This place offers both hotel rooms and serviced apartments, mainly in two separate towers, but there is some overlap. If you are staying for duration, I fully recommend the service apartment option as this is less than half the hotel price. I have experienced both and the only difference is that the maid service is daily (rather than 3 times a week) and you receive a range of bathroom products and bottled water and have to pay extra per day for internet access in the hotel room whereas it is free with the serviced apartments.
The reason why we stayed in this hotel is for it's accessibility to New Territories and for disabled guests. They only have a couple of accessible rooms, but our disabled guest did not have any problems accessing the hotel or the room. Even being in a far flung corner of Hong Kong in Tin Shui Wai, this hotels offers an unprecedented amount of space for your money. If you are staying for sometime, it is probably quite liveable. In a room/apartment (same thing), you get a bedroom area, separated partially by a slide across screen from the living room (with sofa and TV) and dining room area, kitchenette and bathroom. You also have access to the gym and leisure facilities, which are a little dated but functional and not too busy.
The staff are courteous and helpful to a certain extent - some more than others. The cleaners are good and the rooms don't show their age (10+ years). Expect large groups travelling from China and India as the long term stay packages are equivalent to youth hostel prices. Adjoining the hotel are the two parts of Kingswood Ginza, a local shopping centre for local people. It has some good places to eat (we loved chains Hakka Hut and Cafe de Coral) and a cinema on top of a small-ish selection of shops.
On the whole, this is a comfortable place to stay. Tin Shui Wai itself feels like a planned community - soul-less but fairly well planned out and felt relatively safe. There is nothing in the way of visitor attractions nearby, so to do those or to do real shopping, you need to get the light railway a couple of stops and change to the metro which isn't very difficult, but it can take some time to get to Hong Kong Island and also means you have a curfew for the last train home. There are shuttles to and from Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) and the airport but these are first come, first served so you are not guaranteed a space there or back.
Recommended for more comfort over longer term stays (some extremely good deals for 1 month+ stays) rather than a few days seeing the sights.
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- High-rise Hotel & Shopping Complex situated near Tin Shui Wai Park. ... more less
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