Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Community > Trip Reports
Reload this Page >

Hong Kong and Bangkok – BA A380 First and CW, Cathay First and Premium Econ, W Hotels

Hong Kong and Bangkok – BA A380 First and CW, Cathay First and Premium Econ, W Hotels

Reply

Old Apr 4, 16, 5:22 am
  #91  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Leeds, UK
Programs: BA GGL/CCR, GfL, HH Diamond
Posts: 24,978
Originally Posted by stu1985 View Post
Terribly sorry KARFA for having an opinion. "Attitude" duly reflected upon...
We all have opinions. Sometimes I choose not to express my opinions on FT though.

Bear in mind that you comments came across as a slap in the face to the OP who has clearly taken a lot of effort in putting the TR together - hence prompting his reply. Your first two posts only contained criticism. Whilst you clearly have a opinion, perhaps you would have been better off keeping it to yourself in this case.

Any, as we have both expressed our own opinions now so perhaps we should leave it at that and enjoy the TR instead.
KARFA is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 9, 16, 2:36 am
  #92  
Hilton Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Cumbria
Programs: BAEC GGL/CCR, Hilton Diamond, Starbucks Gold
Posts: 4,145
Really enjoying reading this and will certainly be checking out your other reports.

Matt, is there any easy way of finding your other TRs? i suppose I could look at other threads started by you, but wondered if there was a list. 28 reports would be a nice way of spending some time reading!
madfish is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 9, 16, 4:43 am
  #93  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kent, UK
Programs: BA Gold, SPG Platinum, Marriott Platinum, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 3,810
Originally Posted by stu1985 View Post
You should finish it because you want to, not because the forum wants you to. Call me old fashioned but I think that if anyone is going to write a TR then they should finish it within a reasonable timeframe. Others may think differently though!
I understand your frustration but I will complete the TR in my own time. This is not my job. No-one should feel pressured to complete a TR within any kind of time frame. Writing TRs is a gift, not a service.

Originally Posted by madfish View Post
Really enjoying reading this and will certainly be checking out your other reports.

Matt, is there any easy way of finding your other TRs? i suppose I could look at other threads started by you, but wondered if there was a list. 28 reports would be a nice way of spending some time reading!
Thank you!

Here's a list:

- Jul 2014: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...do-2014-a.html
- Apr 2014: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...syd-lhr-f.html
- Feb 2014: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...esort-spa.html
- Nov 2013: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...d-cns-syd.html
- Oct 2013: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...-business.html
- June 2013: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...bay-hotel.html
- April 2013: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...kend-fiji.html
- Jan 2013: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...y-via-hkg.html
- June 2012: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...-cx-ba-ez.html
- May 2012: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...ge-sydney.html
- Mar 2012: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...s-syd-akl.html
- Jan 2012: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...turn-a380.html
- Dec 2011: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...ia-qantas.html
- Sept 2011: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...w-zealand.html
- June 2011: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...d-bangkok.htmlBA Forum Trip Report of the Year 2011
- January 2011: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...r-qf-a380.html
- December 2010: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...tas-767-a.html
- November 2010: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...el-qantas.html
- September 2010: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...747-400-a.html
- May 2010: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...-business.html
- March 2010: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...a-wedding.html
- February 2010: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...eb-2010-a.htmlBA Forum Trip Report of the Year 2010
- Nov–Dec 2009: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...y-pacific.html
- Feb 2009: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...d-lhr-jfk.html
- Nov 2008: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...rld-777-a.html
- Oct 2008: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...747-400-a.html
- Sept 2008 - My first TR: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...lub-world.html
matthandy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 9, 16, 11:29 am
  #94  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Programs: BA Gold, AF Gold, IHG Spire Ambassador, Hilton Honors Diamond, Mucci de buveur de gin
Posts: 2,850
I agree Matt! Thanks for the gift!
stu1985 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 10, 16, 10:12 am
  #95  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kent, UK
Programs: BA Gold, SPG Platinum, Marriott Platinum, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 3,810


The W Hong Kong


Checking into the W Hong Kong was a different experience to that of the W Bangkok. These are two very different hotels. The W Bangkok is like a night club whereas the W Hong Kong is more like a cool bar. It feels more upmarket, classier.

I'd used some Suite Night Awards to guarantee a suite and I ended up with a Fantastic Suite which is the first of the suite categories. In Bangkok I had done the same but got upgraded further to a Marvellous Suite. My suite was on the 19th floor and had great views of Kowloon but not of the harbour itself.

The suite was much smaller than the one in Bangkok but it was well appointed and very comfortable. There was a small lounge area with a large TV and work desk, a large bathroom and the bedroom had large windows which made it very bright and airy. I really liked the styling of the room, it was much more to my taste compared to Bangkok.


