Nina is one of the newer hotels and one of the tallest in Tsuen Wan with 77 floors. Booked a room on the 30th floor and got upgraded to 70th floor! Choose a room facing the bay and you will get a breathtaking view of both the cityscape and the ocean. The rooms are big compared to the ones you normally get in Central HK.
Since Tsuen Wan is a bit far from the tourist area, about 20 min ride via MTR, you will find mostly locals and that they hardly speak English. Life in Tsuen Wan is slower and more quiet. You will find more greenery and parks , which you can go through to and from Nina which is very pleasant.
At the airport, follow the bus terminal sign and out to the buses. Just outside the door to the left is a bus ticket vending machine. Purchase A31. This bus will take you to the bus terminal close to Nina. Cross the street to the Pet Park and cut through the children play area and you are at the hotel. Bus ride is 1 hr away from the airport about HK$19 per person. Taxi will cost you HK$300. Nina is about 5 min walk from the bus terminal and MTR . The MTR is the indoor station beside the bus terminal . It will take you around 20 min to central HK. The same bus will take you back to the airport. One leaves every 15-30 mins or so.
Be sure to bring an extra toothbrush as the first one I opened had very hard bristles and soft handle. The other one was alright. Be prepared to spend time at the lobby for free wi-fi . You will have to pay HK$30 to be connected in your room. Stay at the leftmost part of the lobby facing the reception where connection is strongest especially when the lobby is usually full of people most of the time. Do not get daunted by crowd at the lobby nor the line at the reception. The staff is efficient and check-in is speedy. The elevators will bring you up to your room in no time. The room had a bathtub and shower and a nice hot soak in the tub is glorious after a long day of being on your feet.
Immediately out front to the right of the hotel driveway are malls Citywalk1 and 2 (which has Kentucky and burgers though few stores)and the wet market and various local stores and eateries. Avoid taking pictures at the market. Some vendors seem not to like tourists taking photos of their wares.
On the other side of the lobby's side entrance, turn a right before reaching the escalator go straight out to Aeon grocery and Tsuen Wan mall with specialty stores. Up the escalator will take you to the malls, restaurants, a coffee shop with free wi-fi and comfortable seats). At the grocery you can buy cooked inexpensive food to eat like eel, cold cuts like octopus, seaweed. The grocery also has eateries in front which are inexpensive.There is no restroom at the lobby but there is one at the cake shop just to the right of the escalator at the side entrance of the hotel and is very clean.
Our free breakfast buffet at Circles Restaurant on the 9th floor features the usual bacon, sausage, porridge. The dry noodles, beef patties, gyoza, ribena juice is worth mentioning as it is good. Also peaches and cream ( the cream has oatmeal and almond shavings- heavenly!) I recommend the table to the leftmost of the gigantic table and get the table facing the window as it has the view of the bay and is away from noisy groups usually seated in the middle near the buffet table. Just turn a blind eye at the construction site fronting the bay. The omellette I had was underdone although I specified well done and the mushrooms were still a bit raw and juice spilled out as I cut through it.
Since it was winter when we stayed at Nina, I was pleasantly surprised that there is a heated indoor pool available for use while the outdoor is closed.
All in all, our stay is pleasant and we are very happy with the accommodations. At Nina we get the best of both worlds HK has to offer.Will definitely stay at this hotel the next time we are in Hong Kong!
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