Just pop yourself onto a mini bus and 30 minutes later, say out “司機 . 前面有落!” (Mr Driver, please stop at the front) and you will find yourself facing a different aspect of Hong Kong in Stanley (赤柱). It makes sense how Stanley is a popular tourist attraction – the sea, the scenic hill, the beach and shopping, if you still have not exhausted all your means. It seemed like Stanley offers a little of everything without overdoing it.
Where to stay?
I had the opportunity of staying at Mini Studio Stanley which is a stylish modern long term accommodation.
The lobby/reception area was in heavy renovation during our visit, so we do not have the chance to explore the area. It was a little haywire outside but once went through the main door of our block (which is Block 2, by the way), we were greeted with homely Scandinavian-like hallway.
Mini Studio Stanley do not have lift so I am so glad that I left part of my luggage with CS at Causeway Bay.
Any movie geek will appreciate the pictures hung on the wall, having fun matching them with the film name.
As expected the rooms in Mini Studio is small but the all-white concept made the room seemed more spacious and welcoming.
All rooms have an ensuite mini bathroom which is half covered. Air ventilation can be turned on to remove dampness from the room after showering.
There is no room service or vending machine available on the premise, but a Wellcome supermarket is just a few metres away. Where the supermarket now stood, was once a police station constructed in 1859 and was declared a monument in 1984. It is the oldest police station building in Hong Kong.
Right in front of the Wellcome is a bus stop for mini buses heading to Causeway Bay and a little further up passing the supermarket is a bigger stop for double decker buses heading to Central. We have used the bus services and they were top notch convenient. Talk about accessibility!
Beside the Wellcome building is a shortcut to Stanley Promenade through Stanley Market.
Mini Studio Stanley sits on a slightly higher slope and with that, it promised a good view over the Stanley area.
A peaceful morning..
It was a little rainy on the next morning but it didn’t dampen my spirit to take a stroll to the beach and I found out Stanley is one of the main venue hosting the annual high profile Dragon Boat Race event. Regrettably we were a week late arriving here to catch the action.
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My stay at Mini Studio Stanley was complimentary, all opinions are my own.