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took night flight for the first time. like usual, long pants, t-shirt, and a jacket always be my favourite airport fashion. it is comfortable, and warm enough to cover the aircon throughout the night,
reach HKG 6 AM in the morning, and we straight go to hotel to start the day.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong
First trip to Hong Kong and selected this hotel online because of its location. This was a great choice and found it was close to all forms of public transport and major shopping centres. The staff were very helpful and extremely efficient. Was a great experience for a first time traveller to HK and a very clean hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong
The Cosmopolitan really isn't very cosmopolitan
I stayed here for 14 nights. Nice helpful staff. They placed me in a room with frosted windows so I could NOT see the grave yard behind the property. I insisted that I needed a window-room for 14 nights. They upgraded me at no cost...but it took some "discussion."
Nice decor in the sleeping rooms. Very new, clean and tidy. Lobby is bright but NOT comfortable for casual conversation. Hotel shuttle (twice an hour) to MTR station helps make up for some of the location issues. It is a 20 minute walk to the underground TRAIN at Causeway Bay/Times Square. Ten minutes walk to a good place to eat.
---Bad food: especially the breakfast buffet.
---No in-hotel shop: cannot buy a newspaper, bottled water, gum, or umbrella anywhere within four blocks of the property.
---Unusual bathroom design: The bathroom sink and toilet were no more than four inches apart. You must straddle the sink to use the toilet.
---Lobby bar: three stools and a closet service area.
---No pool or outside deck area.
The facility designer must never stay in hotels.
Better than most
The Cosmopolitan was the last hotel I stayed in on a five weeks trip to Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Hong Kong and it was the best of the hotels. I didn't encounter the problem of a opaqued windows overlooking a cemetery because I had elected to go for a city view room which provided a half decent view.
The room was slightly on the small side but was well appointed and, thankfully, had efficient air-conditioning. Hong Kong was very hot at the time.
The shuttle services were useful. The staff were delightful and the restaurant was damned good and affordable. The breakfast buffet was comprehensive.
Overall, the hotel rates well but most of the local taxi drivers had trouble pronouncing its name. I just told them the new hotel in Queen's Road East, Happy Valley.
If you want absolute luxury...
Then perhaps this hotel isn't for you.
But if you're young, single or a couple, and are relatively active and energetic - then this hotel is quite ideal.
Although located in close proximity to Happy Valley racecourse, and opposite Queen Elizabeth Stadium, this hotel is quite a walk from the nearest MTR station - although is easily accessible by taxi, bus, or tram. It's also in a wonderful area with cute side streets and parks, and within strolling distance to Times Square, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.
Staying on the 2nd floor in a smoking room wasn't too bad. The room was small, but very clean and cosy. The windows were frosted, meaning we didn't have an outside view, but that was okay considering we were only there late at night to sleep! Daytime was definitely spent outdoors exploring Hong Kong.
The internet access, although a little pricey, was very fast and easily available.
The hotel staff were very polite and helpful, especially once they understood what you wanted. They were also prompt and efficient, making our stay quite enjoyable.
A trip to Hong Kong
The Cosmopolitan Hotel was great, our room was nice and clean, there was fresh fruit in the room on our arrival, the location wasn't bad and the the rates were very reasonable. The best thing was there was a free shuttle bus to Times Square and the Conference Centre which was great. We found the staff to be friendly and very helpful. The one thing that was a little off were the prices in the hotel restaurant which was very expensive... but if you don't eat there perfect! Enjoyed the women's market and picked up a few bargains. The metro was great, quick and easy, it's so convenient to purchase an Octopus card which can be used on the metro, buses, trams and even in some stores... much better than getting change every 5 minutes. *Remember though $50 of the card is a deposit so don't forget to return the card to a metro booth and get most of your deposit back before you leave, (even though it's only about $8 Cdn). Lantau Island was beautiful and the Po Lin monastery was a really neat experience, the 85ft buddha, even though he was mainly covered by mist was worth seeing - travelled there on the metro and returned by fast ferry. Good shopping on Nathan Street and great food in the small chinese restaurants, the prices were so good I don't think we paid over $10 for any meal we had. Anyway as you can see I really enjoyed the trip, just wish I had had more time and money to do a little more travelling around.
