Since we had an awesome experience with AirBNB in our last trip to Madrid, we decided to book an entire unit on it again when we went to Hong Kong this December (location was perfect, just 5 mins walk from Metro station and near an IT mall). While our previous host in Spain was very warm and accommodating, we knew that AirBNB was just a way for him to have extra income. Our host in Hong Kong, Crystal Lee, was on a completely different level. She’s broken down AirBNB hosting to a science and turned it into a massively impressive business!
Crystal literally designed her apartments (yes with a “s”) for AirBNB travelers. When we arrived at the unit she met us at the ground floor together with her intern. The facade of the building isn’t really that impressive but then again most of the condo units in majority of HK aren’t either. The elevator, as expected was kinda small. However everything changed when we go to the door of our unit on the 10th floor of the building.
Crystal doesn’t use keys for her apartments under AirBNB. Instead she installed Samsung electronic locks! We keyed in our numerical code and the door automatically opened for us.
Before going in we noticed a few stickers plastered on the wall including one that stated that this unit was a licensed guest house. Fascinating that they have a licensing program for people who want to rent out their condo units and apartments via AirBNB.
There were actually 5 of us on this trip (me, Mich, Colin, Kim, and Eason) and we booked the entire suite. There were 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a mini-kitchen, and the living room. We were completely blown away when we got inside. The narrow corridor leading to the living room area was a bit narrow but the real attention to detail and “luxury” was found in the rooms and the extra stuff Crystal gave us.
So what’s so awesome about the rooms? They were actually mini-hotel rooms! Each room had it’s own ref, a big LED TV, a soft bed with a comforter, and AC units. Two of the rooms had their own bathrooms while the third bathroom was in the living room. Here are some photos of the rooms.
Each room had an electronic lock system with individual unique codes. This was important because Crystal also rents this place out on a per-room basis and not just the whole suite. The living room area becomes shared space while the rooms are for the different guests.
The internet was super-fast and the wifi signal covered the whole area. Crystal was also gracious enough to give all of us unlimited data SIM cards (woohooo). We just slipped in the sims in our extra phones and we had free internet all over the city. She also even hooked us up with a discount with a nearby home service massage service.
Oh remember the awesome electronic lock? Turns out she’s a distributor of sorts since she can get us units if we wanted to order, hehe.
We’re definitely having a blast here in the suite we rented from Crystal via AirBNB. She’s an excellent, professional, and experience host. We also just learned she has several units available in Hong Kong. We will DEFINITELY book again through her during our next stay here. We highly, highly, highly recommend her!
More stories on our HK adventures soon!
Total cost for 5 days for the whole suit (3BR, 3CR with heater, super fast wifi, etc.) was at around Php70,000 (roughly 14,000 per head).