Review: Travelodge Kowloon
Travelodge recently took over the Rainbow hotel in Jordan, located right off Nathan Road. It’s a mid-scale hotel, good for travelers looking for a convenient place to sleep and use as a base while visiting HK.
It’s located about halfway between Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok, and less than 5 mins from the Jordan MTR station. You can get anywhere in the city quickly. Temple Street night market is across the road on the other side of Nathan Road as well.
I tried checking in early, around 1030am, but a room wasn’t ready yet, so I was told to come back around 12-1pm to pick up the keys. Not a problem since I had a meeting to attend and the hotel was able to store my luggage in the meanwhile.
Came back around 4pm to grab my keys. There was a slight wait as there was only one front desk agent working, but it wasn’t a big deal. I reserved the Opening Offer at $650/nt, which includes a SIM card and $100 Starbucks certificates. She handed those to me along with my keys. It’s a superb offer and you should consider it while it’s going on. The cost of the SIM card and Starbucks is already $148 so you’re only paying about $500 for the room after factoring in the offers.
All of the rooms are about the same size, according to the floorplan on the door. I stayed in a standard room and I would say it’s compact, on-par with similarly priced hotels in the city. Still, there is enough room to open your luggage and have a little walking room. I did appreciate the large window sill where I can place a lot of my clothes and belongings.
The bathroom was a bit tight, but again not the smallest I’ve seen. There’s a stand-up shower only with curtain. It tends to get a little wet if you don’t make sure the curtain is drawn to cover all of the water splashing out. The counter is long and should fit all of your toiletries. As part of the re-brand, I suggest Travelodge add a few towel hooks and shampoo trays in the shower as there’s really no where to place your stuff other than on the counter or toilet.
Travelodge Kowloon does provide your usual Asian amenities, which is nice to see at an affordable property. In-room safe, toothbrush, slippers, bottled water, tea, and hot-water kettle were all present. I’ve stayed at more expensive properties which don’t provide such comprehensive amenities, which should be standard in Asia.
Located on a small street, Saigon Street, right off Nathan Road, there is virtually no noise coming into your room from outside. This is a huge plus in Hong Kong. You should get a restful night’s sleep, assuming your neighbor doesn’t bang their door all night. Views aren’t the greatest as you may be facing the hotel across the street, but there is some open view of the neighborhood if looking to the side. With all of the fun things to do nearby you won’t have time to stare out of the window anyway.
Additionally, as a decently sized hotel at 126 rooms, there is a small port-de-cochere downstairs where your ride can wait. It’s rare in Hong Kong, especially for non-4* properties, so was nice to have an area to get dropped off or wait for Uber. Taxis were harder to find on Saigon Street, maybe easier to flag on Nathan Road by the corner.
Overall if you’re looking for a convenient place to stay on a moderate budget, Travelodge should fill your needs nicely. Make sure to check if there’s any promotions, such as the Opening offer before you book too! Currently the hotel is still in the process of rebranding, so I did notice a few items referring to the old Rainbow Hotel, such as Wi-Fi network name and branding of towels. However, this won’t affect your stay at all, and the Wi-Fi was speedy and easy to connect to!
23 Saigon Street, Jordan, Kowloon
This stay was provided by Travelodge Hotels Asia. All content and opinions expressed are true and original to the author.