Cheung Chau is a brilliant island off of Hong Kong and has plenty of things to see and do, especially when the weather is good. With a range of beaches, walks and interesting things to see, it's definitely worth staying the night. With no cars (with the exception of ambulances and fire engines), the island is a lot of fun to explore. Get away from the main area once you arrive as it becomes incredibly crowded with people coming off of/getting onto the ferry. Follow the signs to the beach if you're heading straight to the Warwick.
The range of places to stay however, isn't great. There is a B&B for around $900 per night, as well as the Warwick, which we paid $1350 for. There are other options: you can rent a flat when you arrive from a range of kiosks, who all offer accommodation of various types, from terrible to relatively decent looking.
The Warwick, however, was the best and easiest option for us. I've stayed here before (for just $600 about 5 years ago) and knew that the hotel wasn't the best, but, the seaview is brilliant: each room has a balcony looking out onto the gorgeous beach and seaside. You can see the sun going down in the evening and the sun going up in the morning just from the balcony. It's great.
The room was tidy, though noticeably not cleaned properly - the telephone had dirty marks on it, the balcony table had streak marks all over it etc. But that's what we expected, so we didn't mind. Also worth noting that the breakfast was pretty disgusting, an inedible omelette and some toast, though it was served in our room on the balcony, which was rather nice :)
Only other downside is that there were a load of helicopters landing and departing throughout the evening, up until about 1AM. I didn't mind this too much but some people might be irritated by it.
Other things to enjoy - catch a slow ferry over from HK side and get a deluxe ticket. Go upstairs and walk to the back of the ferry and sit on the outside area. It's a lovely journey over to Cheung Chau and you can do this on the way back as well. If the weather is hot, deluxe class also has air-con, so you can go back inside after taking a few pictures. Rent a bike as well when you get there and enjoy discovering the island.
So yes, as someone else mentioned: as long as you expect a no frills hotel, you'll be fine. It's all about the view here. The room is basic, but good enough to warrant a night on Cheung Chau.
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- Also Known As:
- Warwick Hong Kong
- Warwick Hotel Hong Kong
- Warwick Hotel Cheung Chau Hong Kong