PROs: very friendly hotel staff, the relatively good price.
- the hotel is right by a huge intersection of suspension bridges and so you have unobstructed view of the heavy traffic (which I don't remember anyone mentioning)
- Incredible small and badly plan shower booth. Not only does it barely fit a person (western size), but it also has a cloth shower curtain which makes it very difficult not to splash water all over the bathroom. Additionally, the bathroom sink soap comes in a very unfortunate form: it's liquid and comes into one of those tiny bottles (the way the shampoo usually does) which makes it very unpractical to use. Suggestion: put a soap bar, no matter how tiny.
- very badly organized breakfast - no matter what time you arrive, the breakfast room is always full, which the hotel staff "fixed" by providing additional sitting into a "VIP" room. The problem is that the VIP room does not hold at any time any breakfast items, not even coffee, which means you'll constantly have to pace between the two areas to get food while trying to navigate between the people that are either standing in line for breakfast themselves or waiting for the elevator, people who don't necessarily get out of your way. (I guess this says more about the kind of people that stay there than the hotel itself, but I think this could be avoided with better organization on the hotel part). Oh, and don't forget to bring your breakfast vouchers with you (they are provided upon check-in) otherwise, even though you might have the breakfast included in your room fare, you might end up being charged for it.
- average or below average breakfast, and I don't necessarily mean the variety, but more toward the quality. There's always a huge line for a hot omelet, and the scrambled eggs - the scrambled eggs that were offered as an alternative, were cold and totally unappetizing.
- extremely expensive fee for a Chinese VIsa (there is a travel desk in the hotel lobby). The quoted price for a one-entry visa was 1,560 HK dollars. Even considering you get it in 24h, it's still a very prohibitive price. There are other places in Hong Kong that can get you that for less money (I remember seeing an agency on Nathan road doing it for 350 HK dollars)
- slow and crowded elevators
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong has completed a top-to-bottom overhaul to all its 454 rooms and suites and the hotel lobby. The new lobby welcomes guest with an unexpectedly playful vibe which is apparent on the design elements aimed to captivate one's senses. Each of the newly refurbished room, on the other hand, adopts a meticulous theme including the East-meets-West Victorian and classic Oriental and sleek-contemporary designs to name a few. Refurbished rooms offer a majestic view of the race course adjacent to the hotel, while the redesigned bathrooms feature a refreshing rain shower experience. Every Friday, hotel guests are welcome to join the 'Dorsett Wine Hour' at the lobby during which free flow of wine and canapés are provided. For the kids, there is also a colourfully decorated Candy Bar filled with sweet treats. With a lively neighborhood to explore and a dynamic address amid Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, there is a subway station only an eight-minute stroll away. All hotel guests will be given a specially designed 'Eat & Shop Like A Local' booklet which covers a host of local-recommended eateries and shopping spots in the hotel's neighbourhood, offering guests an authentic Hong Kong experience. The hotel also offers scheduled shuttle services to 16 destinations including Causeway Bay, Wanchai, Central, Admiralty, Quarry Bay and Taikoo. Every guestroom features a portable smart phone for free use inside and outside of the hotel, offering unlimited 3G internet supported by Wi-Fi hotspot sharing function, free local and IDD calls to 9 select countries including Australia, Canada, China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, UK and US. Other facilities include a gymnasium, meeting rooms accommodating up to 200 delegates, a refurbished bar on the lobby level and Dining House serving Cantonese cuisine. Dorsett Wanchai is an environmentally friendly "green" hotel with a 100% smoke-free policy. It is also an Earthcheck Bronze Benchmarked Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cosmopolitan Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Cosmopolitan Hotel
- Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong
- Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong