I’ve spent 11 nights at the Dorsett Mongkok during my ‘working’ vacation in Hong Kong. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a local hotel due to the nature of my trip (solo travel, minimum time spent at the hotel) yet needed a hotel which would provide with a good night’s rest, a good shower, be clean, modern, free/good wi-fi and with good transportation options nearby. I’m happy to say that the hotel has, for the most part, delivered and suited my needs during my visit.
The services/experiences I’m reviewing were all the services that I’ve used at the hotel. I’m not reviewing any non-used service.
Hong Kong is quite expensive when it comes to mid range and up hotels. I normally look for 4 star rated hotels and up. For any known international hotel brand, you will pay be paying 150 USD and more for such a hotel. So, when I’ve discovered that this hotel would cost me 85 USD per night on average. Has a 4 star rating and has a lot of good reviews, I’ve proceeded to book my stay.
For my needs, as mentioned above, the price was very competitive compared to other options in HK. However, having stayed in other 4 star rated hotels in Asia and the world, I personally would not rate this as a 4 star hotel, more akin to 3-3.5 stars, depending on the service the hotel offered.
As part of my hotel deal (they offer many deals if booking on their hotel website) I’ve received:
- Free daily breakfast
- Free Wi-fi
- Late checkout
Hotel Location / Transportation:
The hotel is right next to a busy street with the W Kowloon Overpass route flowing above it. Staying on the 26th floor, I wasn’t bothered by any street noise though. I haven’t explored any local bus route options, nor have I used the free shuttle buses the hotel offers to various areas of the city at certain intervals during the day.
I took the Airport Express train from the airport to Kowloon Station. There, you can jump on a free hotel shuttle bus, making rounds in the Kowloon-Mongkok area, dropping off people at their various hotels. Dorsett-Mongkok was shuttle bus number 5.
I’ve also paid an extra 140 HKD for a shuttle bus from the hotel to the airport. It was convenient and much cheaper than a taxi. You can always take the free shuttle bus to Kowloon station and hop on the Airport Express back to the airport. That would cost 90 HKD in total but more of a hassle.
My main mode of transportation during my stay was walking, the MTR, local taxis and Uber.
The nearest MTR station is ‘Olympic’ (orange Tung Chung Line), about 5-10 minutes walking distance. A big mall is connected to it (Olympic City I-III). This MTR line is helpful to get to Kowloon and Hong Kong stations (Airport Express may be taken from these stations), as well as to Disneyland HK (Sunny Bay MTR station) and Lantau Island’s attractions (Tung Chung station, a bus/taxi from there to Tian Tan Buddha etc…).
To use the MTR in Kowloon/Hong Kong Island, your best bet is to walk 10-15 min. from the hotel to MTR ‘Mongkok’ station and use the red ‘Tsuen Wan’ line. It’s a bit of a walk on the streets of Mongkok and after a long day of wandering around HK, I usually preferred to use a taxi/Uber.
In general I found that the location of the hotel compared to the location of the MTR stations wasn’t a major issue in the beginning of my day but rather bothersome after a long day of exploring and returning to the hotel at night.
My biggest gripe during this trip (which has nothing to do with the hotel) were the local red urban taxis. They are cheaper to use than in most other places, especially when compared to other large cities but I found the service to be very poor, horrendous when comparing the standard of public transportation in genral. It made returning to the hotel at night using a red taxi difficult and frustrating. That’s why I’ve found myself using Uber most of the time which provided a much better experience (this coming from a person who never/didn’t care to use Uber prior to this trip). So, if you’re in need of a taxi/private public vehicle ride back to the hotel, I’d choose Uber (which wasn’t much more expensive than the red taxis).
There is a supermarket across the street from the hotel (‘Wellcome’ chain of supermarkets) which is very useful. A ‘Watsons’ drugstore is next to the supermarket. You’ll also find a ‘Bank of China’ branch/atm across the street, about 1-2 minutes’ walk south on ‘Tai Kok Tsui’ road (the name of the road the hotel is located on). There are plenty of eateries (McDonald’s across the street) nearby but I haven’t eaten there. As mentioned, a large shopping mall is at ‘Olympic City’, 5-10 walking distance south.
The Hotel: General
The hotel is in a narrowly tall building (27 floors if I remember correctly. The lobby is modern and well kept. The hotel in general smelled pleasant and was clean.
