My search for a cheap hotel in Hong Kong brought me to Silka Far East, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. But while booking this hotel, I had the picture in mind of Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan where I had stayed in earlier at an even lower price. Panda was a delight with a large and comfortable room and overall great atmosphere. In comparison, Silka's room size turned out to be a little too small. Address: 135-143 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. Phone: +852-2406 9090. Type of Room: Standard, no breakfast. Cost of room: INR 3703 (Taxes included). What I liked: Low price, free shuttle service, airport public bus (A31), clean room. What I did not like: Tiny room, tiny shower area, no free water, no free internet. For this price, one can get a hotel with a bigger room size in a better area. Why go all the way to Tsuen Wan. For example, Mini Hotel Central near Central MTR Station is a better choice at a comparable price.
|Hotel Silka Far East Hong Kong|
Tiny Standard Room
|Standard Room in Silka Far East Hotel Hong Kong|
The bed was perhaps 4'x6'. Total room length was 7 feet. Width of the room ended with the side table you see in the above picture. The window is right next to the bed and covered by a curtain that can be raised up. The view outside is restricted - more buildings and a road. On the small table next to the bed, there was a usable tea/coffee maker with supplies for making two cups. But no free water. Be sure to buy water bottles at a nearby 7-Eleven before heading to the room. A tiny wardrobe, electronic safe and mini bar complete the room. Mini bar had a few drinks with everything priced at HKD 8.
|Silka Far East Hotel Hong Kong Standard Room Shower|
Take a look at the shower picture. There is no way one can take a shower there without having the shower curtain sticking to one's body or without hitting the wall or a pipe with one's elbow. Toilet seat is right next to the shower curtain. The bathroom sink was a saving grace with a few necessities provided.
Silka Far East Hotel Hong Kong Booking Site
Take exit B2 from Tsuen Wan MTR Station and follow the sign boards put up there leading to the hotel.
Transport from / to Hong Kong Airport Airbus A31: Airport Terminal Building Station to Tsuen Wan Discovery Park Terminus Station
Operating hours: 05:30 - 00:00 Frequency 12-15 minutes Price HKD 18.90 per person
Journey Time: 40 minutes
Hotel to Airport: After getting out of the hotel, turn left and then cross the road to the opposite side through the foot over bridge. After getting down from the bridge you should be able to see the bus stop with A31 written on it. It took me about 45 minutes in the afternoon when traffic was low. But do account for traffic delays at peak hours. This mode is way cheaper than taking the hotel shuttle to Tsing Yi for Airport Express train.
Free shuttle Bus: The hotel provides free shuttle bus every morning to Tsing Yi Airport Express Station and Mong Kok Langham Place 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30pm. Do book in advance.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|