June 24, 2001
On my first stay in Hong Kong, I stayed in an out-of-the way place in Kowloon, that, except for giving me a private bath, was more like a hostel than a hotel. On my second, it was a Holiday Inn conveniently located on Nathan Road, Kowloon’s main street, but far more expensive than I’d have expected for that chain.
The Regal Kowloon is about a half-mile east of Nathan Road --- the vibrant social, shopping and night-life area of mainland Hong Kong --- and just a few minutes’ walk from the waterfront. The popular Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island was a 15-20 minute walk away, reasonable for the money saved by not taking a harborside hotel. My room in this mid-rise tower had a single king bed, was adequate but not large, and looked out on a small shopping mall/park and elevated pedestrian walkway to the harbor. As I’ve said in earlier hotel reviews, I like inns that execute all the basics well without superfluous frills. This fit that mold perfectly. The one extra I did appreciate was a spacious, well air-conditioned lobby and large sheltered driveway where I could wait for buses to the transportation center and airport. (The Regal Kowloon is one of the regualr shuttle-bus stops.)
The hotel had several restaurant options. Because it served early dinner, I chose a Continental/Italian room. It was on a low floor, didn’t offer much of a view, but was quiet, comfortable. offered good service and --- for Hong Kong, at least --- seemed rationally priced.
My travel agent was quoted the equivalent of U.S. $80 for a single room, but after dinner and breakfast, evening cocktails and Hong Kong’s sky-high taxes the bill was more like $200. (Currency fluctuations may also have played a role.) This was still much less than the privilege of staying on Nathan Road had cost me on the previous visit. And, it was buying what in my opinion was a high-quality hotel.
From journal Hong Kong Highlights --- at a Reasonable Price