i chose royal park on a balance of cost & convenience.
also, i had been to hong kong so many times but always stayed at pacific place hotels when on business decades ago & at tsimshatsui with family. can’t really know hong kong that way. afterall, the overwhelming consideration is still to have a relaxing fun break so i would generally not go out of the way & incur great inconvenience to do something. if stayed at tsimshatsui every time, then most likely will always be moving around there & central & causeway bay.
still, i checked out our usual hotel, kowloon hotel at tsimshatsui. it’s really very convenient location. the price was HK$800/night a night weekdays & HK$1000/night fridays, saturdays. so for 4nights HK$3400+.
for royal park hotel, it was some strange breakdown averaged HK$754, and totalled HK$3017+.
for comparison & other considerations-
1. royal park has large 30m2 rooms whereas kowloon hotel’s rooms are 20m2
2. i can take airport bus A41 direct to royal park hotel, just 2 stops, 50mins & HK$22.3, whereas for kowloon hotel it is by airport express to kowloon station HK$90 single HK$160 return, then free airport bus to kowloon hotel, about 4th or 5th stop
3. for this trip i was not going to ngong ping 360 to take the cable car see the big buddha, but when having plans to visit lautau island including hong kong disneyland, shatin very convenient by bus.
4. my sis is buddhist, and 10,000 buddha monastery is right at shatin.
we were happy with the room -big, bright & airy.
toilet was pretty ok too!
the other very satisfying things for me during this trip-
1. went to keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥 which is at tai wei, just 1 stop from shatin
2. explore & found 富记大排档tai wai, which is also at tai wei.
3. explore & found chan kun kee 陈根记大排档, located at wo che estate, about 20mins walk from royal park hotel via the esplanade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河.
4. on the last day before departure, explore & found shing kee noodles at lek yuen sstate market, about 10mins from royal park hotel via covered walkway.
on 4.6.2015, we decided to take a walk along the esplanade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河.
after exiting the hotel from the bar area at the lobby level, we walked along the connecting area to shatin park. the shatin public area was on our left.
hong kong is densely populated. across the river is another estate.
we took some photos of the bridge.
and walked along the esplanade.
there were many joggers & cyclists traversing the riverside promenade.
for me, shatin is quite suited for my hong kong trip as a base. tsimshatsui, central & causeway bay areas i can always go when already out for visits in the day, e.g. when traveling to the islands.
this trip, i have found several new daipaidongs & took dim sums at 4 different restaurants. for next trip, i can also explore from base at shatin or research a bit to see which other location & hotel may be more convenient.