Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hotel Review: JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong Stop 5


The JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong is a remarkable hotel.  Everything is top notch from the location, lobby, rooms, staff, restaurants, etc.

The hotel is in a great location.  The hotel sits atop the Pacific Place shopping area, a major underground shopping center full of great shops, a movie theater and awesome restaurants.  It also happens to be one of the most major hubs for the MTR (subway system) in Hong Kong.  Many of the transfers for different lines take place at this station.  The train that goes to/from the Hong Kong Airport goes through this station.  It also happens to be one of the stops you can hop aboard the Disney Train that takes you to the Disney Park.  All of Hong Kong is convenient from this station just below the JW Marriott.

The lobby is gorgeous.  It is all marble and from the balcony, there is a view to the floor below where many of the hotel’s restaurants are.  The lobby is floor to ceiling glass and provides some great views of the famous Victoria Harbor.  The check-in was very smooth and the concierge desk right next to the front doors was very well staffed.  We never had to wait for a concierge to help us and they were very insightful.

The rooms were very spacious, by Hong Kong standards.  Our room had amazing views of the harbor.  They had wonderful turn down service leaving the customary mint on our pillows.  The bathrooms were clean and spacious and had great oversized towels.

There is a great outdoor pool on the 7th floor.  I was surprised to find it was heated, but understand it can come in handy approximately 4 days a year.

The restaurants were first rate.  Looking around during breakfast, there is the sense that many important business deals are going down.  Be sure to dress up a little.  The people on the island in Hong Kong tend to dress well. 

Hong Kong is an exciting city.  There is a ton to do and see.  We took the Star Ferry over to the Kowloon side to visit the Ladies Market.  We also went over to see the LDS Temple.  Of course with kids, we had to go the Disneyland Hong Kong.  We visited The Peak and took in the view as well as enjoying a delicious dinner overlooking the city.  But overall, our favorite experience was just taking the moving sidewalks as far up the hill as they would take us and then wandering back down on foot to see what we could discover.  We found a small zoo and ducked into some neat little shops.  I feel like there is so much more to see and do and I think a lot of that is offered at night.  Unfortunately our kids needed to get down early so we missed out on some of the night market, the Happy Valley Racecourse and some of the great late night restaurants.

Hong Kong was a very cool city and the JW Marriott Hong Kong Hotel is a perfect hotel in this great city.
The moving walkways of Hong Kong

Chandler family exploring Hong Kong

Hong Kong skyling

View from The Peak Hong Kong

Katie taking in view from The Peak

Dinner with a view at The Peak Hong Kong


Nighttime skyline from The Peak Hong Kong

Just outside the JW Marriott

About to enter Disneyland Hong Kong with Gwen

Gwen and Katie are the only blondes in site at Disney Hong Kong


Nighttime in Hong Kong

Hong Kong LDS Temple

Ladies Market in Kowloon

View from Victoria Harbor

View from Victoria Harbor

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