The Courtyard Hong Kong (Courtyard Marriott Hong Kong) is a great little hotel tucked away on the north side of Hong Kong Island. It’s not in the most convenient location for touring the city but it will offer you a great hotel experience at a more reasonable price point. Located in Sai Ying Pun, a small residential area in between Western and Central District, the Courtyard Hong Kong can be a cheaper alternative to the big name hotels if you are visiting Hong Kong on a budget.
To get from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to the Courtyard Hong Kong, a taxi will cost you approximately 350 HKD ($45 USD) and take about 35 minutes (depending on traffic). If you are on a budget, you can take the Airport Express train from HKIA to Hong Kong Station for 100 HKD ($13 USD) and then catch the free hotel shuttle from the train station to the hotel.
At the time of this posting, the Courtyard Hong Kong offers a free shuttle to/from Hong Kong Station and the hotel. The shuttle picks up from the arrivals level (L2) in the “Hotel/Limousine” pickup area. The pickup times are:
- Monday to Fridays: 1130, 1230, 1430, 1530, 1630, 1730, 1830, 1930, 2130 and 2230.
- Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 0830, 0930, 1030, 1130, 1230, 1330, 1530, 1630, 1730, 1830, 1930, 2130 and 2230.
The Courtyard Hong Kong is located in a residential area and is not really close to any of the major tourist attractions. Buses and taxis are readily available but the nearest MTR station is approximately 10 minutes away by foot (HKU Station). The Courtyard Hong Kong does provide a complimentary shuttle to/from the Shun Tak Centre, Macau Ferry Terminal, Central Ferry Pier and Hong Kong MTR Station (IFC Mall) between 8:00 AM and 10:00 PM daily. If you are planning on doing the “hop on, hop off” Big Bus tour, the nearest stop is at Central Ferry Pier #7. And if you are planning on doing a day tour to Macau, the Macau ferries depart from the Macau Ferry Terminal, not the Central Ferry Pier.
As stated above, the Courtyard Hong Kong is located in a residential area away from the major tourist attractions but the affordable price point will more than make up for the inconvenient location. The surrounding area isn’t much to look at but the views of Victoria Harbor are pretty awesome if you get a harbor view room. If you are looking for a truly authentic Chinese experience where you can dine with the locals and shop at traditional shops, the Courtyard Hong Kong would be a good option for you. WiFi is provided complimentary throughout the hotel.
There is a restaurant on-site, MoMo Café, located on the second floor of the hotel and the food is pretty decent with both Asian and Western meal options. However, if you are looking for some local cuisine, reader Jon W. shares that there is a one Michelin star rated Cantonese restaurant, “Po Kee,” located next to the the HKU metro station and a Winston’s Coffee Shop located next to the Sai Ying Ping metro station.
On this trip, my friend Andrew and I booked an Executive Harbor View room with two double beds. However, there was a screw up with our room reservation and we were “upgraded” to an Executive Harbor View room with one king bed. The upgraded, corner room was really nice with large windows along both walls of the room and a larger bathroom. It would have been perfect if I was traveling with a significant other but unfortunately did not work for us because we needed two beds.
The next day, we were moved to an Executive Harbor View room on the 27th floor with two double beds. This room was not as spacious as the corner room but did have sufficient space for two double beds, a small sitting area, work desk and enough storage space for our luggage.
The enclosed bathroom was sleek and modern with an exposed window wall. If you are not traveling with a significant other, you can lower the window blind to provide some privacy. Nirvae Botanicals bath and body products, shave kits, dental hygiene kits and other personal care items were provided for our use.
The large windows let in a lot of natural lighting into the room and the views outside were incredible. From our room, we could see clear across Victoria Harbor to the Kowloon Peninsula skyline. If you want to sleep in, the black out curtains did a fantastic job of blocking out the morning sunlight.
Room amenities included an in-room safe, mini fridge, LCD TV with a wide selection of Chinese and western programming, iron/ironing board, bathrobes and slippers.
Marriott Gold members are entitled to complimentary room upgrades, late checkout and access to the Executive Lounge at the Courtyard Hong Kong. I know Marriott Rewards’ terms and conditions specifically exclude Courtyard Hotels as having Executive Floor access but the staff confirmed with me that Marriott Rewards Gold and Platinum members do receive lounge access at the Courtyard Hong Kong. That’s a nice perk.
The Executive Lounge is located on the 6th floor. The lounge is open from 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM. Breakfast is served from 6:00 to 10:00 AM (10:30 AM on weekends and holidays) and an evening reception is served from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM daily. Breakfast was pretty good with a hot selection of scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, dim sum and congee as well as fruits and cereal. For the evening reception, there was a hot selection of finger foods, snacks and desserts. The alcohol selection was fairly limited with a small selection of beers and wines.
The fitness center is located next to the Executive Lounge. The fitness center is nothing special but does have enough equipment to get a quick workout in. You’re basically looking at a few treadmills, some resistance machines and a bench with some free weights. There are no pools or Jacuzzis located at the property.
Courtyard Hong Kong bottom line
Overall, I enjoyed our stay at the Courtyard Hong Kong. It was a little far from the major tourist attractions and the rooms were a little small but the price was significantly cheaper than any of the major hotels in the Central District or Kowloon Peninsula area. The room was clean and comfortable, the bathroom was sleek and modern and the view from our room was pretty impressive. I would have loved to stay in a more central location but with a good pair of walking shoes, our stay wasn’t bad. The Courtyard Hong Kong is a nice little hotel and I would definitely book here again in the future.
Have you guys stayed at the Courtyard Hong Kong? If so, please share your experiences with me in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!
The other reviews in this series include:
- Air France Business Class Lounge San Francisco
- British Airways Terraces Lounge San Francisco
- Korean Air First Class, Boeing 747-8 San Francisco to Seoul
- Four Points Sheraton Namsan Seoul
- Korean Air First Class Lounge
- Korean Air First Class, Boeing 747-8 Seoul to Hong Kong
- Courtyard Marriott Hong Kong
- Day trip Hong Kong to Macau
- SWISS Business Class, Boeing 777-300ER Bangkok to Zurich
- Hilton Zurich Airport
- Turkish Airlines, Airbus A321 Zurich to Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge
- Turkish Airlines Free Transit Hotel Warning
- Turkish Airlines Business Class, Boeing 777-300ER Istanbul to Los Angeles