For our Hong Kong trip, we stayed at an Airbnb apartment in Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. We like it here because of familiarity, over the years, we stayed at Taisan Guesthouse but because we needed a bigger room with a lesser budget, we tried looking at Airbnb for a flat that fits our budget. We will be staying for 7 days that’s why we need to follow a stricter budget for accommodation and allot the savings for food and shopping.
My requirements when I searched for our place is that it should be near an MTR station, located in TST, and room should have a window with a street view. I remembered our Roomorama apartment in Causeway Bay before which has a window but the view is blocked by a building. I found this listing that fits our needs, TST MTR COZY Apartment
What made me decide to get this apartment:
- LOCATION. It’s along Granville Road. This road has a lot of shops already. Sasa is just 2 buildings away from the apartment, Lung Shing which sells beauty products cheaper than Bonjour and Sasa is just down the road. Cotton On which has 3 floors and closes at 11 pm is also located in Granville. If you ever got hungry, Starbucks, Yuen Kee, and Paisano’s Pizzeria is a few steps away. Oh, and The One mall is just in front, just cross the street. For the MTR, TST MTR Exit B1 is on the other side and it’s still near, around 5 minutes walk.
- AMENITIES. The apartment has a queen-sized bed unlike some guesthouses with only a double bed for their double room. It can even fit another person because it has a sofa bed. On the first night, Gwen slept on the sofa bed but since the queen-sized bed is more comfortable, she slept with us for the rest of our stay. We just sit at the sofa bed while watching YouTube videos on the Smart TV. Wifi is really fast you can binge watch on movies and videos online, while reaching out to a cold bottle of beer in the mini-fridge beside the bed. Buy your own drinks you know :p
- COMFORTABLE TOILET. If you’ve stayed at guesthouses in Hong Kong, you’ll know what a “shoilet” means. But with this apartment’s toilet, you won’t shower over the toilet. It’s still small and narrow but at least you can shower without bumping with other fixtures inside. The toilet still needs a facelift but the heater is working fine. The host also provided a lot of tissue paper, shampoo and soap is also provided but we used our own toiletries.
- COMMUNICATION. The host responds very fast at Airbnb so just ask away your concerns before making your final booking. His helper Anita fetched us at the MTR Exit on our arrival and led us to the apartment. They have really flexible check in and check out. On our arrival, we decided to go to Citygate outlet first and go to the apartment around 4 pm. I just communicated with the host through Viber that we’re on our way. Same goes with our departure, our flight is at night and he allowed us to stay until 4 pm even though check out time is at 12 noon.
The apartment is located on the 4th Floor of Kwun Fai Building, you might be put off with the facade and the narrow stairs that leads to an old elevator.
At the first floor, there is a “love shop” and just beside the apartment is a “spa”. But it’s not much of a bother and that didn’t stop us from having a comfortable stay.
For our 7 days stay, I paid around Php 21,000, that includes the cleaning and fee and charges from Airbnb.
If you’re looking for an Airbnb place in Hong Kong, check out the other listings of my host, they have a number of positive reviews. If you liked my review and convinced you to try Airbnb, please sign up with my referral link, www.airbnb.com/c/bsiazon?s=8 for you to get Php 1,172 credits. I will also get Php 1,172 when you sign up.