Review: Royal Plaza Hotel Hong Kong

During my 10 day trip to Hong Kong, I stayed in a crazy four different places. The first place, an Airbnb, was fine and relatively cheap. However, the neighborhood was dead so I decided to move to the center of all the life: Kowloon (and as close to Mongkok as possible). First I stayed two nights at the Royal Plaza Hotel, then received one night complimentary at The Mira, before moving further away to the Pentahotel for my lasts few night. I’ll be posting about all three hotel experiences.


The Royal Plaza Hotel is one of the cheapest five star hotels I’ve ever seen in a metropolis so naturally, I was intrigued when I saw it on TripAdvisor. The rates start at $140 per night, which is a low rate for any hotel in Hong Kong. I ended up paying $155 per night, which was a fantastic deal to me.

I figured it would be an easy walk to the hotel from Mongkok station, which is part Hong Kong’s world famous metro. The problem was that all the signage pointed me one direction while my phone pointed me another. It turned out the metro signs were rotated – sucks I chose to trust those over my phone.

The Hong Kong Metro.

The Hong Kong Metro.

The map was rather confusing...

The map in the metro.

After walking around Mongkok, arguably the craziest and most neighborhood area in Hong Kong, for 45 minutes in 100% humidity with two suitcases, I finally found the mall which was connected to the hotel.

Mongkok, Hong Kong.

Mongkok, Hong Kong.

After walking around the mall, I still had no idea where the lobby was. It took another 15 minutes before I made it to the second floor of the hotel. From there I took the elevator down to the first floor and the lobby. An hour after getting off the metro, at 12:30pm, I had arrived!

The lobby was beautiful with a high ceiling and classic decor. However, it was crowded, and there were 15 people in front of me to check in who sort of merged with the line of people waiting to check out.

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It ended up taking a good 20 minutes to check in – not quite 5-star service yet.

One thing that drives me crazy is hotels with excessive paperwork. I signed three different papers, received at least six sheets of paper with miscellaneous information that I was supposed to keep and I saw additional piles of paper behind the desk. The employees were nice and courteous, but almost too much so. Personally, I would have preferred if they could cut the formalities and focus on improving efficiency.

Anyhow, soon enough I took my keys and headed to the elevator. I had asked for a good view from my room and was told that I could either have one king bed on a lower floor or two queens on the 13th floor. I chose the latter and only just realized the novelty of having stayed on the 13th floor – that’s a rare floor number in the west.

Leaving the lobby and heading to my room, I liked the look of the elevators and hallways. This aesthetic turned out to be common at all my Hong Kong hotels.

Roal Plaza Hotel corridors Roal Plaza Hotel corridors 2

The view when exiting the elevator was stunning!

Royal Plaza view

Upon entering the room, I noticed that there was a lot of wood detailing. Its dark color looked quite sleek with the dark grey finishes.

Royal Plaza hallway

There were large wardrobes all along the right wall along with a full body mirror. I was thrilled to see there was already an ironing board and iron in the closet – if only that was more common. The closet also contained some slippers, a safe box and some hangers.

Royal plaza closet 1 Royal plaza closet 2

To the left of the hallway was the bathroom. It was large and beautifully designed – probably my favorite part of the room.

Royal plaza bathroom

The sink was huge and stood on a relatively large bathroom counter. Next to that was a rather basic toilet.

Royal plaza sink Royal plaza toilet

There was a standard sized bathtub that doubled as a shower.

Royal plaza bathtub

All the toiletries were non-branded, but still great given that they provided a very impressive amount of them, and they were restocked every day.

Royal plaza toiletries

There is an electronic curtain that can be lowered or raised at the push of a button which exposes the bathtub/shower to the rest of the room. It gave an incredible sense of space when raised, making the entire room feel like it was part of the bathroom.

The bathroom is the curtain raised.

The bathroom with the curtain raised.

