Hong Kong and Macau - Hotel advice needed: Which is better?
Sep 23, 11, 3:21 pm
I'll be heading to Hong Kong for my first trip in-country in month. I've been through the airport many times, but never have stopped into the city of Hong Kong proper.
My corporate travel group provides three options for hotel stays:
Langham Place Hotel Mongkok
The Marco Polo
At first glance of the websites all appear to be great properties, but the Marco Polo seems to stand out (just based upon photos and website apperance). It also seems to have a better location right along the water.
Any pros/cons you experienced Hong Kong travelers can share to help me make my selection?
BTW: I'm usually Hilton/Marriott, though guessing doesn't make a difference here. Just saying in case there's a points connection.
Sep 23, 11, 8:02 pm
Just based on location I'd go for the Marco Polo. Never stayed there but believe one of our businesses uses it. Had lunch there a few months ago and food was good
Sep 24, 11, 9:49 am
Langham Place is more modern, while Marco Polo HK more classic. Langham Place is a much more local (and crowded) area with lots of cheap eats and the night markets, etc - where local Hong Kongers shop and eat. Macro Polo is on Canton Road, which is full of Mainland Chinese tourists with pockets full of cash buying Hermes and LV and all the luxury brand stuff. Your choice.
Sep 25, 11, 8:38 pm
Thanks edevans and rkkwan. I think the food and shopping options where locals are may make for a more interesting experience. Thanks for the insight!
Sep 27, 11, 6:01 am
Langham Place is a notch higher category than Marco Polo with much nicer rooms for the most part, also the vertical shopping mall below the hotel is pretty cool. Location used to be edgy (like Times Square in NYC) but less so now and it is one of my favourite hotels in HKG, also best value most of the time. Langham is a pretty classy chain and vastly under-rated.
Sep 27, 11, 7:56 am
agreed - Langham Place no question. Yes it's a little further away that the others but is right on top of an MTR station so easy to get to TST or Central etc.
Sep 27, 11, 10:13 am
The Langham Place is brilliant. I stayed in a room with club access last week and hardly needed to eat/drink out if I didn't want to. You get breakfast included, and then afternoon tea, evening cocktails and desserts served for the rest of the day. Alcohol is also served all day if that is your thing. The hotel also has a very nice spa and open air swimming pool on the 42nd floor, which you can also use after you check out if you have an evening flight.
I found the location not to be an issue as the MTR is very quick and takes you to Central in 10 minutes. Certainly the quality of the hotel is much greater than equivalent money would get you if you were staying on the island. The only slight negative about the hotel is that the room decor is now starting to look a little dated, but if that's all you have to complain about, you know it's a pretty good hotel!
I loved Hong Kong and will definitely be returning sooner rather than later and when I do, I see no reason not to stay at the Langham Place.
Sep 28, 11, 3:42 pm
I'll pick Langham Place. More modern, in the heart of everything, MTR in basement. Marco Polo is OK, but I don't like Canton Road location. Too many people, and taxis / cars take long time to even get out of that street. Eaton is cheaper, but room is very very small. Location is also not as ideal as langham Place.