About this listing
It is a quiet bedroom with a double bed, and a personal refrigerator, located just over 200 meters walking distance from the Tin Hau MTR Station's Exit A1. From my door...Hung Hom/TST is 10-15 minutes away and Central is 12 minutes away.
Your room is a simple 1-2 person room with a personal refrigerator, bed, chest, and a wardrobe. I always supply clean sheets, towels, and a cheery attitude. The wardrobe has ample room for your luggage, and the refrigerator is perfect for drinks/snacks. I can accommodate an extra person, if needed, but there is an extra charge.
Within 200 meters are the famous Hong Kong Tram and multiple bus routes that can take you to the Peak, TST, or New Territories. Great location - Only a very short walk to Victoria Park (tennis courts, swimming pool), Tin Hau MTR station, three bus stops including direct to airport, tram stop, huge range of food options, wet markets and supermarkets. Walking distance to Causeway Bay.
In addition, my home is very clean and renovated.
Why you should rent:
a. Flat is Newly renovated.
b. City view.
c. Bright, quiet, and airy.
d. Wonderful rooftop
e. Many restaurants within 30 second walk.
- No extra costs for towels
- I give you your own keys of the flat
- Free Wifi
- Convenient transportation
Please have a way for me to contact you, This makes the coordination the simplest. It is easiest to get an HK Sim, as SIMS are übercheap here in HK. Just stop off at a 7/11 and grab one( under HK$100 or cheaper) for all that you will need. This makes it easy for us to stay in touch, if needed
***Yes I am pushing convenience as a factor, as everything is convenient to this location.***
You are sharing an apartment with me, and you do have your own private bedroom. You also have access to the rooftop to watch the birds and Sunsets. Since there is a grocery very close, you can save money by using the very large by HK standards kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
I always try to help my guests/friends find the other side of HK. The one without the big buildings, the one with green, and sea, and birds!! If you want to know more details it is best to ask. I am rarely at home, mostly to sleep, and occasionally eat. Other than that, I lead a very active lifestyle.
At the street level below my home are multiple restaurants, dessert stores, fruit sellers, meat vendors, and convenience stores. Tin Hau/Tai Hang is known for being the place to find a wide variety of food, which would explain the multiple BMW's, Audi's, Ferrari's, etc. always parked during the evenings.
Around Tin Hau/Tai Hang:
Large choice of restaurants: Chinese, Japanese Ramen or Sushi, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Korean, Italian, Fast-food, Café (Local or 3 different Starbucks, and a Pacific Coffee), Sweets
Grocery: 7/11 (45 seconds), Supermarkets (Wellcome or International) (1 min)
Others: Massage (1 min), Drug store (1 min), Laundry shop (3 min), Victoria park (3 min), Swimming pool (2 min), Basketball (3 min)
In the case that you have an evening departure flight:
Please note that you can check in your luggage at anytime during the same day as your flight at the Hong Kong Station Airport Express, which is only a 5 minute taxi or bus ride from the apartment. That way you would be free to explore the city on your last day, not having to worry about your luggage or rushing to the airport since you have already checked in, you will not have to be at the airport as early as everyone else.
All airlines flying from Hong Kong airport offer In Town check in, EXCEPT the following:
Jetstar Asia Airlines
Are you arriving by plane? or train?
I am normally out of the house but always make arrangements to get you in and settled. There is a chance I could be home when you arrive... Otherwise I am out doing all of the outdoor things that HK has to offer.
Here & Away:
- Airport 60 min by direct Bus A11, E11 (HK$22) ,or MTR (HK$100 - 30 min via Airport Express then Island Line), Taxi (45 minutes - HK$300)
- About 3 min walk from Tin Hau MTR Station
- To shop: 10 minute walk or 1 station to Causeway Bay/Times Square
- To party/visit: 2 stations (10 min) to Wan Chai, 4 MTR stations (15 min) to Central/Financial District (Lan Kwai Fong, SOHO)
Bus & Tram stations downstairs and 100 meters
-30 minutes by bus to The Peak (B15)
-3 stations (15 min) to Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Other Things to Note
Also when you arrive...
Once you arrive in Hong Kong, everything is quite simple and all starts with a call from the FREE phones at the airport located in the hall immediately after you pass through baggage customs. There is also a Visitors Center there if you would like to pick up some maps, local travel guides, etc. to read on your way to the apartment. If you need a local SIM card, there is a 7-11 in the middle section of the main arrival hall where they see all types of SIM cards, I usually prefer the PCCW brand as it is the largest local operator.
