Saturday, February 10, 2007

Hong Kong, the hotel


As requested, here are some photos of the hotel and the room. The hotel is owned by Cathay Pacific, and it is right next to the airport, practically. It is not anything too exciting, but i must admit, I could get used to having someone clean my room for me every day.



Here are some photos of the lobby. As much as I have generally hated hotel art, the art in this hotel is actually not bad, and I have even found some that I liked! Amazing.



Some photos of the hotel from outside. The first is a photo of the "Cathay complex" with the hotel on the right hand side, and a glimpse of the airport behind. It was taken from the top of a little hill we climbed today.


Looking up at the hotel from the parking lot. I don't know why I like taking pictures like this, but I suppose it's because I don't look UP at tall buildings too much in Salida!

This last photo is a picture of the two important cards I carry with me here. One of them, the white one, is the hotel room key. The other one is this really cool card, called the "Octopus" card. You buy it, and then put money on it, kinda like a credit card. You can use it to get on the subway, the bus, or even to buy things at the grocery store or 7-11. It is really a slick system, where you just hold it against a card reader, and it automatically deducts the amount (for bus ride, subway or whatever) from your balance on the card. If you want to put more money on it, you can either go to a customer service desk in the subway, or to a ticket machine that looks like an ATM. Fun to use.

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Karine, I love reading about your travels. Almost as satisfying as having the adventure myself! No thank you Asian toilets, but I would have loved to share the museums, fish-turtle-frog shopping, and humid steps up to the giant buddha with you! And I am so into the Octopus card idea. Can't believe New York doesn't have one. Thanks for your yummy descriptions of everything...and your great photos! xoxo

Karine said...

Thanks for reading!!! You can come and tour HK with me anytime...

Melly said...

Thanks for giving your public what it wants! I was surprised to see the white bedspread -- that must mean they wash them, which is, of course, a good thing. I'm so used to the busy patterned bedspreads they have in US hotel rooms -- and wonder if they ever get washed.

You do have a regular toilet, right? ;)

Karine said...

Yes, I do have a regular toilet. I guess many of you have the impression that the majority of toilets in HK are asian toilets. I am here to tell you now that MOST of the toilets are regular ones, it is only every now and then that you run into the asian toilets. And I would like to add that the toilets here are usually extremely clean! Thanks for reading...