Friday, February 26, 2010

Suitcases: Macro Polo Gateway, Hong Kong

I recently took a short trip to Hong Kong for some shopping and foodie eating. Of course, the weather there was a big clincher! It was winter season which allowed me to whip out my winter clothing. What a wonderful difference from the ever hot little country we reside in. That was the good part.

The bad part? I fell sick! The night before I was to leave for my morning flight! The flu it seems. How unfortunate as I was so looking forward to this trip, it being my first time back in Hong Kong in 7 years!
I have a few posts lined up regarding said trip. This is the first, about the lovely hotel I stayed at. This place is called the Marco Polo Gateway Hotel at Tsim Sha Tsui. One of the great things about this particular hotel is its location! Located along Canton Road, it is one of the main roads in Hong Kong. Think Orchard Road in Singapore. And, it is connected to a major shopping site which has several sections and names, but mostly called The Gateway. Now think Cititel Hotel/Mid Valley Megamall/Boulevard Hotel/The Gardens/The Gardens Hotel in Kuala Lumpur! Same concept, just bigger!

Here’s a look at the hotel. You can watch a 360 degree video on the official website! Very cool stuff!




 




What’s that? Why show Prada instead of the hotel? Well, the main entrance is actually right across from Prada! Really unhealthy for those without their belts fastened tight! Imagine, I see this very sight every time I go in and out of the hotel! It sure makes my tongue wag and my fingers itchy.



A shot of the room. That’s pretty much it! Besides the bathroom which I never take pictures off. Oh, please excuse the bags! I think this is a really adequate room for 2 people, especially in a busy and happening country like Hong Kong where you are mostly going to find yourself anywhere but the hotel room, besides resting time.




First thing I did after checking in and unloading the bags? Eat of course! I went to my favourite restaurant! That one deserves a post on its own for sure! It’s going to be a really yummy one! Promise!

Just a little note, I’ve stayed in this very hotel 4 times in the last 10 years. And it is getting better and better! Mostly due to the great location. The hotel hasn’t changed, it is the surrounding stores outside that have changed so much that I got lost so many times looking for my favourite spots. I did go home with a better sense of the new Hong Kong!

The ferry terminal behind the hotel/The Gateway shopping complex.


On a good, clear night


On foggy nights


A mural on the other side of the harbour walkway

A lovely and yummy art display

Loves: Convenient location, lots of shopping, good hotel service, adequate sized rooms
Gripes: NONE so far!

All in all, a really nice hotel. If you want a more upper class version, there are 2 more hotels under the same parent company which are also located around the shopping complex. They are the Marco Polo Prince and Marco Polo Hong Kong.

But if I were you, I'd prefer to spend that extra dough on some major shopping and eating! Heck, you only spend a few hours in the hotel room once you get to Hong Kong. So don't waste it!

Until the next post! Ciao!


Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review financially or otherwise. Everything mentioned are my own thoughts based on my experience.

2 comments:

  1. Wow the pictures look great! I wish to go HK one day too!

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  2. Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for the comment! I love HK. The food, the environment, the sights, the shopping (of course), and I love this hotel!

    Wait till you see my HK foodie pics and post! I am getting hungry just talking about it!

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