Review: Garden View Hotel Hong Kong
Garden View Hotel is a very unique property. It literally sits upon the most valuable land in the world, located on MacDonnell Road in the mid-levels above Central/Admiralty. It’s also located above and across the street from Hong Kong Park, a rarity in Hong Kong to have tons of greenery outside of your hotel. Take a look at this view from my room, whoa! Lastly, the building is round, which makes for some unique rooms and hallways. Not too often you see round buildings, especially Hong Kong where space is at an utmost premium.
The property is owned by the YWCA, which makes it a reasonably priced option in an ultra-expensive area. There are regular rooms as well as one-bedroom suites, which I had the pleasure of staying in for two nights. Of course, as you can probably tell by the name, the main selling point of the hotel is the garden view, but you actually see a lot more than just the gardens. The skyscrapers in the background are amazing, especially at night. I enjoyed it very much over the typical harbor view that is cherished and displayed pretty much everywhere else.
Coming from IFC / Airport Express I took a taxi up to MacDonnell Road, was under $30. There also minibus and city bus options for you as well, but with luggage and being unfamiliar with the transport options, taxi seemed the easiest. It’s 1 MacDonnell Road, so right after you make the left turn off Cotton Tree/Garden Road, ask your driver to let you off on the left.
I actually stopped by the night before check-in to drop off a bag first, staff were accommodating and it wasn’t an issue. The next day during check-in I was promptly greeted and check-in completed expeditiously. The front office manager happened to be at the desk so I was greeted by him as well, Eric. Got my key and went up to my room.
Boy does the view smack you in the face when you arrive (in a positive way!) There were floor-to-ceiling windows of the city and I stared out in amazement. Once I was done with the view I checked out the room. (Assuming you want the view, make sure you book a room facing Hong Kong Park as opposed to one facing MacDonnell Road.)
The 1-bedroom is very spacious with a kitchenette, refrigerator, sofa, tv, desk, dining table, etc. The bedroom was spacious as well, with a large bed, another desk, and large closet. The bathroom was en-suite and certainly large enough by HK standards with your standard tub/shower combo.
While the hotel isn’t brand new, all of the furniture is well maintained and functional. The carpeting did appear to be replaced more recently than the furniture which was nice, since carpeting can get worn quickly in hotels. Everything in the room was super clean too.
I slept extremely well during my stay. You don’t hear much city noise in the mid-levels and the traffic outside was minimal. A very quiet stay for Hong Kong where you usually have tons of honking, ding-ding trams, and buses whizzing by.
If you have breakfast, it’s served on the ground floor in the Chinese restaurant. Usually Western and Chinese offerings. Eggs, congee, sausages, pastries, some dim sum, etc. I did appreciate the fact that the menu was rotated slightly each day, so you won’t get bored too quickly.
On the 6th floor there’s a gym. Equipment is a bit dated but functional and large. I didn’t see anyone while I was there, so you may have the place to yourself as well for a workout. There’s also a fast food type cafeteria restaurant next to the gym if you want to grab a bite there. I believe it tends to serve the YWMA patrons more, which has facilities on the lower levels.
Overall I really found this property enjoyable. It was very unique and the staff were always friendly and accommodating. Housekeeping was really good. I didn’t notice any grime or dust and they change the bedding and towels as expected, kudos to the housekeepers and their managers. I left a tip as a token of my appreciation for the clean room!
Location-wise, it really depends if you want to be on the mid-levels. It’s not next to the MTR, but a walkable 10-15 minutes to Central or Admiralty. Certainly easier walking down and taking transport back up the mountain. Across the street, check-out the Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical Garden when you stay there as well. I never went before so that was cool to see, plus it’s free admission!
In case you’re wondering what a regular room looks like, I had a chance to see one of those, here are the pictures! At 220 sq ft they aren’t huge, but still larger than many hotel rooms in HK.
This stay was provided by Y Hospitality. All content and opinions expressed are true and original to the author.