December 2015 – My buddy Jae and I decided to take our moms to Hong Kong as an early Christmas present. It was their first time in the mega city and also our first out of the country trip together so we made sure that everything went without a hitch. We booked our plane tickets via Cebu Pacific as early as June but we took our time in choosing the hotel where we would be staying at. The latter was critical as our itinerary was planned around its location.
After going through tons of choices at Agoda, I zeroed in on Rosedale Hotel Kowloon. The 4-star business hotel reflected the urbanity of Hong Kong without being too expensive which meant that we could allocate our budget on food and shopping instead. It is also positioned 5-10 minutes away from the Olympic Station of the MTR and a building away from the airport shuttle stop. Anyone who has been to Hong Kong (and has gotten blisters from all the walking) would tell you that accessibility is one of the most important factors to consider in choosing a hotel in the city.
For anyone who works online or traveling for business, the hotel offers a complimentary wired and wireless internet access that averages at 30-35 Mbps. They also have printing, fax, iPad rental, secretarial, courier and translation services.
I read in one of the reviews that Rosedale Hotel has the best view of Kowloon. I don’t doubt this for a minute. I was up taking pictures one rainy night and the way that the lights from the surrounding buildings reflected on the glass panels of the Lounge onto the wet floor created this mix of blues and gold that was just stunning. It was the perfect place for a nightcap and a picturesque reminder of the towering beauty of the city that we were visiting.
The one thing that I would advise against is the buffet breakfast as there really weren’t a lot of good choices there. The hotel, however, also offers lunch and dinner menus that I haven’t tried but they do look promising. Dining choices was never an issue though as there was a McDonald’s across the street and a Starbucks not one block away. Around the same area, there’s also the Olympian City Shopping Complex, Langham Place and Nathan Road which are a haven for both dining and shopping.
Overall, Rosedale Hotel Kowloon proved to be a pretty good hotel choice and one that I would not mind going back to. At the end of a tiring day, its practical urban comfort topped by excellent customer service is just what you need to charge up for another day of exploring and discovering Hong Kong.
All images © 2015 Dale Bacar.