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Old 11-09-2011, 02:31 AM   #91
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So is selling DLHK to DH really a phatter chance than selling a HK trip?
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:03 AM   #92
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Don't know what to say other than, perhaps booking trips before coffee on a whim is a good plan that way you can check out all the angles of when you're going and stuff! I'm sure you've said this to yourself! But it sounds like you have everything under control.

Just wait until you read the update I'm about to post on my TR!
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:32 AM   #93
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So is selling DLHK to DH really a phatter chance than selling a HK trip?
You know how I've been rolling with my ph-rasing on this PTR? (Work with me here)....

I would have thought that my chance of selling a DLHK trip to DH would have been buckleys to none. With the ph-rasing...this would equate to "*****leys to phone!"



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Don't know what to say other than, perhaps booking trips before coffee on a whim is a good plan that way you can check out all the angles of when you're going and stuff! I'm sure you've said this to yourself! But it sounds like you have everything under control.

Just wait until you read the update I'm about to post on my TR!

The good thing about this trip is that April 2012.....seems so far away!
I don't think the planning panic will set in until the other side of Christmas.....and only before coffee!
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:21 AM   #94
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Are you saying your DH doesn't see THROUGH the ph-raising......

Or maybe just like you mess with him when he misplaces something....
He messes with you making you go through all this to get to go somewhere in particular...



As for holidays....
I didn't have the holiday booked yet...but I went through the hassle of working my itinerary around Chinese new year when I went as THAT was when the deal was for/starting....because.....I ....was....going....one....way....or....another

But seriously. You have to avoid weekends and holidays. So I'm glad you can sort that
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:18 AM   #95
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Haven't gone to the link but just spotted this.....

Experienced hikers as young as 12 years old can now explore nature for FREE with Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Guided Hiking Tours featuring five themed trails. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the bare wonders and lush greens of Asia’s World City in the company of experienced local hikers. For more info on the trails and bookings, visit http://www.discoverhongkong.com/prom...ikingTours.pdf

It's only a free for now promo...
Bit just thought it might spark an idea...
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:27 AM   #96
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Hello I'm jumping in a little late (but better than never right).

Your pre-trip report is making me all excited because I'm going to Hong Kong in just over 2 weeks

Just some advice with the hotel discount, they do have an allocation that exhausts very quickly. I called up to book my accommodation while they had two different offers going on and both were unavailable as they were full. However I would recommend calling to book anyway as when I was online it was only sea view rooms at the Hollywood Hotel (which for two students is a little steep) however as I was speaking to the booking people someone cancelled their garden view room and she was able to slot us right in there.

The booking line is also quite helpful with the magic access cards (or whatever they are called now) as you need your access number to get the discount through online bookings but since we live in Australia they can't ship them here. If you call up they will set aside a card for you and apply the discount to your room. Also if you call you can pay in advance to take advantage of exchange rates.

Anyway can't wait for the next post in the series and if you have any questions just ask and I'll try to help since I've just gone through the whole booking adventure.
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Are you saying your DH doesn't see THROUGH the ph-raising......

Or maybe just like you mess with him when he misplaces something....
He messes with you making you go through all this to get to go somewhere in particular...
DH and I are actually quite excited about heading to HK. It is somewhere new for us.


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Haven't gone to the link but just spotted this.....

Experienced hikers as young as 12 years old can now explore nature for FREE with Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Guided Hiking Tours featuring five themed trails. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the bare wonders and lush greens of Asia’s World City in the company of experienced local hikers. For more info on the trails and bookings, visit http://www.discoverhongkong.com/prom...ikingTours.pdf

It's only a free for now promo...
Bit just thought it might spark an idea...

Thanks. DS is still 11, so he may not be welcomed on one of these. But I'll take inspiration!


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Hello I'm jumping in a little late (but better than never right).

Your pre-trip report is making me all excited because I'm going to Hong Kong in just over 2 weeks

Just some advice with the hotel discount, they do have an allocation that exhausts very quickly. I called up to book my accommodation while they had two different offers going on and both were unavailable as they were full. However I would recommend calling to book anyway as when I was online it was only sea view rooms at the Hollywood Hotel (which for two students is a little steep) however as I was speaking to the booking people someone cancelled their garden view room and she was able to slot us right in there.

The booking line is also quite helpful with the magic access cards (or whatever they are called now) as you need your access number to get the discount through online bookings but since we live in Australia they can't ship them here. If you call up they will set aside a card for you and apply the discount to your room. Also if you call you can pay in advance to take advantage of exchange rates.

Anyway can't wait for the next post in the series and if you have any questions just ask and I'll try to help since I've just gone through the whole booking adventure.
Hi Stacey! Welcome to the PTR and thanks for jumping in.

Yes....I'm hoping to sort out the Disney accommodation very very soon.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:25 PM   #98
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“Room Service? Send up a larger room.”…..Going with the ph-low; Groucho Marx style

“Room Service? Send up a larger room.”…..Going with the ph-low; Groucho Marx style


“Room Service? Send up a larger room.” Groucho Marx

Marx Brothers’ fans will recognize the Groucho Marx line from ‘A Night at the Opera’. If you’ve ever watched this movie, I think this line was uttered in the StateRoom scene where every man, his dog and his sheep were stowing away on the boat in a room way too small for that many people. You think it funny?


I think not! But then, I’m the one that has to live in that room!


I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks pulling in some internet time researching hotel accommodation in Hong Kong. Turns out, with more than 50,000 rooms available, I can’t seem to find any room that is “Value for Money”. And it would seem that room real estate in Hong Kong would rival that in New York city.

