Gold Coast Hotel
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Breakfast was presented with all the elegance, delicacy and finesse you'd imagine from an Oriental country. Even the UHT milk pots were arranged in a flower and each of the lids had different flowers pictured on them. A message on the table read 'Love our World, Don't Waste Food' - I can dig that.
What is this? Summer!? Felt very odd and …
I spent the morning yesterday in my own temple prior to visiting the temple of Wong Tai Sin. My temple I speak of is of course,.... the beach. I'm on the South China Sea, only a wave away from the Pacific. Beachcombing the coast I found that the shells here are different from others I've seen, including lots of mother of pearl and not the type that …
Siegfried is definately a Germanic man's name and hardly befitting the petite 30-something Chinese lady with a penchant for Ballroom Dancing with whom I shared a taxi from the airport.
Living only in the next borough to me in London, Siegfried is over here visiting family and meeting her reminded me of one the reasons I simply love …
... why so many Chinese people seem to stare and point at our hats. She said it was because they resembled the hats of WW2 Japanese soldiers who occupied China and committed many atrocity's. We did try to be discreet after that but the sun was too strong. At least we know the reason now! We are keeping an eye out for Snowdon but have not seen him yet. There are a few banners declaring support for him though. HK, a great city to spend at least a week. Next stop ...
... out of one of the metal storage containers! Tuesday 5th march Went to the park for a run in the morning, we liked to get out early to get away from the grunting, spitting pig of a man living downstairs. Filled out census form, went to restart centre, Christchurch museum and botanic gardens! Cooked at accommodation lovely chicken yummers Wednesday 6th march Chilled in the park, had souvlaki lunch at restart centre, then went to airport for the flying machines. First we got a flight ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gold Coast Hotel Hong Kong
Spent a night due to a diverted flight
My United flight from Tokyo to Taipei was diverted at the last minute to Hong Kong. The airline did a fine job of busing us to the Gold Coast Hotel, which is a big resort facing a beach on one side and a pleasure boat anchorage on the other. The views are lovely. The building has a grand multi-story lobby, bougainvillea plants spreading from tiny little balconies, and placid, spectacular views.
My room was almost exactly what you'd expect at a deluxe resort anywhere, with American-style bathroom plumbing, a big tub with handles to make getting up easier, and nice furniture. Breakfast buffet had a very large number of items on offer (British and Chinese, mainly) and the grounds are very nice, if you remember that a Chinese lawn is, to Americans, a mere weed patch. The pool was temporarily closed for maintenance.
My floor was smoking-permitted, but there was only a faint hint of smoke, and none in the room.
The hotel took in our group quickly and efficiently, even though we arrived at something like 1 AM. I'd recommend the hotel for a fairly large business meeting (they have meeting rooms), a romantic getaway, or just plain relief from hustle and bustle. My only criticism might be that with the removal of a bit of decor in the lobby, and revision of breakfast buffet, this hotel could just as well be in Hawaii or any other prime resort area.
Great spot for family stays...yet quiet and picturesque.
Although it's a little out of the way for some, it's an excellent venue for those looking for some solitude while in country. A grand hotel, with spacious rooms and service in the traditional manner. They cater a lot for local occasions (weddings/celebrations etc) so it's a great way to see something different in the venues. Very enjoyable and diversified family style buffet/s on offer for all meals, as well as select menu/s and very friendly & helpful staff make for a pleasant stay. We had a high-tea in the same manner as at the Savoy in London, and couldn't fault it. The local area is very pleasant and plenty of things to do & see on long walks.
Great Place to Unwind- Recommended
We had a great four nights at the Gold Coast Hotel. We were exhausted following a hectic seven days sightseeing in HK city, and this was the perfect way to unwind. It was spotlessly clean, had friendly staff and good location next to beach and marina. The pool area was fantastic and the food was great value, especially the lunchtime set menu. It was easy to get to from Hong Kong centre- just a 45 minute bus ride from Huong Hom station in Kowloon on the 260x. Also it's really easy to get to the airport- the hotel provides a shuttle service that takes 45 mins and costs HK$95. There seems little of interest in the surrounding area, so it is just a place to go to unwind. The only drawback was that it was sometimes a little noisy at night- the soundproofing between the rooms that had connection doors wasn't great! However, all in all we would really recommend this hotel.
True 5-star hotel
I just visited at four different hotels in Hong Kong and Gold Coast Hotel was definately the best value for the money.
