2009 Hong Kong: Our Accommodations (April to July)

A few days after the ski lifts closed in Vail, we flew from Denver to Hong Kong. We brought 6 of our 11 suitcases with us to Hong Kong (and did not have to pay any excess luggage or overweight) with either United or Cathay Pacific. We had a smooth trip to SF (2.5 hours) followed by 14+ hours to HK. Cathay Pacific was a good carrier.

When we arrived we stayed at the Regal Riverside Hotel in the New Territories (Regal Riverside Hotel, 34-36 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Shatin, Hong Kong, Tel (852) 2640-7878, e-mail: ingo@regalhotel.com, web: http://www.regalhotel.com/) for 3 days (US$72 a day) and visited 4 serviced apartments that Dimitri had previously identified. We took busses and metros and were impressed with the speed, efficiency and cleanliness. Each day when we returned to our hotel, we used the sauna, steam and Jacuzzi to relax. Nice. We even had time to visit the HK Heritage Museum on Saturday before we left that area for Aberdeen.
One of the serviced apartments, abeo, stood out above the rest so we moved on Sunday (abeo (meaning "relax"), 100 Shek Pai Wan Road, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, Tel. 852-36222-3000, http://www.home2home.hk,/ e-mail: info@home2home.com). We now are in a very new, very designy and very tiny one-bedroom apartment overlooking Aberdeen Bay. We have a fabulous view of the fishing boats, the bay, the islands and the ocean beyond. All of our stuff is put away, fitting into a 500 sq. ft. (space that is about the size of our bedroom in Vail). Our floor to ceiling windows do make the space seem larger, however.

The view of the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter and harbor from our tiny apartment at abeo.

Better still, it costs around US$75 a day. Three times a week we go to the Le Méridien Hotel, where we have free (or included) gym and pool privileges, to work out. That is a real attraction of abeo. One of the endearing aspects of abeo was the small shrine to Ganesh, one of the Hindu deities, near the entrance of the building. Another was the nod to the unluckiness of the number 4. On the floor selection panel in the elevators there were no floor numbered 4, 14 or 24.

The people who work at abeo serviced apartments are lovely and we are delighted with our Tin Wan neighborhood area of Aberdeen.