Hong Kong is definitely among the best places to go to and take a vacation. Tourists come and go all-year round. The Tsim Sha Tsui area, within Kowloon Peninsula, is probably where hotels, restaurants, specialty stores, and so on are saturated. Just try looking at the map of the area. With the huge number of hotels about, which should you choose? There are, of course, really big hotels like Shangri-La, The Peninsula, Sheraton, Ritz-Carlton, and the likes. However, if you want a cheaper place to stay, you do have lots of options with 3- to 4-star hotels. When my wife and I visited Hong Kong last month, we chose to stay at BP International House.
First and foremost, I would just like to say that this is probably the busiest hotel I have ever stayed in so far. Never have I seen more or less 5 groups of people checking in at a time, and that’s from morning ’till afternoon. I did not stay in the reception area the whole day, but while we were there waiting for a room for about 1 hour and while we were passing by the reception area, there were always people checking in. I’ve never seen a baggage counter filled with lots and lots of traveling bags. So we got immediately curious as to why. Is this hotel really good?
One of the key priorities in choosing a hotel in Hong Kong is its location. BP International House is situated near the Jordan MTR station. It’s merely a 5-minute walk away depending on how fast you walk. There are taxis and buses abound as alternative modes of transportation. Here are some of the things you can find near the hotel: local restaurants on the streets in front of the hotel; 7-elevens, which probably are too abundant in Hong Kong. There’s probably one on every major street, sometimes two; the high-end Elements mall; Nathan Road, which is very famous for shopping; and Temple Street, Hong Kong’s night market. Before I forget, there’s a restaurant on the 2nd floor and one just beside the hotel.
The next priority is the price. For a 4-star hotel, BP International House is quite cheap. We had the room with the view of the harbor. The room is a bit small but it’s good for 2 persons. The rooms are cleaned every day, unless you tell them not to. Nevertheless, they do a good job of cleaning the room. The bathroom is not big, but adequate for a single person. There’s enough supply of soap, shampoo, toothpaste and you’ll be provided with disposable toothbrush and comb, the latter, you will get a new one every day for some reason. But then, freebies are always welcome.
The beds are comfortable and you have ample lighting inside the room. There’s a 32-inch TV with cable, of course, but there aren’t too many channels. Well, you’re most likely in Hong Kong to go out and tour the city anyway. There’s a small refrigerator, some kitchen utensils, and a water heater. We also panicked when we first went into the room. There were no regular wall sockets to charge our phones/gadgets so we had to get an adapter. Bring one with you or ask for 1 or 2 of them at the reception desk. They’ll let you borrow them for free. Just don’t forget to return it to them.
The room also has good air-conditioning. We came from the Philippines, thus, we wanted it to be as cold as it could be since it is summer time here. I try to raise the temperature if my wife starts to feel really cold though.
The beds are comfortable. If you got the twin-bed room, just push them together if you’d like. They won’t put it back when they clean the room. We also got the harbor view and it was great. Among the issues we had was that our room was at the end of the hallway. Therefore, we had to walk all the way to the elevators, and that’s from one end of the building to the other.
This hotel is good, but there are things that they could improve on. First, there’s only one set of elevators. On a busy day or during peak tourist season, it’ll take a while before you could hop on one. We were at the hotel on a week day, on a regular day, on a day between cold season and summer season, but there were still time when we had to wait for around 3 minutes just to get an elevator.
The hotel’s staffs are nice, from the receptionists, the attendants, maintenance and security, as well as the manager. I had one argument with a receptionist regarding our room and I immediately went to the manager for assistance. I understand they’re really busy, but we’re still their guests just like everybody else.
All-in-all, I would suggest first that you search around for reviews on the internet and see which hotel better suits your needs. As for BP International House, it has a good location, clean rooms, nice staff overall, and fairly priced rooms. The huge number of tourists, and even locals, in the hotel may be a testament to the quality of the hotel. You just have to sometimes bear the long wait times for the elevators. But other than that, BP International House is a good place to stay in for your Hong Kong vacation.