We decided to spend a night at Tai O Heritage Hotel - which was a restored former police station. When you checked in at hte reception, you will see two holding cells now modeled as a small library and luggage storage.
The staff are generally nice but seems like they lack training. There was no hello (or a smile) back when we said hello upon arriving. They showed us to our room but did not really explain how things operate. Maybe its the island attitude, oh well.
The building is an interesting structure as the roof is covered with a glass ceiling so that the restaurant has a very open view.
However, the hotel cuteness ends there. The air con in our room (Room 2111) is as noisy as a drilling machine and it was too late to fix when we returned after a day of exploring the nearby area. There are bits of hair in the tub which i think housekeeping could have done a better job.
Tai O used to be a fishing village but it is now mainly a tourist spot (scenic boat tours are available to take you to watch the chinese white dolphins - which is wild animal exploitation in my opinion). One can also take a bus to the Lantau island Giant Buddha or hike a 1-hour trail up Fu Shan (the little peak behind the hotel) It was pleasurable to walk through the houses on stilts and enjoy some fresh air and the beautiful sun set. It is a good overnight trip and i have one less item to my must-see list.
Restaurants close early in town so call and make sure.
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