Bruce Lee

Willing to bend rules for 'tourists'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 July, 2008, 12:00am

A team of nine reporters, consisting of three Chinese females, three Chinese males and three white males, carried out the investigation into Kowloon Tong's love hotels.

Each reporter walked into a love hotel with another of the same or opposite sex and asked for a room.

Same-sex couples were turned away from four out of seven hotels. One of the hotels accepted only one of the couples - a white male with a Chinese male - because they were 'tourists'.

Two white male reporters posing as a couple were denied a room at the Fok Loy Hotel in Norfolk Road.

A middle-aged woman initially quoted the pair a price of HK$400 a night, before a security guard explained to her that the men wanted the HK$235 rate for a three-hour stay. They were then told that all the rooms were full.

About 15 minutes later, a male reporter and a female reporter asked for a room there and were offered two options for a three-hour stay: a square bed for HK$240 or a round one for HK$245.

But there was further rejection. A pair of Asian female reporters at the Lucky Hotel in Rutland Quadrant was shown the door. A female receptionist turned down the pair's request for a room.

'This is our company policy. We only rent rooms to couples, meaning a guy and a woman.'

Two Asian male reporters at Romantic Villa, in Cumberland Road, were refused a room. This love hotel is the former residence of the late martial arts icon Bruce Lee, the star of such films as Enter the Dragon.

'You two men, you want to book a room. Two men in one room?' an older woman at reception asked.

The men replied, 'Yes, for two hours.'

'Oh, for two, and for two men? I'm sorry,' she said.

But two white male reporters were offered a room there after commenting on how empty the place looked and offering to pay a good price for one hour.

The two Chinese male reporters, whose request for a room was rejected at Lee's former home, walked a short distance to another Cumberland Road love hotel, O Mae.

They were once again turned away - this time by a middle-aged woman wearing a pink uniform.

'Two young men ... We have a policy that we don't accept two young men,' she said.

A white male reporter and an Chinese male reporter posing as a couple were given 'exceptional treatment' at Essex Lodge in Essex Crescent. They were offered a room for HK$540.

'We have a policy against two men sharing a room, but we can make an exception for you, assuming you are tourists,' a receptionist said.

A couple of Kent Road love hotels were willing to accept a pair of Chinese male reporters - the Kent Hostel and the Romantic Hotel.

Vivienne Chow, Dan Kadison, Will Clem, Fox Yi Hu, Albert Wong, Yau Chui-yan, Joshua But, Loretta Fong and Barclay Crawford contributed to these articles