Friday, July 29, 2016

HK Hotel: Evergreen Hotel Kowloon

Address:48 Woo Sung Street, Jordan,Kowloon [Credit: Evergreen Hotel Website]

This was where my brother and I slept on our last night in Hong Kong. As my flight on Saturday was around 9 A.M., my brother thought that it's best that we moved to a hotel nearer the airport. When he booked this, he was under the impression that transportation to and from HK airport might be difficult. I normally don't like moving from one accommodation to another, but I didn't put in an argument because I thought he wanted to be near the night markets on our last night in HK.

As we just came from Best Western Plus in Sai Ying Pun (check Review HERE), the first impression when we got to our room (Rm. 309) at Evergreen was: DARN, it's TOO SMALL!!! According to our booking details, the room is just 14 square meters(or 151 sq. feet). Haha, we have gotten used to the spacious accommodation back at Best Western Plus. The cost of the room was also relatively higher than in the other hotel. The average night rate at the other hotel was around PhP2,400++ [380HKD], while my brother paid PhP3,302.94[528HKD] for the night here in Evergreen. The rate was inclusive of taxes. Unlike in the other hotel, this rate came with buffet breakfast of Chinese and Western cuisine. Unfortunately, only my brother got to enjoy the breakfast as their buffet opens at 6 A.M., and I had to leave the hotel much earlier. As it was my first time to go to the airport on my own via public transportation, I thought it prudent to leave early to give me enough time allowance to navigate my way through HKIA.

Room 309 - Standard Twin Bedroom

a) Pantry/Cabinet -- b) Toilet -- c) Shower Area
As you can see, there's NOT MUCH room for movement here. Immediately next to the single bed on the right is the wall to the toilet and bath, which is directly opposite the room's main door. The room is equipped with usual hotel amenities: TV, AC, WIFI, etc. At the time of our stay, they forgot to put some shampoo, though. It was NO big deal as we have our own. Disposable comb was also provided. I learned to appreciate BWP's provision of free bottled water as there was none here. If you have a big luggage, I can't imagine where you can stow it away. I don't think even a regular-sized luggage can be stowed in the room's sole cabinet. The bench (not shown, underneath the TV) across the bed can accommodate only a small bag or two. I'd like to note also, that Room 309 seems to be newly renovated. The tiles in the bathroom appears new. On our arrival, it's unfortunate that the elevator wasn't working. Although, we're only at the 3rd floor. So taking the flight of stairs wasn't that much of a hassle. I guess I'm only saying this because the bell hop carried our bags, hehe. The elevator became functional the next day, though. So great.

While this hotel may not be Best Western Plus nor Dorsett Regency Kwun Tong (the hotel where I stayed during my HK trip in 2014), this room is way better than the accommodations I had on my very first trip to HK in 2007. The redeeming quality of this hotel is its LOCATION, especially if you are the shopper type. Evergreen Hotel is literally just a few meters walk to Temple Street or the Night Market. Right next to the hotel's entrance is 7-Eleven. Haha, to me - any hotel where there's a nearby 7-Eleven is just awesome!

Oh, I didn't notice this back in Best Western Plus, but when I was browsing the TV channels, I saw one channel devoted to real-time FLIGHT details at Hong Kong International Airport. If that's NOT cool, I don't know what is. I don't know if it's a common-enough occurrence, but this is definitely my first time to see this in all my travels abroad. Truly neat!

Evergreen HOTEL is just 5-minute walk away from the nearest MTR Station: Jordan Station Exit A. Airport buses A21/N21 also has a STOP near the hotel (FROM HOTEL: 8th STOP - Ning Po St. / FROM AIRPORT: 10th STOP - Nathan Hotel),. Depending on traffic, travel time to the airport is roughly 60-70 minutes. Fare is only 33HKD.

8th STOP: Ning Po St.
Evergreen Hotel Kowloon LOCATION MAP
[Credit: Evergreen Hotel Website]

I wish I had a few more nights in this hotel so I could have explore more its neighboring establishments. My stay here was a quick leave bags (to catch Ngong Ping 360), explore Night Market, sleep, and leave very early kind of deal.

Nevertheless, I hope this review helps you decide where to stay when you find yourself in the lovely city of Hong Kong. Oh, if you find yourself in the Kwun Tong area, perhaps the Dorsett Kwun Tong is more suitable for you (check the REVIEW here). Have a nice trip in Hong Kong!

Happy Travels!!!

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