This hotel has as much charm as a dormitory, and because it serves also as the home of the Hong Kong Scout Centre (a portrait of Lord Baden Powell, founder of Scouts, hangs in the lobby), it's also popular with youth groups. But it's a great choice for budget-conscious families, mostly because it's located right next to Kowloon Park with its public swimming pools, playgrounds, and other attractions geared to kids. Rooms, occupying the 14th to 25th floors, are very small but are nevertheless comfortable and up to date, with cheaper rooms facing city views to the north and more expensive ones overlooking Kowloon Park. There are also so-called "Family Rooms" that are simply furnished with bunk beds and sleep four persons, but they aren't listed on the hotel's website so you have to contact the hotel directly to reserve one of those. Business and leisure travelers not put off by a lobby that usually buzzes with activity might consider an executive room on a top floor facing the harbor, from which the nightly Symphony of Lights laser show can be seen.
- Beth Reiber