This hotel was recommended to me by a HK-based friend. Although it's a couple of stops further down the MTR Island Line than I normally stay, this adds just a few moments of journey time when getting to meetings in Central and the cost saving was definitely worthwhile.
I booked online and took one of the Club packages as these offered breakfast buffet and free internet.
The hotel is situated about 400m walk from Fortress Point MTR. As some of the other reviewers point out, this is not the most chic neighbourhood - the walk down Oil Street takes you past a bunch of little workshops doing things like car repairs, but they - this is Hong Kong, it's always a bit cheek-by-jowl and I like that the city has character. It's certainly not unsafe in any way - I'd be happy for my teenage kids to walk back from the MTR to the hotel late at night, for example. But don't expect to be able to walk out of the hotel and do much on foot - there aren't a great many restaurants in the vicinity, you have to go one stop on the MTR or a short taxi ride (or 10min walk) to somewhere like Causeway Bay before you will find any night life.
The hotel staff were all very friendly. I checked in on the 41st floor Club level, and had a beer while they sorted out the formalities. It was very quick and efficient, as one expects in Asia. I arrived around 5pm so there was no question about the room being ready. The room was fine for my purposes - very clean, comfortable bed, desk with wired internet and plenty of power sockets. Lots of wardrobe space, too. It would have been a little small if I was travelling with my wife, but as a business traveller it was fine. Maybe they have larger rooms for couples/families.
I made use of several facilities - the Chinese restaurant served a very tasty dinner and was not outrageously expensive, though when I dined out with a colleague at a nearby (excellent) Chinese restaurant recommended by the hotel it was substantially cheaper. I'm not a big fan of eating in the hotel all the time anyway. The buffet breakfast was very good, with both Western cooked breakfast and Chinese on offer, plus fruit, cereal etc. The buffet was open quite long hours, too which was good news when one is adjusting to the time difference. Each morning the staff greeted me by name upon arrival to Club Lounge which was nice, too. The views of Kowloon & the harbour from the Club Lounge and the neighbouring restaurant 'Le 188' were very good.
The gym is pretty good though it would have been nice to have a rowing machine.
I held a number of business meetings at the hotel and staff were very accommodating and helpful.
The pool was closed but this was advertised on their website before I booked so it didn't bother me.
I used the laundry a few times and items were always picked up very swiftly and returned in good time and nicely ironed. Prices were quite sensible for hotel laundry.
I also had a Chinese Massage in the Spa. It was fantastic.
My return flight didn't leave until 11pm so I asked for a late checkout and they let me use the room until 5pm which was extremely generous. I was then permitted to use the Club facilities for the rest of the evening, which was nice of them compared with having to wait a long time in the airport.
I would be happy to recommend this hotel for business travellers looking for a comfortable place which is substantially less expensive than the standard 'branded' offerings in Admiralty or Central. For families or couples sightseeing, it's a good option as long as you are not looking for a super-luxury place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The multi-award winning Harbour Grand Hong Kong is ideally located in the heart of Hong Kong Island and just few minutes walk from the MTR station with easy access to the city's business, shopping, dining and fashion districts. All 828 contemporary-designed guestrooms and suites enjoy stunning views of Victoria Harbour. In addition to the 27-metre outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, spa facilities, a total of 12,685 square feet of meeting spaces, there are also 5 distinguished restaurants which accent Cantonese, European, Japanese and international cuisines, with Le 188o Restaurant and Lounge boasting a 188 degree panoramic harbour view. ... more less
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