Review: Sky City Marriott Hong Kong

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The lobby at 5:30 AM

This hotel review is part of a series on my travels to Hong Kong and Beijing China in February 2019

See Trip Report Index: A Trip To Nowhere; Sprinkled In With A Bit of Disney

After a long journey from San Francisco to Hong Kong on Cathay, I chose to stay at the Hong Kong Sky City Marriott for a few days. There’s lots and lots of amazing hotels in HK and for the quality of the product the costs are very reasonable. Sky City was not to expensive, under $200 per night and if it weren’t an airport hotel would surly be a little cheaper. Why did I choose this hotel, when there are so many other wonderful places to stay? Simple, the airport convenience. I arrived in HK at 7 PM and had a 9 AM flight the next day and would return to HK that same evening after 10 PM. Then the next day I’d be heading home in the evening. So yes, I’d have two nights in HK sandwiched around a full day of flying and didn’t want to spend more time then needed getting to/from the airport etc. So, when it came to convenience, Sky City Marriott won out, it had a free shuttle and was less then two miles from the airport.

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Airport check-in information

About two days prior to my arrival, I received and email from the hotel letting me know how to find the shuttle and get to the hotel. I really loved this bit of communication, it made for a smooth transition to/from the airport. Upon arrival, I headed to the B arrivals hall and the Marriott shuttle desk. It was easy to find and was staffed by several staff. Once they confirmed I had a reservation, they had me wait in the seating area and said it would be less then 10 minutes till we would head to the hotel. On both trips to the hotel the wait was less then 10 minutes and I ride to the hotel was in a Mercedes Mini Van. Upon arrival at the hotel I was greeted by a check in agent at the car, which was a nice touch. Talk about customer service. At that point, the agent escorted me to my room, walked me around its amenities and confirmed my check in info, platinum amenity request (points, food etc.) which I choose ice cream and sparkling water, in case you’re wondering. Finally, they gave me information on the lounge and my breakfast options. As a Platinum SPG member I mean Platinum Marriott I mean Bonvoy Platinum you get complimentary lounge access (when available) and that includes breakfast too. If they don’t have a lounge, then you can choose as your amenity breakfast at the restaurant. Once all the check in details were done, I was finally able to settle down and relax.

The room:

The room apparently a complimentary upgrade was nice. It wasn’t super-duper fancy, but it was nice. It had a comfortable king bed with soft and comfy pillows. It also had a chaise lounge, a very large tv and desk with chair. The room was big but not huge but was perfect for my needs. My favorite part of the room though was the shower. It was large had a shower bench, detachable shower head and a RAIN shower. I was in heaven. This was not a huge shower it was big but compared to my shower at home it was easily 4x. No joke. They also had nice THAAN amenities, that included the normal bath amenities, but also liquid hand soap, a soap bar, toothbrush, comb, sewing kit and a few other goodies.

Bedroom, desk and lounger

Breakfast:

I took advantage of breakfast only once. My jet lag had me getting up at 5 AM for a 9 AM flight on day one, so I chose to skip breakfast at the hotel and head to the airport and visit the amazing Cathy Pacific lounge(s). Breakfast is served in the hotel lounge from 6-9 and in the restaurant from 6:30-9. Sure, I could have waited till 6 and enjoyed breakfast there, but the airport lounges were waiting for me and so breakfast would have to wait till day two. In any event on day two I did frequent the lounge located on the 12 floors. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a single picture of the lounge or its views, but I would say it was nice. Way better than any US hotel lounge I’ve been too. It was very very large and had many seating areas consisting of lounge and sofas as well as dining tables. It had nice views of the hills and airport too. As for breakfast it had your usual cold meats, cheeses, yogurt and toppings, bread and spreads too. As for hot items, they had scrambled eggs, omelets made to order, congee, bacon and hash browns. Finally, they had juice, tea, coffee and an espresso machine. Basically, they had all the bases covered. I enjoyed the food and the environment, it was a nice mix of business travelers and family ostensibly getting ready to travel to some other far off exotic land.

The hotel also had other food options, including a lobby bar and tea station. I really didn’t have time to visit any other places in the hotel, but they place seemed bustling and well frequented.

Transportation:

I wanted to give props to the hotel. They need to be given high praise for their transportation. They not only had the free timely shuttle to/from the airport that runs every day from 5 AM to 12:40 AM. But they also offered a daily shuttle to Hong Kong Disneyland that leaves at 10 AM and returns at 8:45 and offered numerous shuttles to the Tung Chung MTR station. All of these were free and a nice bonus for an airport hotel. In my case I only used to the airport, but never waited more than 10 minutes.

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Transportation info packet

Location:

As I mentioned earlier this hotel is less then two miles from the airport, so it’s convenient when flying. It was across the street from the Sky City Convention Center, but besides this there wasn’t much else around. With a fast shuttle, and close location (five minutes’ drive), this was perfect for my needs. Plus, if you’re a Disney geek like I am, and you don’t want to spend $300-$500 staying on property there, this was a good alternative. Sure, it’s not an on-airport hotel, like the Crowne Plaza Singapore or The Westin Denver Airport, but it’s close enough for sure.

Conclusion:

If you need a clean, comfortable place to stay that offers a decent lounge and breakfast with proximity to HK Airport. This is the place for you. The rooms and environment were nice, the next time I’m in HK and have a short layover you know where I’ll be staying.

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