Thursday, July 21, 2011

KOWLOON: 01 - GuangZhou Guest House

If there is one thing I hate the most in this world, it would be intermittent Internet connection; and the rain. I guess that makes it a tie. Anyway, the internet connection in GuangZhou Guest House is accessible 24 hours a day, but it gives you a headache before you actually get to use it smoothly. This usually happens before midnight. The hours of 7 PM leading to that time are just moments of pure annoyance. And so, why did i stay here for five days then?

Internet connection aside, I have no other complaints about this guest house. The staff: courteous. I did not reserve any rooms prior to my arrival here, which makes it look like I haven’t really learned anything from my trip to Seoul at all. Anyway, I avoided Chungking Mansions because it was getting bad rep left and right wherever I go online. There was an alternative: Mirador Mansions, and I easily found it. A woman gave me a calling card upon entering the building and said her guest house has free WiFi. I followed her to the tenth floor and she showed me the room.

The first thought that came to my mind was: Shit, this room is small. However, after exploring a little (you don’t need a lot of time to explore; the room is like just 6 square meters). It is compact. The bed is a special one fitting the whole area directly in front of the door. To the left is a small shower room with toilet and a small sink. All the switches for everything inside the room are by the bathroom door. The room is small, which is probably why I felt at home at once. Another caveat? The elevator is only functional until 10 PM. Tradeoff. It is located at the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui, by the way. Everything is accessible from here.

5 creature/s gave a damn:

Ed said...

ey thanks for sharing this. this is very timely as I'll be in HK this week! I'm looking for a cheap hostel to stay for about 3 days and 250Php is definitely what I need because of budget.

I know Chungking mansions are getting a bad rep and I'm not too sure about Mirador too. I hope to experience "HK" this time as I'll have more time to chillax compared to a jam-packed itinerary last time.

Just wanted to ask when you were there... did it feel safe and secure? I don't want to end up having issues with gadgets when I leave my things there.

Thanks for visiting my site!

ihcahieh said...

Hi Ed, clarification lang it's HK$250 pero mura na rin yun di ba? Safe naman sa Guangzhou pero maliit talaga yung room. 5 days ako dun wala namang nawalang gamit or anything. Yun nga lang kapag puno na yung isang guesthouse or walang vacancy they tend to transfer you to another one within the building, although hindi naman nangyari sa akin yun. =)

Ed said...

oops. mali pala ako. hehe. will try to find cheaper costs na lang doon. but will check lang talaga the mansion para sa experience. mukhang masaya na maraming nationalities sa iisang building. hehe.

thanks again!

ihcahieh said...

Mas masaya yung mga dorm types, daming nakikilalang new friends! Given na anti-social na ko ng lagay na to, lol. Yung Filipina na ka dorm ko dito sa Augusters sa Macau may nakuha raw siya sa may bandang East Tsim Sha Tsui around HK$50 lang daw pero malinis pero maliit lang din. Sa Mirador ang dami namang guesthouse dun nakalista sa may elevator so di rin mahirap maghanap.


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