The Hotel and a Park

24 May

After arriving in Hong Kong, the first thing in our itinerary was to look for our hotel. We stayed at Golden Grown Guest House which is located along Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Days before our trip, I made a research on how to get there from the ferry terminal. There are two ways. The first one is to walk from the terminal and pass by The Toy House and World Finance Tower. Once you find the Imperial Building, turn left to Haiphong Road. At the end of this road, you will find the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station on your left. Then you will have to cross the street and walk towards your right. This time you will be walking along Nathan Road. The hotel is just a few steps away from the pedestrian lane. It is before Carnarvon Rd.

Hong Kong map. The area in green is the Kowloon Park.

The other way is what we took. From the Arrivals Hall of the terminal on the 2nd floor, we had to go down the escalator and go up to the 3rd floor (Promenade) to find a walkway that connects to Kowloon Park. We had to go down to the ground floor because there is no escalator that connects the 2nd and 3rd floor.

A lake in Kowloon Park with the flamingos

We walked passed a lake then took the road on the right to get to the main avenue of the park. We passed by the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre. We just walked straight ahead and found ourselves the park sign as we turned left.

Some shots taken in Kowloon Park. The park sign (bottom right) faces Haiphong Road.

We continued to walk towards the left and found ourselves exiting to Nathan Road. Facing Nathan Road, the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station is on the right. We just walked towards a pedestrian lane to cross to the other side of the street. We were walking very fast and found ourselves outside Mirador Mansion. This means that we already went past the Golden Crown Court building. We walked back and asked a local where we can find the building.

The entrance to the building is narrow. The sign above the entrance is made of black granite with gold letters. It is not very obvious so it is easy to get lost. You can also look for Standard Chartered Bank. The hotel is beside it.

As we entered the building, we went straight to the 5th floor. That’s where their reception area is. It was a busy day as a lot of people were trying to check in. But I just showed a print out of our reservation details from their website, showed my passport, paid the balance, and we were given the keys right away.

I just made the reservation through their website. It's very convenient and effective. For your inquiries, you can ask by writing on their guestbook. We got two rooms so we had to give them HKD 200 for the keys. They returned the money when we checked out.

The lady at the reception counter accompanied us to our rooms on the 6th floor.

This picture is from their website but our rooms look very similar to this one minus the swivel chair.

The sleeping area didn’t have a lot of space to move around in but it was clean. The toilet and bath were spacious enough. There was a heater that we had to turn on15 minutes before taking a bath. Our rooms had a hair dryer and a tv (which we didn’t pay much attention to because the shows were in Chinese). The staff also cleaned the rooms everyday that we were there. Another thing I like about the hotel is that it takes less than a minute to get there from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station Exit D1.

For some reason, not even one of us remembered to take a single picture of the room or of the building. That’s why this post doesn’t have any pictures showing the details of our rooms. 😦

By the way, do not be surprised to find other guesthouses in the building. A lot of buildings in Hong Kong, like Chungking Mansion and Mirador Mansion, have several guesthouses inside.

If it is your first time in Hong Kong, staying in this area is highly recommended. It is near an MTR station, a bus stop, the ferry terminal to Central, and other must see spots. There are also a lot of stores and restaurants nearby.

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2 Responses to “The Hotel and a Park”

  1. stray pusiket September 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    i’ve also stayed at the golden crown guesthouse during my 2 trips last 2008. compared kasi to mirador and chungking
    mas maayos yung building nila.

    but you may also want to try Taisan Guesthouse (highly recommended in PEx) on your next HK trip. Ive stayed there last year. =)

    • Kat September 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

      Hi! Oo masyadong old na kasi ung building ng mirador and chungking. I also considered Taisan when I was doing my research but the website of Golden Crown convinced me to book with them, especially their guest book. Convenient and prompt din ang replies nila. =) A friend of mine also said na maganda yung Dragon Hostel sa Mongkok. Thank you sa recommendation mo. I will sure tell my friends should they be traveling to HK. 🙂

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