Empire Hotel Wan Chai Review: Lone Experience in Hong Kong

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#TiffInHK: Empire Hotel Wan Chai Review

This was an unplanned trip to Hong Kong, supposedly to accompany a friend, but I ended up alone most of the time. So here’s a post to share my experiences at the Empire Hotel Wan Chai, Wing Wah Noodle Shop, Rondavy’s Artisan Kitchen and Wong Tai Sin Temple.

Empire Hotel Wan Chai in a Glance

The Hotel is situated in Wanchai, Central Business District (CBD) on Hong Kong island, a central urban area sandwiched between Central and Causeway Bay.
Empire Hotel Hong kong Wan Chai in a glanceThe hotel provides 363 rooms and suites: City View, Empire Club, Empire Executive Studio Suite, Empire 1-bedroom Suite and Empire Presidential Suite. They are all fully furnished with a select range of in-room facilities and amenities for business travelers and tourists alike.

City View Room

So I got the City View Room, a pretty small room but with all the necessary amenities.
Empire Hotel Wan Chai City ViewThe queen size bed, duvet and pillows has 100% cotton beddings, super comfortable and warm during the winter season. Same for the bath towels and bathrobes. As the room was a little too cold, I requested for a heater so that every time I return from outside, I enter a warm room instead of an air-conditioned one.
Empire Hotel Wan Chai city view work deskThe glass working table is just above the 42″ LCD TV with Cable TV and satellite TV channels, which means you can’t exactly do your work and watch the TV at the same time. On the table, there’s also a handy smartphone enabling guests unlimited local calls, unlimited 3G mobile. You can also make internet and IDD calls to China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and USA for free. There’s also the Tea & Coffee maker for use.

Empire Hotel Wan Chai City View AmenitiesThere’s bathing robes in the cabinet, as well as personal safes. There’s also a mini fridge and snacks option. The Wi-Fi connectivity is strong, which really helped when my friend bang sey (bailed on) me and left me waiting in the hotel for the whole day.

Empire Hotel Wan Chai City View BathroomAnd yes, there’s bathtub! But the water was not hot enough for a hot water bath (it’s warm, but cools really fast because of the weather), so I had to boil water to make it really really hot.

Empire Hotel Wan Chai toiletriesAll the toiletries, hair dryer and complimentary water are available in the bathroom.

Facilities

The weather was sooooo… cold that I spent my most of the time cuddling in bed with my laptop and with the heater on whenever I’m not out. I went around taking some photos on the morning when I’m supposed to check out so that you guys get to have a glance of what to expect if you were to be staying in Empire Hotel Wan Chai. Here’s what you get up the lift.
Empire Hotel Wan Chai Grand RoomOn level one, above the lobby level, we’ve got the Empire Grand Room – a meeting venue in the heart of business district. The grand room can be separated into three individual rooms Empire Room 1, 2 & Boardroom to accommodate meetings of various scopes and sizes.
Empire Hotel Wan Chai Club loungeLocated on the second floor, the exclusive Empire Club Lounge looks really new with a hint English style to it. It provides a range of comprehensive business services including free broadband internet, coffee/tea and refreshments as well as meeting room facility combine to allow efficient, comfortable and relaxing business dealings.

Opening hours: 07:00 – 23:00 daily.

Empire Hotel Wan Chai swimming poolAll the way up to the 21st floor, the Sky Pool and Fitness Centre are situated there. The outdoor swimming pool is non-heated, so it wasn’t exactly the best time to be swimming there.

Opening Hours: 07:30 – 11:00 | 11:30 – 19:30 daily
* Sky Pool will be temporarily closed for an annual overhaul maintenance during 16 December 2016 to 28 February 2017.

Empire Hotel Wan Chai fitness centreHidden in a blind corner, the Fitness Centre on 21st floor provides a select range of gym equipment.

