Lofty Living in Hong Kong for a week

image from Airbnb - I realized I didn't get a full shot of the apartment so here it is!

I love renting out apartments on my vacay as opposed to staying at a hotel.  You have more space and you get to feel like a local for a short period.  This was my second time renting out an apartment for my vacay (if you remember, I had rented out an apartment in Paris).  This time, I used the website AirBnb to book the loft in Hong Kong.  The process was smooth as Jiffy’s peanut butter, and I couldn’t have asked for a better host, Candace.

Candace is the owner of the loft and she was just amazing!  We were going back and forth with our emails for a few months, mostly me because I had a million questions since this was my first trip to Hong Kong.  Candace answered all my questions and was very quick at responding to my emails.  I didn’t think we were going to meet in person, but the universe made it happen and we finally got to meet face to face when we checked in.  She really helped make our Hong Kong experience amazing.

So let me tell you how beautiful this loft is.  Well just look at the pictures.  Seriously, who wouldn’t want to stay here!  It looks like all the pictures on Airbnb (all pictures in this post, taken by me except for the picture at the beginning of this post) and it looks like it’s from a design magazine.  Well it has been in a few design magazines, and I’m not surprised since Candace is also an amazing interior designer.

The Kitchen - I love the wooden ladder!

The open closet/Office Area

The details - the pile of magazines, the vintage luggage, the magazine pictures over the desk

I love the placement of the photos over the couch.

The Bicycle in the corner

I loved the black and white theme, the vintage luggage, the concrete floor, the big wooden table (I’ve always wanted one!), the bicycle, the huge black and white photo over the bed, the many black and white photos over the couch, the open walk in closet, the many design magazines on the floor that just go with everything.  I know if I were to do the same, it would just look like a pile of magazines on the floor, but the way Candace did it, it just goes and makes sense.  I loved it all…can you tell?!

I’m not also a lover of travel, I also love interior design and the way the loft was designed, has inspired me with some new ideas for our place.  So thank you Candace!

I really felt at home and didn’t want to leave.  Mr. Leung, the doorman was also great help.  We bumped into him on the street and it’s a good thing we did because we were going the wrong way!  He guided us to the right direction.

The location of the loft is close to Man Mo Temple and walking distance to Soho, Sheung Wan Metro, and Central.  You won’t go hungry in this neighborhood with all the restaurants around.  Plus, the world famous egg tart pastry shop, Tai Cheong Bakery, is 5 mins away from the loft.  We ate lots of egg tarts during our stay 🙂

Man Mo Temple

If you’re traveling to Hong Kong soon, I recommend staying at Candace’s loft. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!  Why wouldn’t you want to stay in a stylish loft?!


Airbnb Makes Searching for a Vacation Rental Easy!

If you remember from my earlier post, I wrote about my experience renting an apartment in Paris, as opposed to staying in a hotel.  I remember how much I loved it, so I wanted to see if I could find an apartment for my trip to Hong Kong.  Enter – Airbnb.

Airbnb is a site that allows travelers to find vacation rentals, private rooms, entire apartments, bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, castles, and non traditional accommodations like the Fuselage Home in Manuel, Costa Rica.  That’s pretty cool!.

Fuselage Home in Costa Rica - Image from Airbnb

You can search by city, price range, and room type.  Airbnb has lots of listings for Hong Kong apartments.  The booking process is super easy.  If you have questions prior to booking, you can contact the host by clicking “Contact Me” next to the profile photo of the host.  There is also reviews and the response rate of the host.  Once I confirmed my dates, I booked it through the site using my credit card.  Everything about this process was super easy and I would highly recommend this site to anyone looking for a place to stay on their next vacation.  Also, if you want to rent out your place or room for travelers, you can do that on their site as well.  Click here to see how you can rent your place.

So which apartment did I choose?  I will keep that a secret for now.   You’ll just have to see when I get back. heeehee…I know the suspense is killing you!!

To Hotel or Not Hotel in Paris

I went to Paris in October 2006 and I had so much fun planning my trip.  When I plan any trip, I go to my trusty friend Google and I research like crazy.  I like to find out about the neighbourhoods, the culture, places to eat, places to shop, etc. As I was researching for hotels in Paris, I found them to be a bit expensive and of course really small.  Then I decided to look into renting an apartment and came across this site called Paris Attitude.

I instantly found myself looking for an apartment. The website has lots of pictures and lots of information for all of the apartments listed.   Booking an apartment with Paris Attitude was very easy. The staff was very friendly and the landlord for our apartment gave us lots of information.  Any questions I had, I would email him and he was very very nice.  If the landlord wasn’t on vacation for 2 weeks while we were there, we probably would have met up for dinner with him and his girlfriend.

Our apartment costed us 450 Euros in 2006. I looked on the site to see if the apartment is still there and it is. The price has increased, but it’s been 4 years. The price for the same apartment I booked in 2006 for the week is now 650 Euros. Still not bad if you ask me.  We cooked a few meals so we saved on spending for food. So if you’re planning a trip to Paris, my suggestion is to book an apartment. You’ll feel like a Parisian and you’ll save money too!

Below is the URL for the apartment we stayed in. It really did look like this.  I was a fool and didn’t take any photos of the place. I printed these pictures out and put them in my album! (No joke)