Ibis Central and Sheung Wan Hong Kong
Ibis Central and Sheung Wan Hong Kong is the dark blue H1 route
Catch the H1 western to stop 10. The bus system announces, in English, the names of the hotels.
The bus drops you at the doors of the Ibis Central and Sheung Wan Hong Kong
You enter through the glass doors to a marble and tiled elevator lobby area.
So far we were impressed with the look and cleanliness
Drop your luggage on a free luggage trolley and take the elevator to floor 5 reception.
I had pre booked through their website, as they had a price match guarantee to the other booking sites.
A lovely gentleman named Woody booked us in. We were very early as our flight arrived at 6am. As checkout isn’t until 12pm and they were full the previous night ,there wasn’t any rooms available when we arrived at 7.15am
(It only took an hour and fifteen minutes from sitting on the plane to being at hotel check in, including customs and immigration)
The hotel minded our suitcases for free in a secure locked room. We had a cup of coffee in the coffee shop inside the hotel, but we could have had one in the Starbucks next to the front door at street level
We returned to lobby, handed in our luggage chit and while they retrieved our luggage another staff member gave us our room keys. The whole process took less than 5 minutes.
I have never been checked in with such speed and efficiency.
We took the elevator to the 15th floor, we had to put our room key in the slot in the elevator to access our floor.
The hotel is scrupulously clean, I was pleasantly surprised with the public spaces and our room.
We were in room 1505.
We had a view over the city looking up Queens rd, Des Voeux Road West and the harbour, through the large corner windows.(The green colour is the coloured panels on the outside of the hotel -see the view from the street by the tram stop picture below)
Rooms in Hong Kong are notoriously small. I have seen rooms that the double bed touched 3 walls.
This room wasn’t huge by western standards but was more than adequate for our needs.
A shelf / desk ran along the wall in front of the window, our suitcases stood under this shelf.
The bathroom had complimentary teeth cleaning kit, a shampoo body wash in the shower and a hairdryer.
A multi height shower with plenty of hot water was in the corner
The bathroom was very clean and the towels were thick and thirsty.
We had twin beds.
Hong Kong beds, in fact most Asian beds, are always a little on the firm / hard side unless you choose 5 star hotels that only cater to tender westerners. Some cheap hotels in Asia can be nothing more than a mat on a wood base.
The beds in the Ibis Central and Sheung Wan Hong Kong were firm but still comfortable, and we had no problem sleeping on them at all.
There was a TV showing a few English language channels.
Being on the 15th floor we had no disturbance from road noise , in fact it was a very peaceful night sleep
As I said previously I was surprised at how thoroughly clean and well presented it was.
Breakfast isn’t included in the price but there is two choices on site to eat at reasonable prices, or a Starbucks downstairs.
The location on Hong Kong island suited us perfectly.
Transport was easy.
After arriving by the airport express train and free shuttle mini bus, we could take a tram from the Queen st station about 50 feet away or walk to Sheung Wan MTR station about 5 minutes walk away, or walk to Central or Hong Kong MTR stations about 15 minutes walk.
The Macau ferry is 5 minutes walk, the famous Star Ferry to Kowloon is 15 minutes walk.
Food is plentiful nearby. If you cant live without your English food there is even a ‘Marks and Spencer’s food’ in the Sheung Wan shopping centre 10 minutes walk from the Ibis Central and Sheung Wan Hong Kong. There is a Starbucks at street level of the hotel.
Its a pleasant walk to Man Mo temple following Hollywood Rd. You can walk to the cable car station for the Peak. You can catch the bus nearby for Stanley. Over all it is a great location
There are cheaper hotels Hong Kong but in Hong Kong you really do get what you pay for.
I think the Ibis Central and Sheung Wan Hong Kong hotel is great value for money for a stay in Hong Kong.
Ibis Central and Sheung Wan Hong Kong 28 Des Voeux Road West Sheung Wan
Disclosure: We stayed for one night at the Ibis Central and Sheung Wan Hong Kong, at our own expense and choice, while on assignment for a cruise company.We did not forewarn Ibis Central and Sheung Wan Hong Kong Hotel of this opinion piece. All opinions are completely our own.