Just like everyone else stuck in Hong Kong because of COVID, I also joined the bandwagon of staycationers. Other than breadmaking and dalgona coffee, it has been our only salvation in almost two years of no travel. So here is my unfiltered and unbiased view on all my favourites hotels in Hong Kong. We are starting with one of the newest, shiniest spots, yet still affordable, that has expansive Victoria Harbour views AND is bang in the middle of the city. Yes, it’s amazing and it’s the Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour.
Centrally located in North Point and walking distance to the newly opened North Point Promenade, we really enjoyed walking around, trying the various little coffee spots.
The new mall, Harbour North, also has a number of fun shops and restaurants to explore! The MTR station, ferry and tram are also very accessible, and we took a quick ride to Central for a meal.
The rooms and the hotel are modern and beautifully decorated, with lots of sunlight streaming in. The seating area in particular has beautiful large glass panels. And although it was a little annoying to have to go between the East and West Tower, the décor along the walk, as well as the pool, restaurant and bar at the other end, made it worth it!
Staff and service were great, nothing to complain about. The pool staff was particularly accommodating and helpful as we tried to sneak in as many pool hours as possible. More on that later. We also loved the servers at their main rooftop bar and restaurant Cruise, they were ever attentive and we had a great laugh!
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Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour has three dining options and one bar. The Farmhouse offers buffet dining, The Farmhouse Deli pastries and coffee, Cruise serves modern Asian cuisine, and outdoor bar Cruise Terrace serves breezy cocktails.
We opted for Cruise but unfortunately we didn’t eat there during this stay; we only had drinks. I have since been back to enjoy a full meal, and the experience was exceptional both times. The outdoor area makes Cruise one of my favourite spots in Hong Kong currently, and their incredible drinks, such as the Cruise Control, is unbeatable. The Farmhouse, which is where the breakfast buffet was served, has a combination of western and Asian dishes and fresh fruits and coffee. Which as per me, is all one needs!
The room was incredibly cosy and comfortable and three girls fit comfortably on the two twin beds. The view, of course, was the highlight as the big bay windows make the whole room light up. It made us confident that it was definitely worth upgrading to the Harbour View. While we didn’t use either, the Nespresso machine and 49-inch LED TV were noticed and appreciated.
The bathroom was also great as it had both a rain and standard shower head. The lighting was particularly useful, and there was just enough space for three of us to get our make-up on together.
The pool, unfortunately, is a little small. There are one-hour limits that you can book for entry, and you can’t book more than one in succession. Having said that, it is a spectacular infinity pool with gorgeous views, and the area is decorated with different themes. We went during the last pride month, and have amazing rainbow photos which we will cherish. The changing rooms are great and a tiny detail which blew my mind was this dryer that instantly dries your swimsuit. It revolutionized swimming for me, and may be one of my favourite parts of the hotel! There are sauna and steam rooms, which unfortunately were closed due to the pandemic.
My friends also dragged me to the fitness centre, which was well equipped; even a gym buff will be able to get a workout in in there.
Overall, I highly recommend Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour to the international travellers who will (hopefully soon) be wanting to come and stay in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, while still enjoying familiar comforts of home. I also believe it is a great option for those who don’t spend a lot of time in the Eastern District of Hong Kong. Discovering hidden, and not so hidden, gems like Tung Po (a famous dai pai dong), the waterfront park and Oi! (a yacht club repurposed into an art space), I have taken this opportunity to explore the side of Hong Kong that has been unknown to me, and I invite others to do the same!
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Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Ln, North Point
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