Hong Kong and Macau - 30 hrs & 24 hrs in HK / Kowloon or Island
Jan 10, 12, 6:27 pm
I have two separate nights in HK book-ending a quick Angkor Wat trip in April.
0715 - 1425 +1 on the inbound night and 1955 - 2340 +1 a week later.
I'd of course like to stay in HK and avoid an airport hotel.. Initially I was leaning towards staying at a hotel with easy access to the Airport Express (W, FS, or Ritz) but now I'm thinking about staying one night in Kowloon and then another on the island. Should I just stay near the airport and take daytrips into HK and save myself some grief. Any thoughts/recommendations?
Jan 10, 12, 7:56 pm
Don't stay near the airport. A hotel in TST or HK Island is much more convenient - you can come and go from the hotel as you please, allowing yourself to get out of the bedlam if you like and also many more food choices.
No need to stay at a FS, W or Ritz if you don't want to. They are all very expensive, but other hotels are a simple and cheap (less than HK$30) taxi ride from the Aiport Express station. For simplicity, it would be good to spend one night in Kowloon/TST and the return trip on the Island. But, again, travel from one station to another is quick, simple and cheap. You will end up wanting to take the Star Ferry across the harbour anyway.
Staying in any hotel on HK Island or Kowloon will mean easy access to almost anywhere, the airport included. Don't waste 24+ hours hanging around near the airport or on transport, staying somewhere in Kowloon will also allow you to prowl the night market/ night life and would be a much better use of your stay.
Jan 11, 12, 5:58 am
I can definitely recommend the Intercontinental Hong Kong (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/ihg/hotels/us/en/hong-kong/hkghc/hoteldetail)
The location is incredibly convenient and just a little of the main tourist path. There is a ferry port right outside the hotel for a quick trip across to the island, so you don't have to walk down to the main ferry terminal, which is always mobbed.
I'll have to look up the name of the park that I went to, but I took the cable car to the top and then walked up even further to a little park high up in the hills. Absolutely beautiful views of the harbor and island! Favorite part of the whole trip.
I was only there for a day and a half and the Intercontinental was a perfect location for getting to places I wanted to see.