Last month, I spent two weeks in Hong Kong. Two more than welcome weeks where I could relax after months of racing all over Asia as well as Jordan and Oman and take my time getting the visas I needed to travel onwards to China and Mongolia. As a perpetual traveller, I stay in all kinds of accommodations, ranging from shabby huts to five star resorts and after a few weeks on a fairly tight budget, I was delighted to find out that I was in for a treat for my stay in Hong Kong.

I got the chance to test out the Marriott’s properties in the city and ended up being incredibly impressed with the qualities of the hotels and the amazing service provided.  Here’s my review of the places:

The Marriott SkyCity

The Marriott SkyCity was the first property I stayed at after a longer than necessary travel day from Chiang Mai to Hong Kong. After spending the day in airplanes and on a long layover, I was happy to find out that it was in for only a short ride to the hotel. In fact, if you want to you can walk from the arrival hall to the Marriott SkyCity in about 5 minutes. Still, this Marriott Hotel isn’t really what you’d expect an airport hotel to be like. With good restaurants and a buffet with a wide selection that I dove right into like a starving person, a spa area, work spaces and comfortable as well as luxurious rooms, it seems to be a good choice for many types of travellers. Whether you are in Hong Kong for business, a traveller on a  layover or on a family vacation, the Marriott SkyCity might be for you – although it isn’t cheap.

The Marriott SkyCity is well away from the busy downtown area, but still incredibly well connected through the airport express train right next door. The SkyCity even provides free shuttle service to the airport as well as the Tung Chung MRT station and it is fairly close to the Great Buddha as well as Disneyland. With public transportation right next door, I didn’t find it inconvenient to stay that far outside of downtown at all and really valued the closeness to the airport.

Vice Presidential Suite at the SkyCity

Best for:
Business travellers, people looking for a great airport hotel and travellers who want to be closer to the attractions outside of downtown.

Stay here if:

  • You want to be close to the airport
  • You are short on time but have a fairly large budget
  • You want to be close to the Hong Kong Disneyland and/or the Big Buddha

The Renaissance Harbourview Hotel

If you are travelling on a slightly tighter budget but you still want to be right downtown, the Renaissance Harbourview Hotel is a good choice. It isn’t as high-end as the other two Marriott hotels listed, but offers great value for the price. The name “Harbourview Hotel” already suggests as much, but the rooms truly do provide beautiful views of the harbour and Hong Kong’s impressive skyline and I often found myself simply staring out the windows and marveling at the bustle of activity below.

The Renaissance is located right next to the ferry port that connects Hong Kong Island with Kowloon and it’s also fairly close to the MRT. It’s a great hotel to base yourself at and explore Hong Kong, as you are pretty much in the centre of it all with great connections to everywhere. If you decide to stay in for a day or relax for a few hours, the Renaissance offers an extensive pool area amidst the skyscrapers. Seriously, it’s amazing. There’s pools, a bar and restaurant, a batting cage, plenty of seating and lounge chairs and an big playground for the children.

Pool area in the middle of skyscrapers

Relaxing with a view

Best for:
Anyone who’s on a budget, but still wants great value and location. This hotel seems to be especially well suited for tourists and families.

Stay here if:

  • You want to be downtown / on Hong Kong Island and aren’t opposed to a room with an amazing view of the skyline.
  • You are on a budget but still want a great location.
  • You want to spend some time in the hotel as well and value a good pool and garden area as well as infrastructure for children.

The JW Marriott

The JW Marriott is high end and mostly geared towards business travellers: World class restaurants and cafés, luxurious conference rooms and work spaces, a classy pool area outside, a ballroom for weddings and receptions and the famous Pacific Place luxury shopping mall attached right below. If you have the budget to pay for it, you have yourself a great accommodation in the middle of the central business district.

The hotel is located in the hills of Hong Kong Island and obviously offers the same breathtaking views of the Hong Kong skyline as the Renaissance a bit further down. It’s right next to the Admiralty MRT station and only a few minutes walk from the Victoria Peak tram station and is therefore conveniently located for business travellers as well as tourists.

JW Marriott

Best for:
Business travellers and tourists with a big budget.

Stay here if:

  • You want to be downtown / on Hong Kong Island and aren’t opposed to a room with an amazing view of the skyline.
  • You value great location in the centre of things and have the budget to pay for it.
  • You are a business traveller and are looking for spacious and luxurious office spaces.


If you have any questions and want to get in touch with the hotels, don’t hesitate to shoot them a line on twitter. They are very social and get right back to you.

About The Author

Tiffany is a Swiss travel writer, digital nomad, and photographer, who, after a fateful journey through Africa, has decided to get her passport renewed, sell all her junk, and live out of a suitcase in various corners of the world, as well as share the experiences with other travel enthusiasts. This blog is intended to inspire you to pack your bags, leave everything behind for a while, and make you go discover the world. Check her out on .

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