This is a popular hotel and busy. Many people had had the same idea as me and decided to choose this hotel. The guests seemed to be from all over the world, yet with a general feel that most have come from Mainland China / East Asia. I’ve noticed that the hotel is popular with tour groups and families. The two elevators are always in use. You might find yourself waiting a while for an elevator. Day and night, the lobby was busy.
The staff that I’ve met were friendly and helpful. English was understood/spoken.
The breakfast was good and fulfilling, offering a good selection of a western style breakfast (eggs, meat, cereals, bread, vegetables / salad, fruit, juice, coffee etc..) as well as ‘Asian’-local options such as Dim Sum, noodles, rice, congee etc…
The Hotel Room:
I was pleased that the hotel fulfilled my request for a high floor room (26th floor) and a double bed in my ‘room comfort’ room. It is their smallest room.
The room was located close to the elevators and I could hear people/cleaners outside of my room. However, it wasn’t noisy at night + I’m a heavy sleeper.
The view facing west on the 26th floor was fantastic. A very urban view (however, there are no buildings that are very close to you) and the signature slim HK skyscrapers.
The room is indeed small and space is at a premium. I was travelling solo but with 2 large checked luggage. The luggage occupied most of the floor space in the room. I’ve had to close up one of the suitcases before leaving every morning so that housekeeping could clean the room. My guess that 2 people with similar luggage would find this room size uncomfortable so I’d opt for a larger room.
The bathroom (or more accurately, an area of the room with a sliding door) was clean and modern, albeit compact as the rest of the room. Not a lot of space to store things. However, the water pressure in the shower was good, temperature was hot when needed to be and the rain shower head was very satisfying after a long day of exploring.
The most important part of the room, the bed, was very comfortable. I’ve slept well.
2 free bottles of water are offered + a mini fridge/bar. I haven’t personally used the mini bar because of the supermarket right next to the hotel.
There is a good-sized wall mounted TV in the room. I haven’t used it though.
The internet wi-fi was fast and reliable.
There is a small safe for valuables/documents.
There is a desk in the room and a chair.
If I recall, there were 4 electrical sockets in the room while the hotel provided 1 adaptor for the local sockets. Bring your own travel adaptors / converters if needed.
A cool thing that the hotel does is to let you use a local ‘Handy’ mobile phone during your stay, with high speed 3G internet and free calls to several countries like the Australia, US, Canada, UK, Mainland China, Japan, Korea etc… Once my local sim card time period of use ran out, I’ve simply tethered my native country’s mobile phone to the ‘Handy’ mobile phone provided by the hotel and basically had free wi-fi in HK. However, I found that the ‘Handy’ mobile phone’s battery does not last a full day so plan accordingly (external battery, turn it on part of the time etc…)
The cleaning staff performed their duties well. They’ve even slipped a note under the door when I haven’t pressed the button indicating that I wanted my room cleaned on one of the days during my visit.
Personally, the hotel’s location could have been better due to its distance from transportation to the locations I’ve spent most of my time in HK (HK Island). Had I known what I know now, I would look for another hotel closer to my areas of focus in the city. I’d have to pay more money though for a hotel with similar services as this one but in a more accessible location. If you know which area of HK you’ll be spending most of your time, this hotel’s location in respect to transportation should definitely be considered.
Also, consider the size of your party prior to booking. The ‘comfort room’ I was staying in is good for 1 person, possibly 2 persons with minimal luggage.
To summarize, The Dorsett Mongkok was an overall good choice during my stay in Hong Kong, especially when considering the services you shall receive for the price that you pay. If I find myself in Hong Kong again, spending most of my time in Kowloon and was looking again for a similarly priced/level of hotel (3-3.5 stars), I’d choose the Dorsett Mongkok again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Book this hotel online to enjoy free in-room 100Mbps WiFi and a 24-Hour Full Stay (for hotel official site booking only)! This Mongkok boutique hotel is 100% smoke-free, where Ladies Market and Temple Street night market are just within 10-15 minutes away for a local shopping experience. Free daily shuttle to Mongkok, Tsim Sha Tsui and West Kowloon is also available. The fitness studio is open 24 hours. Dorsett Mongkok is an EarthCheck bronze benchmarked hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong