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Staycations and shopping sprees in Hong Kong: Hotels in Harbour City

By: Valmai Dhir

Whether you’re a visitor from overseas, or a resident looking for a few nights away from the kids with the added comfort-factor of knowing they’re not too far away – Hong Kong provides endless vacation and staycation choices.

Expat Living’s Valmai Dhir recently took her family for a weekend shopping break to Hong Kong and road-tested Gateway Hotel, situated within the shopping haven of Harbour City.

The location

Gateway Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Harbour City and Ocean Terminal are right on your doorstep, with easy access to the TST MTR station. This is great, as when the boys got tired of me marching them around the shops, the hotel wasn’t too far from other activities to keep them (and the husband!) happy. The Star Ferry terminal is really close by too, so if you want to hop over to Central for a few hours, it’s super easy.

Harbour City offers plenty of shopping choices, whether you’re on a big spending spree or a limited budget, there’s definitely plenty on offer. If you’re keen on getting a taste of some authentic dim sum, then Canton Deli is a must, located in Harbour City Shopping Arcade on Level 3. We had a delicious and well-priced meal there.

The room

Hong Kong hotels do have a bit of a reputation for smallish rooms, so we were relieved to find the rooms at Gateway Hotel to be spacious and elegantly designed.  A little tip: they do have some connecting rooms, so if you’re travelling with kids, make sure you book early to ensure you get one! The team at Gateway Hotel were really helpful, with friendly and speedy service.

Each room is equipped with a Nespresso machine, as well as your standard coffee and tea making facilities.  A couple of special treats are thrown in too; free wifi, a complimentary mini bar, and access to a Handy Smartphone.

A special treat

The Handy goes beyond the traditional smartphone, giving guests not only free wifi to keep connected on the go, but also information about local events and exclusive ticketing offers and discounts. Guests have instant access to complimentary unlimited local calls and international calls to five countries including China, the Philippines, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.  Now that is handy! The Handy Smartphone perk makes Gateway Hotel an attractive place to stay for the business traveller too. We actually managed to take advantage of their Hong Kong Disneyland offer via the Handy – the process was straight forward and user friendly.

Wine and Dine

To help build our strength for the day’s events, we enjoyed tucking into the buffet breakfast at Three on Canton, which has a vast array of cuisines including, Japanese, Chinese, Western, Indian as well as a small Halal section. We would have loved a few drinks at Be on Canton, but alas, we were zonked by the end of each day and took in early nights. Next time! ‘

The Great Winter Escape package is valid for stays from now until 7 February 2016 and includes: Complimentary breakfast for two, guaranteed room upgrade to the next category, complimentary use of Handy Smartphone plus unlimited local calls.

Marco Polo Gateway, Harbour City, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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