INTRODUCTION

The Novotel Century Hong Kong Hotel is a 4-star property in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong island.  It is convenient located near the Wan Chai and Causeway Bay MTR stations.

From the airport, it’s probably easiest to catch the CityFlyer A11 bus to the Stewart Road stop.  From there, it’s a mere 2 minute walk.  All up, the trip takes around an hour and 15 minutes and costs around USD 10 (around that, but can’t recall exactly).

I visited over Christmas 2016, so the lobby featured various festive decorations.

The surrounding area is slightly grungy, exhibiting a distinctly Hong Kong feel.  There are local eateries nearby, such as Chinese BBQ shops and other fast food places.  The red light district on Lockhart Road is also nearby with shops advertising peep shows and probably other activities of the night.

There really isn’t much to do nearby (at least as an occasional tourist) except for visiting the Golden Bauhinia Square or Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre.  Rather, it is a decent base to visit other attractions on Hong Kong island, instead of the pricier Central district which is only a little further away.


CHECK-IN

The front desk was staffed by three people when I checked in.  Being Hong Kong, the staff spoke excellent English and I assume also Cantonese and Mandarin.  Check-in was efficient and took around 2 minutes.

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There is also a priority check-in line for elite members of the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program.  I’m not a member and don’t frequent hotels in the chain, so I used the regular desk which was probably just as efficient.

I booked a standard room and received just that.  Also did not ask for an upgrade.

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THE ROOM

The standard room was very compact at about 20m², which is expected of a hotel of this category on Hong Kong island.  It was quite clean, but had a strong menthol-esque smell, which wasn’t exactly unpleasant, but was a little in-your-face.

The bed takes up the majority of the space as one could imagine, which had the typical Novotel bedding – a little plasticky but too bad.  Managed to get a decent night’s sleep, although the bed was on the softer side (I prefer firmer beds).

The work desk isn’t very practical, as the sitting area directly faces a fold out section with plugs and other ports.  This significantly limits the usable parts of the desk to do work on.  The desk is also more of a bench, so isn’t really suitable to do any extensive work.  Two bottles of water were provided complimentary.

The view was also not very inspiring, facing directly into other buildings, although not exactly uncommon in Hong Kong.

The mini-bar was very basic with only soft drinks and water, as well as nuts, a Mars bar and some Pringles – no alcohol.  Tea and coffee are also provided complimentary.  A packet of condoms is also available for purchase if duty calls.

A dehumidifying unit is also provided as Hong Kong can undoubtedly get very humid.

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The wardrobe also had an ironing board, iron, safe, hangers and slippers.  No bathrobes though.

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THE BATHROOM

The bathroom was also very compact, but perfectly functional and clean.  No bathtub as expected.  The shower had the option of a rainforest shower function or the hand-held type.  Water pressure and temperature were fine.

The bathroom amenities were a Fairtrade variety, which weren’t too harsh on the hair and skin.  Not luxurious by any means but very usable.  Dental kits, shaving kits, shower caps, a comb and other bathroom items were also provided by default which was appreciated.

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OVERALL

The Novotel Century Hong Kong Hotel is a perfectly functional hotel when visiting Hong Kong.  However, it’s location makes it slightly less suited to leisure travellers given its place in Wan Chai, where casual tourists would probably want to stay around Central.  The small work desk makes it less suitable for business trips as well, which is a shame given its proximity to the convention centre.

Overall however, its price point makes it more attractive than its competitors in Central being about USD 120-200 per night.  On this occasion, I stayed using travel credit I had to use up from one of my credit cards.

Despite being a solid hotel however, I probably would not return unless prices for other hotels are through the roof.

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