BW Diamond Select Recognition in Asia?

Old May 7, 18, 5:24 pm
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BW Diamond Select Recognition in Asia?

Hey Fellow FTers,

I'll be travelling to Asia in a couple of weeks (in particular Hong Kong and Tokyo). Looking online I see that BW seems to offer pretty good deals for hotels near where I need to be.

As I Diamond Select member I've had limited but experience getting upgrades at some BW properties (i.e. Toronto and Waterloo,Canada) in terms of getting upgrades and elite benefits. Does this experience translate well where I'm travelling?

Also how does the BW experience in Asia compare to North America (I've never had a bad experience staying at one so far)?

Safe Travels,

James
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Old May 9, 18, 3:13 pm
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When I stayed "Best Western Grand Hotel Hong Kong", room was upgraded to Premium twin room. No gift, outdated room but it was ok.
"Best Western Plus At 20 Sukhumvit" in Bangkok, every time upgraded, sometime to suite room. Welcome fruits and gift such as pen, key chain, memo pad.
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Old May 27, 18, 11:24 am
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Never gotten anything as a Diamond in Asia, stayed in Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar,...
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Old Jun 7, 18, 11:41 am
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Update on BW Grand Hotel

Hey FTers,

Just landed in Hong Kong a few hours ago and managed to make it to my hotel, Best Western Grand on Austin Road. Check in went relatively smoothly and as a Diamond Select I was given a "room upgrade" and a some free snacks in room (ramen, chips, coke and a beer). While the room upgrade isn't as impressive as previous upgrades I got (i.e. Hilton Durban when I was given a Presidential Suite), as the other FTer mentioned room is good, especially considering you're in Hong Kong where real estate is precious!

I'll try to post a more detailed review later next week when I check out as it's too premature for me to provide a comprehensive review.

Safe Travels,

James
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Old Jun 18, 18, 6:14 am
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Check In

Arrived at the hotel late (past midnight) thanks for a delayed NH connection  out of NRT. Check in agent promptly got me checked in. She mentioned that as a BW Diamond Select (highest tier) member I qualified for a room upgrade and was given a room on a higher floor (23rd). I was also given a letter indicating I would also get free snacks which turned out being a beer, can of coke, ramen noodles and a bag of chips.

 

Room

Room was small (Hong Kong, go figure!) but clean and somewhat fancy looking (there was a small chandelier) and had most of the things you'd expect to find in a decent hotel (toiletries, desk, etc.) On the downside there was no power outlet by the desk area, making it difficult to charge my laptop and phone up as I was using it. Most concerning, I could smell cigarette smoke coming through the ventilation system of the room at night. I believe this hotel had non-smoking floors but the entire hotel wasn't non-smoking. Something to consider if you have sensitivies to it.

Service

Didn't make use of room service although housekeeping were professional and did their job well. The luggage storage service at concierge (2nd floor) was also as you would expect (i.e. they store your luggage securely and allow you to pick it up when needed).

Dining

The hotel had a French restaurant (which I didn't try). They also offer a buffet breakfast at an additional cost. I didn't try the breakfast since I'm cheap and was somewhat disappointed it wasn't offered out of the gate like at most Best Western Hotels.

Location

The hotel is located at a good location in Hong Kong. It is close to major Univeristies like PolyU and shopping centres. The neighbourhood it is in is also safe and quiet. Transit wise you're also pretty well covered (10 minutes to nearest tube station).

Overall

The hotel provided an average experience certainly nothing to write home about nor a disgusting place to stay at. My recommendation would be to check if there are slightly better hotels available for a similar cost (ideally that provide free breakfast) before booking this hotel. That being said, I don't regret booking this hotel given the circumstances (i.e. other quality hotels nearby were over $100 CAD).

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Old Jun 21, 18, 4:35 am
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in Korea, Best Western Premier ICN, I got upgrade to suite.

I originally booked cheapest room

I'm diamond select member
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Old Sep 4, 18, 10:43 am
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Mixed experience.

Got upgrade to the Suite at BW in Manila as Diamond Select member, booked the cheapest room. Suite wasn’t great, but was rather decent. Good value especially compared to often insane rates for IHG properties in Manila.
At BW Petaling Jaya got a nominal upgrade to a Club floor, but room was small, had issues and there was no Club at all. Disappointing stay and complete lack of status recognition at check-in.
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