Hotel review: Harbour Grand Hong Kong
A well-priced 5-star hotel in the heart of Hong Kong with excellent club dining.
The Harbour Grand is nestled in Hong Kong's North Point and has excellent views of the harbour in addition to being close to shopping and dining options.
But would it make an impression in a city full of opulent 5-star hotels, especially for two travellers visiting Hong Kong for the first time? I booked a room in January to find out.
Harbour Grand Hong Kong review stay details
Where: North Point
When: 2 January for 4 nights
Room type: Executive Harbour Suite
Guests: 2 guests
Cost: $1,000 (4 nights in a Harbour View Room including club access and breakfast). Complimentary upgrade to Executive Harbour Suite upon arrival.
Hotel star rating: 5-star
Book: Harbour Grand Hong Kong
TL;DR: Mehron's review in short
Star rating: ★★★★1/2
Cost: Very competitive compared to big name 5-star hotels in the same area.
Location: North Point.
Decor: Modern and luxurious, but could do with a minor refreshment in some areas.
Check-in/check-out process: Easy and quick with personal touches, such as an upgrade.
Rooms: Spacious for Hong Kong with excellent views.
Food: Excellent, especially in the club lounge.
Facilities: Outdoor heated pool, business facilities, shuttle service and rooftop pavilion for club guests.
We booked this stay through Luxury Escapes and paid $1,000 for 4 nights in the King Harbour View room including club access.
After our first night though we were luckily given a complimentary upgrade to the Harbour Suite.
As the name suggests, the Harbour Grand is located on the harbour. It's quite close to the shopping areas in Causeway Bay and is only about a seven-minute taxi ride to the shopping on Yee Wo Street.
It's also only about a five-minute walk to the Fortress Hill MTR Station. From there you can connect to the whole of Hong Kong by train and can be in Central in about 25 minutes, or under 10 minutes if you take a cab.
From the outside the Harbour Grand looks like a corporate hotel, but once you enter you're welcomed by a luxurious lobby. There are Swarovski crystal chandeliers, a waterfall and in the evening a harpist playing music on the staircase.
Overall, the decor of the hotel is modern and luxurious. Lots of marble is used throughout and the styling reminded me of the Langham in Melbourne.
There's room for improvement in some areas of the hotel when it comes to decor. For example, the corridors and some of the decor in the rooms looked a bit dated.
The check-in/check-out process
Check-in was very smooth and we had keys in our hand in 15 minutes. I suggest emailing the hotel to advise of your arrival time, particularly if your flight is earlier than check-in. On arrival we were escorted to the Club Lounge and had a coffee while we waited.
Check-out was exceptional. We were given complimentary beverages and a typed memo with the details for our pick-up the next day, which was a nice touch.
If it's your first time to Hong Kong, be mindful that the price of real estate is expensive, so the rooms are generally smaller than in Australia or elsewhere in Asia.
Our suite was spacious given the context and featured a king bed, an ageing TV, fully equipped workstation with one night of complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso pod machine and a kitchenette.
The view from our room was of Hong Kong Harbour and it was beautiful. It was especially great at night as we were treated to views of the laser light show.
The shower was large and featured more of the marble styling seen in the other parts of the hotel.
We stayed in this hotel on another occasion in the smaller King Harbour View Room and our room still featured great views, although it didn't include a workstation or kitchenette, nor did it have a pod coffee machine.
Our suite gave us access to the club lounge, which had perhaps one of the best hotel breakfasts I've ever eaten. Unlike many of the other club lounges I've visited, this breakfast was quality over quantity. It also had excellent views of the harbour.
There was both a buffet with the usual options and an à la carte menu with options including lobster, eggs benedict, a steak sandwich with eggs, omelettes and more. There was also high-quality TWG tea and barista coffee.
The hotel offers a regular buffet breakfast for non-club lounge guests. I didn't eat there but took a look and saw it had an extensive range with stations for eggs, pastries, dumplings, rice and congees.
A club lounge pass also gives you access to drinks throughout the day and afternoon snacks, but these lacked variety. In the evenings, it gets you complimentary canapés and food with the option of ordering cocktails off the menu.
We ate dinner at Le 188° restaurant one night and tried the tasting menu and its number of excellent French dishes. It's also a great place for a special occasion because of the atmosphere and the view.
There's also a Cantonese restaurant in the hotel called Kwan Chuek Heen and we really enjoyed eating there too. Once again it also had a great view of the harbour.
The hotel also offers room service and has a decent selection of both Western and Asian dishes.
Probably one of the more spectacular facilities in this hotel is the rooftop skyline pavilion. This is open in the evening and has panoramic views. Only club guests can access this and it's an excellent place to watch the harbour laser light show or enjoy a special occasion.
Like any good 5-star hotel, the Harbour Grand also has a number of other facilities, including a heated outdoor pool, which wasn't massive but was large enough to enjoy.
There's also a decent-sized gym with the majority of the equipment you'll need for a workout, a business centre, meeting room and function centre.
The hotel's concierge service was also great and assisted us in booking tours and packages throughout Hong Kong.
If you need to get around, the hotel also offers a shuttle service to certain spots around Hong Kong.
The verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The Harbour Grand is an excellent choice for business travellers. I would say this hotel offers 5-star service and facilities at a 4-star price. At comparable hotels such as the Intercontinental in Tsim Sha Tsui you could pay almost twice what we paid, so I think it presents great value.
The location is also great being so close to the Fortress Hill MTR station. The one downside is if you're after Western food options you might have to venture a bit further to Kowloon.
As mentioned, the hotel could improve even more by renovating its corridors, refreshing the decor of the rooms and replacing some of the ageing electronic devices in the rooms.