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HK: Near Luxe, Good Location Hotels for 1st Timer?

HK: Near Luxe, Good Location Hotels for 1st Timer?

Mar 2nd, 2012, 05:19 AM
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US citizens do not need a visa to visit Macau or Hong Kong. Think of China, Macau and Hong Kong as three independent countries when it comes to immigration, and you will understand the issues.
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Mar 2nd, 2012, 08:45 AM
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thanks rkkwan for the clarification.

I've just come to a different conclusion about this trip. Instead of staying 2 nights in Macau for some R&R, I think I'll fly from Shanghai to Sanya, Hainan Island for 4 nights, (staying in Yalong Bay?) and then fly to Hong Kong for 5 nights (with just a day trip to Macau.

Any thoughts on Sanya? Where to stay? I understand that the beach is nicer in Yalong Bay but then you have to take a 1/2 taxi to find non-hotel restaurants. Is there a beautiful place to stay closer to Sanya?
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Mar 2nd, 2012, 11:49 AM
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I'm happy now! Was able to book our international tickets using miles...so two free non-stops from Chicago to Beijing on American one way and from Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific (their code share) home.
Now I can get on with finalizing our plans.
And, while trying to think how to get the JW Marriott-HK cheaper, I remembered the Chase Marriott Rewards credit card. So just got enough points and a free night to cover 4 nights in Beijing at one of the nicer Marriotts. Alas, the HK property is too valuable so would only be able to stay there one night with the same amount of points and no free night. I'll also look to see if the Yalong Bay Marriott could be used. I'm psyched!
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Mar 8th, 2012, 06:19 AM
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I can use my points for 5 nights at the Courtyard Marriott in Hong Kong, so I think that's a better use of points. However, I'm not "excited" about staying there, based on comments about the location in Hong Kong not being great. Hard to argue with the money savings though.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 06:56 AM
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Barefoot- we stayed in Kowloon 6 months ago at the Eaton Smart Hotel on Nathan Rd., as they were running a special for 5 night stays and included breakfast. It is the only time we have been to HK, so can't compare it with other hotels. The room was tiny but on the new side, the shower built for a short person, the breakfast extensive and it was convenient to MTR and buses. I think it was quite a bit less expensive than other hotels I looked at, definitely under $200, so if they are running another special it would be worth looking into.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 02:52 PM
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Thanks susnorg, I'll look into that hotel.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 03:50 PM
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i'd stay there without hesitation... some say the neighborhood is interesting if not memorable
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Mar 8th, 2012, 04:18 PM
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Bob, are you referring to the Eaton Smart or the Courtyard Marriott?
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Mar 8th, 2012, 04:28 PM
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The location of the Courtyard Marriot looks okay to me. Sometimes it's hard to gauge walkability from Hong Kong maps because the pedestrian patterns so often involve flyovers and underpasses which can be annoying when you're just trying get across the street. The Courtyard appears to be convenient for both Hong Kong and Kowloon sides and just a hop from Central and Midlevels.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 06:11 PM
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The Courtyard is far from MTR station, which makes it inconvenient for many. It is however convenient if you're fine with buses - and most of the time packed buses with standing room only, FROM, the Courtyard. And it's extremely convenient to get to/from the airport using the Cityflyer buses, as the stop is right across a narrow street from the hotel entrance.

At the same stop, there are also the 970/971/973 buses for Kowloon, which only takes a few minutes to get to the Jordan area, IF you can get on the packed bus. The 970 is very frequent, but standing room only at that stop, if there's any. 973 for Tsimshatsui is infrequent, but it's an alternative.

The 5X bus takes you direct to IFC in Central, and then continue via Admiralty to Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Frequent and convenient, BUT, the return 5X doesn't stop in the Courtyard area, so you have to take other local buses, like 18.

And of course, if you're not in a hurry, many more local buses as well as the tramway. But walking to Sheung Wan MTR is not advised. Even though it's just under a mile, you have to cross about a dozen streets, but worse, during the day, it's slow maneuvering around other pedestrians. Still, it's interesting walk, and if you're not in a hurry...
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Mar 8th, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Marmot & rkkwan, thanks for getting back on the location of the Courtyard. Rkkwan, you've really gone out of your way providing such detailed info on the bus situation. Thanks so much!
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Mar 8th, 2012, 08:43 PM
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I work a few times a week in that area, and use the 970 and 5X frequently. Have also ate at Bayi, one of more popular Xinjiang restaurants in HK, which is just up Water Street from the Courtyard. Up really means going uphill, steep.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 08:44 PM
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barefoot, I'm taking an interest in your quest because I'm looking for a place to stay for my next visit too. Every choice in the "affordable" price range seems to come with negatives, so it's a matter of making trade offs.
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