I stayed at the Renaisssance for three nights as my last stop in China after a three week visit. I stayed using Marriott points. As requested, my room was harbor view and the receptionist told me it was in the newly renovated rooms. It was on the 19th floor which sounded high enough but the convention center still obscured some of the harbor view although there was still lots to see. Next time I'd try for a higher floor.
The Star Ferry dock is right across the street. To see the light show it's necessary to go across to Kowloon. I went over early one evening and had tea at the Peninsula which is a must do when in Hong Kong. Then I found a place on the prominade on the harbor to watch the show along with lots of other tourists. I actually wasn't wowed by the light show. I'd heard so much about it I expected more but it was fun and only lasted about 15 minutes or so. Just seeing that part of Kowloon and being part of the crowd made it worthwhile.
The room was large and pleasant. It had floor to ceiling windows but had curtains that could be shut to completely darken the room. I usually left the curtains open so I could see the lights of the Kowloon buildings across the way. The bed was firm but comfortable, not rock hard as in many Chinese hotels. The office area had sufficient lighting and good work space. The bathroom was updated with lots of nice amenities.
After three weeks of Chinese food I had a pizza in the lounge a couple times. It wasn't the best I've had but it was okay. The lounge singers were also not the best but okay. The lounge itself was attractive and the staff was efficient.
The various concierges I worked with over three days were very helpful and gave me good information. As in many Chinese hotels they wrote my destination in Chinese characters on a hotel card so I could show it to the taxi driver. The card also had commonly visited tourist sites listed so if I was out I could still pick up a taxi and have the destination I wanted written in Chinese. More taxi drivers in Hong Kong spoke some English than anywhere else I'd been in China, including Beijing, but having the card was helpful to ensure I ended up in the right location. Unlike in Beijing, all the taxis I rode in used honest meters and the drivers were pleasant and welcoming.
The hotel was connected to other parts of the downtown businesses, shops, subway and restaurants by a covered walkway. I followed the concierge's easy directions to find the nearby subway station. The subway is very clean, safe and efficient with lots of good signage. As a single traveler who doesn't use subways very often I found it easy to use. And having it connected by a walkway to the hotel made it even easier.
Overall the Renaissance is a large western style hotel with eastern staff who made me feel welcome. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend it to other travelers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the hotel showcases panoramic Victoria Harbour view. It is less than 5 minutes by taxi to the central business district and major shopping areas, and is only a 10-minute walk to the Wanchai MTR subway station, while the iconic Star Ferry is just steps away, a perfect option for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel offers stylish guestrooms and a private club lounge, features diverse conference and banqueting facilities with a total area of 1,400 square metres, equipped with two LED walls and able to cater intimate to large-sized events. Our superb dining options range from authentic Cantonese cuisine, flavourful international buffet, to brand-new Mirage Bar & Restaurant with innovative cocktails and delectable western and Asian flair cuisine. An excellent range of recreational facilities are available, including a seasonal heated outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness centre for your enjoyment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel