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....
- 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:
- Silvermine Beach Hong Kong
- Hotel Silvermine Beach
- Silvermine Beach Hotel Hong Kong
- Silvermine Hotel
- Silvermine Beach Resort Hong Kong