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It was cheap, very conveniently placed, and the staff was friendly. It's a 2 minute walk to the MTR station and there's all sorts of food and sights to see in the immediate area. The facilities themselves left something to be desired. The wifi didn't work at night so I rented a wifi hotspot which didn't hold a charge very well and also didn't connect half the time, my locker in my room was broken (I reminded them twice and it still never got fixed so my valuables just stayed in my backpack the entire week), they have a ton of washers and dryers for the employees to use but only one for the guests. The guest washer and dryer is outside on a balcony, it's way over priced, and the elevator isn't easily accessible from the balcony.
I enjoyed the great service that was provided to me. Upon arrival we were greeted with an easy check-in and were walked directly to our rooms. We were also able to borrow a adapter for the outlets. Our rooms were cleaned daily and water, a microwave, and hot water dispenser were provided in the hallway. Towels, cups, toothbrushes, and soap were provided. There was also a fridge and safe. Room also had hot water for the bathroom and air conditioning! On our last day we were also able to leave our bags in the office. The staff gave us tips on places to visit and transportation as well. This is a great place to stay if you aren't looking for somewhere luxurious. We visited Hong Kong to sightsee, shop, and eat; not stay in our rooms. The location was also perfect. We were walking distance to the ferry, restaurants, train stations, and several shopping malls. Please do your research and view picture of the hallways before booking! Personally I did not mind the dirty and strange hallways because I pretty much only stayed in my room to sleep and preferred to spend my money on tours, shopping, and dim sum. The elevators were always crowded and slow but not much can be done to fix this because there are hundreds of people staying in the building. One of our rooms was a double room and we assumed it would be two beds but instead it was one double bed. Luckily we are good friends so it didn't really matter and we didn't even try to change that or complain. Just make sure you know exactly what you are booking!
Absolutely nothing! It was an utter nightmare! A very unpleasant experience. Not even the most hard up backpacker should have to suffer this. But then again, Chung King Mansions does have almost cult status and you have to be able to say you stayed there once in a lifetime. In fact, you need to stay somewhere like this once in a while so that you can appreciate decent hotels. However, within the tiny space, they had managed to fit a safe (on the ceiling!), a hair-dryer, and a TV (which didn't work) with remote control - and in effect I suppose it had an 'en-suite' bathroom, though it was about 1m sq and the whole space was in fact a shower that just happened to have a wc and a very tiny wash basin in it. Everything was soaked if you took a shower. Ah yes, there was one good thing - free wifi. The room was the size of a small, custom made bed; ie: the bed WAS the room! There was a space less than 1m sq to stand in, but if you stood there, it was not possible to open/close the door to the room. The bed was so short that we could not sleep with straight legs - and we're only average height! We were on the top (17th) floor with a questionable fire exit, so we found it difficult getting to sleep for fear of inadequate health and safety, and when we did, we had nightmares and 'death dreams'. The 'view' out of the window was the wall of the next block. Beware - some rooms in this place don't even have windows!! Outside in the corridor one set of coffee/tea making facilities (no milk) and a microwave were available for all (the many) rooms on that floor. There is a TINY bathroom inside the room - the shower runs over the wc and the sink is about as big as a breakfast bowl. The wc water tank had to be filled by us using the shower head, as it would not refill itself in the usual manner! We were supplied with some flip flops that looked like they'd already been worn by 500 people. There was one tiny lift servicing the 16th floor, but we had to walk up the last floor, because the lift didn't go to the top! Not only that, but for some odd reason the reception was on the 10th floor. The lift was often full and we had to wait ages for it to come back up to take us down. Getting in and out of the block was horrible because you had to get past a bunch of Indian 'hustlers' trying, very actively to sell you fake watches, handbags, or accommodation.