Kiwi Insider Erik Wachtmeister recently traveled to China. In part two of this series, he recounts his experience at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, a great hotel to stay at if you want a business oriented hotel.
I must admit that arriving in Hong Kong from Shanghai was very pleasant. It felt like a little deja vu from the days when I was commuting between Kiev and Paris.
Hong Kong is extremely civilized and has a special old world charm to it. You feel that it is THE hub in Asia, albeit not the center of China.
We stayed five nights at the Mandarin Oriental, definitely the most convenient place to stay in Hong Kong. You are a five-minute walk from ninety percent of all business, shopping and restaurant destinations. Nice spa and very good choice of in-house dining. We were very well taken care of at the Oriental , but the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong earns top marks.
We were persuaded to experience the service at this hotel in Hong Kong and were frankly blown away! I would recommend anyone visiting Hong Kong to stay there. It may not be the obvious choice, but sometimes the less obvious is preferable.
A Club floor room (30-37) or a suite is recommended as the best rooms in this China hotel. The views are exhilarating, the rooms large, service great, the spa and the four hands massage to die for!
A quick rundown of must do’s in Hong Kong:
Take the taxi to Victoria Park and walk along the ridge and the park for some extraordinary views of both sides of Hong Kong Island. Then, visit the top floor of the Peak and take the tram down to town.
Next, take the Star Ferry to Kowloon in time for a meal at Acqua overlooking Hong Kong and be sure to catch the daily lightshow at 8pm.
You should also take a taxi to Stanley and explore the market and its quaint harbor at sunset. China Club is the place to be for both lunch and dinner. It’s got a superb colonial ambiance and great food.
The best deal in Hong Kong besides cheap transportation and cab fares are the local calling cards. You can make 11 hours of international calls for less than $25 US. It certainly beats roaming!
We met many old and new friends in Shanghai and Hong Kong. I can’t wait to go back.