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“Still a decent choice among 3 stars in Hong Kong Island”

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Garden View Hong Kong
Ranked #161 of 718 Hotels in Hong Kong
Macau, China
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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“Still a decent choice among 3 stars in Hong Kong Island”
Reviewed 31 July 2012

This is my second stay since 2011. I traveled with a small child so we don't bother using the MTR most of the time and so this hotel just fits in -- taking a taxi from hotel is easy as there's always a taxi waiting in the front door. Cost is only around HKD 30 to/from Causeway Bay/Central.

The room is decent sized but really not much else. During my stay it was always quiet in the room as there were not a lot of rooms per floor so not that many foot traffic outside in the corridor which is great. Check in/out was a breeze as again there aren't that many guests as it is a small hotel.

Check out the Hong Kong Park nearby (only 2 minutes walk from hotel) which is free and has a zoo, a bird garden and a botanical garden:
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/hkp/en/index.php

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

I stayed at the Garden View YWCA Hotel in March 2012. The location was good - 1 Macdonnell Road. Easy to get a bus to the city or to catch a taxi. The local metro is a short taxi ride away. The rooms were clean and there was a supermarket close at hand. Swimming pool was non-functional during my stay but that wasn't reflected by the Booking Agents. As it turned out, I extended my stay through Agoda by a few days after considering the +s. As the Agoda site came up in Chinese, I ended up booking 2 rooms for 2 nights, instead of 1 room for 2 nights - a double charge! Immediately had I done that, I went down and appraised the girls at the counter who told me that the Managers were now away being Friday night, and the matter could only be considered after they re-appeared on Monday. I notified them of the error and said that the extra room should be made available to anyone who cared to book. They seemed clueless about how to handle the matter. I also notified Agoda at once about my error, but they too were slothful in replying, and even so, said I would simply have to cough up - too bad it was a mistake. The expression "grin and bear it", came to my miind. As I've managed a 5 star accommodation with 210 rooms myself, I wasn't going to take such poor attitude on the part of the Garden View YWCA Management, or Agoda at face value. The Duty Manager at the Y, said it could not be helped. I ranted. A girl at reception to her credit, then told the manager that the booking team were in contact with Agoda, He promptly changed his tune and repeated what she had conveyed, like a parrot. Customer Service - management doesn't know what that means. Christian Association? In what way please? Would I stay there again? Yes I would! Good location, clean, has a pool, good transport connections and a reasonable price for Hong Kong. I only hope that someone in the YWCA's top management will shake branches at the Garden View YWCA in the meanwhile!! [Good news was that after several Emails and protests, Agoda agreed to refund the double charge] The Y management had no system in place to handle such matters, and seemed disinterested to your face!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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somerset
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

Nice room overlooking the gardens, well appointed for two. The bed was comfortable with two mattresses one softer than the other so you could have hard or softer. Very helpful room staff. Good position and easy taxi availability. Great pity about the other guests on floor 9. If staying for a short time then a superior room will be ok as all the rooms are the same only the de luxe has a view of the gardens.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2012 via mobile

Loved the big window in our room, overlooking the botanical gardens. The hotel is in a great location and we were very comfortable here for 4 nights. Only complaint is that WiFi is not available in the rooms.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Hangzhou, China
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

I have stayed few times in their Deluxe room. And found the price value rather good. I have paid way below 1000 HKD per night, around 700-800 including taxes. Not bad for HK.

The pros
-Rooms I have stayed have had simple and working layout
-Rooms are in good condition (Deluxe rooms I have stayed)
-Hotel is quiet
-Location is ok in Mid Levels (living area), and it is not too long walk to Central / Admiralty MTR.

The cons
-This is no frills hotel, so do not expect superb service or big restaurant selection
-Attitude at front desk is not really helpful
-At check-out it took longer than normal for them to check, if I had consumed anything out of mini bar

Under hotel there is a good supermarket (Fusion by Parkn Shop). Whatever you need, you will find over there. I think this is very decent 2 star, almost 3 star kind of hotel. Excellent choice for budget traveler or business traveler who is looking for good price value. Select Deluxe room.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2012

An excellent hotel in an ecen better location.
The Garden View is only a short walk from the Hong Kong Gardens where you can see a host of birdlife in the Botanical gardens.
The hotel it's self is very comfortable, the rooms are spacious enough for 2 people & the bathroom facilities where excellent.
You have a slight view of the Peak from your room through myriad of high rises that surround this hotel.
The Garden View has a bar & resturant both of which where good.
The hotel is also only a 5 minute walk to the Peak Tramway stop on Kennedy road

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Longview, Texas
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2012

Had an opportunity to stay here for one night and it was a great location and good rate. Coming into the airport and taking the train to central Hong Kong and a brief taxi ride gets you there. Can walk across the over the street walkway to the botanical gardens and a short walk to go to the Peak. Good accommodations, decent pricing and pleasant stay. Only negative was no free wi-fi in the room. Available for a fee but it was available in the restaurant downstairs.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Garden View Hong Kong
Address: No.1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong, China
Region: China > Hong Kong > Central
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#104 Business Hotel in Hong Kong
#117 Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Garden View Hong Kong 4*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Garden View Hong Kong has 141 spacious hotel rooms and suites overlooking the city with panoramic garden view, offering optimal comfort with full service yet reasonably priced accommodation ideally for business or leisure visits and extended stays.Hotel is in walking distance to Hong Kong business, financial center and shopping malls. Peak Tram Station and the trendy nightspot "Lan Kwai Fong" are all at your doorstep. It is easily access to all public transportations and nearby MTR Central subway station. ... more   less 
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