Arriving in Hong Kong, you will be struck by the organisation and cleanliness of the airport and the surrounds. Guess it just has to be as this airport is the third busiest airport for passenger traffic. It has a higly developed and sophisticated public transport system from colour coded taxis to its well orchestrated ferry, rail and bus systems and its non-touch payment systems.
Leaving the airport we head straight to our Disneyland Hotel, the motorways are direct, efficient and clean. Heading to Disneyland you will see gardeners sweeping the roads and tending to the roadside gardens resulting in an inviting, aestetically appealing environment. Not something you would ever see in Australia and these people are paid a pittance with the local hourly rate of $33 HK dollars, less than AUD$5.
We stayed at the Hollywood Hotel which can recommended and we weren`t disappointed, everything is polished to an inch of its life and so clean. The rooms are well maintained with a hint of Mickey Mouse everywhere you look, the icon can be found on slippers, cups, shampoo and bath gel bottles and above the beds. Outside seats and wall decorations are adorned with the ‘magical’ icon.
The hotel grounds are stunning the the use of colour, texture and facilities making it a family orientated hotel. The harbour backdrop and the Hollywood props throughout the gardens are a nice touch. The outdoor pool complete with whirl pool and waterslide compliments and completes this hotel.
The rooms are comfortable and serviced daily. The Seaview Suite comfortably sleeps the 4 of us and offers stunning harbour views and would be even better if the smog was not evident…our first introduction to the pollution that is evident in this neck of the woods.
The Disneyland Hotel is located just a 150 metres down the road and is well known for its Enchanted Garden restaurant where the Disney Characters appear for breakfast. This hotel feels like a castle and the winding staircase to the outdoor maze is amazing with its harbour backdrop. Enjoy high tea or a drink overlooking the hotel grounds and be entertained by the band which plays each afternoon. It is a stunning setting for a wedding or a special occasion with its manicured gardens, fairytale feel and stunning backdrop.
HARBOUR GRAND – NORTH POINT – HONG KONG ISLAND
Leaving Lantau Island we take the bus to the train station, then onto Sunny Bay where we transfer to another bus onto Discovery Bay. From Discovery Bay we ferried across the harbour to Hong Kong Island before taking a taxi to North Point. It was very easy to co-ordinate the public transport and we found it cheap and effecient. Arriving at the hotel was travelled through narrow streets, passed derelict buildings before turning the corner to enter the foyer of a palatial 5 star hotel. Only in Asia can you find these buildings surrounded by derelict, abandoned buildings. The Harbour Grand offers stunning Victoria Harbour views overlooking both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. By night it is a magical setting that unfolds and many hours could be wiled away taking this magnificent view.
The hotel has great facilities including 5 restaurants, gym, swimming pool and grand ballrooms for weddings and conferences. Rooms were serviced daily and were well equipped with pillow menus, comfortable beds, mini bar, fridge, desk and internet. It is definately ‘luxury by the harbourside’.