We were trying to check in at about 11pm, which was nearing my baby’s bedtime.
I had made the booking in my name and I showed them my ID (UK passport and HK ID card) and immigration card they required to check in.
But because my husband was also going to be staying in the same room as me, they wanted to see his ID and immigration card as well. He was holding our baby and did not have it handy.
So we asked if we could go up to the room, put our baby down to sleep, so that he can go through our luggage to find the information they wanted and then bring it them five minutes later.
To our surprise, they said no!
So we asked the reception staff to be a little reasonable and in the end, they gave me the key and I had to be escorted by security up to the room with my baby.
Meanwhile, my husband was not allowed to go up to the room until he could produce the info. Which meant that he had to open up our suitcases in the lobby in view of everyone to fish for his UK passport and immigration card. He’d only managed to find his UK passport. Because at some point since he’d entered China a week ago, he’d lost his immigration card (or most likely baby was playing with it and put it somewhere else).
You would have thought that him being a British white man, married to a HK citizen, showing his passport as proof of ID would be enough for him to check into this place, but no!
Honestly, what criminal act did they think he was going to commit while he was staying there with his wife and baby?
The staff went on and on about seeing it. My husband was furious and in the end, after about half an hour of arguing, they relented and let him up to the room.
We had a room on the top floor, which was clean and large enough to move around in. But the traffic noise was still extremely loud even up there, not to mention the loud air-con unit. Which meant baby kept waking up.
They had wanted extra money for a cot and so we just pushed the two beds together to all co-sleep. The mattresses were like cardboard and because there were no headrests and the night lamps were just above the bed, baby kept banging her head into the wall or the lamps and we had a lot of tears.
During our stay, there was some deranged guy down the hall who kept banging a door. Where was the security staff when they are actually needed to sort people out like that?
The only really good thing about this place was the location, being in Kowloon. But it’s still a fair distance to the MTR station, which meant we took buses and taxis a lot. From the MTR station, you have to get yourself opposite the fire station to catch a taxi. This could take about 20 mins of waiting on the street in the evening. But with a baby, pram…it was worth the wait.
There’s a little park next to the YWCA and baby loved that.
I paid over US$100 a night to stay here during the high season. It was about the only affordable place left in HK that wasn’t in the middle of nowhere. At the end of the day, I don’t feel as if I had much choice but to stay here when I did. I’ll just have to try to avoid staying in HK during the high season in the future.
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- Also Known As:
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- Guest House Hongkong
- Anne Black Hotel Ywca
- Anne Black Guest House (YWCA) Hong Kong