Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun - Queens Road West, Best Western Hotel

Sheung Wan is a neighbourhood that borders Central to the West. It is part of the Central and Western district, and includes SoHo (that has a separate page). Sheung Wan is much grittier and more dirty then Central, except for the SoHo area. In Sheung Wan you find tall but cheap looking apartment buildings, fine highrise hotels, stores with dried fish and dried everything you can imagine, stray cats, food stores, Taiwanese stores, markets, fruit stands and cheap but generally good restaurants. The streets are very narrow and it smells fish everywhere. From Des Voeux Road you can easily take the tram to Central, in just about 15 minutes. To the West of Sheung Wan is Sai Ying Pun, a similar neighourhood, that is even more gritty and filled with small stores, stands and markets. Our first hotel, Best Western Harbour View, was sitauted just between the borders of these two neighbourhoods. You can read more about the hotel in some of the picturesbelow. Despite the gritty atmosphere, this area is generally very safe, even at night.

Sheung Wan; a hilly street near our hotel. Queens Road West near our hotel at the border of Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun. Sheung Wan is a neighbourhood that borders Central to the West. It is part of the Central and Western district. Sheung Wan is much grittier and more dirty then Central. In Sheung Wan you find tall but cheap looking apartment buildings, fine highrise hotels, stores with dried fish and dried everything you can think of, stray cats, food stores, Taiwanese stores, markets, fruit stands and cheap but generally good restaurants. The streets are very narrow and it smells fish everywhere. From Des Voeux Road you can easily take the tram to Central, in just 15 minutes. To the West of Sheung Wan is Sai Ying Pun, a smilar neighourhood. Our first hotel, Best Western, was sitauted just between the borders of these two neighbourhoods. Despite the gritty atmosphere, this area is generally very safe. Sheung Wan is a neighbourhood that borders Central to the West. It is part of the Central and Western district. Sheung Wan is much grittier and more dirty then Central. In Sheung Wan you find tall but cheap looking apartment buildings, fine highrise hotels, stores with dried fish and dried everything you can think of, stray cats, food stores, Taiwanese stores, markets, fruit stands and cheap but generally good restaurants. The streets are very narrow and it smells fish everywhere. From Des Voeux Road you can easily take the tram to Central, in just 15 minutes. To the West of Sheung Wan is Sai Ying Pun, a smilar neighourhood. Our first hotel, Best Western, was sitauted just between the borders of these two neighbourhoods. Despite the gritty atmosphere, this area is generally very safe. Sheung Wan highrises at Queens Road West, next to our hotel. Typical streetscape of Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun. Modern skyscraper in Sheung Wan, that could be seen from our hotel. Sheung Wan 08 Best Western Harbour View, our 38-storey hotel, seen from afar. Sheung Wan 10 The Westpoint is a 41-storey office skyscraper in Sai Ying Pon. It was built in 1999 and has a globe on the top, that is home to a private club. Des Voeux Road, Sai Ying Pon. Sheung Wan 12 Sheung Wan 13 Sheung Wan 14 The colourful Ibis Hotel at Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan. Sheung Wan 16 The colourful Ibis Hotel at Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan. Queens Road West, Sheung Wan, just outside our hotel. Sammy's Kitchen's neon sign was our landmark. Double decker at Queens Road West, Sheung Wan. There are many stray cats and cat's of store owners that live inside the stores of  Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan. Charming, but not the most hygienic feature since they also sometimes sleep on the dried food! Typical stores with dried food in Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan. Typical stores with dried food in Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan. Typical highrises of Sheung Wan. Typical dried food in Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun.Typical dried food in Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun. Connaught Road, Sheung Wan, towards Central. Foot massage and a beer could be needed after a long day of walking! Sheung Wan 27 Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan, towards the colourful Ibis Hotel. Typical double decked tram towards Central on Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan. Typical Taiwanese food from Sheung Wan. Shun Tak Centre, 38-storey towers from 1984, is situated in on Connaught Road in Sheung Wan, just at the border to Central. In complex you find offices, a shopping mall and the Macau ferry. Shun Tak Centre, 38-storey towers from 1984, is situated in on Connaught Road in Sheung Wan, just at the border to Central. In complex you find offices, a shopping mall and the Macau ferry. Sai Ying Pun elevated highway. Sai Ying Pun elevated highway. Hill Road/Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun. The area where the early British military stayed. Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun. Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun. Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun. This is how the build less expensive highrises in Hong Kong - with bamboo! Shueng Wan skyline.  Best Western Harbour View, the first hotel where we stayed. It is situated in Sai Ying Pun at the border to Sheung Wan (Western district), only a short bus or tram ride from Central, but a bit far from nearest metro station. Best Western is a 38-storey 4 star hotel, but the rooms feels more like 3 stars. Breakfast was included every day. The staff was friendly, and the prices were really good for being close to central HK. Our room was very, very small with the washstand inside the room because of lack of space in the toilet, but the views were amazing over the harbour and parts of Kowloon (though the haze limited the views). The beds were a bit hard, but ok, and there is a flatscreen TV on the wall.

