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A great transit hotel at HKG
When we booked our $600 roundtrip tickets in business class to Bangkok for the weekend we knew we’d have to stay the night in Hong Kong on the way back. There were a few options that would have facilitated avoiding this option, but with a limited time window to book and limited vacation time for my girlfriend, if things went sideways getting out of Hong Kong we’d have plenty of options to get back home worst case scenario. Enter…the SkyCity Marriott which is located at the Hong Kong airport.
If you have a long layover during the day I would highly recommend venturing into the city, but if you have a layover that you’d like to get a night’s sleep and eliminate transiting into the city, this is a great option.
- When: August 2018
- Where: Hong Kong Airport, HKG
- Loyalty: Marriott Rewards ( Now Bonvoy )
- Category: Category 5, 35k points, or free night cert
- Cost: $160
Getting to the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott
The hotel sent me the following map with instructions. There was a part of me that thought we could walk it, but arriving after midnight…wasn’t going to happen. It would be quite a hike in the daylight and tons of construction.
- Go to Counter B05 at Arrival Hall B Terminal 1
When you get here you’ll wait and hop on a bus.
If you’re arriving late at night, I would highly recommend mobile check-in regardless, but particularly if you’re on a crowded bus late at night. Look at that line. Luckily, I pulled up the app walking into the lobby and checked us in. We were in the room within 10 mins.
The Lobby in the daylight:
The hotel has sweeping views of the airport, a great lobby bar vibe, and
I was really impressed. Far from the typical airport hotel, I’d put SkyCity on par with the Grand Hyatt DFW, but shy of the Crowne Plaza Singapore. Nonetheless, it was a nice room with a big flat screen. We had roughly 8 hours before we’d need to head back to the airport.
A nice full bathroom, robes, and modern aesthetic. In fact, I would have been happy with this hotel in just about any location for $160 a night.
Gym, spa, and pool
There was a lot of people in the gym and using the pool when I swung by, and no one wants some dude carrying a stuffed monkey taking pictures of them while they swim so the hotel pics will have to suffice. It was a solid facility though and one if I had longer to enjoy I would have done so.
I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again while transiting, and its a category 5 hotel which means you can use free night certificates acquired through cobranded credit cards issued from Amex and Chase. There is an executive lounge, but my status would gain us admission and given the limited amount of time we had I don’t known that we would have used it much anyway. The room was modern, uber comfortable, and had a massive TV which can come in VERY handy if you’re jetlagged. The integration of a plush spa, fitness center, and pool make overcoming jetlag a bit easier.
Personally, I think this hotel would be best used arriving between 8 and 9pm and departing the next day between 10 and 11. A layover that isn’t long enough to make sense of going into the city, but long enough that you need somewhere to rest.
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