Hotel Review: Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel


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I’ve been staying at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel for more than 10 years and I’ve never been disappointed. It overlooks the spectacular Victoria Harbour and is located on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui—the heart of the city’s busiest commercial shopping and business hub.

Hong Kong is a city full of luxury hotel choices, but I've been staying at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel for more than 10 years on various visits and I've never been disappointed. 

The hotel is in Kowloon close to the TST metro station. It overlooks the spectacular Victoria Harbour, and the hotel is located on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui—the heart of the city’s busiest commercial shopping and business hub.

The Star Ferry and ocean terminal are at the hotel’s doorstep and shopping is literally next door with the hotel forming part of Harbour City, the largest shopping complex in Hong Kong. Guests enjoy easy access to the area’s major tourist attractions such as Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Space Museum and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel
Marco Polo exterior

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel & Continental Club

The hotel has 665 well appointed rooms and suites, many of which feature breathtaking views of the Victoria Harbour skyline. Over the years I’ve grown to prefer the exclusive comfort and personalized service of the Continental Club.

The Continental Club is the designated guest floors which come with unparalleled benefits that seal the hallmark of Marco Polo hospitality. The Canton Lounge, as the club lounge is referred to, offers a host of benefits that include: daily breakfast, all day tea and coffee service and happy hour featuring wines and bespoke canapes. Drinks are served at a special rate outside of happy hour.

The Canton Lounge

The club lounge manager Frances  and her team, make the Club floors feel like a hotel within a hotel. Nothing is too much trouble to help you organize your stay-they’ll book your reservations or give you ‘live like a local’ advice.

The club floor is away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, and in my opinion, worth the extra money. Request a harbour view room and you won’t be disappointed.

Inside the lounge is a very colonial experience, a real butler service. The staff wear old style butler suits and it adds an air of exclusivity to your stay. It’s kind of like an old English country club.

And don’t miss out on Cucina. The hotel restaurant is well worth a visit and boasts great Italian food and harbour views.

As always I encourage you to chat with the staff, learn about their lives. They’re always happy to share, and will definitely remember you should you return. The Continental Club at the Marco Polo has become my second home in Asia, as I’ve been fortunate enough to stay so many times on business and pleasure.

Being so close to the Star Ferry is absolutely a top reason I choose the Marco Polo. It’s a mere three minute walk to either the Star Ferry or the TST metro station. Convenience and extreme comfort.

Breakfast at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel
Breakfast at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

Getting to Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

Arriving at Hong Kong International Airport, you can either take a 40 minute taxi or do what I prefer—take the airport express train from the airport to Kowloon station. It’s a quick 15 minutes and a return ticket will cost you $185 Hong Kong dollars.

If you’re not traveling solo, here’s a tip:
If you’re a couple or in a group of any size, head to the well signed, actual ticket office at the airport. Purchase a group ticket for each person in your group. As long as you all travel together, you’ll save $35 for the return trip.

At Kowloon station, exit the turnstile and head towards the free airport express hotel bus on the upper level—take the escalator, then take route K2. Announcements are made in English, so don’t panic. The drop off is right at the corner of the hotel, inside a parking garage.

When you arrive in the lobby, head to any check in counter and tell them you’re on the Club floor. You’ll be escorted to an elevator, so you can skip the line and check in on the Club floor.

I have on the odd occasion stayed in the main hotel for one night, because of a late arrival, or an early morning departure. It’s lovely nonetheless, you just won’t get the personalized service that you do at the Continental Club.

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