Arrived her pretty weary after a 15 and a half hour flight and wanted nothing more than a meal, a bath, and a bed. But for whatever reasons, they upgraded me to a huge and luxurious room on a higher floor and I fell in love with the place.
Had planned to move on the next morning, but extended for a second night. I often travel on the cheap, but this time I felt in need of a splurge. Am convinced it was the right decision.
Thought about going touring and or shopping in Hong Kong on my free day, but I've been there before several times and didn't have a pressing sense of mission. Instead, I never left the confines of the hotel.
The HMS Marriott became my cruise ship on the ocean as I got rested, read the last part of my book and caught up on e-mail, etcetera. Low key activities and it was pleasant to have the luxury of unstructured time. No deadlines, no rigid schedules, no tight connections.
Nothing is really near this hotel, but it didn't matter to me. They do have a shuttle that will take you to City Center (Tung Chung 东涌) free of charge.
Might add that I've stayed at Novotel Citygate and at the Regal Airport Hotel several times on previous trips. Both of those are less isolated, and that might be a consideration if you were traveling with restless, action-oriented family members or kids who needed entertainment.
When I checked in they told me about a temporary special whereby you get breakfast for only one additional Hong Kong Dollar. I leaped at that and definitely got good value from that single extra HKD. If you are going soon, I suggest inquiring about this fine deal. I can't remember when it ends.
Shuttle from and to the airport was efficient and complimentary. Runs every 20 minutes around the clock. Bellman helped me with my heavy luggage. One night I ate in the hotel's dining room and had a top notch meal. Cost a bit more than it would have at an outside restaurant, but that's to be expected. The quality was there and the convenience made it a good value.
The next night I was supremely lazy and ordered room service. It arrived promptly and was set up by a friendly, smiling waitress. Chicken avocado pizza, a garden salad, and a cup of mushroom soup. Every item freshly made and at the right serving temperature.
Check out was smooth. Staff were all friendly, from maids, to wait staff, to bellmen, to counter personnel. Most were trilingual, having an excellent command of Mandarin as well as Cantonese in addition to decent English. I'm a member of their rewards club and therefore got free internet. You need to mention it if you are also a member, or else you will incur a charge.
When my cruise on the HMS Marriott ended, I was in much better condition when I first boarded the ship two days earlier and could continue my expedition into Mainland China refreshed and well rested.
Thank you Marriott.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the edge of Lantau Island, the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel provides a refreshing escape from the bustling city and an alternative option for meetings and conferences. Welcoming guests with an impeccable location, the hotel is near the Hong Kong International Airport and directly connected to AsiaWorld-Expo. The most prestigious international hotel on Lantau Island offers luxurious accommodations, with 658 guest rooms facing the sea or golf course, 14 multi-functional meeting rooms spanning more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space, five restaurants, pampering treatments at the on-site award-winning Quan Spa, an indoor heated swimming pool and a 24-hour gym. Travelling to city centre is just a 28-minute train ride. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, we invite you to experience the best and travel brilliantly with the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Marriott
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