Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong: New Year’s Cert Rescue Story


Courtyard Marriott Hong Kong Hotel Review is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report.

Getting There: Take the airport express train service. To get back, take the bus provided you get on the right bus (see Hong Kong: Airport Express vs. Bus vs. Taxi).

If you take the airport express, connect with the H2 bus.
If you take the bus from the hotel, the stop is right across the street. Get on the right bus.

Looking to spend a reasonable amount in Hong Kong for New Years? Look elsewhere. Trying last-minute to book using points yielded few options. Two days before my December 31st arrival on this impromptu trip to Asia Pacific (see HKG! AUS! NZ! Booking a Last Minute Trip Down Under), the Courtyard became available, and it was quite a steal at 25k points. In contrast, the cash rate was $500.

If you’re going to Hong Kong for New Year’s and want to catch the fireworks, I recommend staying on Hong Kong Island over Kowloon. That way you can see the show and easily get to LKF (see Hong Kong New Year’s Eve Fireworks: What a Dud!).

View of Kowloon from Hong Kong Island from the room

View Upgrade
It was the last day to use my SPG suite upgrade. I applied it for a view of the harbour. I don’t understand why they’d put the TV directly in front and have no way of moving it.

The room was very small but sufficient. Dark drapes and a king size bed was all I needed for a nap following my 15.5 hour flight (see Cathay Pacific First Class JFK-HKG: 15.5 Hours of Bliss), and all I wanted after going out until 6AM (see Lan Kwai Fong New Years Eve: Beware of Blackout).

There is a breakfast buffet but I was in no condition to sample it.

There’s also a lounge that serves snacks and alcohol. Like breakfast, I skipped it in favor of napping before the evening out.

I can tell you that the shower was fantastic. Long flight followed by hot shower with long night followed by hot shower is superb.

Drape down
Drape up

4PM Checkout
I could have stayed at an IHG property or the Grand Hyatt (the ‎unimpressive Hyatt Tsim Sha Tsui was sold out). I chose Courtyard because platinum status guarantees late checkout. I set my alarm for 3:55PM and when it went off,  I wished that I had extra late checkout.

This was the perfect hotel for one night in Hong Kong after a long flight and long night.


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