For the last night in Hong Kong, we moved to the Le Meridien Cyberport which is one of the newer SPG properties in town located in the south of Hong Kong island. The hotel is far from the crowded area and thus have lower rates than both the Sheraton and W properties, sometimes around half the cost per night. I arrived via taxi and it was a 20 minute ride from the Sheraton in Tsim Sha Tsui.
It was refreshing to see that this hotel uses a Tesla Model S for airport pick-up and drop-off since the hotel is part of the Cyberport complex with upscale residential apartments and neighbourhood malls standing beside modern office buildings to house the city’s growing tech industry.
Another way of getting to the hotel is via a shuttle service if you take the Airport Express and exit at Hong Kong Station. Shuttle service from the hotel to Hong Kong Station (IFC Mall) departs at every hour starting from 7:00am until 10:00pm with no service at 10:00am and 8:00pm. The corresponding return trip takes place at 7:30am from the station until 10:30pm. Similarly there is no return trip taking place for the 10:30am and 8:30pm schedule. This service has limited space for luggage though I was able to use it after check out.
Check-in was nice since guests are seated upon arrival. With no other guests in the afternoon, the receptionist was patient in getting a room for us though there was no upgrade to the suites as there was limited number of them. He did explain the benefits for SPG Platinum members and provided us a card that grants hotel guests 30% off food and beverages at the hotel’s restaurants.
The main SPG Platinum benefits include buffet breakfast in the Prompt restaurant on the 4th floor from 6:30am to 10:30am. An afternoon snacks and drinks at PSI/Podium is also included from 5:30pm to 8:00pm (maximum for 2 persons) with a menu given in the bar. In addition, there was complimentary shoe shine service for 2 pairs of shoes and suit pressing service for 2 pieces of suits.
Room No: 905 Category: Partial Harbour View King
The best room they could upgrade me to was a partial harbour view room and the room was one of the most spacious I ever had for a standard room in Hong Kong. Due to the hotel being a new built, the ceilings are taller and that adds to the spaciousness of the room.
Inside there was a comfortable King size bed with 2 armchairs and a small table by the window. The hotel uses blinds instead of curtains giving it a modern feel that fits well with the furnitures.
Across from the bed was a glass desk and this one was special as it has an extendible arm to make the space larger. Power outlets and TV connection ports were readily accessed from the desk, which makes this very business-friendly.
Like the previous room in the Sheraton, this room features a glass partition that looks into the bathroom. Fortunately, there is a manual blind that can be used to cover the glass partition.
Inside the bathroom the modern fittings again makes it crisp and clean. One feature I liked was that the closet has 2 sets of doors, one opened from inside the bathroom and another from the bedroom. This allows guests to access their clothes from the closet after a shower.
The fact there was a shower stall with a rain shower system makes this bathroom my favourite for this Hong Kong trip. There was no lack of amenities either inside even though this hotel room was half the cost of the Sheraton. Bath amenities were by Malin + Goetz, which is the standard for Le Meridien and I happen to prefer it to the more generic types found in Sheratons.
While the receptionist mentioned this to be a partial bay view, the view was not bad at all. It was a refreshing change to view the serenity of this bay compared to bustling Victoria Harbour.
As a welcome amenity, we were provided with 2 bottles of soft drinks with some snacks when we returned to the room at night.
Breakfast at Prompt
Breakfast is served at the Prompt restaurant on the 4th floor and the buffet was as good as the one in Sheraton. Since healthy shots are a signature of Le Meridien breakfast, there was 2 types by the reception. They make a great kick to start off the morning.
The buffet starts with healthy and continental selection with cut fruits and yogurts lined in one section and a salad bar with various dressing across from it.
Cereals, nuts and dried fruits with a charcuterie cheese board selection rounds up the usual continental choices for a breakfast buffet. While they are great in Europe, I am more interested in the Asian choices while in Hong Kong.
Going local for breakfast here means dim sum dishes and stir-fried noodles or rice. Items like eggs in tea leaves was available here as well with fried stuff like sesame balls and BBQ pork puff pastry.
The one I went for was the pork and preserved egg (century egg) congee and I was glad they had dough fritters and soya milk served beside the congee corner.
Other dishes in the buffet includes a nice selection of pastries and there was even a locally inspired fusion of bolo buns and croissant. An egg station where guests can order omelettes was available, as well as western classics like sausages and hash browns.
They even have minute steak in the buffet that certainly tops the selection when you are really going for a full meal in breakfast. And for beverages, there was a variety of juices and smoothies that guests can help themselves to. Specialty coffees like mocha and cappuccino was available on order when you are seated.
All in all, the breakfast here might not be as varied in terms of selection but the restaurant was much nicer as it receives plenty of natural light. And the selection here was enough to satisfy me since they still beat many hotels’ breakfast in terms of quality and quantity.
Most of the hotel’s facilities are located in the 4th floor with an outdoor pool deck that was crowded with families and a small fitness centre that I did not use.
The hotel is also home to a Japanese restaurant on the lobby floor and a Chinese restaurant on the 4th floor along with the PSI/Podium bar and lounge.
SPG Platinum members get complimentary snacks and aperitifs that they can order from the menu every evening and since I did not partake in this I would not review it. Though the bar and lounge space was comfortable and certainly great to relax after a day of sightseeing.
In summary, I found that sometimes staying in the suburbs while in Hong Kong can be rewarding for visitors seeking more than just the shopping. Hyatt has a similarly priced property in Sha Tin that also features a free shuttle service into town. While that one is beside an MTR or subway station, this hotel is far from the public transport. Guests staying here can only rely on taxis or the shuttle service. The rate during my stay was around HK$2,000 (~$254) as it was a busy weekend with the room rates at Sheraton above HK$3,000, though with the usual room rates being around HK$1,300, this was a good place to stay for the nicer rooms and amenities. In fact I even enjoyed the surroundings at this hotel compared to the busy Tsim Sha Tsui area.