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By Gayatri Bhaumik | November 26th, 2020

Perhaps it’s because it’s best known as a business hotel, but the JW Marriott Hong Kong isn’t usually the first property people think of when it comes to a Hong Kong staycation. But, maybe that’s why it’s a good under-the-radar choice for a sneaky city getaway in the corporate Admiralty district.

The property recently renovated its guestroom, and with a slew of solid food and beverage offerings, it does make a great place to check in and escape reality for a day or two. Though it doesn’t have an onsite spa, there’s still a reasonably uncrowded pool to lounge by and a fully-kitted out gym, too. Like all the city’s hotels, the JW Marriott Hong Kong has had to get creative to encourage guests to check in, so alongside all its gustatory delights, the hotel has put together a series of extras-packed staycations.

First Impressions

The JW Marriott Hong Kong plays to its reputation as a business hotel with a lobby that’s frequented by suits from the nearby Admiralty offices. The main attraction is the Lobby Lounge, a light-filled space featuring triple-height ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s here that many local suits end up for lunch – the buffet is known for being an easy place to talk business over.

The check-in desks are discretely located in a corner, away from the hustle and bustle of the Lobby Lounge. Around lunch on a Friday, there were no other guests checking in, so after completing a few health-screening formalities (because COVID), I’m handed my keys and whisked up to my room.

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A new Executive Premier Room

The Room

I’m staying in a new Executive Premium Room that comes with access to the hotel’s Executive Lounge and all its services. It’s immediately obvious that the room is designed to cater to business travelers. There’s an expansive glass-topped work-desk that’s the perfect spot to hunker down with my laptop when I need to work that afternoon. Appropriately, the well-sized flatscreen is located next to this, so I can keep an eye on the news while I work. But, there’s also a panoramic corner window that offers fabulous harbor views and plenty of light, so I do catch myself staring into the distance every now and again.

The room has been thoughtfully put together with everything a business traveler might need. There’s a good tea and coffee set up; a couch to lounge on while taking a call; a sizeable wardrobe for storing suits and dresses so they don’t wrinkle; and a plush king-size bed dressed in white linens for a good night’s sleep (though I thought the pillows were rather too soft). The bathroom is reasonably sized and has every amenity you could need – albeit, not a bathtub, because really, what business traveler has time for a soak while on the job?

Overall, it’s a solid room, and though it’s primarily geared towards business people, it serves just as well for leisure staycationers. It’s worth mentioning that the service here is good – thoughtful and attentive, but not intrusive. There’s a bottle of Champagne chilling by the couch when I arrive, but during turndown, hours later, the bottle is half drunk and sitting in a bucket of melted ice. The room attendant whisked the whole setup from the room, leaving me thinking that the remaining Champagne was going to waste. Not so – a few minutes later, she returns with the bottle sitting in a bucket of fresh ice and clean flutes.

The Staycation

I’m not officially on a staycation package, but I do end up trying many of the hotel’s F&B facilities. First stop? Man Ho, the highly acclaimed Chinese restaurant at the JW Marriott Hong Kong. The eatery was renovated about a year ago, and with a young, maverick chef in charge, the food gets a touch of modernity and innovation. All the dishes in our set lunch were great, from the dim sum platter and abalone tart to the lobster bisque-style soup and roasted quail, but without any doubt, the standout was the Hokkaido scallop that was drenched in a mango sauce and served with a slice of fried eggplant.

That evening, I kick things off at the Executive Lounge. In all honesty, while the offerings are good, the setup is a little awkward. A year ago, Flint – the hotel’s grill restaurant – was renovated, and half of it was given over to become the new Executive Lounge. However, the setup is such that the restaurant is bookended by two parts of the lounge, so guests have to awkwardly walk through it to get between the bar area and the lounge buffet.

Nevertheless, the lounge’s happy hour selection is solid, and the buffet has plenty of hors d’oeuvres to whet the appetite for dinner. And, dinner at Flint is decidedly good. Guests can create a three-course set menu from a range of starters, mains, and desserts – the lobster bisque and grilled Boston lobster are simple yet rich and hearty.

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Breakfast at JW Café

Breakfast is served at the JW Café. Surprisingly, in this pandemic age, it’s still served buffet style. Though, it should be noted that this stay was done well before Hong Kong’s “fourth wave” hit, so things were definitely more relaxed at this stage. At any rate, the buffet is a pretty good start to the day, offering a wide selection of hot western dishes (eggs cooked a la minute, pancakes, French toast), popular Chinese plates (congee, noodles), as well as an array of pastries and food.

Some Final Thoughts

Overall, the JW Marriott Hong Kong might not boast the same heights of unfettered luxury and pampering as some of Hong Kong’s bigger luxury hotels, but it still offers an enticing option for those looking for a more affordable stay. Plus, with such an array of good food options, it’s certainly worth it if you’re a foodie. To get the most out of your stay, though, be sure to book one of their staycation deals which come loaded with fun extras that will make your stay all the more memorable.

Celebrate@ JW Package– available through December 30, 2020, from $2,480

  • 1 night in a well-appointed guestroom
  • Daily buffet breakfast for two at JW Café
  • Afternoon tea for two at Flint OR $500 dining voucher
  • 1-hour photoshoot with 30 images by a professional photographer OR a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne and a bouquet of 33 roses
  • In-room celebration decorations

 

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Written by The Loop HK for JW Marriott Hong Kong.
The author was a guest of JW Marriott Hong Kong.