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Stay Report: Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong

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The Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong is one of the less desirable Marriott properties in Hong Kong, it is located at a local residence district with close proximity to Hong Kong University. The room here is notorious for being small but it is of decent Hong Kong standards, AKA, something similar to express inns in Europe.

The hotel is not very conveniently located, but they do offer free shuttle bus to the Sky Pier and Hong Kong Station for MTR. Alternatively a cheaper way would be to take the bus A10 or A12 to the block around the hotel which set you around 42.5 HKD.

I went to the hotel at 10 in the morning, thus I was not expecting them to have any room ready, not to mention an upgrade. I’ve used the Marriott app chat feature to ask for the possibility of a suite upgrade if they have such inventories, it was informed that this property only has five suites, and all of them are occupied at the date of my check-in; thus I went to the app to found out that what they replied was the real case as it did state so on their website that the property comes with five suites and the booking for a suite at the date of my check-in doesn’t feature a suite option.


Stay Info:

Room: 2307

Status with Marriott: Gold Elite

Booked room type: Deluxe Room

Upgraded room type: Deluxe Harbour View Room

Booking: Marriott app


Check In:

Arriving at the property by bus was quiet convenient, all three of the check in front desks are open and only two of those are being manned, the check in lady was nice and did everything within her professional reach. The check in took around eight minutes as I needed to use the restroom so badly but she was justing clicking on the computer as if she was closing ten different windows on her screen. However, I didn’t complain or anything just waited there trying to distract myself thinking of from using the restroom.


The Room:

The room is quite small but of decent size in Hong Kong standard, the bathroom doesn’t come with a bathtub, which I am unsure if they actually upgraded me as I have no idea to find out. Getting the room 10 in the morning is good enough compared to the time I would have to wait even if they would have something, besides, I get to go to the lounge to have a breakfast as well.

The bathroom comes with many of the standard amenities with a huge mirror which surely bring contrast to the room.

Since space is an issue here, TV would have to be creatively located, it surely made the place looked somewhat not so high end, but indeed they managed to provide such amenities.

The bed isn’t exactly big either, it’s more or less a standard double bed which fits comfortably for solo traveler.

At the corner of the room, they placed a gass desk which also are conveniently located to deal with the space limit issue.

As half of the glass was placed onto the wall width of the window, and the chair are perfectly placed under it. Quite smart, actually.

The small bed doesn’t waste or sacrifice anything when it comes to the night stands. Although the telephone line they have in room looked extremely old.

To my surprise, they used the JBL speaker which comes with a digital clock, a rather nice touch here.

If you think they can’t possibly fit more things into a less than seven square feet bedroom space, they placed a single armchair and a simple corner table next to the minibar area as well. Although they didn’t had anything in the mini bar.

The view outside isn’t exactly appealing to stare at, you do get to see how some local lives in a city like Hong Kong.

On the right side of the building, you get a view of the harbour which is not something you would take a glass of wine to reflect your life upon.


The Bathroom:

The bathroom is quite big compared to the size of everything else in the hotel. They’ve tried to layout everything with more distance to one another.

The shower room is of decent size, and convent to use.

The sink counter also was nicely cleaned with amenities well-stocked for two.

The shower amenities at the courtyard is not necessary the best out there, but they works just fine.

They put two bottles of complimentary water there but normally in Hong Kong, you can just ask for more if you need.

Next to the entrance door, you have the closet that features all the other amenities.

From bathrobes to laundry bags, safe and slippers, they’ve covered all your needs here but surely it was not of the best qualities out there, but that’s okay, Courtyard was never a high end chain, but somehow in Asia, people start to have higher exceptions for them.


The Lounge:

The executive lounge is located at the six floor and is not necessarily large either, space are quiet cramp at this property in general as the building itself went with the slim tall structure design which is the classic in Hong Kong.

The lounges served some good selections of beverages and snacks during the day and a few small dishes during the cocktail hour, though it wouldn’t be enough if you are planing to manage dinner there alone.

Sitting area was always full in the lounge, but you can come to the business centre which has some more place sit.

Sittings next to the sofa sets.


Bottom Line:

The Courtyard by Marriott shouldn’t be your top option if you are planning to have a nice stay experience in Hong Kong, though sometimes the price of hotels in the city gets crazy high during convention season and holidays, so if you manage to score a cheap room rate at this property during peak season, do not hesitate to choose this one.

You will get almost all your needs covered with a little bit reduction in quality here, but that’s totally worth it compared to the price you are paying.

Ratings:

Check-in experience: 7.7/10

Lounge experience: 7.2/10

Elite member experience:6.3/10

Room comfort: 6.4/10

Staff experience: 6.5/10

Overall experience: 6.82/10

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Stay Report: Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat, King Suite Review

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The Hotel Indigo Warsaw Nowy Świat is a four-star boutique hotel located next to the old town of Warsaw, Poland. What formerly known as the Branicki Residential House – Smolna 40, the building can be dated back to 1903. Through turmoils during the war, the residence building was developed by BUDIZOL Property to open as an Indigo hotel in May 2017.


