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This apartment was in a great location within Mong Kok with easy access either on foot or by train to most locations we wanted to visit in and around Hong Kong on all 3 islands. The apartment was clean and had all the amenities we needed. However, wifi was promised and this was one of the reasons we picked this place to stay. When we got there we had trouble getting into the building and then no wifi for the duration of our stay. We wanted to plan our days and needed this. Unfortunately we had to go to starbucks every day, which thankfully was across the road. But still this was not how we wanted to spend our time in Hong Kong.
This review will be positive and negative so bear with me.
The apartment building itself is quite old and run down, exposed electrical wiring, building security gate keypad decided not to work half way through and for the remainder of our stay and locked us out. The first time it happened we assumed the third key on our key ring was for the bedroom door so at that stage did not try it on the gate lock. We had to buzz some random room at midnight to be let in. I deduct no stars for this because it is out of the hosts control.
It is probably worth making it clear in the description that while on the 5th floor there is no elevator. Which I knew by reading someone's complaint in the reviews. For this reason I think the room unsuited for some if you don't wish to carry your luggage up five levels of stairs. Again as I knew this prior to booking I deduct no stars, but I would suggest making it clearer in description for others.
The internet stopped working half way through our 13 day stay and remained not working for the remainder, over a week. When I told Erica she said she phoned the internet provider. I don't think it was an internet provider problem, nowhere in the world does an internet company cease functioning for more than 24 hours, there would be riots! I would not be surprised if it was due to shoddy wiring in the building. The only other thing I could think of was an unpaid bill, though I will not accuse her of that.
Erica offered to set her phone as a wifi hotspot, though that is not a solution as on the rare occasion when she (email hidden) she was already in bed and when we were there she was out.
I genuinely do not want to because Erica was a nice person but I must deduct stars for no internet and little done to try to fix it.
The apartment itself is good and clean as seen in the photos. The location is good. Erica is friendly.
I had a great stay at Erica's place in Hongkong. Her apartment was the perfect place to come home to, after a long day out in the vibrant streets of Hongkong! Though Erica had a busy schedule she always found the time for a chat, to give advise where to find this and that. Thank you Erica!
Erica's apartment is roomy and well located to many tourist sites. Her instructions and information about the apartment, getting there, getting in and getting around were clear and helpful. She was "in residence" during my stay and we had a lovely conversation and glass of wine when we did cross paths.
Comfy bed and warm shower. Convenient to restaurants, shopping, MTR. I would highly recommend staying there.
Thank you Erica.
Great location, easy to get everywhere. Information provided by Erica was thorough and useful , so no problems finding the apartment or travelling around the area. Erica is a friendly and cheerful hostess making it easy to share her apartment with her.
Glennis ( Maleny Qld Australia)
didn't meet with erica but we communicated over SMS and (website hidden) was nice and spacious. very good location as advertised with many services and local attractions nearby. yes there is no lift but that should be expected in this part of hk. it's a bit hidden so getting there might be difficult. she also provided a list of places to visit.
The stay with Erica in Mong Kok was great. We arrived earlier than we expected, but checking in early was not a problem. We didn't see Erica much, but she was friendly, helpful and easygoing. The appartment was fine too, with a good bathroom, a little kitchen and we had our own little bedroom. We really liked the neighboorhood too! I would definitely recommend it to friends.
Great place to stay in HK! Erica was super helpful and her recommendations, especially for various restaurants, made our trip much more enjoyable.
Erica was a very friendly host, full of suggestions and very easy to talk to. The apartment was well-furnished, clean and conveniently located.
If you'd enjoy leisurely days "By The Sea, By The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea," living comfortably at Erica's beach house, ...
If you'd appreciate the lullabies of sweet dreams, whispering in gentle waves, rolling and lapping ashore at Erica's beach house, ...
If you'd venture to cross the footbridge at the very end of Shek O Village, climb up the breath-taking picture-perfect islet called Tai Tau Chau -- little known and not far from Erica's beach house, ...
Or, if you are challenged to hike the trails of Shek O Country Park, watching your footsteps on Dragon's Back, sighting paragliders flying with the birds, relaxing to behold the stunning panorama of towns and villages below, including Erica's place, ...
If you'd watch the alluring sunsets that usher in sky-lit nights of fresh breezes all along the shorelines of Erica's beach haven, you'd also feel my favourite Scouting hymn of long time since:
"Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.
Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh."
Erica was a lovely and an easy going guest. Although it was short stay she was active and entertaining. It was my pleasure hosting her and I enjoyed conversations with her. Erica kept our place very tidy. I look forward to meeting her again in Seoul. Erica, beautiful mountains of Seoul are waiting for you.^^
We enjoyed having Erica stay with us very much. She is a great house guest who is considerate, communicative, easy-going, and fun to talk to. We'd love to have her stay with us again.
Erica stayed with is during December 2013 for merely a couple of days and yet filled the house with a good deal of laughter!
Erica, an airbnb host herself, showed a great deal of appreciation for Viethouse Hanoi and it was a pleasure to maker her stay as memorable as possible during this short time!
We would gladly welcome her back and highly recommend her as a wonderful guest!
It was a great pleasure to meet Erica and have staying at our flat :-)
Erica Young stayed with us during the International Inventers Exhibition. Her Exhibit won a Gold medal for its category! I found Erica a very pleasant person.
She has wide knowledge of what she is doing. She born in the US and living in Hong Kong for last 5 years, she has correct blend of character which any one can like. We enjoyed having (email hidden).
Erica is an excellent guest, nice, intelligent, 100% reliable, altruistic and cheerful. What more this world needs!
Erica stayed just 1 night with us, because she just needed one night. :-)
Hope to meet her again in Shanghai for a longer stay.
Erica was so easy to host, she's a host herself and knows the ropes. She's communicative, trustworthy, interesting to talk with, and left the Suit as she found it. Anyone would be happy the had the opportunity to host Erica.
Erica is a delightful guest. Her energy is contagious. She is the kind of person who you feel you know upon meeting her; friendly, doing interesting things with her life, and a perfect guest. I would welcome her back anytime.
Erica is full of energy and love for life. Spending time with her never fails to lift my spirits! She is tremendously knowledgeable about the best places to see and food to eat here in Hong Kong. She i also a fabulous dancer! ;) I've stayed at both her Hong Kong rentals before (Mongkok and Shek-O) and was super impressed by the artistic decor and superb locations!
Erica's apartment feels very cozy, she has a love for details and that translates into a nice atmosphere in the apartment. She is a master in making ppl feel at home and hostget togethers! Chapeau for that. I really enjoy spending time at her flat. And her work is pretty exciting! whom else do you know, who designs a robot!