When you book this hotel there are plenty of warnings regarding the ongoing renovations, so if you don't like drilling that starts at 9am and ends at 5.30pm precisely, this is not the hotel for you. As I am never in my room between those hours it made little difference, be aware that it is currently the 5th floor that is being completely remodelled from a floor of bedrooms to a floor of restaurants.
The hotel bedrooms are tired, hence the renovations. Also, the hotel has no restaurant and no bar, it just has a breakfast (excellent it was too) room. However there are three Gateway Hotels all in walking distance on the same road and you can use the facilities in all of them, even billing drink/food directly to your room. The Marco Polo is the best, just opposite the Star Ferry terminal. It has a small swimming pool and and great bar with equally great staff. If you want your Hong Kong cliché photos of Victoria Peak in the background this is the place for your snapping
The hotel is built into a shopping mall so you can walk straight out of reception into hundreds of air-conditioned shops. There is no need to take a taxi or use the underground as everything is within walking distance. I took the ferry to Hong Kong (HKD2) but got caught out with the last ferry back. It is a very early 11:30pm, a HKD2 ferry fare turned into a HKD160 taxi fare! To get to/fro the airport use the Express Railway and get off at Kowloon Station then get a taxi, it is a big saving in time and money vs. a taxi.
This is a value for money hotel in a great location with very helpful staff which I would stay in again, even if the renovations were still ongoing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising over Hong Kong's commercial and entertainment district of Kowloon is Gateway Hotel, a Marco Polo hotel. Housed in Harbour City – Hong Kong's largest shopping complex – Gateway Hotel, the ultimate in leisure accommodation and shopping experience. In September 2013, Gateway Hotel introduced a brand new 360-degree redesigned property that defined a totally innovative design concept. All 400 guestrooms and suites underwent the redesign, which won a Global Excellence award for Best Hotel by The International Interior Design Association in December 2012. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the entire hotel. Complimentary mini-bar service in every room will be replenished daily. The essential refreshments vital to enjoying the dazzling energy of Hong Kong will be restocked daily in the free mini-bar.Enjoy your journey in Hong Kong to the fullest with a handy, a complimentary smartphone for travellers with the power to keep guests totally connected while exploring the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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