How I Got There

The hotel is centrally located, so you may get there by many means of public transportation, but Uber is also extremly cheap in Poland, so the ride-sharing app has been my go-to method of communting around the city.

I arrived at the hotel site around 2 PM, and I was immediately impressed by the architecture itself. The hotel doesn’t look busy at all, in fact, it was a bit too quiet, I guess that’s why they called themselves a boutique hotel.


Check-In

The hotel lobby is mesmerizing, the art installation was majestic and beautiful. Since I booked the stay with IHG rewards points, so I wasn’t expecting anything over and beyond from the hotel; however, to my surprsie, I noticed in the app that room has been upgraded to a suite in advance.

The lady who checked me in was happy to see someone finally showed up when I entered the lobby, she welcomed me with a warm greeting and thanked me for my royalty with IHG rewards, she told me that they’ve upgraded me to their only king suite of the hotel, and she called the housekeeping to check again whether everything was ready before making the room key cards for me.

She mentioned nothing about breakfast and I ended up not waking up early enough to find out anyway.

The entire hotel is trying to be sustainable, so the hallway light will only switch on if you make a clear sound, which can be creepy at times.


Practical Info

  • Length: One night Stay
  • Booked Room Category: Standard 1 Queen NS
  • Upgraded Room Category: Suite 1 King NS
  • Booking Made: IHG App
  • IHG Rewards Tier: Spire Elite
  • Booking Through: Point Breaks Redemption (15,000 Points)
  • Room Number: 409

The Suite

Upon entering, the suite looked bright and open, I felt the openness within the enclosed space avaliable, as stated on their website, the suite is only 44 sqm.

The interior is elegant and chic, I liked the strong contrast between the furniture and the plain white wall.

The suite has dedicated space for your luggage and decent closet space for all your other belongings.

The most dazzling thing about the living room would be the window, not only was it up to the ceilings, but the painted window frames made it even more chic and elegant.

The elevated seating space made it even more exquisite, you can just imagine yourself sitting there with a glass of wine and looking out to the window as you are taking everything in with light music playing in the background. (I actually did that.)

With different seating sofas together, you can also have an enjoyable time with friends and families.

Overall the living room layout is decent and nothing is compromised here in order to make up for the seating space.

I’ve chosen the welcome points during check in, but the hotel went out of their way and left a welcome letter with a glas of red wine for me in the room, too. I certainly felt very welcome by this kind gesture.

With the suite upgrade, I was also able to enjoy free soft drinks & snacks as part of their free in-suite offerings.

The counter under the TV is fully equipped with all the glassware and tea sets.

The mini bar has a decent selection of liquor options in addition to the free soft drinks.

One thing I found out during the stay was the scale formed inside the water kettle, that’s very unpleasant to encounter as it feels like the housekeeping lacks some attention to details here.

Behind the sofa sets, you can find a simple desk where you can work on. The desk & chair itself is decent but nothing revolutionary, but the smart appliances will surprise you.

The lamp had a charging head for iPhone and the smart telephone comes with google maps and internet browser, plus many other apps. In my opinion, these small gadgets are huge enhancements to a hotel’s hard product offerings nowadays.

The sky-light ceiling adds another key selling point to the room, it makes you feel the visual extention to the environment outdoor so for a moment I felt like standing under the glass roof of a French museum.


The Bedroom

The bedroom is relatively simple, the design is modern as always, but it’s not the same size as a normal guestroom, in fact it’s smaller.

The bed and pillows are clean and comfortable, the bed the hotel referred to as a king bed is of decent size, but not the biggest I’ve seen, the headboard is elastic and it’s great to lean on.

The hotel offers in-room handy phone which you can take out with you for internet coverage and make phone calls to a dozen different countries free of charge.


The Bathroom

The bathroom went for a black & white decor which brings out the contrast between the chequerboard tiles and other interiors.

The oval bathtub is elegantly designed and looked very chic.

The shower amenities being offered was from the German sport luxury brand Bogner. It was okay to use but personally I didn’t feel anything extraordinary while using it.

Another smart solution they had with the suite was, with a push of a bottom, you may switch clear or opaque the smart glass they’ve installed between the bathroom and the bedroom.


Fitness & Sauna

Although the hotel only has 60 rooms, it has a 24 hours fitness center equipped with a small sauna facility.

It’s not the most well-equipped gym but you can get a work out done without much problem.

The staff reminded me that it take some time to heat up the sauna, so if you are thinking of using it, you would have to call them in advance so they can heat it up for you.


Bottom Line

This IHG property gives great recognition to its elite members, that something may look favorably upon. It has a great location in central Warsaw, while the hotel itself is very quiet and peaceful, so it’s highly recommended that you spend some days with them. The staff doesn’t have to deal with a large flow of guests checking in and out everyday, so they definitely have a lot more time to ensure the quality of your stay experience; besides the hotel was opened 2017, so right now might be the perfect time to try it out.


Ratings

Check-in Experience: 8.5/10

Staff Experience: 9/10

Status Recognition: 9.5/10

Room Comfortability: 8.5/10

Housekeeping Experience: 8.3/10

Overall Experience: 8.8/10

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