W Hong Kong - corridor


Entrance to my room


Walking into the room


The lounge area


The lounge area


The bedroom


The bedroom – looking towards the bathroom


The bath and shower


The vanity


The view from my room – at night


Room service


After getting myself settled in I didn’t really feel like doing much so I opted to borrow a DVD and order room service. For some reason, I picked 'Sleepless in Seattle' which I hadn't seen before. For room service I went for the a toasted sandwich with some chips and a chocolate fondant for dessert. Both were great.

In the morning I went down for breakfast which was free, given my Platinum status. Are W hotels trying to out do each other? There was so much choice it was ridiculous.

There were rows and rows of fresh juices, yoghurts, an endless selection of hot dishes from around the world, enough pastries to satisfy the most discerning customer, it went on. I'm a fairly traditional breakfast person but I do like to have a starter, main and dessert. So it was a quick bowl of cereal with some juice, a hot breakfast and then some pastries and yoghurt. Thanks Platinum card!

After breakfast I decided to go and have a look at the swimming pool on the roof. I had no intention of swimming, since it was only about 20 degrees outside but I thought that it would be worth a look. Wow, wow, wow. It was amazing, and, there was only one other guest using it. The pool was heated so I quickly rushed down to my room to get my swimming stuff to take an unexpected dip.


Woobar


Breakfast setting


The view outside, from my table


Juice selection


Hot selection


Yoghurts


Pastries


'Dessert'

I spent a good hour or so swimming in the pool and relaxing in the Jacuzzi. Compared to the Ritz-Carlton next door, this experience was much better. Whilst the pool there is arguably more luxurious, it's not outdoors.

After my swim I went down a floor to check out the spa area. Hotel guests are allowed to use all of the facilities here, including the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi etc. The facilities are separated into male and female. It was very quiet when I visited, in fact I was the only person there, so I was able to snap a few pictures.

After a very relaxing morning I took the train to central and spent a couple of hours wandering around. I love the quirky shops and backstreets. The contrast in Hong Kong is one of the reasons that I love the place.

One of the highlights for me in Central is Man Mo temple. It's small, dark and full of incense! I love the light coming through the ceiling and mixing with the smoke of the incense sticks. I must have spent a good 20 minutes or so just photographing the incense coils.

I then made my way to the mid-levels escalator and walked back down amoung the walkways to take the Star Ferry back to TST.

In the evening I met up with a friend and we had a Cantonese meal in the hotel's restaurant (discount for SPG members). My God, they did the best Char Siu (BBQ Pork) that I've ever had! We had a second plate.


Rooftop Pool



Rooftop Pool - panorama


Spa facilities


Wandering around Central


Wandering around Central


Local streets


Butchers


Old and new


Incense coils in Mo Man Temple


Lanterns


Lanterns


Steep climb


Mid-levels


Walking back to Central pier


Star Ferry


TST pier


The sun sets


The most amazing Char Siu ever

The following morning was my last day in Hong Kong and of this trip. I'd had an amazing time but it was time to go home, although I had a full day of activities ahead. I got up, had breakfast, checked out of the hotel and then made my way to the in-town check in at Kowloon station to get rid of my luggage. I then walked back to the hotel and took the courtesy mini-bus to TST ferry pier to await my friend. We'd booked the extremely cheap Star Ferry harbour tour. This is basically an ex-ferry (which is been comfortably refurbished) which does a circuit of the harbour picking up passengers as it goes.

It was a great way to see the other parts of the harbour that you don't get to see on the standard Star Ferry services. The tour lasted approximately an hour and wasn't ever really busy which was excellent. I can thoroughly recommend it if you are looking for a no frills quick trip around the harbour.


Kowloon check in


Star ferry


A touch of maintenance


On board the tour boat


Great views


The Ritz Carlton and the W


The rooftop swimming pool at the W


Boat on the harbour

After the tour we returned to TST and walked to Peninsula to have afternoon tea. This is something that I have wanted to do since my first visit to Hong Kong back in 2007. We had to wait quite a while as there was a reasonable queue, however, it was managed well.

We were sat at a table overlooking the foyer area and had the pleasure of listening to live classical music being played by the band on the mezzanine above us. The service was good, despite being busy it never felt like we were being rushed. The waiter even offered to take our photo, which we took him up on.

As expected, the quality of the food and the tea was very good. We spent about an hour just enjoying the surroundings and taking our time. Afterwards we made our way out to the promenade to take some photos of the harbour at sunset.

After an hour or so, with my friend getting rather bored, it was time for me to leave for the airport. I said my goodbyes and then walked to Kowloon station to get on the Airport Express train to the airport. It's always with sadness that I leave Hong Kong, however, I always know that I'll be back. I can't keep away.


