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Hotel Check: Metropark Causeway Bay Hong Kong
Metropark Causeway Bay
Booked online through British Airways website on their hotel link. They were offering a very good promotional rate.
The Metropark Causeway Bay hotel’s webpage however is very informative, detailing all the important aspects of the hotel; rooms, amenities, services, facilities, etc.
The booking process was also very easy as there were ample choice of room categories to choose from as well as the promotions available and all conditions were clear and concise. 10/10
ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN
After an early arrival in Hong Kong and a swift transfer to Hong Kong Island on the Airport Express into Hong Kong Station, I decided against the complementary hotel shuttle, as I couldn’t find any staff with good enough English to direct me to where the shuttle buses stopped. Instead, I took the ten-minute walk and interconnected to Central Station where I changed to the Blue Line on the MTR (subway/metro) system.
This runs from Sheung Wan to Chai Wan and from Central, it is a mere four stops to Tin Hau station, which is the one closest to the hotel.
Exit B is the most convenient for the hotel, and Metropark Causeway Bay is an easy five-minute walk, give or take depending on how long you are stuck at the traffic light to cross the road.
At the main entrance, the porter directed me up the escalator towards the reception and Check-in area.
The pleasant young lady at the desk retrieved my details quickly and the process lasted all of one minute. I was offered an upgrade to a Harbour View room, although she did warn me it was on a smoking floor, but assured me that rooms are thoroughly cleaned and ventilated after a smoking guest checks out. She did, nevertheless recommend I went upstairs and check if it was to my liking and to let her know.
I arrived and immediately fell in love with the view towards the west of Hong Kong Island. Victoria Harbour and the greenery of Victoria Park take a prime spot with Kowloon as an exciting background to complement these spectacular views. The room was well sized for Hong Kong standards, and just as crucially, there was no trace of cigarette smell in the room, curtains, furniture, or linen.
I advised that I was happy with the room, and very shortly, my sparse belongings were reunited with me. 10/10
ROOM SWEET ROOM
As I mentioned, the room is quite spacious for local standards. The queen-size bed fit in nicely with good space on the side closest to the wall to allow easy access. The other side had enough room between bed and dressing table/working desk which occupied the whole external wall and the wall to wall window allowed more than enough natural light into the room. A medium size flat screen TV occupied one corner of the said desk. Cupboard area was more than adequate. The décor was modern, bright and very clean looking yet not clinically cold. Minimalist, yet exuding a comfortable feel to it.
The Air conditioning system was set to a comfortable temperature and was easy to manipulate.
The bathroom was also a good enough size with a double hand basin wall-to-wall mirror and a comfortable shower cubicle.
Finally, complementary broadband is standard in all rooms. Overall, very adequate for a single traveller and recommended for a couple as well. 9/10
The bed was most comfortable with a fluffy duvet, but no sheets. This however is very common in SE Asia though. The pillows were firm enough to allow for a comfortable resting of the head. I had no problem whatsoever to hit the sack. 9/10
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There are coffee and tea making facilities in the rooms and a refrigerator/mini-bar. Also a safe for the valuables.
Within the hotel, a spectacular rooftop swimming pool with an adjacent Jacuzzi offer the chance to rest and refresh the body while absorbing the breathtaking views of this spectacular city. Inside, on the same level there is a well stocked gym to keep in shape and burn all those culinary excesses that I no doubt indulged in. a basic but functional sauna is also available inside the dressing room area.
To fulfil nourishment needs you have Café du Parc offering a mix of fusion food with international cuisine. It is also where breakfast is served.
For winding down and to drink the night away in a cosy and chic ambience, Vic’s Pub located on the first level (Reception) offered a good alternative. Drinks were decently priced for hotel standards and the resident band featuring two lovely female singers belted out favourites ranging from the Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and Abba among others.
There are also three Business and meeting rooms to cater for business travellers, Panorama Lounge for guests staying in the Executive Parlour/suites. 9/10
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Located in the Causeway Bay area, it is easy to get to whether arriving by MTR, cab or shuttle bus. Also, being steps away from Causeway road, busses and trams stops are just minutes walk from the hotel.
Like the check in process, it was quick and easy and I was even allowed to keep the room until two pm, which I requested as I had a late flight back home. However, they still offered to keep my luggage until it was time to leave for the airport and I was still able to use the gym facilities for a shower before leaving the hotel. The shuttle bus, which runs every twenty minutes was arranged to take me to HK Station. 10/10
CONCLUSIONS – OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
A four star property, well located, unpretentious and very service orientated. Every member of staff was most pleasant, friendly and helpful. I would struggle to find any negatives to comment on. After four visits to Hong Kong, I finally found a property that ticked all the right boxes for me.
If the price is right, it will be my definite choice when I return to Hong Kong. 10/10