As for the two beds themselves, they were definitely big enough to comfortably sleep four people. The pillows were fluffy and just firm enough for my taste. I had an amazing night’s sleep and didn’t want to get up in the morning. I loved the beds!

Royal Plaza beds 3 Royal Plaza beds 4

Royal Plaza beds 5

There was a large desk across from the beds, although there was only space for one person to work there due to the design. The four complimentary water bottles were appreciated and also restocked daily. Additional bottles could be purchased for a cheap HKD$5.

Royal plaza desk Royal plaza desk 2 Royal Plaza Hotel water bottles

A refrigerator and tea assortment was located in the desk cupboard.

Royal plaza refrigerator and tea

On the desk was also some hotel information and of course, a Handy.

Royal Plaza desk 3

This was the first time I used such a device and I thought it was brilliant (until I stayed at another Hong Kong hotel with an even better amenity). Essentially, you get to borrow an Android phone with unlimited data and calls to select countries during your stay at the hotel. It ended up being really helpful with finding directions and restaurants, but for some reason I couldn’t set up a personal hotspot from the device, which somewhat limited its practicality.

Handy phone 1

Setting the phone up.

Setting the phone up.

The start screen.

The start screen.

You could easily browser.

You could easily browser.

The menu.

The menu.

There were plenty of apps available.

There were plenty of apps available.

Finally, my favorite part about the room besides the bathroom was the windowsill. The view truly captured the diversity of Hong Kong, with dirty skyscrapers in the foreground against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains.

The comfortable windowsill at the Royal Plaza.

My comfortable windowsill at the Royal Plaza.

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I also had breakfast after my first night, but completely forgot to take pictures. There is a reasonable HKD$122 charge per person if you pre-book the day before. The buffet was packed with western and oriental options, as well as a dangerously good pancake machine.

The hotel also has a massage center, judging by this treatment menu from the room.

Royal Plaza room service menu Royal Plaza room service menu 2

Lastly, check-out was just as tedious as check-in two days before. It’s a shame they don’t optimize that process a little more, because that can really be the difference between 3- or 5-star service!

Bottom Line

While my stay might not have been so 5-star in general, it was certainly 5-starish for this pricepoint. My stay wasn’t as seamless as it could have been when arriving and departing. However, the location is excellent and the room was large, clean and smelled good. I slept incredibly well, loved the bathroom and had a nice view. Breakfast was also nice for the price. Given that I couldn’t even find many 4-star hotels at these prices, I’m deeply impressed by what the Royal Plaza offers.

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Comments

  1. Nice thought on uploading the menu pictures, but the images are too small to be legible and can’t be expanded. Any chance you could reupload in a higher resolution?

  2. Stayed in this hotel two years ago.
    Great hotel with amazing quality keeping in mind its price. Awesome!

  3. Can’t trust this guy. Using outdated and debatably racist terminology. Is this a post on behalf of the hotel? Oh wait he’s complaining so it must not be an advertorial. Poor photography skills on display here. How many photos of a common android phone do you need? Get rid of this guy. He’s seriously bringing down this blog.

  4. @Christopher – I’m not sure what my stay or anything in Hong Kong has to do with America. I appreciate your input though, dude 🙂

  5. You should have got off the at Mong Kok East station, which is phiyically connected to the shopping mall and the hotel itself. Saves you a lot of trouble of finding your way in the myriad of HK’s streets.

  6. Daniel

    Can you give me your recommendations (maybe in consultation with Ben) re: the 5* hotels in Hong Kong, specifically the ones on the Kowloon side. All the reviews I’m reading talk about large construction sites around many of these properties (Intercontinental Kowloon) and it seems they have lost some of their luster.
    Appreciate any thoughts and recommendations.

  7. @bobbieddie, I wouldn’t recommend the Intercontinental, the lobby smells a bit moldy and the hotel needs to be refreshed. However, the restaurant Yan Toh Heen at Intercontinental is really good and well worth the visit.