I booked my room from their own website and got normal (big) room for sunday/monday night for 680 HKD - that was cheaper than those windowless dog houses (ie. Tatami Hampton) at Kowloon!
Gold Coast Hotel is worth visiting if you want relax holidays from Hong Kong city-life. It really holds it's five-stars rating: rooms, beds, bath, showers... Only the s.p.a.-area was small (gym, sauna and steam room) and had seen it's best days. But great outdoor pool was in excellent condition.
Granted, it's situation is not the perfect, but bus 962 operates from/to central (about 45 mins ride). Also getting to airport could be a bit tricky and takes 1 hour at least. I had other hotel (YMCA Salisbury) for the last night, so it was not problem for me.
Lieben das Gold Coast Hotel
Wir wollten einen kleinen gemütlichen Ort in Hong Kong finden, wo wir mit unserer Familie unseren Chinaurlaub beginnen konnten. Wir fanden das Gold Coast Hotel und haben jede Minute dort genossen! Es gibt einen wirklich tollen Sandstrand, toll für einen Spaziergang mit der Familie.Das Hotel ist wunderschön und hat überall Marmor. Das gesamte Personal ist äußerst freundlich und hilfsbereit und auch das Buffett war erstklassig! Wir hatten ein Zimmer mit Balkon zum Hafen hinaus und fanden den Blick durch die großen Türen einfach herrlich. Das Hotel bietet einen kostenlosen Shuttelbus ins Zentrum nach Hong Kong an, der alle Stunde frequentiert und ungefähr 25 Minuten dauert. Ein wunderbarer Aufenthalt!
Überraschung in Hong Kong
Nachdem wir einige Tage zum Shoppen in Hong Kong waren, wollten wir einwenig im Gold Coast Hotel relaxen und erst mal von allem entfliehen.Auf Empfehlungen hin hatten wir uns dazu entschlossen, außerhalb der Stadt zu wohnen. Was für eine angenehme Überraschung. Das Gold Coast Hotel liegt sehr nahe an der Insel Kowloon, aber wenn Sie ein Stück vom besten Hotel auf Hawaii haben möchten, dann buchen Sie das Gold Coast für nur ein fünftel der Preise auf Hawaii. Was für ein toller Deal mit tadellosen Zimmern, Tonnen von Marmor und absolutem Überfluss. Es ist offensichtlich, dass einige Investoren tief in die Tasche gegriffen habe und es wird sich für sie lohnen! Der große Vorteil ist die ähnliche Atmosphäre wie auf Hawaii, der Ruhe der Gegebenheiten und die tropische Umgebung.Wenn Sie allerdings en Freund des städtischen Trubels sind, dann sind Sie hier falsch. Wenn Sie die total Entspannung in einem 4-5 Sterne Hotel suchen, dann ist diese Hotel ideal für ein paar Tage. Eigentlich würde ich es jedem, der in Hong Kong und Kowloon war, zwecks einer schönen Entspannung im Gold Coast Hotel empfehlen. Dafür ist das GC Hotel wahrscheinlich sogar die beste Adresse außerhalb der Stadt. Sauberer und besser als manch schöne Hotels auf Hawaii. Hier beruhigt sich alles viel schneller und Sie können in ruhe relaxen.
Surprisingly high end resort hotel with outstanding food
Just returned from six days at the Hong Kong Gold Coast, where my wife was involved in conducting worldwide training for her firm. Having been to the Peninsula in Hong Kong (the best city hotel in the world) on vacation last year, I wasn't sure I wanted to accompany her to this out of the way place that looked as if it belonged in Cancun, and thus I checked it out pretty thoroughly. On balance, it seemed worth the trip, and I'm delighted I went.
We both rate the Hong Kong Gold Coast excellent with caveats. Our room (NOT A STANDARD ROOM) was gracious, large, comfortable, with a fine terrace overlooking the sea. The breakfast buffet, the dinner buffet with grilled fish or meat of your choice, and the outstanding Chinese restaurant which easily surpasses anything in our experience in New York City were truly offering outstanding food at all levels and price points; the hotel is luxuriously fitted out in Hollywood Opulent and impeccably maintained; the air conditioning in your room can do a neat 60 degrees with no strain on a hot and muggy summer day; the staff couldn't be more attentive and pleasant (but remember their native langauge is Mandarin or Cantonese, not French, and they're struggling to help you).
