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Old 06-10-2008, 05:06 PM   #3916
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Kowloon New Hostel and USA Hotel are all under the same management...so expect the rooms to be similar...the rooms and toilets are awfully small but at least its clean and safe...far different from the exterior of the building which is "slum-like"...

I was given a room with a window...did not have to pay extra...although its not a difference to me as it was shut all the time with the air-con on...not much view to see as the surrounding buildings are all taller as well...unless a window-less room is much smaller, I think its ok for a short stay...

There are 2 lift lobbies with 6 lifts in total iirc...the one nearest to the main entrance (2 lifts) is closed early...but no worries as there is another lobby (4 lifts) further inside...the lifts are slow and small so be prepared to wait during peak periods or checking in/out with the barang barangs...each lift at the 2 lobby serve different levels too...

Overall I enjoyed my stay at Mirandor as the "unusual" environment was quite an experience in itself! Dun bother too much abt the reviews as diff ppl have diff expectations when they arrive...Just dun expect hotel like service and rooms...
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Old 07-10-2008, 02:17 AM   #3917
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Wink RE:4D3N F&E trip

Hello people,

Just to check if you guys have any recommendations for 2 ladies travelling for a 4D3N

1) Hotel*** (less travelling time preferred, closer to shopping area..heh)
2) Must-Go Places
3) Must-Buy things (Agnes B??)

By the way, I be going in Nov ...not sure if there's things to shop like Summer Sale period.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:07 AM   #3918
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Hi Juuzbe, thanks for the info, yeah i have paid 10% of the total bill and if i cancel the deposit will be taken as well. But at least my gf agreed on staying there so it wont be much of a gf issue also. i will be reaching HK at midnight on 4th dec n i will be staying for 4 nites in the USAhotel while 1 nite at disneyland. The price wise for the 4 nites USAhotel equals the 1 nite of disneyland btw. i m only scared of the "wondering people" that pple mentioned. well but my friends who just went there last week said that HK is really a safe place(like singapore), but there are some rotten eggs around so juz have becareful.

Hi travmufc, window room is not bout the view bout its bout the room. Window rooms come wih scanning card technologies for the doors where normal rooms uses keys. The room is much more presentable and bigger as compared to the ones w/o the windows. Well hopefully i will be as lucky as u n get a window room. *cross fingers*

Hi icemelon, with regards to your questions.

1) http://www.asiarooms.com/hong_kong/index.html <-- try this website on the different hotels that you can see. TYpically do not book hotels in HK island as it is expensive and very inconvenient. Mongkok is like orchard. Thats a reference point where you can start off with.

2) Depends on your objectives i guess. Shopping wise cheap clothings can go fa yuen street, temple street, ladies street. ocean park, taking cable car ride, visiting esprit,adidas,g2000 warehouses, avenue of stars,etc etc...

3) For girls i heard from one of my gal friend who went just last week is to buy from the streets i mentioned above. Belt costs like $2SGD, jeans less than $20SGD, t-shirts / tops going at less than $10SGD etc etc.. but branded goods like LV,Guuci they have original boutiques but the cost compared to singapore is just alittle cheaper. Where the streets sell Grade As with catalog somemore.

Hope this helps.........................
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:33 AM   #3919
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Hi Fritters,
Guess Mirador Mansion should be safe, since they have a security guard at the lobby, unlike Chungking Mansion, where there is a shopping alley there with many blacks roaming around....

Ya, you booked online through hostel web right? Lucky you've paid 10%, for me I liaise with Dragon's owner direct and paid first night stay thru Paypal. Ya I agree that one stay in disneyland is equivalent to few nites stay in the hostel, similar to Hotels in TST and Mongkok that is why I've been pondering hotel or hostel stay for my 8-nights there....

Since you staying in Disneyland, please note with 1 nite there, you can visit your disneyland park for 2 days. There's a promotion going on... do bring along some stuff for the hotel stay, for I've been told the shops close early in Disneyland, hence it might be difficult to find food late nights, except a convenient shop there bah.
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Old 07-10-2008, 02:17 PM   #3920
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Hi Juuzbe, yeah i booked through online. But dun worry bout your hostel man. the only bad review i have heard mostly is place is small.. but which HK hotel room is not small ?

Yeah i heard bout the ticket for 2 day pass too.. but not sure if have time for 2 days as the next day i m flying back to sg. Well i guess 1 full day of disneyland is enough.. tks for the info on the food part, i wasnt aware of it.

Hows your preparation for your trip ? ?
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Old 07-10-2008, 02:27 PM   #3921
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hmm... me purchased the air-tickets and booked the hostel liao. the rest had not planned out yet. But will visit Ocean Park, Disneyland for the kids' sake, entrance tix not purchased for not sure which date visiting yet. The Peak and Big Buddha is for my MIL's sake. Will take it easy since having 7 full days (minus out the flight dates). Dim sum and their local food is a muz

Now is thinking how to get from airport to Mongkok, for I'm arriving in evenign (7.30pm). Thinking of taking the cab but not sure if the cab can take us 3 adults w 2 kiddos...
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Old 07-10-2008, 02:57 PM   #3922
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also intend to plan a day to Macau. Not sure how to get around after reaching macau's jetty. Intend to visit their new casino to have a look. Is weekend normally packed due to many go to gamble there? If yes, probably will go on a weekday. Anyone can advise how to roam around once reached and any places to go? had a very very bad experience for people tailing and hoaxing to take their transport to drive you around, hence very skeptical about this place. Otherwise will give it a miss.
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Old 07-10-2008, 03:29 PM   #3923
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Hi juuzbe, take taxi very ex leh... i suggest take airport express. disneyland tickets better book early to avoid sold out tickets esp on weekends.
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Old 07-10-2008, 03:56 PM   #3924
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Hi Fritters,
if taking their airport express, 3 adults' and 2 children's fare already cost >HK$400, not mentioning need to transfer to other lines to reach Mongkok. Heard the cab from airport to town will be about HK$300 only leh. Not sure if it's true. Hope those who had taken cabs from airport to Mongkok lately can advise.
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:12 PM   #3925
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Hi Fritters,
just gotten some new info. If your hotel is nearby the train station of Nathan Rd, you may want to consider their airbus service. Only about HK$33 per pax.
http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/t...rport/bus.html
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:46 PM   #3926
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Airbus is the cheapest way but do note you have to carry your heavy luggages up the bus, and lift it into their limited luggage cage space...girls would already find difficulty, not to mention the elderly or young kids. The guys in the family/travelling group have to help...

For Macau, there are free shuttle buses to the various hotel casinos provided at the shuttle bus terminal near the ferry...not obliged to visit the casinos after the ride so you can reach the town center and back easily this way!
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:00 PM   #3927
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we intend to travel light, hence probably luggage size should be manageable.

Thanks, travmufc, for the macau info. will search the web about these shutter services. Still not sure how many casinos are there in macau also...
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Old 10-10-2008, 02:00 AM   #3928
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will search the web about these shutter services. Still not sure how many casinos are there in macau also...
Just target casinos with free shuttles, Sands, Venetian, Lisboa. Since u going w family sh target Venetian. R u staying 1 nite there? with kids I don't go macau yet!!
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:10 AM   #3929
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Still thinking of going Macau or not. Purpose is just to look see look see the casinos, no gambling, hence won't be staying a night. However, feel unsafe leh, bring kids along.... My intention is to bring my MIL to see also loh, since already come all the way to HK. I wanna see the difference of this Venetian, compared to the Vegas one.
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:49 PM   #3930
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By the way, the casinos nearby one another? are they within walking distance within one another?
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