I almost stayed at the Shamrock years ago.
After eloping with my former husband, we trekked from our graduate dorm in the New Territories to the bustling density of Kowloon in search of a short honeymoon. One of the hotels we looked into was the Shamrock.
The Shamrock is an old school Hong Kong hotel that’s been around since the 1950s. According to Frommer’s Hong Kong, the hotel hasn’t changed much since then:
…despite lobby renovations that added marble floors and artwork from Beijing, I don’t think it’s changed much since then, including the half dozen or so small chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The guest rooms are unexciting, clean, simple, and small, though high ceilings (with the ubiquitous small chandeliers) give the rooms something of a spacious feeling. Avoid the cheapest room without windows — Dracula might feel at home, but you might want to spring for some sunshine, though deluxe rooms facing Nathan Road are also noisier.
Alas, we were not allowed to register without a passport, so moved on down Nathan Road until we could find a hotel that didn’t require a passport upon check-in. (We ended up at the Miramar–see posting from May 8th).
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to stay at the Shamrock (it’s still there). I’ve also wondered about their cable address.