It should be noted, however, that many of the rooms face the road, not the sea; that the standard rooms are not very large, and according to website information offer only a shower, not a tub, in contrast to the ample tub in our king-bedded room. (If it's hot enough to swim, it's hot enough to sweat and get tired shopping or sightseeing, and I took three baths a day.) And finally, the best rooms are not on top of the hotel, for some strange reason. There are no balconies above the seventh out of eighteen floors, whereas a "Presidential Suite" on the seventh floor has half the place pretty much to itself, roof terrace and all. By all means, spend the money on a Grand Luxe Terrace Room, all of which have tubs and terraces and sea view. It wasn't that much more, and worth every penny.
I cannot pretend to be fond of the locale out in the Western Territories. You'll tell yourself you will do some sightseeing of temples and walled villages in these hinterlands to make up for it; you find out instead that the walled village was literally encircled in the 1980's by hydra-headed residential towers fifty stories high. But, yes, the Brits did a good job of restoring it before they encircled it. And the shuttle bus ride into Kowloon will take 35 minutes of twists and turns. Don't even think of driving here just because you've done it on the left in Great Britain. So you're pretty much going to be on the shuttle bus, or the bus to the train, and the ferry to the island, shopping and sightseeing. Staying here if shopping and sightseeing is your objective will waste an hour and a half each day. But if you have to be here for a conference, or want a little r&r after days of sybaritic life in Kowloon or Centreal, this place fills the bill for very little cost.
Disappointed for our family Holiday
From the moment we checked in we were disappointed. We are a family with 3 small kids aged 1,3 and 5 and stayed 4 nights in the hotel. When we booked we requested interconnecting rooms and a couple of days before leaving Australia we checked with the hotel about interconnecting rooms, which they confirmed. We arrived at about 11 pm and got taken to our room. We were not given interconnecting rooms. After much mucking around we were given an upgrade to a 1 bedroom suite, which was a nice room but it had no beds for the kids. The porter disapperaed and we were left to move the luggage between the rooms. By the stage it was about 2am so we gave up and sleept in what we had. The next morning started well with a great breakfast although it was very expensive.
We then decided to check out the pool, it was closed. We tried to find out about the Kids club and after been sent all over the place found out it was not running under supervision at the moment so we would not be able to leave our kids there. Beach activities...not running. Free shuttle bus...had to pay for. When we were looking for somewhere to stay we contacted the hotel who advised us these operated all year round and the hotel sounded great but when we got the it was a differnet story. And what did we get for all the problem...I Bottle of Wine and fruit basket, thanks......
We must admit though that it was a very nice looking hotel, if only the service matched.
Loved the Gold Coast Hotel
We wanted to find a place in Hong Kong for a small family vacation before going into China. We found the Gold Coast Hotel and loved every minute of staying there! There is a wonderful sand beach that is great for an evening stroll or the kids. The hotel is gorgeous with marble everywhere. Everyone of the hotel staff was friendly and very helpful. The buffets are excellant too! We stayed in a balcony room and loved looking out into the marina through the large maranda patio doors. When we wanted to go to downtown Hong Kong the hotel provided a free shuttle service every hour and only a 25 min trip. An excellant stay!
Hong Kong Surprise
After spending a few days shopping in Hong Kong, we were encouraged to spend a little time at the Gold Coast Hotel to relax and "get away from it all." Based on the recommendation, we decided to slip out of town. What a pleasent surprise.
The Gold Coast Hotel is not located in close proximity to Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, but if you want to get a nice slice of a property equal to or better than some of the best hotels in Hawaii, then slide into the Gold Coast for about 1/5th of the price. What a tremendous deal with spotless and pleasing rooms, tons of marble and plenty of opulence.
Clearly, some group of investors plowed a whole lot of dough into this property in anticipation of growth and they will not be dissappointed.
The big plusses are the Hawaii like atmosphere, the calmness of the area and the tropical aspect. If you enjoy "hustle and bustle," this is not the hotel for you. If you want to really enjoy some true relaxation and stay at a 4 to 5 star hotel, this is a wonderful place to rest-up for a few days.
In fact, I would encourage everyone to spend a few days in Hong Kong and Kowloon, and recover from the spending spree by slowing down and visiting the Gold Coast Hotel for a few days. To get some rest and pleasant relaxation, the GC Hotel is probably the best around "out of town." Better and cleaner than any number of "the fine hotels" in Hawaii.
Where the pace of things slows down very quickly . . . and resumes at your pleasure.