If you're staying for more than a few days, consider buying an Octopus stored-value card , it is used at almost all convenience food places like 7/11, McD, etc. You won't need cash to carry most of the time, just an OCTOPUS card. Buy it at the MTR station. it is not only a travel card but it is also a NFC debit card. It can be used to pay for the MTR, buses, minibuses, trams and ferries and you can also buy things at 7-11 or Welcome grocery stores with them. The cards are available at service counters at any MTR station. The minimum price is HK$100 plus a HK$50 deposit (refundable when you leave Hong Kong, minus a HK$9 service charge). For travel, simply swipe the card on the unmissable yellow Octopus pad, and the fare is automatically deducted. Airport Express travel pass cards are HK$220 for a single Airport Express journey plus three days' unlimited travel on the MTR, or pay HK$300 for two Airport Express trips plus three days' MTR travel.
DO NOT RELY on FREE WIFI outside my Home. Hong Kong has a number of Wifi Spots, of which SOME are free, but you still need an HK PHONE NUMBER to activate the free service. Get a SIM, your life will be easier.
For more information please check the wikitravel page for Hong Kong
I don't expect much from my guests other than realizing that this is my home. I don't smoke and expect my guests not to smoke either. Please be neat and tidy. Over all, I hope to make your stay in Hong Kong enjoyable, and hopefully be able to recommend wonderful places to eat and visit. Also, please remember to turn off the AC when exiting the room.
Excellent. 4.5 stars. Recommending and definitely will stay there on my next trip to HK.
Gordon and Melissa were great. They were helpful, gave good tips and able to answer all my questions.
The only negative point which I forgot to mention is the lack of cleanliness. Working in 5* hotel does not make thing easy sometime.
Thanks again Gordon and Melissa.
Thanks for the suggestions Raphael. I guess I forgot to mention that Hong Kong uses salt water/sea water for the flushing systems. Occasionally, it the water can look a bit cloudy in the toilet if you aren't used to it. We have the tablets in the tank and normally they work, but there are times that nothing helps. We have a great way to conserve water this way (the only country to do it). But I am sure that it can look different to guests. Glad you had a good time at our place!
Gordon and Melissa were very friendly and welcoming! They made getting to their place and checking in very easy for me, so I had no issues locating the flat. The room was very cozy and I felt right at home there! I would definitely recommend staying with them if you have the chance. If I am ever in Hong Kong again I would love to have the chance to stay there again. Thank you for making my trip enjoyable!
Outstanding. Gordon and Melissa were as good as hosts can be. They helpful, kind and lots of fun. The apartment they have is in a great part of Hong Kong, close to the subway, restaurants and parks. I would go back in a heartbeat. If you're going to HK I would highly recommend Gordon.
Gordon and Melissa were wonderful host. This is definitely the most interesting homestay I ever did. It is a home where people lived in instead of a home converted hostel. I have stayed in many bnb and minsu in many different countries, but none felt like this. It is incredible how Gordon and Melissa conceptualise their airbnb. The amount of trust which they placed on their guest is remarkable too. It felt like I was just bunking over in a friend's house for a few days. Wished we had more time chatting (my bad.. I am always out early in the morning and back only late at night.. ) Hope to see you soon again. Cheers :)
Gordon&Melissa, thank you very much fou your kindness.
Many thanks to Gordon and Melissa for such great hospitality! I really enjoyed hanging out some the evenings and appreciated their advice as I planned my days. Getting to make a local connection with such interesting folks is Airbnb at its best! Convenient location near the Tin Hau MTR and clear communication also this a great stay. I recommend enthusiastically!
It's our first airbnb experience and I have to say it's amazingly great! Gordon and Melissa are very very nice people and really work hard to make everything perfect. Their apartment is really sweet and lovely that makes you feel like at your own home, and the location is great too. Very lovely.
About the Host, Gordon
"I am a lover, a dreamer, a believer of magic. I bought the copyrights on the fantasy of living happily ever after despite the monumental efforts of the real world to protect me from myself. I have taken every chance I have had to wonder. Perhaps it was 'wonder why I do this' or 'wonder when lunch is' but mostly it has been taking a big bite of the juiciness and letting it dribble down my chin kind of wondering. I laugh longer, cry louder, and dream deeper than ever before in my life and I wouldn't exchange a bit of the pain for a day of life inside the lines."
I am an upbeat outgoing person, with a passion for Inline Skating , as well as, Snow/Water Skiing, working out, rock climbing, cycling,... anything keeping me active. There is always a little kid in me saying "Act your shoe size, not your age." Very passionate about things that I believe in, Always working to grow as a person and to learn to not take "life" for granted, I like to read books promoting self-awareness. I also love to cook, just lay around sometimes, or get outdoors and work up a sweat. I work to LIVE, not live to WORK - I define myself not by my job, but by what I get pleasure in. Living for the moment, I enjoy each breath of fresh air, and try to not take life too seriously.