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Hong Kong - Renaissance Harbor View Review

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As long time Marriott business travelers, we chose to stay at the Renaissance Harbor View Hong Kong rather than one of the more local / regional hotels while in Hong Kong.  It was definitely nice to have a familiar feeling hotel to come back to at the end of the day. The Renaissance Harbor View is on Hong Kong Island overlooking Victoria Harbor and Kowloon (the part of Hong Kong that's actually attached to mainland China).  The staff there was wonderful, and gave us a great (upgraded) room with a view of the harbor.  Even bigger surprise was the fact that the room was on the corner of the building on the 30th floor -- so not only did we get to see the Kowloon skyline across the harbor, we could see a portion of the skyline on Hong Kong Island as well.  Each of the skyscrapers seemed to outdo the one before --- views were breathtaking day or night.   I don't think we closed the drapes the entire time! 

 

Rooms

Beds were decently comfy (although a little hard) and the temp was easy to control in the room.  Room had 2 standard sized twin beds. Bottled water and fresh fruit were provided in the room. Bathrooms were really nice – marble – with separate tub and shower.  The junior suite also had a separate ½ bath in the living area which made getting ready in the morning go a little quicker.  Slippers, robes, safes, hair dryers and ironing boards were provided in the room.  In room coffee was ok, although like much of Asia it was instant. 2-3 kinds of tea were also available.

 

Concierge Lounge

We were given access to the Executive Lounge on the 40th Floor.  Staff service there was wonderful, regardless of time of day.  There were coffee, tea, sodas and water available from 6am to midnight.  Daily continental breakfast was available M-F from 6-10am and 6-11 on weekends and holidays.  In addition to breads, cereals and fruits, there were a couple of hot options available each day including boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. Breakfast was excellent and the coffee was really good!  Afternoon tea was available from 3-5.  Complementary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.   In some hotels, the evening snacks could serve as a substitute for dinner --- this was not one of those places.  Options were good, but fairly light.  Each night carried a different theme, but generally, the hot items gave you the option to try fairly local dishes.  Alcohol was available at other times, but was billed to the room,  Free Wi-Fi, as well as a computer that you could use were also available in the lounge,  The staff there was also able to take care of our checkout. The lounge was fairly quiet regardless of time of day and had great sunset views.

 

Lobby Bar

On our first night, we needed a light meal despite the fact that it was fairly late.  We stopped in at the lobby bar.  They had a selection of appetizers to choose from.  Food was excellent, and reasonable considering the hotel / location.   Each night, there is live music in the lounge.  It’s a great place to watch people and relax after a long day.

 

Transportation

From the hotel, you can access the Wan Chai MTR station by covered walkways which is really nice when traffic is heavy or when it’s raining.  It’s also a short <5 min walk to the Wan Chai pier for the Star Ferry.   What turned out to be the best tip I found on TA was using the Airport Express Tourist Card.   There is a counter as you exit baggage claim in the airport where you can purchase the cards using cash or credit card.  For $300HK / person, you get a roundtrip ticket on the Airport Express train, shuttle service from the main stations to several of the big hotels in Kowloon and on HK Island, ability to use in-town check-in (more on that later) and 3 days of unlimited MTR (subway) usage. The airport train is very clean, leaves frequently (every 12 min) and is accessed right from the terminal. The trip is about 25 minutes to HK station. If you take the Airport Express in from the Airport, the H1 Shuttle bus provided by airport express will take you directly to the Renaissance.  The shuttle runs on a schedule about every 20 minutes and will get you back to the Airport Express Train when you leave as well. Note – you will need your Oyster card pass to enter and exit most stations. $50HK of the ticket is refundable if you return the card when you leave. http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/airport_express/aepass_index.html

 

Area

There are lots of little restaurants, pubs, 7-11, drugstores, bookstores, etc. within walking distance. You should be able to find what you want fairly easily without paying hotel prices. A walk around the convention center in front of the hotel offers some great views of the city / waterfront and felt safe – even at night.

 

Service

Overall, service was top notch. Everyone you saw spoke to you and was very friendly.  We were always greeted with a smile. English was common in the hotel.  Housekeeping was great, and kept us stocked with bottled water and fresh fruit. Room was serviced twice a day. We were walked to our room by someone at the front desk when we checked in.

 

Pool

There is a really nice pool area between the Renaissance and the Hyatt next door.    However, might be a little noisy during the day due to some construction going on around the convention center.

 

Hotel was a great choice.   Marriott property was a little more in the financial district, but not on the waterfront.   The new Courtyard property is a little closer to the waterfront --- but a little farther from things.   The Renaissance was a great choice based on location, view and ease of getting around. I’d definitely go back when in the area.

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