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“Location is the only drawback”

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Courtyard Hong Kong
Ranked #62 of 725 Hotels in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 27, 2009

The title states that the location is a drawback but it can also be a plus as well. For those who want to be in the middle of the action then staying closer to Central, Wanchai, TST would be more convenient. For those who would rather stay with the "locals" then this location is perfect. There is a less "touristy" feel but the hustle and bustle is still there; it's just more of the local people going to school, work, shopping, etc. That's the only potential negative I can see to this place.

The hotel is clean and modern in design. It is a high rise with a small footprint because space is at a premium in Hong Kong. Most of the surrounding buildings are built similarly.

The check-in was quick and efficient. I received a free upgrade to a harbor view room on the 32nd Executive floor which turned out to be the top floor. The view was wonderful. It was great seeing the boat traffic and to be able to see West Kowloon. There was a slight disadvantage to staying on one of the higher floors. With only 3 elevators servicing the hotel sometimes there was a slight wait.

The room was spotlessly clean, looked brand new, and had a modern contemporary design. I wish all hotel rooms would provide the multiple lighting options I had in my room with control switches next to the bed. I also love the wall-mounted controls for the window shades including a black-out blind. The room size was compact but expected for Hong Kong hotels. The bathroom was also compact with a shower but no tub. There was always excellent water pressure although I did experience several episodes of flucuating water temperature.

I was able to use the Executive Lounge on the 6th floor. There was a nice selection for breakfast and snacks in the evening along with beer and wine. The small gym was also on the 6th floor with some free weights, weight machines and several aerobic machines. Both the Executive Lounge and the gym had nice views of the harbor.

There was a very attentive staff who did not hesitate to help with any of my requests during my stay. Ask the staff for help on using the tram or the bus. Also ask for a card with the hotel address to use with taxis. After getting some tips from the hotel staff, I used the tram, the bus, and the MTR and got around Hong Kong and Kowloon just fine. The system is convenient, runs frequently, and fairly easy to use. The Hong Kong-Macau ferry terminal is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The nearest MTR station is about a 20-min walk from the hotel. The nearest tram station is just outside the hotel at the intersection. Several bus stops are at the intersection as well. I recommend sitting on the top level of the double decker tram or bus for nice views as you travel around town. I also recommend getting the Octopus card so you don't have to carry the exact fare amount.

The hotel also offers free one-way scheduled shuttles to several destinations. You can get a copy of the schedule on the hotel website.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

Stayed four nights while visiting Hong Kong as a tourist. The hotel is very beautiful but very narrow so a small lobby and floors with just 5 or 6 rooms but 32 floors in height. The rooms are as described elsewhere and do include bathrobe and slippers. Hotel service is top shelf. On reentering the hotel there is almost always someone at the front door to open it for you and say "welcome back". The free shuttle service is a real plus.
As to the hotel's location I will admit I was somewhat skeptical but found I loved it. You are staying in a lower income residential part of Hong Kong Island. Children are busy going to and from school in their uniforms. Grandmas are shopping for the night's meal and the tram that takes you to the glitter of Central is fast, efficient (comes by every 1.5 minutes) and economical (26 cents). For an extra treat try to find the Red Chinese Administrative Office nearby, it's great for picture taking.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 10, 2009

Without a doubt, as the previous reviews all say, the service from the hotel staff was exceptional, the rooms clean and spacious and complimentary shuttle bus service available (one way only).

It's located in an area that's not very touristy, and it's great to see how Hong Kongers operate each day.

However, because the hotel's location was very distant from the major sightseeing destinations, it became cumbersome returning to hotel after a very long day of trekking around. The closest MTR station is Sheung Wan. It's about a 40 minute walk from the station. You can also take a taxi, but if you're looking to save some cash and/or get a true HK experience, then you can easily take the tram to the hotel. Take the tram that is either going to Kennedy Town or Whitty Street, and get off at Water Street, across from the Ramada.

I would recommend this hotel if you're staying in HK for less than a week and/or if you have the time/energy/money to take additional transportation from the MTR station.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2009

The Courtyard by Marriot was just perfect for our needs since we were going to be spending most of our time on HK Island and it was close to the Macau ferry terminal. We actully liked the location in an ‘old’ Hong Kong kind of area. The Tram was just around the corner and we used it a lot. They also had a shuttle service in the morning to the ferry piers and IFC mall etc.

We were upgraded to a harbour view room - although it is only a partial harbour view and not as spectacular as some of the other hotels. The rooms are small and the toilet only has a shower and no bathtub. But everything was new and clean and well laid out. Adapters and cables were thoughtfully provided in a pouch on the desk. The windows have mechanised blinds and sheers! The bed was big and comfy. Room service food was excellent.

Service was top notch. They made restaurant reservations in Macau prior to our arrival and were generally very helpful. Overall it was great value. We loved our stay there and would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank MadhuShetty
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Reviewed November 4, 2009

If you are travelling with young kids, just be careful because rooms are not very spacious. Location wise, they are right at the end, with no subway station near by. Taxis are the only resort apart from their shuttle service but it only goes one way. Staff was very friendly & knowledgeable. Breakfast buffet was a rip-off considering its Marriott. Very limited options.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2009

Hi everyone, as a reguar traveller to Hong Kong this hotel came up as a great deal and now I know why. Spent 3 nights here in Oct 09. It is a new modern hotel with very small but well fitted out rooms. The big problem is the hotel is in a poor area or Hong Kong, no bars , no restaurants - even the hotel doesn't have a bar. The buldings surrounding it are like a shanty town. Its functional, clean, with a small footprint - thus 30 floors-. The breakfast was good but the hotel has no soul. Its cheap and miles from anywhere. If you are a regular to HK then fine, but as a new traveller dont stay here as you will be very disapponted and the area wil give you a less then favourable impression of HK. Get the best deal you can in Kowloon or Central where there is much more life. I hope i have been fair ?

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 29, 2009

After a long 10 days in China spent 2 nights at the Courtyard Hong Kong and was very pleased. At first I was put on the 8th floor without much of a view but then was upgraded to the 23rd floor with a wonderful harbor view. Rooms while small by US standards was comfortable and had all the amenities you need. Though internet is not free which is not right. The gym was nice and not that crowded and the restaurant seemed okay though I did not eat there. I would say the only drawback is the distance from the MTR. As most have written its about a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute tram ride, and the trams are spotty. Aside from this it is a top not spot.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank jrube
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Additional Information about Courtyard Hong Kong

Address: No.167 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong, China
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Location: China > Hong Kong > Sai Wan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#47 Romantic Hotel in Hong Kong
#50 Business Hotel in Hong Kong
#52 Family Hotel in Hong Kong
#57 Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range: $145 - $369 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Courtyard Hong Kong 4*
Number of rooms: 245
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known for spectacular shopping, sightseeing and entertainment, Hong Kong is ideal for business or leisure travel. With a beautiful backdrop of Victoria Harbour, Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong offers great harbour views and easy access to the financial district. Our downtown Hong Kong hotel is located near the MTR subway - HKU station of West Island Line with approximate 6 to 8 minutes on foot, hotel also offers complimentary shuttle to major Hong Kong Island business districts. The lobby's interactive GoBoard lets you find local restaurants, news and travel conditions. Smartly designed guestrooms offer great views, Marriott signature bedding, LCD TV, complimentary high-speed connectivity in all guestrooms as well as meeting facility, and a luxurious marble bathroom. Our Executive Rooms and Suites provide access to the cozy Executive Lounge. Enjoy a workout in our 24-hour fitness centre and dine at our award-winning restaurant MoMo Cafe. ... more   less 
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