Hong Kong: Airport to Hotel, Check in Best Western Harbour View Hotel, Dinner McDonald’s

Our first day in Hong Kong was quite short because we landed in the evening, and we spent some time in the airport running some errands such as getting sim card, buying octopus card, and finding the bus stop for S1 bus. I have compiled the guides on things to do upon your arrival at HK airport to make your arrival smooth.

Based on Google Maps, the best way to travel from airport to my hotel at Best Western Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun is by taking direct bus A10, which cost $48. However, I felt that it’s expensive for me.

Google Maps second suggestion is:
1. Take S1 bus from airport to Tung Chung MTR (cost $3.50)
2. Take MTR from Tung Chung to Hong Kong (cost $21.90)
3. Take bus from Queen Victoria Street to Centre Street (cost $5.70)
Total cost is $31.10. I followed this route, which I regret later after I learn that when you take a bus in HK, you will pay the full fare until the end of bus route.

The BEST method for my situation is:
1. Take S1 bus from airport to Tung Chung MTR (cost $3.50)
2. Take MTR from Tung Chung to Sai Ying Pun (cost $21.90)
3. Walk to hotel
Total cost is $25.40.

PS: Google Maps doesn’t tell you the fare, you need to go to MTR website or bus website to check the fare. Scroll to the end for my tips and resources.

Google Maps suggestion to go from Hong Kong International Airport to Best Western Harbour View Hotel
Google Maps suggestion to go from Hong Kong International Airport to Best Western Harbour View Hotel. I followed this route but I regret taking the bus.
Hong Kong MTR Tung Chung
Hong Kong MTR cabin that we boarded from Tung Chung was apparently pretty empty in the evening

The check-in process was quite fuss free. Best Western Harbour View Hotel is a high-rise building of 38-storey. Our room was located at 20 over storey, the 3 lifts are barely enough, we always have to wait for long time for the lifts to arrive. The size of our Superior Mountain View room is typical of HK hotel room: SMALL! There wasn’t any table, only a wall mounted small wooden ledge. Mini fridge, kettle, and tea bags are on bay window. The thing I love most from the hotel is the view of busy traffic below. Talk about the view, I don’t see any mountain even though my room is mountain view, lol. I guess the mountain is blocked by the high-rise in front of the hotel.

Hong Kong Best Western Harbour View Hotel, Superior Mountain View
Interior of our Superior Mountain View room
Hong Kong Best Western Harbour View Hotel, Superior Mountain View
View of the road from our room

By the time we settled down, it was already quite late. Hence we went down to check what’s available nearby. There is a 7-11 which sells bento box meals, some Chinese restaurants and a McDonald’s. We decided to grab a fast meal from McDonald’s. The thrifty in me feel that the set meal with best value is McSpicy, so we bought that for our dinner. Along the road that we passed from hotel to McD, I noticed an old homeless man sleeping on the pedestrian walkway. It is a very sad situation. I just hope that some people in HK would step up to care for them.

Hong Kong 7-11 bento box
Bento Box from 7-11
McDonald's menu in Hong Kong
McDonald’s menu
Homeless man on the Queen's Road West road, Hong Kong
Homeless man on the Queen’s Road West road, just in front of our hotel. A very sad reality.

TIPS:

To check MTR Fare:
http://www.mtr.com.hk/archive/en/tickets/octopus_fare201506.pdf

Bus fare from airport:
http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/to-from-airport/bus_from_hkia.html

Bus Fare in HK for the geek in you:
http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routesearch.aspx?t=1463835905838&intLangID=1
http://www.kmb.hk/en/
http://www.newlantaobus.com/
http://www.lwb.hk/en/

To book for discounted room of Best Western Harbour View Hotel:
Visit Best Western Harbour View’s Agoda page here  (affiliate link)

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. It means I will receive a commission, at no extra cost to you. If you make any purchase through my links, you indirectly support me for my travel, thank you 🙂

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