The Peninsula


Waiting for afternoon tea


Place setting and green tea


Afternoon tea


Fleet of Rolls Royce cars


TST at sunset





Harbour view – goodbye Hong Kong





Up Next

Last part – a pretty average flight back to London on the BA A380 in Club World

matthandy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 10, 16, 12:31 pm
  #96  
Accor Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: London, UK
Programs: Ronin - churn and burn
Posts: 575
Another instalment, awesome! Love your photos. There's only so much you can do with hotel shots but the pics of the Hong Kong streets are fantastic.

I feel like HGP and HHonors are more heavily represented around here. So, it's always cool to see a TR on a W hotel.
Jermyn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 17, 16, 2:20 pm
  #97  
Hilton Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Cumbria
Programs: BAEC GGL/CCR, Hilton Diamond, Starbucks Gold
Posts: 4,145
Just wanted to thank you for sharing the links to your previous TR. I have spent an enjoyable week reading through them all. Just glad you haven't written one about your trip last Easter when you meet a strange northerner who was at the end of TP run in GF!

Be great to catch up at the EDI do in a couple of weeks.
madfish is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 18, 16, 7:58 pm
  #98  
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Wellington
Programs: QF (LTSG), NZ (Jade), TG ROP (Forgotten), OZ (Silver), AA (Cardboard), EK (Lowest of the Low)
Posts: 4,634
Once again thanks for your wonderful photos. Not only are they well composed but the selection of subject matter that you share with us is IMO emotive and evokes memories for me and even a longing to visit HK again.
Blackcloud is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 26, 16, 9:22 am
  #99  
2019 FlyerTalk Awards
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Iver
Programs: BA GOLD/OWE BA Amex Prem Plus Tesco Airmiles Qantas Bronze IHG SPG Eithad
Posts: 2,864
Finally got around to reading the remaining part of your TR, as usual so well written, and the photos amazing, Love HKG, and would be great to go back, and certainly go on the Star Ferry Harbour tour, the boat looked very nice, and as you said it was not packed which am sure made all the difference. I will look forward to reading the final part when you are ready to put as one would say pen to paper
BA5E is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 14, 17, 7:53 am
  #100  
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: London
Programs: QF Platinum, BA Gold, HH Diamond, Raffles Ambassador
Posts: 152
Am I the only one who has lost the images to all of matthandy's glorious trip reports?
Matthew_22 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 17, 12:18 pm
  #101  
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 241
Originally Posted by Matthew_22 View Post
Am I the only one who has lost the images to all of matthandy's glorious trip reports?
No - I can't see them either . Can anyone help, please?
ABZGirl is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jan 18, 17, 10:38 am
  #102  
Marriott 5+ BadgeHyatt Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: SFO, NYC, HKG
Programs: UA 1K, AA EXP; Starriott Ambassador; Hyatt Globalist; IHG Plat Amb; Hilton Diamond
Posts: 2,218
Originally Posted by matthandy View Post

Ceremony
I hope you took this picture from outside the temple… in Buddhist culture it's quite disrespectful to take pictures inside a temple.
helvetic is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 8, 17, 3:13 pm
  #103  
Hilton Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Cumbria
Programs: BAEC GGL/CCR, Hilton Diamond, Starbucks Gold
Posts: 4,145
Originally Posted by Matthew_22 View Post
Am I the only one who has lost the images to all of matthandy's glorious trip reports?
Originally Posted by ABZGirl View Post
No - I can't see them either . Can anyone help, please?
I cannot see them either. Hopefully he will be able to restore these at some point. Although it does look like he hasn't been around (at least not in terms of posting) for a while. I hope he's ok.
madfish is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Apr 25, 17, 2:25 pm
  #104  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kent, UK
Programs: BA Gold, SPG Platinum, Marriott Platinum, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 3,810
Originally Posted by madfish View Post
I cannot see them either. Hopefully he will be able to restore these at some point. Although it does look like he hasn't been around (at least not in terms of posting) for a while. I hope he's ok.
Thanks for the concern madfish.

I'm fine, just not posting, still lurking though.

In terms of pictures, my hosting changed and they no longer allow hot linking. So in order to view the photos you first need to click on a direct link:

http://matt.enzy.org/gallery/galleri...%20BKK/117.jpg

When you click on that you should find that all of the photos start working again.
matthandy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Nov 25, 17, 3:58 am
  #105  
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Leeds, UK
Programs: HHonors Diamond, SPG Plat, BA Gold
Posts: 313
Probably one of the longest running TRs but also definitely one of THE BEST!!

Thanks a lot!
kosy91 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread