Updated: Sep 20, 2019
I came to Sai Kung for probably the fourth time in my entire life to do a staycation at The Pier Hotel Hong Kong, a peaceful little boutique hotel situated right next to the harbour. J and I took an Uber from Central, and the ride was around 40 minutes in total. I was happy to find that there was plenty of Uber service once we arrived at the hotel, too. We stayed in (and highly recommend!) the Premium Ocean Front Room, a spacious room with a fully equipped kitchenette, dining table, free Netflix TV, bean bag lounging area next to the floor length windows, and a gorgeous view of the harbour.
The Pier Hotel was a nice change of pace from the busy city that we had just arrived from -- almost a sense of not really knowing what to do with ourselves at first! So, at 5pm on a Saturday evening, we happily got into bed and watched Netflix for a few hours before dinner. After finding out that the famous Sai Kung seafood pier was only 8 minutes away by car, we hopped on an Uber and went straight to a seafood restaurant called 通記海鮮酒家. No reservations needed here.
We went for the mantis prawn deep fried with garlic (delicious), fresh steamed prawns (so juicy), steamed garoupa (perfect flavour + texture) with soy sauce and ginger, scallops cooked in the shell with garlic (tiny and overcooked, vermicelli was undercooked), and Chinese greens. All that + steamed rice + two massive bottles of Tsing Tao beer (should have just gotten one between the two of us), and the bill only amounted to about HK$1,100. Probably with the tourist prices too. Such a steal! Afterwards, we went shopping for extra food at the Wellcome nearby in case we got peckish later on, as there is no room service in the hotel.
The kitchenette is equipped BUT bear in mind that there is no seasoning provided, so you'll have to BYO. I was able to successfully cook a bolognese from scratch and a few grilled cheese sandwiches (yes we eat a lot), and it felt nice to be able to cook without having to clean up afterwards.
The bathroom is simple and clean with great lighting for doing hair and makeup, with all the basic complimentary amenities such as toothbrush, comb, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion.
If, like me, you start to feel a little too indulgent during the trip, there's also a small gym downstairs with a treadmill, rowing machine, cycling machine, and limited free weights.
You can opt to have breakfast at the colonial-looking western restaurant across the road (full English breakfast) or at the Japanese restaurant downstairs, Wa Theater Restaurant, which is actually not affiliated with the hotel and operates on its own. I went for the Japanese-style Western Breakfast (HK$160) option at Wa Theater, which consists of runny onsen egg, ham, tomatoes, cheese, salad, a warm flaky croissant, and coffee or tea.
All in all a highly relaxing home away from home, and the perfect weekend getaway. Very clean and refined facilities, with the feel of being on a beach vacation. This time around it was surprisingly chilly, but I imagine it would be even better in summer when the rooftop pool opens up to the public!
The Pier Hotel Hong Kong - Details
Location: Pak Shan Wan St, Hebe Haven
Tel: 2912 6777