S-M-A-L-L and E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E. (No offence intended to any Nu Yoickers reading this.)

Heck! Right now, I’d settle for a room capable of sleeping 3 people without having to have the 3rd person sleep on an airbed on the floor!

By the way, for anyone interested, I resorted to TripAdvisor, Expedia, Virtual Tourist and Lonely Planet for researching rooms.
For the record, I looked at the following hotels:
  • Marco Polo
  • Langham Hotel
  • Harbour Grand Kowloon
  • Park Royal Hotel (Sha Tin)
  • Chi Residences
  • City View Hong Kong


So, I’ve turned to the ‘experts’ for some help. Afterall, my parents and the family TA have traveled together to Hong Kong AND shared a room as well. If they could find a hotel that sleeps 3, they must exist!


The experts have recommended the Harbour Plaza Metropolis. It’s rated 78 out of 312 Hong Kong hotels by Trip Advisor; 34 out of 243 hotels by Virtual Tourist and a score of 4.3 out of 5 on Expedia. Lonely Planet have yet to stay there.

Hey…at least it is rating in the sub ‘phat’-ties on Trip Advisor!


I’m checking with the family TA on this one….on strict instruction from she who must be obeyed. Yes, there is someone that outranks me….my mother!
My mother has asked that I chat with the family TA to see what rate she can get so that I can then compare it against the on-line price (and that includes the Disney hotel as well!).


If the price is right, I’m definitely going with the ph-low on this one. By the time we get there, I hope that I won’t be the one picking up the phone to room service with an order for a larger room!







ps. If there are any readers and lurkers out there that have gone to Hong Kong, feel ph-ree to post your favourite place on here. There is a distinct lack of information about where to stay in Hong Kong on the Dis. I know...I know....it is about HK Disneyland and we know all about the hotels there....but still. It is definitely time that we try to address this oversight for the rest of Hong Kong!
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:53 AM   #99
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Princess... I am so behind that I have no hope of reading everything. I can however write about where we stayed!

We stayed at Cosmo Hotel which was about $99 per night (I think! I have to check..) but that included breakfast and free wi-fi. It is in the Wan Chai area. A little away from everything but still within easy walking distance. ie not good for summer but great for other seasons. They have free frequent shuttles to the main attractions/main train stations and has great public transport right at their doorstep eg direct bus to The Peak, Stanley markets, etc.

Rooms are very small. You get discounts for staying longer and the best rates I got was emailing the hotel direct. It was cheaper than the hotels website. Don't ask me why/how.
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Hotels that dont accomodate three? WTH?
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Welcome to Asia and Europe.....
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I had no idea? I have travelled outside the us but never to Asia, so this will be first experience (visiting) thru your TR.
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Princess... I am so behind that I have no hope of reading everything. I can however write about where we stayed!

We stayed at Cosmo Hotel which was about $99 per night (I think! I have to check..) but that included breakfast and free wi-fi. It is in the Wan Chai area. A little away from everything but still within easy walking distance. ie not good for summer but great for other seasons. They have free frequent shuttles to the main attractions/main train stations and has great public transport right at their doorstep eg direct bus to The Peak, Stanley markets, etc.

Rooms are very small. You get discounts for staying longer and the best rates I got was emailing the hotel direct. It was cheaper than the hotels website. Don't ask me why/how.

Thanks. I looked at Wan Chai and Causeway but in the end I've gone with the ph-low.

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Yeah. The rooms are small. They fit a double/queen or two single beds. Don't be fooled by the pictures that make it seem like there are two beds in the room....there is; usually singles. The exception is the Disney hotels. Their rooms have two doubles.

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Going with the Ph-low: ‘Phat’nights at the Harbour Plaza Metropolis con’ph’irmed

Going with the Ph-low: ‘Phat’nights at the Harbour Plaza Metropolis con’ph’irmed



Well, I can confirm that we are staying 8 nights at the Harbour Plaza Metropolis in the Hung Hom area. This area is about 10 minutes walk away from Tsim Sha Tsui, which is the area that I consider to be the Times Square of Hong Kong. Looking at the location map, I think the Hung Hom MRT station is about 5 minutes walk away.


In the end, I decided it was easier to go with the ph-low and listen to the experts.


I think I am happy with this decision. Here’s why:

The price was the standard room is about $180 a night for the time of year that we’re going. Turns out April is peak season in Hong Kong, so we weren’t going to be getting any bargains for accommodation…unless we were prepared to wait and see what was available last minute. DH and I could have coped…but I wasn’t prepared to do that to my parents nor DS.

I got the TA friend to book the accommodation as she was also quoting about the same. The thing is – she has guaranteed a ph-ree upgrade to the 1-bedroom suite.
I'm not counting on a Harbour View...but I don't think this will matter too much to me. I will probably be able to find somewhere in the hotel to admire the view and to see if the night view is photo-worthy.


Time will only tell if I’ll be back with a TR post heading of “Groucho Marx – Eat your Heart out!”.


The TA friend and I also had a discussion about Disney accommodation. She definitely thinks that I’ll do better going direct. So, I’ll be doing that this weekend….after I double check my Disney Fuzzy Maths!


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Wow, can't believe I've just discovered this!! I did notice your ticker before, but not the PTR..!!!
It has been a long time since I was in HK - think the month after handover! But I do remember the small rooms. Good for you for getting the 1br suite - will make all the difference to you!
Love your photos of Halloween and the hay ride etc. You did well! I've been a bit slack on the photo front at the moment - but I hope to rectify that soon! Not time enough for the Hunt, though.
Keep up the good work - I will keep up with your PTR as well! Looking forward to hearing more!
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