|Space||350 sq. ft.|
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This is a bright, two-bedroom flat with room for up to six people. The rooms all have a lot of light and open onto a common area that holds a sofa bed, a television and a small dining area. There is also a kitchen that is suitable for making small meals and a clean bathroom.
The flat has been recently renovated. We have really put effort in to making this place as comfortable and enjoyable as possible so that, after a hard day of sightseeing, you can come back and rest up for the next day.
Directions and Helpful Tips:
Getting to the flat is easy. We will provide the exact address upon completion of the booking. We recommend that all guests consult Google Maps prior to their arrival or the map photo in the photos section of this listing. The flat is not hard to find, provided you examine a map.
From the Airport:
- Airport Express/MTR: The closest Airport Express stop is at Kowloon Station (HK$90). It contains the arrival and in-town check-in facilities for the airport. If you go that route, it is easiest to take a taxi from Kowloon Station to the flat, although you can arrive at Mong Kok Station or Yau Ma Tei Station by taking the MTR in various directions. However, you will save a lot of money and effort, and maybe even some time, if you just take the bus from the airport (see below).
- Bus: Note that buses in Hong Kong take exact change or Octopus payment. If you do not have an Octopus card, you may use the airport kiosk to buy a ticket. Take bus A21 to Argyle Centre. From there, walk south along Nathan Road until you reach Argyle Street. Make a left on Argyle Street. The next street is Sai Yeung Choi Street. Turn left on Sai Yeung Choi Street. The flat is in this general vicinity.
- Taxi: You may take a taxi directly from the airport. Budget at least HK$250 to the neighborhood where the flat is situated. If the driver has any trouble with the address, tell him to go to Mong Kok Station.
Getting in the Building:
We will tell you what you need to know before you arrive.
Famous markets in easy walking distance include the Ladies Market (on Tung Choi Street south of Argyle Street), the Flower and Bird Markets (north of Prince Edward Road West and west of Sai Yee Street), and the Goldfish Market (on Tung Choi Street north of Burd Street).
The Ladies Market is a famous souvenir market. The Bird Market has an amazing diversity of birds and bird products on sale. The Flower Market and Goldfish Markets are what the names suggest.
One MTR stop south is Yau Ma Tei, home to the Temple Street Night Market. The market opens in the late afternoon and stretches from south to north along Temple Street from Jordan Road to Man Ming Lane. It is filled with souvenir stalls and food options. Note that the night market is cut in two. The north half is past Kansu Street and the expressway. Make sure to look for Tin Hau Temple, one of the oldest temples in the neighborhood and a major landmark. It is north of the expressway. Yau Ma Tei is also home to the Jade Market. You will find it just north of Kansu Street under the expressway.
All of these areas are densely populated. On the weekend, they can get very crowded. In particular, Mong Kok is popular among working class Hongkongers, especially younger ones. There is much to see, much to do, and much to eat. All you need to bring is some energy.
From point A to point B:
MTR: The closest MTR station is Mong Kok Station (Exit D2), located just minutes from the flat. Actually, D2 is at the intersection of Argyle Street and Sai Yeung Choi Street. The MTR will take you most places you wish to go. You may purchase single-journey tickets or an Octopus card for convenient local travel.
Bus: Buses going to many places run up and down Nathan Road. Note that buses require exact change or Octopus payment.
Taxi: There are plenty of taxis in this area. Flagfall is currently HK$22. Drivers almost always remember to use the meter, but do pay attention. Also, if you plan to travel longer distances by taxi, or plan to cross the harbor, be aware that passengers are responsible for toll payments.
Foot: We like to walk unless the distance is greater than that of one MTR stop. In general, most of the area is accessible by foot, although it does help to be in good health if you intend to rely on this mode of transport.
Rickshaw: Yes, that would be nice. But they do not exist anymore.
Getting to Major Tourist Sites:
Bug Buddha/Tai O: Take the MTR red line toward Tsuen Wan until you reach Lai King. At Lai King, transfer to the orange line toward Tung Chung. From Tung Chung Station, you can reach either destination by bus or, if heading to the Big Buddha, you may take the cable cars from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping.
