Downtown Hong Kong Serviced Apartment – Review of the Shama

As much as we all love a boutique hotel, when you’re travelling with kids it’s the simple things you crave.. a kitchen and extra space!  If you are staying for a number of nights, it’s worth looking into a serviced apartment which may end up costing less than a hotel.  My friend Tania reviewed the Shama Apartments in my home town of Hong Kong:

Who: Tania, JK & their daughter Alice (20 mths)
What:  Shama Apartments, Peel Street – Hong Kong
When: We stayed 6 nights off the back of a long haul flight from Melbourne.  We were travelling on our way to Italy and UK and stopped off to Hong Kong en route to break up the trip, visit friends and work.  We arrived early morning 29th June 2012 off the back of a terrible Cathay flight from Melbourne, Australia and departed mid morning 5th July for Rome

Hotel Booking
Directly through Shama Apartment website (Heidi Young who was prompt and responsive)

Hotel Transfers
These were not included in the price but we organized a car to collect us from Hong Kong airport through Shama at an additional charge.  We did arrange for a car seat in the booking, however upon arrival they appeared to have forgotten about this request.

The Apartment
We thought Shama was excellent.  For the same price as a hotel (total cost for 6 nighs was HKd 11,800) we had our own kitchen, separate living room and bedroom.  Given the small space in most HK hotels, it is great having the extra room, particularly when our daughter was asleep.  It meant we could still watch TV, internet etc whilst she was sleeping in the next room.  For only HKD$100 the apartment organized a cot for the stay.  They went out of their way to look after us, allowing us to check in early (at 8am) as our flight arrived early.

The apartment complex is close to everything that you need (IFC Mall, Soho for restaurants and the Globe pub for my husband!)  The only negative is that the apartment building is on a steep road; good for  work out but exhausting after a long day shopping/working etc.

Leisure Facilities
There was a small gym which I used a few times.  The building is quite small so it lacked hotel convenience, such as a pool, however the benefit of having our own apartment for the week outweighed this.

Kid Facilities
As explained we were able to organize a cot for a minimal charge – it was in our apartment on arrival, complete with teddy bear and some Johnson & Johnson products for our daughter which was a nice touch.  No high chair, so we improvised with a couple of cushions.

In Conclusion
We would definitely return to the Shama Apartments for its convenience, price and space.  It is in a fantastic location close to all of Soho’s attractions.

1 comment

  1. Pretraveller

    Thanks for a insightful article about this accommodation option. As parents with three young children who have tried out a variety of different accommodation options the two most essential things you need is:

    1. A separate room for the kids beds where you can shut the door and then have some me/us time in a separate area.

    2. A kitchen with fridge and cooking facilities so you can keep easily keep a stash of food on hand. The bonus of this option is that you can keep your daily travel costs down as buying food can significantly eat into your budget!

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