The Best Hotel in Kowloon: The Royal Garden Hotel
When choosing where to stay in Hong Kong, there are so many beautiful hotels that you are spoilt for choice. The main criteria are what side of the harbour you want to be on, the Hong Kong Island side or the Kowloon side. I chose the Kowloon side simply because I wanted the view back over to the iconic skyline of Hong Kong, and so after doing my research, I booked the Royal Garden Hotel, based on great reviews and its close location to the waterfront.
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Royal Garden Bedrooms
We arrived after a 40-minute taxi ride from the airport and were quickly whisked through formalities for our three-night stay in Hong Kong before being shown to our twin bedroom. Our room was a decent size with comfortable beds and a working desk and side chair. The bathroom was well equipped with the usual amenities you would expect to find in a hotel of this standard.
The outlook we had wasn’t great as we overlooked the buildings and street below, but at night it was surprisingly quiet for such a busy city; I think the hotel must have invested in really good sound-proofing! You can, of course, pay a premium and have a room around the front of the hotel, which will allow you those incredible views over to Hong Kong island.
The hotel’s communal areas were very decadent, with glass lifts, plenty of greenery, and private balcony entrances to each room overlooking the main dining area. Both Asian and European taste buds were catered for at dinner and breakfast, with the morning buffet being fit for a king. There was so much choice from continental to curries, noodles and patisseries, which kept us going throughout most of the day.
There is a fantastic macaroon shop on the ground floor, and as it was Easter while we were here, my lovely husband arranged to have some delivered to our room. He wasn’t travelling with us and wanted us to have something sweet and decadent to eat over the Easter period.
After a day of wandering around Hong Kong, the reward of the rooftop pool was so inviting. We eagerly took the lift to the roof only to find that it was shut for maintenance and had been drained of water. We could only look on and imagine what it would have been like to use on a hot day with its panoramic views across Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island.
There was also a landscaped area and fountain on the roof. We stayed there for a while until the heat of the day just got too hot to handle, and we retired back to our air-conditioned room. I’m not a fan of air-conditioning as I find it sometimes feels too cold, but I must say that in Hong Kong it was just what the doctor ordered!
Who would enjoy this hotel? Anyone who enjoys luxury and wants a central location in Kowloon.
How did I book this hotel? Please follow this link to the Royal Garden via Trip Advisor.