Editor's review: Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

To be fair, I’ve always had a rather skewed impression of Tsuen Wan. Its reputation as an industrial community was supported by relatives and family friends that operated factories there. Its traditional Chinese neighbourhoods have recently been supplanted by high-rise developments, layering the district with congested clashes of old and new. That is why Bay Bridge is such a pleasant surprise.

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A 10-minute drive away from Tsuen Wan MTR station, Bay Bridge is an urban resort for the perfect weekend staycation. Alternatively, it offers a scenic base for anyone who needs to make frequent business trips to southern China, providing a haven to return home to.

Although the stop for the shuttle bus’ circular route between Bay Bridge and Tsuen Wan station is somewhat challenging to find, being on a flyover adjacent to Taste supermarket, its regular schedule makes getting to the property a breeze. Spread along the north shore near the eastern portion of Castle Peak Road, 12-storey Bay Bridge is situated in between Rambler and Ma Wan Channels, directly opposite Tsing Yi with views towards Tsing Ma Bridge to the west. Its south-facing units offer splendid sunset views—or so I imagined, as I stayed there just after a typhoon, the weather was less than accommodating.

Bay Bridge

Due to its location, Bay Bridge’s 436 studio and one-bedroom units operate as both serviced apartments and hotel rooms. The entire building, built in the 90s by Hang Lung Properties, was renovated in 2015 by operator Hotel G. Although some areas such as the lift lobbies and guest bathrooms remained untouched, Bay Bridge revealed a bright new look with Anchor’s Seafood and Beer House, a new all-day dining restaurant, in early 2016. There are even shared rooms in Campus, G Hotels’ answer to student dormitories on the second, third and fourth floors. The mix of international students and millennials, industry business types and vacationing locals give Bay Bridge an eclectic vibe that is interpreted in the funky lobby seating and the casual ambience of Anchor’s. The latter, conveniently situated on the ground floor, provides a popular nightly seafood buffet that draws the neighbouring residents in for regular family meals. 

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Bay Bridge

As none of the units offer washers or dryers, I ventured down into the basement to check out the two laundry rooms before heading up to my one-bedroom apartment with terrace. The layout is practical, featuring a contemporary white colour scheme edged with black accents. The L-shaped kitchen counter encloses a microwave, small fridge and plenty of pans for meal preparation. The living area offers both a sofa bed and a long window bench for reclining, while a round table doubles easily as a desk.

Bay Bridge

I loved the enormous wardrobe with its variety of storage options, and the high bed that allowed luggage to be stowed underneath. The bathroom is spacious and includes a bathtub, although I soon learned that it’s a little on the shallow side for soaking. Never mind - that is what the 1.5-metre-deep outdoor swimming pool and adjacent Jacuzzi are for. It’s refreshing to do laps while taking in the view of Tsing Yi’s hills against the sea, and a traditional sauna provides the perfect environment for relaxing afterwards.

As I savoured a drink on the terrace in between bouts of rain, I reflected on the fact that Bay Bridge has something for everyone—and that it is worth the trip to Tsuen Wan for a comfortable, passport-free getaway.

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