Just as Main Street allows you to wander through the shops and experience turn-of-the-twentieth century America, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel transports you back in time to the Victorian Era. Despite drawing its inspiration from the Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, a combination of modern amenities and Victorian architecture and landscaping make this one of the most unique Disney hotels across the globe.
The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel features 400 rooms over 6 floors. This makes it smaller, and more expensive, than the neighbouring Hollywood Hotel. However, the intimate setting adds to the atmosphere in this hotel, and there are far more 'room types' to choose from. As you step into the opulent four-storey atrium lobby, ou'll feel as though you've stepped out of the twenty-first century and right into the early 1900s.
The rooms, like the rest of the hotel and the buildings in the Resort, are designed with the principles of feng shui in mind.
Standard rooms come with either a Garden View or a Sea View. Fitted with all the latest modern conveniences (listed below), these large rooms are designed to reflect the interior design of the Victorian Era. As can be seen from the photo above, the walls; the mirrors; the light fixtures and windows are all designed to reflect this motif. Garden View rooms overlook the beautifully landscaped gardens of the hotel, which include Mickey's Maze, while the Sea View rooms give you a look across the waters at the rest of Hong Kong. Note that Sea View rooms are slightly more expensive than the Garden View rooms, although the rooms are basically the same in terms of interior content. There are 50 Park View rooms, and 84 Sea View rooms.
If you want to splash out on something a little bit more indulgent, or simply have a family of four that needs their fresh air from time to time, try a Sea View with Balcony room. These rooms contain all the features of the standard rooms, yet add (you guessed it) a balcony from which to enjoy the harbour views all the more. Naturally, you'll pay a little bit extra for the balcony. There are 171 Sea View Rooms with Balconies.
Fantasia Rooms are ideal for honeymoons, romantic getaways or dirty weekends. There are 44 Fantasia rooms available in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, 26 of which are large corner rooms. being corner rooms, the wrap-around windows provide for some magnificent views. The bathrooms - and let's face it, we all enjoy a nice bathroom - are spacious and luxurious (at least as luxurious as you can get in a bathroom). While these are slightly more expensive than the standard rooms, they are still not completely out of the moderately-priced range for those with an eye to a weekend of indulgence.
Here we make the leap to the more expensive rooms in the Hotel. If you've ever wanted to call out "Jeeves, I'll have another hot towel please!", then the 36 Kingdom Club Rooms may be for you. Of course, this is assuming you get a butler named Jeeves. Indeed, a butler you will receive when you stay in one of the executive (top) floor rooms. They will cater to your every whim, although I'm not sure if anybody has tested just how far 'every whim' can be taken. The Kingdom Club rooms have a separate lounge area, as well as a Kingdom Club concierge lounge available to guests on that level.
If you have money burning a hole in your pocket and you really want to live it up, then the only place to stay is in the 'Walt Disney Suites' or Kingdom Suites. These are the ultimate in indulgence, with the wood paneling and tassels to prove it! Divided into several rooms (!), the suites contain a bar that opens from a lounge/drawing room area onto the kitchen. The Master Bedroom contains a four-poster bed, while the smaller bedroom contains two double-bed. You'll also never have to argue over the lavish bathroom, as it contains his and her sinks! Truly a product worthy of Queen Victoria herself, Kingdom Suite prices starting from HK $5600 (US$720) during a regular season and go up as high as HK $6800 (US$875) during 'special' seasons. There are 13 suites and 2 Presidential Suites.
All rooms in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel come equipped with the following features:
Other little perks we've heard about include complimentary bottled water during your stay, snacks for the kids, and bedroom slippers and bathrobes for absolutely every size guest. Additionally, the batrooms come with a collectible set of Snow White toiletries!
When you are staying at a Disney hotel, you are certainly getting more than just a nicely furnished room with Disney trimmings. The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel certainly manages to make your stay a little bit more 'magical'.
