Growing old in Style – Holiday Inn Express Soho, Sheung Wan
- 40.. wait? You’re 40???
- Off to Heathrow with National Express
- Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 and British Airways Galleries First
- BA936 London Heathrow to Düsseldorf in Club Europe
- Düsseldorf airport and the most boring lounge… in the world (Lufthansa Business Lounge)
- CX376 Düsseldorf Airport to Hong Kong International Airport in Business Class
- Hong Kong International Airport and CX The Arrival
- To Hong Kong aboard the Airport Express
- Over to Kowloon on the Star Ferry
- Exploring Kowloon
- Holiday Inn Express, Sheung Wan
- The Peak during the Evening and Night
- Riding the Ding Dings and Causeway Bay Presents “The Force Awakens”
- Mong Konk Ladies Market – or the “Hard art of haggling”
- A Symphony of Lights (Pictorial)
- Temple Street Market or “Haggle more”
- Back to Hong Kong International Airport
- The Pier First Class Lounge
- CX253 Hong Kong International Airport to London Heathrow
- The Great Rush Home
- 40 up
With my bag collected and everything in hand, I headed back to the Airport Express station and to the arrivals area for the shuttle bus to the hotel.
The Holiday Inn Express Shenug Wan is the first stop on the shuttle bus route, so thankfully its a short ride. The downside is when you travel back, its packed to the gills for the entire journey.
In terms of location, it’s a 5 minute walk from Shenung Wan MTR station, and not far off Des Voeux Central Road (where you can catch buses and trams). It’s slightly set back from the main road, but it’s not difficult to find in the least.
I headed into the hotel and after a short wait – I was seen to. I was greeted and checked in – with a late check out of 4pm offered (I took 2pm even though I was going to need to be gone from the hotel by 11am).
With the formalities completed very quickly (including issuing of breakfast vouchers, keycards and Wifi details), I was off to the 32nd floor.
Once in the elevator, it was a matter of tapping the room key and hitting the button to take me up to the clouds above.
Soon enough, I was up on the 32nd floor. Sounds a big hotel with all these floors doesn’t it? It isn’t because it’s a narrow building – so there’s around 10 rooms per floor.
With a short walk to the room, I was in my air-conditioned haven for a while – time to lie back for a bit. But first the room.
Ah. Better hit 7-11 for some more Watsons Water. There maybe other water types in Hong Kong, but I’m fascinated by the bottle shape of Watsons Water.
Although there were tea and coffee-making facilities – which is nice to see. Heck – seeing a kettle in a hotel room is a rare enough occurrence these days (and also good for making instant noodles).
There’s also a fridge in the room (extra useful), and as an IHG rewards platinum member, I had a welcome amenity in the room….
It’s the thought that counts – and considering I don’t expect anything at Holiday Inn Express hotels, I’ll take what I can get.
The bed itself was reasonably comfortable. It’s total comfort bed, but much more of a functional and reasonably padded mattress.
Put it like this: my back didn’t hurt when sleeping on it. Considering in some hotels, that can be a challenge in itself, this is a good thing.
Another thing I like about this hotel is that breakfast is included. Access to breakfast is on the 2nd floor with a voucher.
Breakfast is held in the Moon Thai restaurant – and it’s contracted out from IHG/Holiday Inn Express Sheung Wan/Soho. So much so, there’s a lovely notice in the lift.
The breakfast sessions were a lot more quieter than the previous time I was here – it’s still shared seating, but at least it’s sociable first thing in the morning… not that most of the people were buried in smartphones.
So what does the breakfast buffet hold in store? Well, it’s a mix between Western and Asian food. Let’s have a look.
Oblong Ham. Surprisingly, there are a few things my dustbin of a stomach won’t touch. Oblong ham is one of those things.
Chicken Sausages. Yes. Chicken Sausages. They look like hot dogs, but they are chicken sausages. We’ll file this under “unidentified meats” shall we? Not that bad though.
This isn’t a bad spread at all for a budget hotel – it caters for the audience pretty well, and the food items were being constantly replenished. It’s actually good to see a hotel taking the time make sure that fresh items are out constantly, rather than letting them age for hours on end.
Check out two days later was without any problems, with the hotel offering to store items for when I was ready to collect them.
Overall: Basic properties don’t have to mean bad properties – and this hotel puts this point clearly over. The hotel was clean, well maintained and comfortable. The amenities provided fitted it perfectly and were adequate. Whilst a luxury hotels are always lovely things to behold, basic hotels that offer a great experience can be just as good if you’re using it as a base to explore a place. And the Holiday Inn Sheung Wan offered one heck of a useful base in terms of location and amenities
The Holiday Inn Express Sheung Wan is a great example of a basic property that does the basic things right, making a great property.
Next: Time for an adventure. Let’s take the bus to The Peak!
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