INTRODUCTION

The Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel is an airport hotel located around a 5-10 minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport.  It is across the road from the AsiaWorld Expo, which makes it a convenient hotel when needing to attend a convention being held at the Expo.

The hotel offers a free shuttle service between the property and the hotel, which runs every 20 minutes, and departs from bus bays 29 and 30 from Terminal 2.  There is also one free shuttle from the hotel to Hong Kong Disneyland, which departs at 10am each morning.

There is not much to do around the immediate area, although you could arrange for taxis to take you to visit some sights on Lantau Island, such as the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.

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I stayed over the Christmas period in 2016 and the lobby was decorated with festive items.  The lobby itself is quite comfortable with ample sofas for lounging, looking onto the harbour ports nearby.

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CHECK-IN

When I arrived at around 11am, the room wasn’t ready yet so I left my luggage with concierge.  When playing around with the Marriott mobile app while on the free hotel shuttle bus to Disneyland, I noticed there was an online chat function to speak with hotel staff.  I wanted to test this and requested that my luggage be taken to the room when it became ready.  I was quite surprised that the chat staff were actual hotel staff and not centralised customer service agents.  A plus on this point.

The check-in desk was staffed by two people when I checked in late at night.  There are three check-in lines: (1) a regular line; (2) a line for flight crew; and (3) a line for those who have checked in using the mobile app.

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Although I had booked a standard Deluxe Room, I had been upgraded to an Executive Ocean View Suite as a Marriott Platinum member (courtesy of crossover status from SPG).  I had already knew I had been pre-upgraded before I checked in, as I had checked the room type assigned on the Marriott mobile app.

In total, the check-in process was smooth and efficient, completing the process within 2 minutes.  A paper detailing the Platinum executive benefits and amenities was provided.

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As I went to Disneyland for a full day, I did not visit the Executive Lounge.


THE ROOM

The Executive Ocean View Suite was a proper suite, including a living room, separate bedroom, ensuite bathroom and a guest toilet.  It was quite spacious at around 70m².

The Platinum welcome amenity I ordered arrived within 30 minutes of me entering the room and was a great extra touch after a long day out.

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The work desk itself is large and rectangular, making it perfectly functional for getting work done.  An international socket adapter is also provided which may come in handy if you forget yours at home.  The mesh-backed office chair is also very comfortable.

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The wardrobe had ample hangers, bath robes, a safe, umbrella, slippers, ironing board, iron and other goodies for comfort.

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The mini-bar had a standard selection of drinks but limited snacks – nuts and M&Ms.  While not extensive, it’s perfectly fine for an airport hotel.  Plus, being an executive suite, guests stay here would already have access to the Executive Lounge for other nibbles.  Two bottles are provided complimentary.

The bedroom was configured with a king bed with bed-side power sockets.  The bed was probably in the middle in terms of firm/softness.

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As an additional extra, Marriott SkyCity branded Christmas stockings were left on the bed when we arrived.  A candy cane, biscuit and M&Ms were inside – a cute festive touch.

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An additional large TV is also in the room, directly in front of the bed, to add to the comfort factor.

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The view from the large windows overlooks the harbour where you can see some port activity.  The sunrise is quite nice, but the windows were a bit dirty to see anything clearly.

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BATHROOM

The bathroom is very spacious with a large mirrors and ample room to move around.

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There is a nice oriental style box which discretely holds bathroom amenities, including dental kits, shower caps, vanity kits, razors, combs and hair bands – I’m always grateful when these are provided by default, especially dental kits.  The shower amenities were the THANN line of amenities, which I really like.

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The shower area is also very spacious and has a separate bathtub.  The shower itself has both rainforest and handheld shower modes.

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RESTAURANT

The complimentary Platinum breakfast can be taken in both the Executive Lounge and the ground floor restaurant.  I opted for the restaurant as this always provides a better selection of food.  Indeed, the selection was extremely extensive with a good balance between Western and Cantonese options.

As well as a variety of cold cuts, cheeses and salads.

And of course fruit, fresh juices, breads and pastries!

All in all, a fantastic breakfast spread of great quality.  The restaurant while busy, never felt overwhelming and the view over the harbour with the morning sunrise was very pleasant.

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OVERALL

This is Marriott property is extremely well-run and priced competitively.  Prices typically run at around 200 USD per night, but I stayed on a rate of around 150 USD due to making a successful ‘Look No Further’ rate claim.

While it is out of the way at Hong Kong International Airport, the service here and elite treatment is impeccable.  I would highly recommend it for long layovers in Hong Kong or a brief visit to Hong Kong Disneyland or other Lantau Island attractions.  Probably not suitable for trips into the centre of Hong Kong though.

Will definitely return if my schedule suits.

 

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