March 4, 2017

Review: Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok

Trip To Osaka and Hong Kong Flying Thai Airways First Class & Turkish Airlines Business Class

Since I knew Mike would be in Australia and New Zealand with his Singelresor group in February, I needed to travel somewhere for a few days and thought I'd book a flight from Europe to Japan and back from Hong Kong using my Turkish Airlines miles. So last November, I redeemed 67,500 miles for a first class award flying from Frankfurt to Osaka via Bangkok in Thai Airways First Class. The taxes was just about 800 SEK which was very reasonable. On the flight back from Hong Kong to Stockholm, I redeemed (I actually borrowed miles from Mike) 45,000 miles to fly Turkish Airlines in Business Class. I've been to both Osaka and Hong Kong a few times in the past so my plan was not really to explore them but rather to just see a few sights during this period. I have to admit, to be able to fly on one of my favorite airlines in first class (thanks to their Rimowa amenity kit and excellent first class lounge in Bangkok among others) and visit two amazing cities is just awesome 😉



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Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok king guest room

Date of stay: February 20-21, 2017
Address: 2 Soy Street, Mongkok Kowloon
Nightly Rate: 704 HKD
How to get here: From the airport, take Cityflyer Bus A21 and get off at Sino Centre bus stop. Cost is 33HKD (only cash and exact amount should be paid to the driver)

Hotel Reception

Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok reception

Lobby

Hotel lobby

Hotel lobby

Garden Bar (Lobby bar)

Hilton Garden Inn Hongkong Mongkok Garden Bar

Hallway, 19th Floor

Hallway 19th floor

King Guest Room, 1911

King guest room

A short video of my room, 1911 at Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok

Seating area with sofa

40 inch LED TV

Work desk (wifi is complimentary)

Coffee/tea maker,  2 complimentary bottles of water

Safe

Iron/ironing board, slippers

Bathroom

Bathroom amenities including Peter Thomas Roth skin care products 👍

Walk-in shower

Toilet

An environment-friendly hotel 👍

View from my room

Eagle's Garden (Breakfast Buffet Restaurant)

Eagle's Garden Restaurant

Reception desk

Newspapers

Seating

Seating

Ala carte menu 👍

Buffet area

From the buffet, there was rice, miso soup, congee, baked beans, dumpling, chicken sausage, potato, eggs, fried chicken with noodles and vegetables, squash, fruits, yougurts and bread among others.

Business Centre

There are two iMacs located in the lobby

Fitness Centre

Onsite fitness centre with spectacular views of Victoria Harbor and Victoria Peak among others 😍

Swimming Pool

Unfortunately, the rooftop pool is temporarily closed until May 2017.

CONCLUSION

The Hilton Garden Inn Hongkong Mongkok is a very new hotel which opened last December 2016. I loved the fact that the hotel is accessible to the buses from the airport and is just a few minutes walk from the bus stop. Of course, the hotel is located in Mongkok which is one of the most popular shopping districts in Kowloon. The lady receptionist working that day was very friendly and welcomed me as a Diamond member when I checked-in around 11:30pm. She informed me that I was upgraded to a high floor as a Diamond member. Another benefit of having Diamond status which she offered me was the late check out at 4pm and which I gladly accepted since I have been traveling a lot the past few days and badly needed it. Unfortunately, the housekeeping staff came to wake me up twice before 4pm even if the "Don't Disturb" sign was placed outside the door. As for the breakfast, I thought the ala carte menu was a nice gesture to add to the buffet offerings. The fitness centre with great views was a big plus but unfortunately, the swimming pool was closed. Hotels in Hong Kong are very expensive and for the price I paid, it was definitely worth it. Overall, a very nice hotel and I would definitely stay here again when I'm back in Hong Kong.😉


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