About This Listing
Nestled in the heart of Central. An Oasis. Stunning view of modern architecture & greenery of HK Park. Walking distance to CBD, IFC, Admiralty, Peak Tram, Lan Kwai Fong, further beyond SoHo, PMQ, or Exhibition & Convention Centre in Wan Chai
This is a colonial walk up building. There is no lift. I'm on the 3rd floor. We will help to carry your luggage upstairs and downstairs, if we are available.
The apartment is 1,400 s.f. with 3 bedrooms and a balcony. The balcony opens to an expansive view of the park and the Victoria Harbour. Your breakfast will be served at the balcony with cockatoos chirping .
I offer one bedroom with a queen size bed. The room is about 100 s.f. with a separate bathroom. It is air-conditioned. Sometimes, I may offer the en-suite with its own bathroom. It depends on the availability.
It is important you understand this is a HOMESTAY accommodation. I live here too. We will share this cozy space together. My guest will have access to the living room, and the balcony. You can watch the TV in the living room. I have two wi-fi internet connections. You are welcome to borrow my guidebooks or other reading materials. You can use the fridge. There is a charge for laundry service by my housekeeper at US$5 per load. You can also use the office equipment. There will be a charge for printing documents of more than 5 pages.
Interaction with Guests
I'm an art consultant, a leisure painter, art student and a tennis player. I travel a lot. I have a very busy schedule. However, I'll try my best to meet you and give you my best tips for sightseeing & chilling to enrich your local experience. If time permits, you are welcome to join me for art openings, sketching classes, foreign movies, hiking, bar crawling etc. Of course, it's best you have your plans ahead. My housekeeper has her own quarter. She has been with me for 7 years. She is very discreet & cheerful. She serves you a healthy continental breakfast and cleans your room daily.
The apartment locates in a prestigious area overlooks Hong Kong Park and across the Victoria Harbor. The colonial history is in the neighborhood: the Governor's House, St. John's Cathedral, Helena May Building, and the Peak Tram Terminal. For hikers, tree lined Old Peak Road is your trail. It is 12 mins walk to Lan Kwai Fong, Escalator Walk, SoHo. 20 mins walk to Airport Express/IFC, Star Ferry. 5 mins walk to HSBC headquarter and the heart of the central business district. For international trade shows and Art Basel at the Exhibition and Convention Centre, it is approx 25 mins walk. Wan Chai former bar district, and the Computer Centre are also close by. This area is also the home to the U.S. and the British embassies, while the Chinese Foreign Office and the Offices of Former Chief Executives are metres away. It is the most convenient and ideal lodging for budget businessmen, and for travelers who want to chill in the hip places and crawl back home in the early wee hours to wake up and see birds and greenery.
Hong Kong Island cuts out from a rock. Be prepared to walk uphill and downhill a lot. Kowloon Peninsula is flat. Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world to walk alone on the streets for a man or a woman. Taxi fare from Central to Kennedy Road is US$5. For budget traveler, Central & Admiralty MTR stations are 15 min walking distance. There are also public big buses and mini buses almost to the door. You can also travel around in trams. It's an experience!
Other Things to Note
IMPORTANT: I have a dog who barks like any other dog when a stranger is at the door. just don't stand there waiting for her to stop. My advice is you come in immediately.
I respect religious freedom. However, my place will not cater for any special religious worship or practice. My building has only 9 units but live 8 different nationalities. Please conform to the consistent international dressing code for this neighborhood.
Be discreet. If you stain the bed sheets, please inform us. It will incur special cleaning service.
The collections of artwork, antiques and rare books are here for you to enjoy. Please be discreet and careful with them.
Please pack your own toiletries and personal care items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving kit, shampoo and body lotion etc.
You can bring visitors, however, no un-registered person is allowed to stay overnight. Please strictly observe this Rule. I don't want to spoil your fun.
I don't smoke, I preferred non-smoker. If you are a leisure smoker, please use the balcony ONLY.
NO excessive drinking, partying, & definitely no illegal drugs.
NO durian, kimchi, curry, preserved food, or exotic food from your country that will leave a distinctive smell in the room to be brought to the apartment. You may be asked to throw them out. Please understand It takes time to clear out the odour, please be considerate.
The apartment was very easy to find thanks to very clear instructions from Ka Kee- made to feel very welcome would definitely use again if I was in HK
I can't forget a wonderful experience in her house.Everything was so fabulous and totally surpassed my expectation such as great scenery from a window, well selected and perfectly organized interiors and artworks, very delicious breakfast and after all KaKee's kindness and excelent hospitality.
Her house is very conveniently located within walking distance from the neaest MRT station and also from the central district.
Next to her house, there is hongkong park and walking through the park is so refreshing and relaxing.
I will definately come back to KaKee's house in the near future.
Thank you so much
Ka Kee is a very responsible host. Without any question she send me very detailed information about how to find her apartment, how to get in and so on. As she was not at home in person, she instructed her lovely maid, to show me my room and the bathroom and how it works with the key.
