I figured I'd give this new ICHG property a try because it was new, and also because the rate for a Club Floor room was better than a standard room at even the HI Express in Causeway Bay and about HK$1000/night less than the CP Causeway Bay or the HI Golden Mile.
The hotel is a long way from the city center--a major downside to the property, especially considering my business takes me to the HK Convention Center in Wan Chai...It's tough to get to--MTR is your best bet, but it's still 3 changes and a LONG walk...But having the Tseung Kwan O station attached to the hotel makes it a bit more palatable. A taxi to Tsim Sha Tsui is about HK$120 w/tolls and about HK$150 w/tolls to Wan Chai. Either the MTR or taxi is about a 30-40 minutes.
On to the property itself: Brand new, nice looking hotel on a small footprint. Everything is clean and modern. I will say that the 4 elevators for the entire hotel don't seem to be adequate. In 5 nights here (over 2 separate stays), I've had to wait 5-7 minutes a few times to get an elevator.
The rooms are good size for Hong Kong. I've stayed in both a 2-bed double and a king room. The 2-bed double was a bigger, better laid out room with more than ample space. After staying in that, the king room seems a little tight--but still big by Hong Kong standards. Good-sized flat-panel TV built into the wall. Nice bathroom--marble/tile everywhere, separate 'room' for the toilet, stand-alone shower and bathtub. Comfortable bed, and a well-appointed, modern look to the room. Internet is fast...Not sure of the rate as it is not an extra charge for Club Level guests.
The breakfast is extensive with many Chinese and American options, cooked-to-order eggs, free flow of juices. Since the Club room included breakfast, however, I'm glad I wasn't paying separately for it, as it was expensive, I think around HK$200/person.
The staff of this place is amazing! Then again, I did have a Club-level room booked, and the club staff is what sets this place above. Winnie, CeCe, Hazel and the rest of the Club Lounge staff were great. Upon returning to the hotel after being in Guangzhou for 4 days, I was checked in for my 2nd stay within 2 minutes of arriving. They remembered me by name, no credit card again ("we have yours on file, here's your key") and I was in my room minutes after walking back in the hotel. These gals are so friendly, caring and service-oriented.
The evening reception for the Club Level--AMAZING food. Full Italian-style antipasto buffet--nearly a dozen different meats (salami, pepperoni, spicy sausage, parma ham, prosciutto, smoked salmon, etc), 5-6 different cheeses, salad, breads, veggies and all the fixings for a proper caprese salad. Everything was of great quality, I'm sure most products were imported from Italy--no Chinese-made 'attempts' here. All of this made more than enough for a meal. While I could practically live on this type of food as it's among my favorites, it did start to get a bit repetitive after 4 nights.
About the only negative was that the Club Lounge is not an exclusive place as it is in most hotels. It is paired with a restaurant on the 47th floor...They do have a separate area on the floor exclusively for Club Level guests, but it's a very small room about 4 X 10m (12 X 30 feet), this is offset by the fact that there is a nice outdoor terrace...A nice open area, but no special views, as you're so far away from main HK skyline. It's also the only place where I do have to actually sign a bill (although it's zero) for everything consumed. More of a minor inconvenience than anything, and the staff, food and service surely outweigh any shortcomings.
I will give them a pass on some of these things--it seems like they're working out some kinks, because the place has only been open about 3 weeks as I write this on the last night of my final stay here this trip. Knowing the staff and management and their efforts, I'm sure some of these minor things will change by the next time I stay here.
As mentioned above, it's connected to the Tseung Kwan O MTR Station, and also the Popcorn Mall--a nice little mall with many shops, restaurants and a movie theatre. Other than that, TKO is mostly a residential area. A shuttle bus to ANYWHERE would be a welcome addition--maybe a few a day to Central, the Convention Centre, TST or the Airport Express stations?
I hope to be back here next time I'm in Hong Kong...I just hope they keep the rate low enough to justify the commute to Wan Chai/Central or Tsim Sha Tsui. If they do, I'll be back and keep coming back! LOVE this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore the contemporary Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East. The spectacular Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East is an international hotel located atop Tseung Kwan O MTR Station and PopCorn Shopping Mall, providing an easy starting point to travel freely around the city. The hotel is just 20 minutes to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). If in a leisurely mood, visit Sai Kung town for a fresh seafood lunch overlooking the beautiful South China Sea. All 359 guest rooms offers excellent city views, dining choices range from the all day dining buffet restaurant to Cantonese dining and a roof-top Italian restaurant. Hi-tech connectivity makes it easy to stay in touch with business associates, friends and family. Fitness center and a soothing spa featuring seven private treatment rooms will make you feel rejuvenated and restored. Enjoy a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool (closed during winter). Enjoy seamless service in one of Hong Kong’s largest, well equipped Grand Ballroom; it can accommodate 1000 guests with an energy that inspires success and is the ideal place for weddings. Be it for work, shopping or holiday, make Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East your first choice in Hong Kong. ... more less
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