Opening Hours: 07:30 – 11:00 | 11:30 – 19:30 daily

Dining Options

There are three dining options available in the hotel. The first is the Lobby Lounge (lobby floor) which is a good meeting place for anyone who needs a relaxing afternoon tea or casual dining.

Phone: +852 3692 2169 | E-mail: fb-wc@empirehotel-hongkong.com
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00

Empire Hotel Wan Chai Cafe 33 on hennessyThere is also Café 33 on Hennessy (LG1 floor) which offers offers colourful international flavours in a buffet style and a select a la carte menu, from breakfast, lunch to dinner.

Phone: +852 3692 2165 | E-mail: fb-wc@empirehotel-hongkong.com
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 21:30

Empire Hotel Wan Chai Guo Fu LouThird is Guo Fu Lou (國福樓), a Michelin 1 Star Restaurant (2015 – 2017) famous for their dim sum.

Phone: +852 2861 2060 | E-mail: enquiries@fooklammoon-grp.com
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 23:00

Getting To Empire Hotel Wan Chai

I took bus A11 which cost HKD$40 (≈ SGD$7.30) from the airport and alight at Luard Road, a short walk to Empire Hotel Wan Chai. The hotel is just within minutes of walking distance of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, a colourful array of nightlife entertainments and major shopping areas.
Empire Hotel Wan Chai DirectionsEmpire Hotel Wan Chai (湾仔皇悦酒店)
Address:
香港湾仔轩尼诗道33号
33 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
5 minutes walk from MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit B2
Phone: +8523692 2111 | Email: reservations-wc@empirehotel-hongkong.com
Website: http://www.empirehotel.com.hk/

Just Around The Corner: Wing Wah Noodle Shop (永華麵家)

As my friend did not book the stay with breakfast, besides 7-11 cup noodles, this was what I had for meals.
Wing Wah Noodle Shop MenuTo be honest, I’m not a fan of wonton noodles. I had to put loads of chilli whenever I had them so as to cover the ‘alkaline’ taste. But from what I understand,wonton noodles in Hong Kong is different and famous because of the lack of ‘alkaline’ taste. Wing Wah Noodle Shop 永華麵家 is a Michelin star noodle shop located a short distance away from Wan Chai MTR Station.
wing wah noodle shopI’ve tried the Braised Pig Knuckle Noodle (南乳猪手麵) and Shrimp Wonton Noodle (鮮蝦雲吞麵) and I had to say they were indeed delicious! The noodles are springy and the pork knuckles are flavorful, tender and have the right balance of meat and fats. The wontons stuffed with prawn and pork fillings and according to the posters outside, the delicious broth is made with shark bones (good for our joints)

Wing Wah Noodle Shop (永華麵家)

Address: 灣仔軒尼詩道89號地下
89 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
4 minutes walk from MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit B1
Phone: +852 2527 7476
Opening Hours: 12:00 nn – 03:00 Mon – Sat | Closed on Sun

Spots Around Hong Kong

I did not get to travel around much as one whole day was wasted waiting for a friend in the hotel who never turn up. I’m not exactly a shopping person, so Times Square, SOGO Department store and the Mall at Pacific Place were all pretty similar to me. But I managed to visit Mongkok, and guess what I found!
Tiffany Yong Koi The HKI wasn’t expecting this, but imagine the happiness when I spotted Koi in cold freezing Hong Kong. #KoiGirlForever

Hong Kong Smelly ToufuI also had a piece of not so-smelly smelly toufu from a street food stall. The hot toufu was comfort food in the cold weather.

Rondavy’s Artisan Kitchen

This is perhaps the only and best highlight of my trip. I met up with fellow blogger friends from Hong Kong.
Hong Kong BloggersCarmen (http://cameragirlcarmen.com/) and Stone IP (https://stoneip.info/) took some time out and introduced me to Rondavy’s Artisan Kitchen, which is this little exquisite corner at Causeway Bay’s Bartlock Centre.

Rondavys Artisan Kitchen foodThe cozy shop sells home-made western delights, and being the a pasta-lover, that’s the dish I went for. Stone IP ordered Egg Benedicts and pumpkin cream soup, while Carmen ordered some cakes and afternoon tea set.

Rondavys artisan kitchen afternoon tea setThe afternoon set consist of croissant, caviar salmon, mini burgers, scones, and cakes. The food was pretty affordable for a catch-up session as we get to sit there for hours.

Rondavy Artisan Kitchen HKThe best place about this place is this gorgeous floral wall which beautify every photo you take. From the panorama view, you can see how gives you a slightly different layout depending on where you sit.

Tiffany Yong in Hong KongRondavy’s Artisan Kitchen
Address:
Hong Kong, 銅鑼灣耀華街3號百樂中心11樓
11/F, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa Street,Causeway Bay Causeway Bay
Phone: +852 2893 2128 | Email: rondavy.sweets@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rondavys
Opening Hours: 12:30 – 22:30 on Mon/Tue/Thu (Closed on Wed) | 13:30 – 23:00 on Fri | 13:30 – 23:30 on Sat | 13:30 – 23:30 on Sun

Wong Tai Sin Temple 嗇色園黃大仙祠

Wong Tai Sin Temple, a Taoist temple established in 1921, is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. Like Singapore’s Kwan Im Thong Hood Che Temple 四马路观音堂, it’s a must-visit for Chinese when they visit Hong Kong.
Wong Tai Sin Temple HKVisiting this place on the day I’m flying off, I had a tough time dragging my luggage around on the uneven road. From what I heard, Wong Tai Sin Temple is known for its fortune-telling, and he is said to grant whatever is requested. While you can check your fortune out by shaking the bamboo sticks, you will need to pay to get the number interpreted. Hence I paid my respect and wish for luck while skipping the lots.

Wong Tai Sin Temple Tiffany YongAside from the Daxiong-baodian or Grand Hall, there’s also the Sansheng Hall and the Good Wish Garden which is a miniature copy of Beijing’s Summer Palace. The grounds also feature three memorial archways – a common feature of traditional Chinese architecture.

Wong Tai Sin Temple Hong KongWong Tai Sin Temple (嗇色園黃大仙祠)
Address:
九龍黃大仙竹園村二號, Chuk Un, Hong Kong
2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
3 minutes walk from MTR Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B2
Phone: +852 2327 8141
Website: www.siksikyuen.org.hk
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 17:30 Daily

Tiffany Yong in Hong Kong 2016I don’t think I will be adventurous enough to be venturing any non-Chinese countries anytime soon. This lone trip to Hong Kong was a pretty unique experience, travelling without any companion, moving without any aims. Do you have any solo travelling experience to share with me too?

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Often known as Singapore’s ABC girl, Tiffany Yong is an Actress, Blogger and Consultant.

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On March 28, 2016

7 Responses to Empire Hotel Wan Chai Review: Lone Experience in Hong Kong

  1. I Love Paars by: Lee says:

    Yey for a hotel with a bath tub and pool. Good to know you went on a solo trip!

  2. franckxethee says:

    The room is perfect for the business traveler. Wan Chai is also a good area since it’s near the center of HK.

  3. Elizabeth O. says:

    I stayed here for a work trip and was totally blown away! i think this is the best/nicest/cleanest/most comfortable hotel i have stayed in throughout the communities! Amazing job, the place is stunning!!! i didn’t want to get out of bed….

  4. Fred Hawson says:

    Very nice hotel. I had stayed in a hotel in Wanchai before but I do not know which one anymore. My wife and I watched Elton John in concert at the Convention Center nearby.

  5. Bhushavali says:

    Looks like a chic & neat hotel. The sky pool looks cool. I’d totally imagine myself working out at the fitness centre and then just getting into the pool & soaking in the sun (ofcourse when the sun decides to come out!). Is the pool temparature regulated?

  6. Stargazer Writes says:

    The hotel looks like a comfortable place to live in. Too bad the weather is too cold for you.

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