Modern rooms with signature bedding and gorgeous views
Sleek marble bathrooms with glass walk-in showers
Free shuttle to Central, Admiralty, and Macau Ferry Terminal
Cafe and snack bar
Well-equipped business center, and an interactive concierge service
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Bright, modern fitness center with great city views
Free bottled water in rooms
No pool or spa
Standard rooms are smallish (typical of Hong Kong)
Glass-enclosed bathrooms (in some rooms) lack privacy
This 245-room Courtyard by Marriott has all the basics of an upscale business chain hotel -- a modern fitness center; a breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot; a well-equipped business center, and free Wi-Fi -- but it's a good pick for tourists, as well. Rooms, though somewhat small (typical of Hong Kong), offer great amenities, including mini-fridges, signature bedding, flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms with sleek rainfall showerheads. The highlight, however, is the great harbor and city views from most rooms and the gym. While location is not central, the hotel does offer free shuttle service to Central, Admiralty, and the Macau Ferry Terminal. Plus, it’s across the bridge from Tsim Sha Tsui, and cabs are easy to find. Travelers who'd rather be a stone's throw from Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (and are willing to pay higher rates) could look into the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.
A contemporary high-rise hotel geared towards the suit-and-tie set
Executive floors, a 24-hour gym, and free shuttle service to major business districts make the Courtyard by Marriott, Hong Kong a popular pick for business travelers, though couples are also attracted to its modern rooms with peek-a-boo bathrooms and Victoria Harbor views. In the lobby, light from contemporary fixtures reflects off of the high-gloss marble floors and walls, while retro orange-leather loungers, brown-leather club chairs, and thick navy-blue area rugs make sophisticated seating areas.
West of Central neighborhood, near great dining and shopping -- but far from major attractions
The hotel is located on Connaught Road, the main thoroughfare on Hong Kong Island. It is right across the Western Harbour Crossing from Kowloon, but a little removed from the main attractions. Overlooking the Victoria Harbor in a mainly residential area west of Central, the hotel can feel somewhat isolated. There are trams and buses, but for longer distances a cab will probably be necessary. The hotel provides shuttle service to Central and Admiralty areas, and to the Macau Ferry Terminal. Make sure to get a schedule at front desk before planning your day. There are a few trendy stores and restaurants in the neighborhood.
The business and financial hub of the city, Central overlooks the water from the north shore of Hong Kong Island. Its skyline is defined by tall glass-and-steel buildings and has a modern look, but some buildings from the neighborhood's past as a former British colony and military port remain.
Many tourists stay in or visit Central; its mix of modern and historic is appealing, and there are plenty of sights to take in. Central is home not only to upscale shopping centers and top-notch restaurants, but it is also home to several beautiful parks and gardens. The Chater Garden features a zoo and a playground, popular among families, and Hong Kong Park is the site of the Museum of Tea, housed in a historic colonial building.
10-minute walk to MTR station (HKU)
Six-minute drive to upscale shopping at IFC Mall, or 20 minutes via public transportation
Seven-minute drive to Jade Market
Eight-minute drive to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Eight-minute drive to Wan Chai Ferry Pier
Nine-minute drive to Expo Promenade
11-minute drive to Victoria Park
11-minute drive to Hong Kong Stadium
12-minute drive to Hong Kong Park
12-minute drive to the Tsim Sha Tsui area
19-minute drive to The Peak
19-minute drive to Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach
22-minute drive to Tai Tam Country Park
23-minute drive to Hong Kong Disneyland
35-minute drive to Big Wave Bay Beach
35-minute drive (without traffic) to Hong Kong International Airport
Snug, but well-stocked rooms with city or harbor views
The 245 rooms are modern, but not aggressively so, with homey touches like floor and wall lamps, cream-colored chairs and ottomans, a series of plant pictures above the beds, and rather hokey maroon carpeting. Some of the rooms can feel cramped for two people, though single travelers in town on business typically find no cause for complaint. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, work spaces with technology kits, iPhone-docking alarm clocks, robes, slippers, safes, and free Wi-Fi, plus coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and free bottled water. Many rooms have modern peek-a-boo bathrooms and knockout views of Victoria Harbor.
A casual cafe, modern fitness center, and business amenities
Momo Cafe serves excellent hot breakfast buffets (for a fee) and a la carte lunch and dinners, as well as baked goods, fruit, and drinks at its adjacent grab-and-go snack stand. Room service is available 24 hours, but the hotel's lack of a bar disappoints some guests (especially since there are few drinking spots in the surrounding neighborhood). Also missing: an on-site pool and spa, though the fitness center is spacious and well-equipped with elliptical, treadmills, and bikes (all with individual TVs), as well as multi-use strength equipment, free weights, yoga mats, lockers, and flat-screen TVs.
Guests who opt for Executive rooms can enjoy free breakfast (with a mix of Asian and Western offerings) and evening snacks and cocktails in a dedicated lounge, which is open until midnight. The business center has two computers, a printer, and free newspapers. There's also a wood-paneled meeting room with a 10-person table and projection capabilities.
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