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The Marriott Hong Kong SkyCity, located on Lantau Island minutes from HKG, is one of my favorite airport hotels I’ve stayed at to date. It’s not your ordinary run-of-the-mill airport hotel but instead offers a more luxurious option for an airport hotel stay. Here’s my full review of the Marriott Hong Kong SkyCity based on a recent one-night stay I had at the property.
Arriving at HKG
Prior to our arrival at HKG, the Marriott SkyCity sent me an email reminding me of their complimentary transfer service and telling me how to find their transfer desk. This email included a map pictured below, showing exactly where the Marriott desk would be.
Basically, you just need to exit through the “Customs B” exit and then make your way to desk B05 seen below. It’s very easy to find both the Customs B exit and the desk pictured below as long as you pay attention to the signs and your surroundings.
After we checked-in at the B05 desk, we were told that we’d be ready to depart in about 5 minutes and right at about that time a gentlemen approached us and told us that they were ready for us. The gentleman assisted us with our luggage and we made our way down an escalator.
This led us to an open lounge area that was reserved for limo passengers only. We didn’t actually have to wait down there though as our ride was already waiting for us.
I was surprised to see that we were being picked up in a private vehicle and not a shuttle bus. They do run a shuttle bus every 20 minutes from the hotel to HKG, and I’m not sure why they provided us with limo service rather than requiring us to take the shuttle bus. It only took about 5 minutes to get to the hotel but I still enjoyed not having to deal with a shuttle bus at 11pm after 24+ total hours of travel.
- Find out more about transfer services here.
The hotel handled our luggage and check-in so we were zoomed straight up to our room by some very friendly and professionally staff members.
They then notified us that we’d been upgraded to a suite. I’d booked a Deluxe room for 30,000 points but due to my Marriott Platinum status they put us in an Executive Suite that goes for around $350/night so this was great value for my points.
The SkyCity Executive Suite
As I entered the suite, I first noticed a small bathroom.
I soon realized that this was just a half bath and that there must be a larger bathroom elsewhere in the suite.
We then made our way into the bedroom which was very spacious and pretty luxurious considering this was an airport hotel. The king-sized bed was very comfortable, especially since I had been awake for over 24 hours. I slept great.
There was a small chair and table on the side of the bed which was pretty comfy.
On the other side of the bed there was a closet/wardrobe.
The bedroom also came with large flat screen TV and bench area to place luggage.
The bathroom put this hotel on a true luxury level with marble floors and walls, waterfall shower, and separate bathtub. I was pleasantly surprised by the sight of the bathroom
The amenities offered were by Thann, which you’ll find at many Marriott locations around the world.
The tub also came with purple bath salts.
Other amenities included dental kits, shower caps, and grooming kits.
The living room area of the suite was also very spacious and had a comfortable sofa to relax on.
There was also a circular work station area with ergonomic chair and interesting artwork on the wall.
What made this hotel stay stand out, were the special touches. They left a hand-written note thanking me for my loyalty as a Platinum elite member and also left me a chocolate plane presented on a runway.
They also provided me with a blinged-out Marriott hotel pen.
And finally since this was the weekend of the Chinese New Year, they provided me with well wishes for the new year as well as a tray filled with all sorts of different sweets specifically used to celebrate the new year.
My sweet tooth was firing on all cylinders at the sight of all of these sweets.
Another welcome letter explained the lounge and breakfast options that we had. We had access to the Executive Lounge due to our floor/room and also due to my Platinum status (Marriott Golds have access too). It showed that we had two choices for breakfast and also access for cocktails and canape from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Unfortunately, we arrived too late and departed too early to try out the happy hour.
We ultimately chose to have breakfast in the restaurant downstairs (SkyCity Bistro) instead of the Executive Lounge so I never got to see it with all of the breakfast fixings but I really liked the look of the Executive Lounge, as we got to check out the Executive Lounge just before it closed when we arrived.
The lounge even has a small outdoor balcony were you can check out the views.
As mentioned, we had breakfast down in the Skycity Bistro restaurant. This breakfast buffet had many different options to choose from and the food was fresh and high quality. I’d argue that this hotel had one of the best hotel breakfasts offered out of any hotel that we stayed at during our round the world trip which is saying a lot.
There are many tables downstairs and we were helped to a table of our choosing when we entered.
The buffet offered a lot of items suited for a western breakfast like hash browns, (real) crispy bacon, Canadian bacon, boiled eggs, etc. If you’re looking for a traditional American breakfast, you’ll be just fine at this hotel.
The pastries were tasty although they didn’t have a very diverse range of options to choose from, which I think was one of the only things lacking for this breakfast.
And they had plenty of items to spread on your breads and pastries including honey straight out of the honeycomb.
They also had a nice selection of cereals to choose from.
The juices were amazingly fresh, too. They had a number of different choices like apple juice, orange juice, watermelon juice, pineapple juice, etc.
There was also a selection of salads and cheeses.
I went for a more western breakfast and had a ham and cheese omelet made by one of the cooks. This was a great omelet and easily one of the best ones we had on our entire trip, which again is saying a lot. The bacon and hash browns were good too and it felt really good to start the day with a tasty and filling breakfast.
I also saw beer and champagne offered but for a price.
You could also choose from an array of hot dishes that the American in me thought were better suited for lunch but nevertheless they were available for breakfast.
Overall, I was very impressed by the range of choices we had for breakfast and by the quality of the items we chose to go with. This hotel definitely knows how to put together a solid breakfast.
The hotel has a number of other dining options including a Tex-Mex restaurant. I was not able to try these out given the short stay, but you can read more about these options here.
The fitness center
Another highlight of the Marriott SkyCity is the fitness center (and pool).
The fitness center (or gymnasium) is open 24 hours a day.
It’s a fully loaded, spacious gym with floor to ceiling windows letting in tons of natural light.
The views aren’t exactly breathtaking but it’s nice to be able to look out onto something when busting out some cardio.
They have bottled water and towels if you need those as well.
All of the machines seemed very high quality and up to date.
After a workout, we decided to check out the pool area. Be careful walking around this area if you’re 6’0″ or above because you could knock yourself out trying to make your way down the stairs.
The pool area is very nice and reminded me of the Ritz-Carlton pool that we’d be visiting next. It’s a heated pool and it’s open 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM.
The main lobby to the hotel is pretty big with plenty of seating options.
I really liked the decor found throughout the lobby.
You can also do some plane spotting albeit from a distance.
Due to us visiting on Chinese New Year weekend, there were also plenty of Chinese New Year decorations which are full of symbolic importance and are just beautiful to look at.
Final word on the Marriott Hong Kong SkyCity
The Marriott Hong Kong SkyCity is truly a luxurious airport hotel. The treatment I received from the staff was honestly on par with a five-star luxury hotel. In addition, the suite was pretty elegant with a marble bathroom and spacious bedrooms/living room area. The gym and pool area were impressive, and finally, the complimentary buffet breakfast for Marriott elites was solid making this hotel a fantastic choice for Marriott elites.
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