Over the years we’ve sampled a range of iconic hotels on both Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula.
But if you’ve just got a short layover and aren’t interested in sightseeing, or are attending an event at the AsiaWorld-Expo facility, the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott offers business travellers a convenient base to work from that’s close to both the airport and the convention facilities.
Join us as Australian Business Traveller explores the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott.
Location & Impressions
The Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott is ostensibly an airport hotel – it’s located on the northern edge of Lantau Island in the airport precinct, adjacent to the AsiaWorld-Expo centre.
From the front entrance of the hotel to the East entrance of the convention centre is just a short walk, making the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott an extremely convenient location for attending trade shows or expos.
If you need to head to Hong Kong Island or the Kowloon peninsula, it’s convenient and affordable to catch the MTR to/from the AsiaWorld-Expo station, which is a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
From there, the airport express line can have you at Hong Kong Station or Kowloon station within 30 minutes. A same day return fare from the expo station to Hong Kong station will set you back HK$80, or around A$13.50.
When you land at the airport, head to Terminal 2, Level 3 – you’ll see signage for the Marriott SkyCity shuttle zone, which is in bays 29/30. The shuttle operates every 20 minutes from 5AM – 1AM, so if you’re arriving outside of those hours you’ll need to take a taxi instead.
The main entrance of the hotel features large columns, with a wide driveway sandwiched in-between the main building and the ballroom. There were also usually a few taxis parked at the front of the hotel, making exits quick and painless.
Within about 45 minutes of landing, I was checked-in and in my hotel room – not too bad, considering how busy the lobby was.
I’m booked into an Executive Deluxe Room, which gives me access to the Executive Lounge on the 12th floor.
The room itself is well maintained and clean, although the décor looks dated and could do with a refresh.
Inside, there’s a king-size bed with a mattress (which is on the harder side of the comfort scale but still offers a decent night’s sleep)...
...a chaise longue...
...and a small round table that does double duty as a working desk and a dining table.
A small fruit platter is waiting for me on arrival, along with a selection of chocolates and sweets arranged in the shape of a football field as I was here during the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament.
At 35sqm, the room is fairly average-sized for Hong Kong. Because of its proximity to the airport, the windows are soundproofed and do a good job of keeping noise out.
The bathroom is spacious...
...with marble fittings and a walk-in shower.
Like most Marriotts, amenities are provided by Thann.
There’s a well-sized closet with bathrobes, hangers, ironing equipment and a safe.
A console houses the television and minibar...
...with built-in connectivity ports and a complimentary international travel adaptor – handy if you’ve forgotten your own.
If you want to catch up on some news, there’s complimentary access to the New York Times via your own devices.
The Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott provides a proper office chair in the Executive Deluxe Room, which is handy if you need to stay in your room and get work done.
The WiFi is fast and free, and offers good speeds of around 30 Mbps each way when it’s quiet, dropping to around 20 Mbps at busier times – better than I’ve seen at most international hotels.
The Executive Lounge is also a good spot to get some work completed, provided you come at the right time since it can get quite busy in the mornings and evenings.
During the day it’s fairly quiet, and with plenty of snacks, food, and drinks on hand you can concentrate on working.
Apart from the numerous seating and dining areas, you’ll also find a couple of computers set up for working on, and staff can assist with any printing / copying / faxing required.
The Executive Lounge also has an outdoor balcony so you can stretch your legs, which saves you a trip down to the lobby.
The HongKong SkyCity Marriot offers a buffet breakfast as well as a smaller buffet selection in the Executive Lounge, including a range of continental items like cereals, pastries and muffins. The Executive Lounge also has a chef on hand to whip up made-to-order egg dishes.
Throughout the day, there’s a good variety of snacks and hot food available, with canapés and cocktails in the evening rounding out the dining offering in the lounge.
On-site there’s Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, serving up Cantonese cuisine with views over the harbor and ferry port.
If that’s not your speed, Velocity Bar & Grill is a sports bar with Western dishes like burgers, pastas and grilled meats, while SkyCity Bistro also offers up a range of international dishes.
For other options you’ll need to catch a taxi to elsewhere on Lantau Island – there are a number of beach resorts nearby, but I didn’t sample them this time around.
Lantau Island itself has a number of attractions, including the aforementioned beach resorts and a Disneyland.
If you’d rather stay in the confines of the SkyCity Marriott, there’s a 24-hour fitness centre with an indoor heated pool, a sauna and a steamroom.
There’s also an on-site spa with a number of massage and beauty treatments available.
The Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott offers up all the amenities you’d expect from a 5-star hotel, but it’s let down by the tired décor.
If you need to stay near the airport or are attending an event at the AsiaWorld-Expo centre, it’s your best option – otherwise, head into town where there’s a range of iconic hotels for the picking.