Friday, August 1, 2014

Hotel Review : Harbour Grand Hong Kong

Business trips can be tiring as I'm obviously there for work and not much for play. Still, the positive side of me always finds a reason to be excited for a business trip be it the fact that I'll be visiting a new place or I'll be able to try the local food or I get to check out a hotel. I'm lucky that in most of my business trips abroad, I get to stay in really nice hotels. Remember the one where I stayed at in Beijing, China?

During my recent 24hour visit to Hong Kong, my colleague S and I stayed at the Harbour Grand Hong Kong Hotel in Fortress Hill. S has stayed at this hotel twice already so I just let her be our navigator in searching for the nearest convenience store, Starbucks Coffee outlet and even a Sasa beauty shop. The neighborhood was relatively quiet as automotive and hardware shops surround the hotel so you can take a peaceful walk at night without much noise around.

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I tell you, it was love at first sight from the moment I stepped into the lobby. The hotel sure lives up to it's name. Overlooking the Hong Kong Harbour, every corner, every room and floor speaks of such grand luxury. Take the lobby for instance. I was immediately reminded of the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast and the scene where Belle graciously descended down the majestic staircase.

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The hotel also has a very nice and pleasant smell similar to the likes of the 5-star hotels in Manila and Singapore too. I wonder what scent was used as I'd love to spray that in my room! It's no wonder that they won the Tripadvisor award last year.

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This hotel is 41-storey high so not wanting to let their guests wait long for the lift, there are 3 sets of lifts available. One set (3 lifts) that just goes up to the commercial floors (restaurants, pool, gym, etc) and the other two sets (8 lifts) are divided among the room floors. I have to admit though that there was still a short wait perhaps due to the high volume of occupants that evening.



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Welcome to my beautiful Superior Harbour View Room. I just love the comfy king sized bed and they actually have a menu of pillows which you can request for. Since I was just there for the night, I was happy with the regular pillows that they've provided me with. Beside my bed was the study table which had a lot of electrical sockets available. I really liked this as I had to plug in my laptop and phone at the same time to be more efficient.

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Take a peek at my bathroom, yes it is divided with a glass window so you can actually watch TV while brushing your teeth! However, if you're shy and if you're staying with someone else, you can just press the button to bring the blinds down for your privacy. The bathroom was also quite spacious with a very inviting bath tub, a rain shower head and a marbled sink too. I love the HUGE round mirror making it so easy for me to fix myself up in the morning.

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I really like it whenever hotels would take the extra step to make sure that you're not only comfortable and well-rested but you don't get thirsty and you're well-entertained too. These little details really go a long long way.

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The bed was really comfy and despite having only a few hours of sleep as I stayed up quite late to prepare for my meeting, I woke up feeling rejuvenated and ready for a full day of work! Wish Paul was with me though as the bed as indeed to big for lonesome me. One of the highlight of my trip was waking up to this view. Good morning beautiful Hong Kong! Oh how I've missed you! ♥

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To prepare us for a busy day ahead, S and I agreed to have a hearty buffet breakfast at the Harbour Grand Cafe. This just got to be one of the biggest and grandest hotel cafes that I've been to. Once again, giving you a nice view of the harbour you can enjoy a wide variety of International breakfast choices from bacons to waffles and even some Hong Kong specialties like the congee and dimsums too!

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No trip to Hong Kong is complete without having a bowl of congee so I skipped having rice and bread and went for my customized bowl of congee. So yummy!

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I accompanied this with a mix of cold cuts, sausages, egg and dimsum. It was indeed a delicious breakfast and I was so happy that the food was delicious.

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Since I had a little extra time to explore the other amenities before heading out for my first meeting, I checked out the gym. It was quite small but it's complete with the basic equipment and machines. As you can see, a number of hotel guests were busy working out before perhaps heading out for a full day in the city. To be honest though, I never really get to use any hotel's gym as I'd rather burn those calories in the pool.

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This is a simple rectangular swimming pool where you can do your laps. No fancy lounging corners but it also got a jacuzzi where you can relax after your swim.

Location-wise, the hotel is very near the Fortress Hill MTR so commuting is a breeze. It's also a few blocks away from the busy King's Road where there are a wide mix of restaurants and shops that'll suit your needs and wants! It's along the same stretch as our previous hotel in Hong Kong only one station away. Around the area there's a supermarket, a couple of convenience store, a number of fast food and restaurants. Well, just like Singapore, I find anywhere in Hong Kong very accessible regardless is this is via the train, bus or even the tram.

This is such a great hotel and I can't wait to be able to go back to Hong Kong and to stay here again. Hopefully next time I'll get to spend more days to enjoy the city.

Harbour Grand Hong Kong is located at 23 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong. Nearest MTR station: Fortress Hill Exit A. Visit their website here

4 comments:

  1. Looks nice ha!! But I got bothered with the 3 elevators. It's a long wait, I think. I remember staying in Ibis North Point and for the whole hotel there were only 3 lifts and the wait was so bad! In Prince Hotel in TST the hotel is only 15 floors but they have 6 lifts! Really really convenient!

    I miss HK!! I'm super glad I get a chance to go every year! Hehehe...

    Miss you Fran!

    Love, Didi

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    1. Di! It's 3 sets of elevators so its actually a lot :) I used to go to HKG every year except for last year as most of our trips were just SG-MNL-SG :)

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  2. Did you get to try Le 188 Fran? Nice 180 degree view of HK skyline up there..especially at night :)

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    1. Hi Ajay!! yesss I went up to the 41st floor to hang out with my friend at Le 188 :D so pretty up there!

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