The apartment itself is located in an older building. Luckily I had not so heavy luggage to carry to the third floor ( no elevator)... But even for this case, Ka Kee instructed me to let her know,so someone can come and help. The apartment is very clean and full of artwork. It feels like the apartment can tell a lot of interesting stories. You even have some artworks in the guest room, which is quiet spacious and furnished with a big bed and a desk. Ka Kee also put a lot of HK maps books,sightseeing guides on the desk....so well prepared for all newcomer.
The really big plus is the breakfast on the balcony with a breathtaking view over the HK park up to the financial district and the Victoria harbor.
I can highly recommend this apartment
Ka Kee is a very kind person and has been a wonderful host. She is a native Hong Kong resident and an almost unlimited source of helpful information and recommendations to explore the city. She helped turn my stay in Hong Kong into a unique experience. The room with private bathroom is very nice and having breakfast every morning on a balcony with a view of Hong Kong Park is unbeatable. Exploring the city from Ka Kee’s apartment is easy because it is located very central and there are also many bus stops in the vicinity. I would highly recommend a stay at this place to anyone interested in getting to know Hong Kong.
What a sweet experience. The location is perfect and good view to watch night scene of HK on the balcony.
About the Host, Ka Kee
I'm a local Chinese, but I'm more a global person due to my extensive travel and years of living abroad. I am an art consultant and the owner of Gallery of Objects. I paint, write and enjoy reading. I am knowledgeable with both ancient Chinese and local colonial history. I chose to become a host to meet people from all over the world. Meeting different people, learning their cultures, and listening to their life stories humble and enrich me. Similarly, I wish all my guests will take home with them a memorable home-stay experience and a better understanding of my culture and my part of the world. My favourite cities are New York, Melbourne, Istanbul, and Hong Kong. I'm a spiritual person. Every person that comes into my life has a very special reason and meaning, and I cherish this universal truth.
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There are exotic birds & orchids in the Botanical Garden. There are baboons & exotic animals in the Zoological Gardens. They are opposite the former Governor's House.
Bar Crawling! This is the bar scene in Hong Kong. Don't come home till 5 am! Halloween, Christmas, New Year.... it's party time 365 days!
This is the beginning of the Gallery Strip. The rejuvenated colonial Central Police Station is about to be opened in 2015. A new art hub for art lovers. This street is filled with hip restaurants.
Tamar Park is right outside the Central Government Offices. It offers spectacular view of both sides of the harbor. It is manicured with grass and dotted with sculptures. Great for photographers.
Hiking from No. 1 Old Peak Road to the Peak offers the view of luxurious living in HK. The tree lined trail is tranquil. Experience the potters carrying the Taipan uphill back in colonial days.
SoHo is also where the Escalator Walk is. It's the centre of bars, international restaurants and galleries. You will find people of all nationalities here having a good time here.
Wan Chai bar district was the former Red Light district which used to entertain the US marines during in the 1970s. Now, it's a bar district for all. Escape is a bar with a very good live band.
At Central Piers, you can catch ferries to all the outlying islands, such as Cheung Chau, Lamma Island, Lantau Island, Ping Chau, It's nice to spend a day and to relax on one of these islands.
The latest art hub in this rejuvenated colonial Police Married Quarters housed galleries of both renowned & up-and-coming artists. A meeting place for artists and avid artist lovers. Don't miss it!
Hong Kong Arts Centre is a small but interesting architecture on its own. There are 2 exhibition galleries. A cinema which runs foreign and artistic movies. There are frequent art performances.
Experience a ride of the Peak Tram cable car. The gradient is 70 degree The spectacular harbor view changes from day to night. 45 min. circular walk around Lugard Road is a Must. Get there early.
One of the longest standing bar-pub for over 2 decades. It serves food and entertains with nice live band.
Once an American who rode the ferry 11 times!! It must be magical although the harbor is getting narrower due to reclamation. Sit on the lower deck to be close to the water. Absorb the harbour view.
See the grannies shop in this interesting hustle & bustle traditional 'wet market'. Swimming fish, livestock, and fresh Chinese vegetables, or delicacies. Watch them bargaining, oh, snake soup too!
If you are a computer geek, or a digital maniac, this is 2-storey computer centre is where you will find the most up-to-date computers, androids, digital and electronic equipment and accessories.
This is the mecca of Hong Kong Art Basel. Christie's and Sotherby's also hosts their auction previews here. Come to Hong Kong in May for all the art activities, including Le French May.
The Gallery Strip which used to be the locale of most galleries in HK. Now, there are mixture of fusion restaurants, designer shops, antique shops, and, yes, galleries. Watch out for gallery weeks!
If you plan to go to Macau, the once laid back Portugese colonial, to try your luck in the casinos, this is where you should take your jet foil.
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You can watch the beautiful 8pm Light Show on both sides of the harbour by sitting along the public pier.
A Night at the Race. This is a wonderful cheap entertainment, watching exciting horse racing, sipping wine, and betting on your favourite horses. Entrance fee is HK$10.
Ping Pong. An artistic designed gin & tonic bar which also serves dinner.
My gallery of humanity, Ka Kee Gallery of Objects, an alternative art space.
High tea at The Lobby is highly recommended in this historic hotel built in 1928. An exciting feature menu of delicious delicacies.
Eslite Book Store occupies 40,000 s.f. space, 3 storeys inside Hyson Place. This is the largest book store in HK that sells both Chinese and English books. It also has cafe.
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