Earlier when I thought of a budget hotel in Hong Kong, it would be hotels located in far off places like Silka Far East in New Territories or Harbour Plaza Resort City which is located another light rail ride after Tin Shui Wai MTR station. And those hotels were not very cheap either. At the other end of the curve are dangerous and even illegal guest houses in Chungking Mansions opposite Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station. Location-wise, nothing can beat Chungking Mansions because that area has everything a tourist is looking for in Hong Kong. The only problem is, Chungking Mansions though sometimes cheap, is not really safe. After having burnt my fingers and pocket staying in an actual illegal guest house called Canada Hotel in Chungking Mansions, I decided to look for other budget hotel options in Kowloon and Central Hong Kong. It was not easy and I would not have found Mini Hotel Central had my booking site not offered a special non-refundable deal on this hotel. I was lucky to get a 610 HKD per night "Mini Room" at 475 HKD per night which was about 25 HKD more than the illegal guest house I stayed in at Chungking Mansions. After staying in Mini Hotel Central, I found that even the 610 HKD price tag was really a steal. Hong Kong Park and Victoria Peak Tram Station are at a walking distance from here. Read more...
|Mini Hotel Central Hong Kong|
|Mini Hotel Central Hong Kong Front Office|
|Mini Hotel Central Hong Kong Lobby|
Mini Hotel in Hong Kong have two properties - Mini Hotel Central near Central MTR Station and Mini Hotel Causeway Bay. Rooms at Causeway Bay property start at 900 HKD per night. Mini Hotel Central (38, ICE House Street, Central, Hong Kong) has three types of rooms - Solo (Single), Mini, and Smart. Standard Double Rooms are called Mini Rooms and are 100 sq. feet in size. These rooms face back side of the building and there is not much of a view. Smart Rooms are similar except that one gets a city view by paying an additional 60 HKD or so. There is a 4x6 bed, a glass-walled bathroom, a 20 inch TV, metal hooks on a wall to hang clothes, an electronic locker under the bed, a hair dryer, and a tea/coffee maker & two paper cups. Clean towels are provided everyday. Free wifi is included in the room price. All rooms are non-smoking.
|Mini Room in Mini Hotel Central Hong Kong|
|Mini Hotel Central Hong Kong Mini Room|
|Mini Hotel Central Hong Kong Mini Room Cloth Stand|
My room was clean and was done up by house keeping daily. They left two new paper cups everyday. There was one local English News channel on the TV that I could watch. All other channels were Chinese. Air-conditioning was effective and sleep quality was good. Do Not Disturb Sign that I hanged outside was respected by the housekeeping staff. In general, there was no noise in the corridors or from outside the buidling. The lobby is large and has nice easy chairs to relax and read a magazine. Front office staff is courteous and help with directions, etc.
Bathroom kits, slippers, etc. can be purchased from the hotel. No free water is provided. There are two vending machines, one in the lobby and one on the street outside to purchase bottled water / soft drinks, etc. Check-in time is 2.00 pm but early check-in is allowed depending on availability. Check-out time is 11.00 am after which they store luggage free of charge.
How to Reach Mini Hotel Central Hong Kong
|Ice House Street Central Hong Kong|
|Ice House Street Leading to Mini Hotel Central Hong Kong|
One can take Exit "F" from Central MTR Station, walk straight a little and then turn right at Ice House Street. Ice House Street has sections separated by road crossings. There are road signs on which building numbers are written. One needs to walk in the direction going towards number 38 until this section of Ice House Street going uphill is visible (see the picture above). This is a 2-3 minute climb leading to Mini Hotel on the right side of the road.
There is nothing to dislike in Mini Hotel and particularly due to the excellent location and easy pricing, this is going to be my hotel of choice in Hong Kong. No more New Territories.
Mini Hotel Central Hong Kong Booking Site
|Posted by Narinder Singh|