As you may notice in my previous blog entries, I am a huge fan of Shangrila hotels and resorts! My recent stay in Shangrila Mactan sealed my loyalty to the chain as they always exceed my expectations. I originally booked my hotel somewhere in Wanchai but switched to Kowloon Shangrila at the last minute. With a perfect location in Tsim Sha Tsui East and ultra spacious rooms compared to Hong Kong standards, I can say that Kowloon Shangrila is definitely the best value 5 star hotel in the city.
Kowloon Shangrila Hotel – Tsim Sha Tsui Location
I was ecstatic when I entered my room as it’s exactly what I requested in advance. Non-smoking, two huge beds with a lovely partial harbour view. The deluxe room is very cozy and spotlessly clean. I find the bathroom very practical with a rain shower instead of bathtub. The room size is quite generous at 42 sqm, double the size of typical Hong Kong room. Where else in Hong Kong can you find this room size? I will definitely be back!
The Horizon Club Lounge
Fruits served during afternoons.
Here’s my favorite salmon sandwich.
Evening canapes – orange fish eggs over pan fried scallops, pork bun, fried dumpling, and sushi.
Smoked salmon with crakers.
Fantastic Hong Kong evening skyline view from the Kowloon Shangrila Horizon Club Lounge.
Kowloon Shangrila Room Tips
Day Time view from Kowloon Shangrila Deluxe Room – Partial Harbour View
Night Time view from Kowloon Shangrila Deluxe Room – Partial Harbour View
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Lunch at Chao Zhou Restaurant
Since we arrived at almost past noon time, our first agenda in our Hong Kong is to find gastronomic Cantonese food to fill our hungry tummies. We explored the surrounding area of Kowloon Shangri-la and found that there are a quite a number of high-end restaurants in the nearby buildings. Since we are looking for an authentic hole in the wall Cantonese restaurant, we followed where the workers normally eat and found Chao Zhou Restaurant tucked in the basement of the building across.
The facade of the restaurant is very unassuming but their beef rice is to die for. The food in Chao Zhou is cheap given the huge servings. Prepare to spend HKD 35 to HKD 60 (USD 4.50 to USD 8.00) per person. You can find a more detailed review of Chao Zhou Restaurant in my Hong Kong Food Trip blog series as part of Cheap Eats.
After a very satisfying meal in Chao Zhou Restaurant, we walked for about 10 minutes to reach the most famous street in Hong Kong which is Nathan Road. This is the major shopping street in Hong Kong selling all kinds of stuff from clothing, medicines to electronics. Since it is not our intent to do shopping in Hong Kong, we just window shopped. For me, Nathan Road is too crowded with people, endlessly busy from day to night. Despite of the maddening crowd, I still like this street as this showcases the real Hong Kong.
From small clothing shops…
to big clothing shops like H&M and Giordano…
to Sasa beauty stores…all can be found along Nathan Road.
Dinner at Aberdeen Fishball and Noodle Restaurant
We explored Nathan Road and its nearby side streets for the whole afternoon. While passing along Humpreys Avenue, one restaurant caught our eye due to its retro look. Since we saw a lot of people inside, we decided to have our dinner in Aberdeen Fishball and Noodle Restaurant. This restaurant is much more expensive than Chao Zhou so be prepared to spend HKD 120 – 150 per person (USD 16 – 20 per person). Be sure to order their Peking duck!
You can find a more detailed review of Aberdeen Fishball Restaurant in my Hong Kong Food Trip blog series as part of Mid-range Dining.
- Hong Kong Travel Itinerary 4D/3N
- Hong Kong Day 1: Hong Kong Airport Arrival and Airport A21 Bus to Tsim Sha Tsui
- Hong Kong Day 1: Kowloon Shangrila Hotel, Chao Zhou Restaurant, Nathan Road, Aberdeen Fishball and Noodle Restaurant
- Hong Kong Day 2: Octopus Card, Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Avenue of Stars
- Hong Kong Day 2: Star Ferry and Rickshaw Double Decker Bus
- Hong Kong Day 2: The Peak and Mak’s Noodle House
- Hong Kong Day 3: Hong Kong Museum of History, Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant
- Hong Kong Day 3: Kowloon Park, Spring Deer Restaurant, Symphony of Lights and Avenue of Stars
- Hong Kong Day 4: Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden, Shang Palace, Airport Express from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Airport
- Hong Kong Food Trip – Cafe Kool and Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangrila (Part 1 of 3 – Food Splurge)
- Hong Kong Food Trip – Aberdeen Restaurant, Spring Deer, Chuk Yuen (Part 2 of 3 – Mid Range Dining)
- Hong Kong Food Trip – Mak’s Noodle, Yoshinoya, Chao Zhou, Kai Kee Noodles (Part 3 of 3 – Cheap Eats)
- Macau 3D/3N Itinerary using Free Bus Transfers
- Macau Day 1: Macau Arrival and Venetian Macau
- Macau Day 2: Senado Square and Saint Paul Ruins
- Macau Day 2: Solmar and Wynn
- Macau Day 3: Sands Buffet, City of Dreams
- Macau Day 3: Exploring Venetian Hotel, Venetian at Night
- Macau Day 4: Venetian Check Out, Fat Siu Lau, MGM