Previously thought to be 7 Carnarvon Road, now confirmed as 14 Carnarvon Rd instead. This is the site of the Grand Hotel - the hotel in which Booth and his family first moved into when they arrived in HK.
Thanks to the reader who sent in the following images, placing the hotel at 14 Carnarvon Rd, not number 7 as previously suggested. He also notes that the building currently at that location is named 'Grand Centre', as further confirmation. (I've upated the map above).
Back then they have maids and all sort of helper, after she finish work in Wan Chai she would take a ferry home. What I find strange is that even she was working in the family business and great-granddad and her worked at the same place they rarely travel together. I was also told great-granddad had restaurants, convenient stores, drugs store etc. a bit like the 24hour Tesco we have in UK. Many thanks, swufrend
i remember the grand well. a schoolfriend's dad managed it for a few years and we often escaped the heat of the streets of tst to lounge on the sofas in the air-conditioned lobby. there was a restaurant inside called 'the viking' which served delicacies like oysters and i often wondered what they tasted like!
In 1974, fresh from the RHKP Police Training School, I was posted to Tsimshatsui. As an Inspector-on-Duty. I was looking for my constables on beat in the middle of the night around 3am when the streets were quiet though just for a fleeting moment. It was the pre-Beat Radio days. I failed to find them. The old Sargeant, who must have picked the wrong joss and had to escort this silly rookie Bong Baang, suggested we should go into the Grand Hotel. The freindly & cheerful night security guard happened to be a former Foki. He would unlock the glass door and let us in, re-locking it so that no senior or junior officer could enter to catch us dozing off. We would go into the darkened cafe, lounged in the seats, and served a cup of hot English Tea, with little apprehension that our revolvers may be snatched. Half an hour later when we emerged, the beat constables were showing up at the Conference Points... An entirely new set of people began to emerge at around this time, going to work in the restaurants and the markets... It was the beginning of another day of busy Tsimshatsui.
Grand Hotel has a rather European flavour in my impression. It was a pre-747 hotel with a small lobby, rather like the Astor Hotel nearby. The new Jumbo-era one was the Hong Kong Hotel with a huge lobby, completed not long before this time.
I stayed in The Grand in May 1978, with a group from Sydney University. We were on a trip to China...stayed there before and after. I have a photo from my room window. Also have a hotel brochure. Have added some pics.
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