*A great pocket sized guidebook is Knopf Mapguides of Hong Kong it was really useful with great info and small pullout maps of all the different areas.
Never come back
I was staying there for three days, and i must say that i will never come back.
The thing is that that all standard rooms face the cemetery which is located just the opposite the hotel. That's why the windows are from opal glass and you feel like in aquarium. The receptionists are rude and never smile. The location is o.k. They provide shuttle buses, but it's always full.
Besides that they reserve money for staying from my credit card, i have paid cash, and it's almost one month have passed, but they haven't cancelled this reservation.
I would never come back there!!!
Great Hotel, Strange Location
Cosmopolitan Hotel is a brand new hotel, and considering the price, this place is really a steal! I booked the standard room, and considering it's Hong Kong, the size of the room is decent. The room is very clean, the bathroom is very modern. The staff is courteous and helpful. There is a shuttle bus that goes to Times Square (which has an MTR station) and the Airport Express station in Central. Even if you miss the shuttle bus, taxis are readily available. Just talk to the bell captain, and he'll hail you a taxi no problem. Overall the stay has been comfortable. It is about a 3 to 4 star quality hotel.
Now the drawback. The location of the hotel is rather strange: one side of the hotel faces the racetracks, the other side of the hotel faces the cemetary. I am not kidding, the hotel is literally located right beside the cemetary. Luckily, all the rooms that faces the cemetary have the windows locked and tinted. You cannot see anything from your window. But if you just peek from the window from the corridor, you'll understand why they cover up all the windows. You are so close to the cemetary you can see the readings on the graves.
However, if you don't mind the cemetary, everything about the hotel is pretty awesome. You can even walk to Causeway Bay / Times Square in about 10 minutes. Very convenient and comfortable. Just be sure to ask for a room that doesnt face the cemetary.
Good hotel, close to everything
I stayed at the Cosmopolitan April 22-24 on a business trip. This hotel was recommened to us by our Hong Kong based partner company and we were lucky to get a room as many hotels were fully booked beacause of an exhibition in HK. The room wasn't really big, but nicely decorated, very clean, nice bathroom. We got a basket with fruit every day. The breakfast buffet had lots of things to choose from and was definetely worth the money.
The view from our room was towards the Happy Valley race course - very nice typical HK view.
Public transport with the tram and also shuttle buses to the airport and to Times Square were available.
Only one not so nice thing about this hotel, but could happen in any hotel: my colleague had to return to his room after breakfast and some prostitutes were offering their services to him when he left the elevator on his floor.
Very nice hotel.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, is a fantastic hotel. Brand new hotel, clean rooms, with modern design. The rooms are affordable, but you MUST opt for the suites. If you're okay with a small, clean, perfectly acceptable room, then their standard rooms should be fine. If you like having space to relax, a separate bedroom from the living room, etc. then by all means go for the suites. We originally selected a "deluxe" room, but there was nothing deluxe about it. They probably marketed the view of the Happy Valley race track as the "deluxe" element of the room, but don't get fooled by the "deluxe" label. There are no great views from the hotel. The harbor is not visible from the hotel. But, who cares. The harbor is over-rated. We found the "deluxe" room too small, and we upgraded to a suite, which was fabulous. The suite made all the difference in the trip. The suite is designed much in the same way as a W hotel, so the vibe is modern and chic. (Flat screen TV, living room, dining table, robes, etc.) The staff is friendly. The hotel is located on Hong Kong Island, near Times Square. Everything is close. The hotel also has a Tour Desk, so the tours pick you up at the hotel. There is a free shuttle from the hotel to Times Square, with great shopping and food. The hotel is very close to Kowloon, across the harbor, easily accessible by taxi via sub-harbour tunnel. I highly recommend the Cosmopolitan Hotel. You may e-mail me at email@example.com with questions.
We went to Hong Kong to attend the HK7's rugby tournament. We stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel..We selected this hotel for 2 reasons...1 relatively close to the stadium and the fact that it had a gym to work out in.
It was a great location for the tournament, within walking distance and the hotel had regular shuttles to other parts of the city which made it convenient for central or the convention centre...However they did not have a gym and when asked about it they said they were not going to get one. I told them that they had a gym listed as a facility on their web site and they said they changed their minds!
The rooms were small but clean typical for Hong Kong.