I took the afternoon off from work and travelled to Gold Coast from Central via Citybus route 962B. The trip took around 45 minutes. There were heavy rains in Hong Kong that time. We got off at stop number 33 (Hong Kong Gold Coast) outside the 'Gold Coast Marina Magic Shopping Mall'. The area looked nice, with a sort of resort feel, however the weather was so bad. There was also a boat show at the nearby yacht club that time but, again, it seemed not a good time to visit.
From the shopping mall, we walked to the hotel through a pathway where frogs were feasting on moths under the rain. Although the hotel doorman held the door open for us, we did not hear any greeting—in English, Cantonese, Mandarin or otherwise.
Checking in was okay but we were not shown to our room. In fact, we got a bit lost in finding it. The receptionist said that he 'upgraded' our room with one that has a balcony but I did not see anything special with it. I mean, why would we want a balcony if it's raining outside and there are moths waiting to get in? What would have been nice was a room with a view, but the view that we got was of the second-floor roof.
|The 'view' from our hotel room balcony|
The room was just the right size—not as small as other standard hotel rooms in Hong Kong. The bathroom was spacious and clean. However, we could hear the noise from the other guests. Not that the hotel's soundproofing wasn't good, but because those other guests were yelling in the hallway.
We would've had dinner at one of the restaurants in the hotel but we didn't want to dine in the company of ill-mannered guests. So instead, we went out to the nearby mall, had dinner there and bought snacks to bring with us to our hotel room. The following day, however, we had breakfast at the hotel and, again, we had a bit of trouble in finding the restaurant because there were no helpful staff around to ask. Good thing that the food was okay and the ill-mannered guests were not around.
After breakfast, the weather started to improve so we took a walk around the area. We went to Golden Beach then walked to the Gold Coast Dolphin Square, passing by views of the marina. Elderly tourists from the mainland were also walking with their groups. Residents were taking their morning jog.
|Hong Kong Gold Coast Dolphin Square|
When we came back to the hotel, we reserved seats for the shuttle that would take us to the city after we check out at 11 am. To our surprise, the hotel shuttle was not complimentary—we had to pay HKD10 each. The other choice was to take the public bus but we would have to walk for half a kilometre to the bus stop. Besides, the public bus might be a bit more expensive, depending on where you are going. We decided to just take the shuttle.
We just stayed at the hotel while waiting for the shuttle. Checking out was quick but the receptionist did not issue a receipt nor showed any hint of hospitality towards us and the other guests. There were no smiles nor thanks for staying at their hotel. Would we recommend this hotel to others? Let's just say that there are a lot of other better hotels in Hong Kong but if you're looking to stay at a resort specifically, Hong Kong is not really the place to go to.