A slick business hotel from a trusted chain, the Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong has a whole host of benefits for those in the city for work. From executive floors and lounges to a complimentary shuttle bus that drops guests at a range of business orientated destinations, it has the details wrapped up to keep guests’ hectic diaries flowing. This isn’t to say that tourists won’t find the comfortable rooms and harbor views appealing too.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel isn’t centrally located and its position beside the busy junction and flyover at Connaught Road means plenty of traffic and an ugly entrance to the lobby.
Typical to the Marriott brand, rooms are super comfortable with signature bedding and a décor that will have guests sleepy before heads hit the pillow, such is the appealingly neutral style. Rooms come with work desks and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Views from rooms on higher floors are worth upgrading for.
Identical marble bathrooms are luxurious and feature robes and slippers should you decide to work from your room’s writing desk in relaxed spa attire.
The open plan atrium lobby provides a formal welcome to the hotel. Low slung armchairs provide places to pause among the marble pillars and sparkling, polished surfaces.
The gym at the Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong has a range of free weights, cross fit machines and cardio equipment. Best of all, the spacious fitness centre has large windows that deliver views of the harbour while you work out.
Guests have a range of breakfast choices—both traditional and western—that are available via room service, in the executive lounge or MoMo Cafe. Renovated in 2018, MoMo Café serves an international menu with a focus on seafood.
The hotel provides a free shuttle bus that takes guests to business destinations but it’s simple to move around from the hotel’s location a 15-minute walk from HKU station. If you feel confident enough to travel by bus then you’ll find routes from the hotel that go all over the city. Otherwise, head to HKU for the MTR or connect to Kowloon via the Western Harbour Crossing.
Craving pizza? Head to Kennedy Town and the quaint, neighborhood joint, Alvy’s (6-minute drive) for sourdough pizzas and craft beer. For local Cantonese specialities, the Smithfield Market and Cooked Food Centre (7-minute drive) is home to a range of restaurants with a street food feel.
Fortunately for Hong Kongers, a few years ago Australian craft beer brewery Little Creatures decided to open a place in Kennedy Town after falling in love with the area. Far more than just a tap room, Little Creatures Brewing (7-minute drive) serves food and beer fresh from the premises. Get cocktails at Missy Ho (6-minute drive), a quirky bar with a perfectly Instagrammable ramshackle interior.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It may not have the greatest location, but the Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong has everything the business traveller requires, with its free shuttle bus making up for its position west of Central. As you would expect form Marriott, the attention to detail here is worthy of praise, with both service and comfort top notch. Close to the hip Kennedy Town, it even has a foodie enclave nearby, provided you’re willing to head further west on the island.