The biggest minus was the really slow elevators, 3 elevators on 38 floors are way too less, especially since the lobby was situated on the 5th floor. The rooftop pool and viewing deck were also closed, a bit of a disappointment. The hotel is very new, it was built in 2012, but the interior feels very 70s with brown earth colours, cheap chandeliers and faked golden panels everywhere. Everything in the hotel, especially the lobby, seems to be built to make the impression of an expensive hotel, but it makes it look like a fake luxury hotel. Pretty charming in its own way I must say. The free breakfast was ok but not very special, it was a mix of Asian and Western food. The restaurant is situated on the 3rd floor with views of the busy Queens Road West. Sai Ying Pun is actually a bit more of "real" Hong Kong then Central, since it is much more gritty, and much dirtier then central HK, it smells fish everywhere, and there are small local stores with dried food everywhere. Opposite the hotel there is a 7 Eleven, a Taiwanese store and several Asian restaurants.. Last day we stayed at the Empire Hotel in Kowloon. Best Western Harbour View Hotel. We stayed at the Best Western Harbour View in Sai Ying Pun at the border to Sheung Wan (Western district), only a short bus or tram ride from Central, but a bit far from nearest metro station. Best Western is a 38-storey 4 star hotel, but the rooms feels more like 3 stars. Breakfast was included every day. The staff was friendly, and the prices were really good for being close to central HK. Our room was very, very small with the washstand inside the room because of lack of space in the toilet, but the views were amazing over the harbour and parts of Kowloon (though the haze limited the views). The beds were a bit hard, but ok, and there is a flatscreen TV on the wall.

The biggest minus was the really slow elevators, 3 elevators on 38 floors are way too less, especially since the lobby was situated on the 5th floor. The rooftop pool and viewing deck were also closed, a bit of a disappointment. The hotel is very new, it was built in 2012, but the interior feels very 70s with brown earth colours, cheap chandeliers and faked golden panels everywhere. Everything in the hotel, especially the lobby, seems to be built to make the impression of an expensive hotel, but it makes it look like a fake luxury hotel. Pretty charming in its own way I must say. The free breakfast was ok but not very special, it was a mix of Asian and Western food. The restaurant is situated on the 3rd floor with views of the busy Queens Road West. Sai Ying Pun is actually a bit more of "real" Hong Kong then Central, since it is much more gritty, and much dirtier then central HK, it smells fish everywhere, and there are small local stores with dried food everywhere. Opposite the hotel there is a 7 Eleven, a Taiwanese store and several Asian restaurants.. We stayed at the Best Western Harbour View in Sai Ying Pun at the border to Sheung Wan (Western district), only a short bus or tram ride from Central, but a bit far from nearest metro station. Best Western is a 38-storey 4 star hotel, but the rooms feels more like 3 stars. Breakfast was included every day. The staff was friendly, and the prices were really good for being close to central HK. Our room was very, very small with the washstand inside the room because of lack of space in the toilet, but the views were amazing over the harbour and parts of Kowloon (though the haze limited the views). The beds were a bit hard, but ok, and there is a flatscreen TV on the wall.

The biggest minus was the really slow elevators, 3 elevators on 38 floors are way too less, especially since the lobby was situated on the 5th floor. The rooftop pool and viewing deck were also closed, a bit of a disappointment. The hotel is very new, it was built in 2012, but the interior feels very 70s with brown earth colours, cheap chandeliers and faked golden panels everywhere. Everything in the hotel, especially the lobby, seems to be built to make the impression of an expensive hotel, but it makes it look like a fake luxury hotel. Pretty charming in its own way I must say. The free breakfast was ok but not very special, it was a mix of Asian and Western food. The restaurant is situated on the 3rd floor with views of the busy Queens Road West. Sai Ying Pun is actually a bit more of "real" Hong Kong then Central, since it is much more gritty, and much dirtier then central HK, it smells fish everywhere, and there are small local stores with dried food everywhere. Opposite the hotel there is a 7 Eleven, a Taiwanese store and several Asian restaurants.. Lobby, Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Lobby, Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Lobby Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Elevator, Best Western Harbour View Hotel. The look fancy, but there were only 3 elevators for 38 floors, so sometimes we had to wait for a long time just to get up or down! Elevator roof, Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Our tiny room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel had great views of the harbour on clear days. Our tiny room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Breakfast room, Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Best Western Harbour View Hotel 15 Best Western Harbour View Hotel 16 Best Western Harbour View Hotel 17 Best Western Harbour View Hotel 18 Best Western Harbour View Hotel, entrance at night. 118 Connaught Road West, a 40-storey skyscraper from 1994, seen from Best Western Harbour View Hotel. View from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Highrise under construction from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. View from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. View from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. View from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Kowloon from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. 118 Connaught Road West, a 40-storey skyscraper from 1994, seen from Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Victoria Harbour from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Sheung Wan and Mid-Levels from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Sai Ying Pun skyline with the Westpoint Tower to the right from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. View of tall apartment skyscrapers from Best Western Harbour View Hotel. View from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. View from the breakfast restaurant at the Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Kowloon from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Part of Central and Sheung Wan from Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Macau ferry seen from our room at the Best Western Harbour View Hotel.View from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. View from our room at Best Western Harbour View Hotel. Night view of Sheung Wan from the hotel. lightbox gallery zoomby VisualLightBox.com v6.1