Monday, 26 March 2018

Travel: The Mini Hotel, Central, Hong Kong

mini hotel central hong kong review

An appropriately-named hotel if ever there was one... 

March started with Lauren and I meeting in the lobby of the aptly-named Mini Hotel in Central, Hong Kong. It's always quite surreal (in a good way) seeing a familiar face in an unfamiliar location and the start of a fun-packed three days exploring the city.

Located on Ice House Street, the Mini Hotel is a short walk from Central / Hong Kong MTR stations, the tiny cafes of Sheung Wang and the mid-level escalators. The location is the perfect base for exploring Hong Kong from. Yes, the rooms are tiny but it's Hong Kong - there's too much to do outside.


mini hotel central hong kong review

The hotel is easy to find but, slight warning, if you're walking from Central / Hong Kong MTR it a steep road followed by some very steep steps. Maybe take a taxi if you are not a light traveller... Spot the facade b the red vending machine and red post box.

mini hotel central hong kong review

The reception area has a lounge for chilling out / working and there's a vending machine stocked with snacks and travel essentials. The rooms aren't quite capsule hotel size but they are small! I am 5'1 and didn't really find this an issue - the room was spotlessly clean, towels were changed daily and I've had worse showers in 5* hotels. The wifi was free and, again, better than in some far pricier hotels I've stayed in.

mini hotel central hong kong review

The hotel doesn't provide much in the way of added extras - no breakfast (although there are a lot of options very nearby) and no toiletries. Given the tiny rooms and central location, I expected the hotel to be noisy at night but my worries were unfounded (or I was just exhausted from walking the vertical incline streets of Hong Kong and feel asleep the moment my head hit the pillow each night).

mini hotel central hong kong review

In a city which isn't particularly budget-friendly, the Mini Hotel was a great base from which to explore and at £200 (HK$ 2,200) for three nights it worked out as much cheaper than a traditional hotel or the quite uninspiring AirBnbs in the same price range.

Book here: https://www.minihotel.hk/ 
Mini Hotel, 38 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong 
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