Formerly known as the Dorsett Olympic Hotel, the place has 141 rooms and is located on Anchor St at the northern end of Kowloon in the area known as Tai Kok Tsui. It’s well back from the main attraction of the Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour but close to Mong Kok which will please shoppers.
To their credit they run a free shuttle bus at regular intervals from morning through into the night. The shuttle bus is a modern 21 seater that stops off at the nearby MTR station, it also runs through to the Dorsett Seaview Hotel and to the airport.
Being located close to Mong Kok made it easy to visit all the nearby markets such as Temple st Market, the MongKok Computer Center for electronics, the Ladies Market and more. Plus it’s only a short trip in the taxi the harbor, or use the free shuttle bus and Hong Kongs excellent subway. The bonus from being a little way away from the action is that it’s not so noisy.
The staff at the front desk speak some english, and I booked via Hotel Club to get decent rates for my two night stay. They were very good rates as it turns out, the reception desk staff seemed almost a little shocked at the price, they definitely didn’t want to extend my stay later on at those rates!
It pays to book in advance where possible for accommodation in Hong Kong, as rates fluctuate continually, and can go up dramatically on weekends or if there’s a sudden influx of visitors and demand becomes high.
It’s also worth remembering that accommodation in Hong Kong, barring slack periods, can be comparable in price to western rates and it’s impossible to find the same extraordinary value that can be found in mainland China.
The Dorsett Kowloon Hotel is very clean and reasonably modern, the room was small but acceptable as most rooms in Hong Kong are tiny. It had air conditioning, small flat screen TV (only two channels were watchable), a comfortable bed (note: chinese like there mattresses hard, I’m starting to get used to it!), broadband internet (you have to pay extra), shower, wash basin and toilet. There was also a closet with a small safe.
The hotel has a small cafe which serves a reasonably priced breakfast featuring a small buffet with the usual toast, coffee, tea, cereal and some hot foods including dim sum, baked beans and bacon.
Nearby to the hotel is a McDonalds, a small local shopping complex with a seven eleven, a supermarket and some small retailers.
Chinese Address for the Dorsett Hotel Kowloon
Location Map – Dorsett Hotel Kowloon