Ocean Park: Citybus route 629 runs from the Central Star Ferry Terminal and from Admiralty MTR.
Stanley Market: From Exchange Square in Central, you may take busses 6, 6X or 260. Buses 6X and 260 also pass by Deepwater Bay and Repulse Bay, each of which has a beach.
Mainland Border: In case you are heading to Shenzhen, you may take the MTR East Rail Line. From this flat, it is easiest to walk to Mong Kok East Station (10 minutes). Walk east on Argyle Street until you reach the tracks. A stairway will bring you up to the platform level. From there, you can walk north to the station entrance.
Macau: Ferries depart frequently from the China Ferry Terminal on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui and from the Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island.
Outlying Islands: Ferries to Mui Wo on Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau depart frequently from the row of piers next to the Central Star Ferry Pier. Ferries typically depart every half hour.
House Rules: It looks like a lot, but most of these are common-sense rules.
1- Smoking: Do not smoke in the apartment.
2- Shoes: Hong Kong streets are dirty. Please remove your shoes before you enter the flat.
3- Hot Water: To turn on the hot water, flip the switch outside the bathroom door. The water will take a few minutes to heat up. Please turn off the hot water switch when hot water is not in use.
4- Air Con: Help us save electricity and conserve the environment by turning off the air conditioning when you leave the flat.
5- Television and Wi-Fi: Instructions are posted next to or on the television and wireless antenna.
6- Rubbish: Rubbish removal is your responsibility. Please empty your rubbish in the bin in the stairwell.
7- Cleaning: Please keep our flat tidy. We will not come in to clean during your stay, but if you require a cleaning service, we will provide it to you for HK$300 per cleaning.
9- Pets: We do not allow them. They tend to eat and pee on things.
10- Neighbors: In dense Hong Kong residential buildings, walls can be thin. Please be respectful of neighbors, especially at night. Hong Kong residents OFTEN lodge noise complaints with the police, meaning you might get an unwelcome knock on the door if you play that speaker too loud.
11- Valuables: We take no responsibility for valuables, even if the flat has a safe.
12- Check Out: It is easy. Just leave the keys in an OBVIOUS PLACE so that we can find them.
Location, location, location. If you're looking for a convenient location in the heart of Mong Kok, and travelling with no fuss 2-3 people group - this is a great value. If you're looking for a more luxurious location, this tiny apartment with a more local flavor might not be for you.
The best part of this rental is the super centralized location to numerous MTR stations (Mong Kok and Prince Edward), Taxi stand (right across the street), KCR Train, and Bus Lines off Nathan Road. Food and shopping options galore, with many conveniences right on the street below.
Having the private lobby (with 24 hour security guard) with elevator right to our floor was a nice security and luxury. The taxi stand across the street was very convenient. We purposely chose this location for the transportation options convenience as my father-in-law injured his leg and was walking with a cane so we could literally just exit the building and hop on a cab to go siteseeing.
Hong Kong is notorious for small flats, and this is no exception. The downside to this rental is that it's a tiny apartment, and the photos are definitely wide angle lenses, but don't be deterred! The main bedroom is comfortable (enough storage space for luggage and clothes) for 1 adult, and the 2nd converted room is sleepable (it's literally only for sleeping) for 2 adults. It was a tight but expected fit for me, my husband, and my elderly father-in-law for 10 days. The living room sofa is now changed, it's a pull out without a real metal frame, so sitting in it results in a slow slide towards the floor. We ended up using the windowsill by the sofa to store clothing since the 2nd bedroom had very minimal storage space. 2nd bedroom is also a sliding accordion door, so noise can still be heard. We also kept our luggages by the dining table due to lack of space. The kitchen was normal for Hong Kong, and the bathroom was also normal for the space. We chose this unit too for the actual stand in shower (as many HK apartments have the toilet + shower combo). I would say the condition of the flat is definitely used now in comparison to the bright perfect photos you see here on the listing - but you can't beat the value for relative multi-room unit & location.
Host & Contacts:
James works with a local Mr. Chan to manage this apartment and was available with slight delay via HomeAway messaging inbox. Their helper, Rose was a delight and easily reachable by Whatsapp and came early...