport. Top marks, you guys!!

The breakfast room (evening restaurant) was nicely presented and very well air-conditioned . Breakfast was fine for us with 4 different cereals being on offer, along with porridge, noodles, bacon, eggs etc, salad style items, some fruit, 2 different fruit juices, toast, butter, jam and tea and coffee. Not the most varied menu I've encountered, with no cakes or pancakes, but I didn't come here to put on weight at brekkie. The waiting staff were very attentive and polite. We didn't eat here during the evening as we felt that the menu was overpriced and so went to nearby food market and Fois Gras Bistro for dinners (these came in on average at HKD 130 for 2 people for a basic course and 2 drinks). We did visit the lounge area for a drink and to use the Internet during their Happy Hour from 5.00pm to 8.00pm as we were told that you had free access when you purchase a drink. Again, the staff were very nice but we were a bit annoyed when we had the bill as, because we had used the Internet for free, the 2 for 1 in Happy Hour was null and void. Needless to say, we had 2 basic drinks for HKD 66 when we could have bought the equivalent from the local supermarket for a 1/10th of the price and enjoyed in our room with a film. Oh well...

The pool area was clean and tidy with the pool being a good size with plenty of sun beds and there were pool towels available from the life guard. The tennis court was next to the pool and there was also a small kiddies play area.

The beach across the road was OK but tended to be strewn with rubbish when we were there (however, we attributed this to the bad weather and the fact that it had been very busy there on the first weekend of our stay with loads of people visiting there to see the Dragon Boat races). There was a shark net and life guard on the beach everyday for our entire stay but we didn't partake in any watersports or stay on it due to the bad weather.

There was not much going on in Mui Wo and it was more rural than we expected. However, there were enough places to choose for getting food and if you wanted to visit somewhere a bit more modern on Lantau, you could catch the small ferry to Discovery Bay (wait at the "bus stop" between the main ferry terminal and McDonalds). We also used the fast ferry to HK centre most days (very numerous and comfortable - get a timetable from the kiosk) and used the Octopus card to make payment for these. This was useful when in Kowloon/ Hong Kong Island, however, looking back, we felt that being based on Lantau, it probably was worth the bother of getting one. We can well recommend a visit to the Big Buddha and Po Lin(?) Monastery on the bus from Mui Wo - very easy to catch and very cheap.

On a whole, we had a lovely time in Hong Kong and would recommend the Silvermine Beach Hotel to people who weren't too fussy and appreciated a "good value" and quiet stay - perhaps, a little too quiet for us but then again, we did enjoy it here and it was preferable to staying in the main city. Book a visit here with an open mind and you'll be fine....

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JanieP
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Aberdour, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2009

The hotel is budget so don't expect luxury, but that aside, the view, location, staff and facilities are perfect for a break in Hong Kong.

We stayed here on our honeymoon as we wanted a bit of peace and calm away from the bustling city, with easy access (via 30 min ferry) to the sights and sounds of Hong Kong island and Kowloon. It really is a perfect location, not only has it a wonderful beach right on the hotel's doorstep, it's seconds from the ferryport and buses to all the sights as well as access to some fantastic seafood restaurants - you can't go wrong with chilli bean clams or sweet and sour pork. Although our favourite find was China Beach Club hidden along the coastal path towards the monestary, it has to be one of the best meals we've ever had.

If you want a place to stay that shows the real Hong Kong as well as easy access to all the sights and sounds then we cannot recommend the Silvermine beach hotel enough for it's friendly staff, great facilities, and although basic accommodation, fits perfectly for a base to discover how wonderful Hong Kong is.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bbcreations
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UK
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2009

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 :)

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank monkeyalan5
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london, england
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2009

Hi There,

Just back from the Silvermine Beach hotel. Have to be honest Lantau Island is very beautiful, scenic and lush. It is a great location to be away from the city center. Though the rooms even though they are clean are really tired. Moldew in the bathroom, very worn out air con. Though the staff are really nice especially on reception. Glad I experienced my Hong Kong holiday, though I would never go back as Hong Kong itself didn't live up to my expectations and the weather really sucked when we were there.

Hope this helps
Mark

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mark121uk
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New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2009

We travelled to HK for a three week family adventure. Initial plan was to stay at the Silvermine for a few days and then to move into HK central. In the end we spent most of our time based at Silvermine because it was such a refreshing contrast to the big city. We loved the frequent boat to and from HK which was fast and comfortable and if anything added to our holiday experience. The hotel while a bit threadbare was perfect for us. We really enjoyed the fillng breakfast (free) every morning, the staff were exceptionally friendly, the swimming pool was uncrowded and clean, and the rooms large enough for three children to share - this was simply not a option in HK. This is not a five star hotel but it does not pretend to be a high class establishment. For space, quiet, genuine hospitality and excellent value on a beautiful island just a short hop from the fascination of Hong Kong this would be the place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Matatoki
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2009

We decided to spend the first three days of our stay in Hong Kong on Lantau island to unwind after a long flight and prepare for the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and Kowloon. The best (and almost only) way to get to Mui Wo where the hotel is located is by a taxi that will cost you around $150. The main selling point of this hotel, in my opinion, is its location - on beautiful Silvermine bay overlooking peaks and distant islands - absolutely beautiful! The hotel itself is reasonably clean and the rooms are quite spacious albeit significantly worn out (we stayed in the South wing). The bathroom, although no problems with functioning, is in need of serious renowation. The hotel offers a free buffet style breakfast with a large variety of choices that I can probably describe as one of the best free (included in the room price) hotel breakfasts I've ever had. Generally speaking, there is nothing wrong with the hotel and while you should not expect a 5 star accomodation the Silvermine bay resort is definitely a worthwhile base for exploring Lantau and even the rest of Honk Kong.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Dimmah
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Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
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233 reviews
102 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2009

Arriving from Europe and after almost a full day of flying and hanging about in airports, would you really want to plunge straight into the hustle and bustle of Kowloon or Hong Kong Island? We chose not to. Instead we took a £14 (light blue) cab ride from the airport to Mui Wo, otherwise known as Silvermine Bay.
Mui Wo is a sleepy kind of place with very few restaurants and bars. A short walk inland along paths that wind their way through sub-tropical greenery, you may find little hamlets and villages that are not even served by roads. The site of the old silver mine is underwhelming but beyond it there are marvellous views of the bay and Sunset Peak towering above it. You can watch the ferries as they surge regularly in and out of the ferry terminal coming from or heading to "Central" on Hong Kong Island - less than an hour away. It would be possible to use this hotel as your permanent base for exploring the rest of the old colony. Or you could do what we did - stay three or four days and then move over to the main island or to the Kowloon peninsula.
The hotel itself - really super breakfast buffets - great view of the beach and bay - lovely clean swimming pool - quiet with no traffic passing by - no lift in main "South" building - free internet access in bar. Negatives - decor a little tired but our main gripe was the nasty odour of stale cigarette smoke in our supposed "non-smoking" room. The windows were sealed shut so we couldn't even freshen the room with clean air. I complained about it but the smiling receptionist appeared bemused and I didn't want to begin our holiday with some kind of confrontation that might have left a bad memory in our minds so we just retreated and tolerated the staleness. The other main complaint was the noisy air-conditioning which droned continuously even after we had turned our own room air-conditioning system off. It was a bit like being in a cabin on an old ocean liner.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Neil_in_Sheffield_UK
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Property: Silvermine Beach Resort
Address: D.D.2 Lot 648,Silvermine Bay, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China
Region: China > Hong Kong > Lantau Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Hong Kong
#33 Spa Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Silvermine Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 129
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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