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At first glance, the Ibis seems locationally challenged. It is in North Point, a very active Chinese neighborhood a few miles east of Central. This apparent negative can actually be a positive, as North Point has great access to many areas of Hong Kong and has a cheaper cost of living than in Central. There is not a whole lot to see in North Point, but it is an excellent area to live and exist.
Except for the fact that it is not in Central, the Ibis is actually strategically located facing a bus depot (with one of the airport buses starting from here) and a small ferry terminal, and near the North Point subway stop, as well as numerous bus and tram lines. Even if your flight arrives near midnight, the bus will drop you off and you will be struck by the sight of the slender high-rise. Take one of the two elevators from the ground level to the lobby next level up (or walk up--the lifts can be slow in coming) and check in. I was staying for a full week, which allowed for an astonishing discount rate averaging less than $50 a night. Part of the French Accor hotel chain, the Ibis has 31 floors and 210 rooms.
The winning item for me in the room was the large window with a sprawling view of the Victoria Harbour. My minimally furnished room was otherwise decent enough. My double bed may have been tight for a couple but roomy for a single. Though the mattress was smooth, it was the firmest, stiffest one I have ever slept upon, so I did not linger in bed when my alarm woke me every morning! The room did have its own safe, small refrigerator, coffeemaker, and blow dryer, though this left little space for what amounted to a small closet rod for hanging clothes. The bathroom, with its shower stall, was awfully tight (I seemed to bruise myself daily while toweling off). The small TV was ensconced within the wall, but I was more enraptured by the picture window panorama night and day.
The Ibis felt more like an apartment building than a hotel for me. I did not go to the lobby level unless I really needed to. A couple of computers are set up here, so you can surf the Web for a fee, and those who are distraught over not staying closer to Central can purchase a beverage here. There is a restaurant on two, but I found the neighborhood to have plenty of inexpensive dining options to choose from. The free newspaper delivery (in English or Chinese) was somewhat erratic.
The Ibis is not exactly the most comfortable hotel, and it is a bit removed from the heart of the tourist action. Still, if the price is right and if you get a coveted harbor view, this is a good home station in North Point.
From journal Bill in China - HONG KONG
Mexico City, Mexico
July 10, 2005
There is an exit (A1) from the MRT North Point station at Java Road. Once you exit the subway stairs, you have to walk to the right 15m. There is no way for you to get lost, unless you walk to the left.
From journal Hong Kong