    Mira Hotel is quite good, offers a good value for money and his quite convenient, I like the view on the park. They also have a dim sum restaurant Cuisine Cuisine but it’s mediocre and not really worth trying (even with the discount you get as a guest of the Mira hotel).

  8. Best hotels in hk:
    Upper House
    MO Landmark
    The other older MO
    W Hotel if you don’t mind staying on the Knowlon side
    Grand Hyatt if you get a renovated room

  9. Daniel, I see from your profile that you are from Sweden. Not sure if referring to Asians as Orientals is the norm over there, but in America, it’s more of a derogatory term.

  10. Always fun to see Americans talking about pseudo political correctness and in parallel voting for Trump…

    Perhaps we should change the name of the Mandarin Oriental also…:)

  11. I don’t think his use of oriental was wrong per se, since he wasn’t referring to people but to the food options. Of course, from a writing perspective, if he is going to call one option western, it would work better if he used eastern as a counter-point instead.

    Granted, he definitely does need someone to edit his work before posting (“arguably the craziest and most neighborhood area”, “You could easily browser.”, etc).

  12. Another lacklustre post by Daniel. I honestly feel so sorry for Ford because he has to see a young twink post so often on lucky’s blog. Lemme know if you want to talk, Ford.

  13. Nico echos my thoughts exactly.

    Can anyone explain what’s wrong with the term Oriental? I mean everyone’s kicking up a fuss, but no one seems to know why it’s derogatory. I’m not offended…

    I enjoy Daniel’s posts. It’s nice to get a perspective from a younger set of eyes.

    It just doesn’t make sense why people whine and whinge so much about his posts? Stop reading – simple as. It reminds me of the episode of The Simpsons where Homer keeps eating that mouldy sandwich and making himself sick… you could just stop eating the mouldy sandwich if it’s no good.

  14. “I honestly feel so sorry for Ford because he has to see a young twink post so often on lucky’s blog”

    Don’t you mean younger twink?

  15. So sick of the language police. 🙁

    I think complaining that someone didn’t use your favorite term is a “microaggression”. Let’s make this blog a “safe space”, okay? 😉

    Nothing in this post indicates a disdain for people of any ethnic background. My American grocery store has an “Oriental” food section. Not to mention the Mandarin hotel. And to call a description of a buffet racist (sic) is absurd. As the online Free Dictionary says: “Oriental retains a certain currency in referring to Asian arts, foods, and practices, such as traditional medical procedures and remedies, where it is unlikely to give offense.” Except of course for those trolling around, looking for a reason to take offense.

  16. To end this discussion about the word Oriental being derogatory, President Obama signed a bill prohibiting use of the term in all federal documents. With that said, obviously Daniel was not trying to be racist. My guess is that in Sweden people refer to Asian/Eastern food as Oriental food. In the states though, while you do see the terms Oriental for rugs, markets, etc pretty wide spread, referring to someone as an Oriental is seen as derogatory. Easiest way I’ve heard it explained is “Asians are people, rugs are Oriental.” Yes, it’s confusing.

  17. Orient refers to a part of the world; Occident refers to the other part. You don’t call Europeans or Americans, “Occidentals,” you refer to them by their continent or country.

  18. I think it is great that there are hotels being reviewed in Hong Kong, that aren’t $350 per night. Not everyone who goes to Hong Kong has enough points to stay at the really nice hotels. That being said, there is a way to earn Asia Miles for a stay at this hotel and many others that aren’t part of a chain. Go to the Asiamiles.com, click on “travel & leisure”. Then click on the Agoda spot which will bring you to portal that gives you Asia Miles for hotel bookings. Agoda has very attractive rates at many hotels in Asia. Asia Miles is a partner to Thank You points and Membership Rewards. Which means even a couple thousand miles could be very helpful for award ticket. Just be careful when booking to not take a rate that costs way more than a rate which doesn’t earn miles. Check all the terms of each room rate before booking as some are non-refundable.

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