No Victorian Era manor house would be complete without a garden, and no Victorian garden would be complete without a maze. Mickey's Maze is a expertly trimmed series of hedges done in grand Disney style, with everybody's favourite mouse as the theme. The hotel boasts that the maze is fun for people of all ages. So don't blame us if you get lost and can't find your way back to the hotel.
If you've had a stressful day of walking through the Theme Park and battling the crowds, what better way is there to relax and unwind than in a Victorian Spa? Being the first Disney Resort that is spa-equipped (allegedly), you can simply unwind and soak in the atmosphere, get a massage or even a make-over. This might be one of the few Disney properties where they sanction a bit of 'getting around in nothing but a towel' action. There are 10 treatment rooms in total (7 single, and 3 doubles, two of which have stand-alone Victorian-style baths), with each of them being named appropriately: Jasmine, Peppermint, Lavender and Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla Pod, Rose water, Lemon and Lime, Rosemary and Thyme, Eucalyptus and Sandalwood. The extensive array of treatments includes: Victorian Wrapture, Victorian Aromatic Awakening, Victorian Frangipani Ritual, Elemis, La Therapie and Peter Thomas Roth Facials and Treatments, Waxing, tinting, shaping, slimming, detox, men specific treatments, barbering service, hair salon, nails and children's face painting. Did we leave something out?
Of course, another way to unwind is in the Swimming Pools. The Disneyland Hotel's swimming pool is an indoor pool, and so you can use it all year round. There is also an outdoor pool with slide, and an outdoor heated whirlpool. It's not only a great way to relax and paddle about, but it helps keep you fit for those long days in the Theme Park! If fitness is your thing, then you can also visit the hotel's well-equipped Gym. That said, you'll probably get all the exercise you need walking around the Theme Park!
It wouldn't be a Disney property without a place to buy merchandise, and Kingdom Gifts provides that. You'll find all sorts of Disney gifts right here for friends and family (or yourself!), although keep in mind that some items are going to be 'park exclusives' and you'll have to visit the in-park shops for those things.
Guests can also take advantage of the daily activities for kids, as well as the live band. These change on a daily basis, so check the Hotel schedule to see what is happening and when.
One thing is for certain - you'll never starve in a Disney hotel. There are no less than 6 dining experiences to be had in the Disneyland Hotel.
The Crystal Lotus is the flagship of the Hong Kong Disney dining experiences. Seating 220 people, this restuarant is elegant, stylish and with a dash of Imagineering. Balancing the four elements of feng shui, the floor is a 'virtual koi pond' with computer animated fish that scatter as guest walk across the see-through floor. There are even hot fire effects behind the bar. Cusinine comes from the four major culinary regions of China: Sichuan, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong.
For character dining, the place to be is The Enchanted Garden Restuarant. This buffet-style restaurant is perfect for the whole family. Serving largely Western and Asian cusinine, the gourmet chefs prepare the food in front of you (so you know it's fresh). If you have a child, or an adult for that matter, really keen to meet Mickey, skip the lines in the park - the characters come right to your table at this restaurant. Character dining is available at breakfast and dinner daily.
The rest of the dining experiences at the hotel fall roughly into a 'bars and lounges' category. The Sea Breeze Bar can be found poolside, holds up to 35 people and is the perfect place to unwind after a long day in the park. If you prefer your drinking indoors, or just like it where the lights are dimmer, try the Sorcerer's Lounge. Adjacent to the opulent lobby is the appropriately named Grand Salon, where you can enjoy High Tea or an evening cocktail in style. Finally the Kingdom Club, available to guests staying on the Kingdom Club foor, is a 74-seater available for a breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and a cocktail hour. The balcony also has magnificent views in the evening.
To book a Disney Vacation in Hong Kong; either visit your travel agent, or purchase directly through the Hong Kong Disneyland Reservation Center:
The Hong Kong Disneyland Reservation Center call centre opens daily from 9am to 6pm (Hong Kong time).
Most major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard and American Express) are excepted. Note that, to secure a room, your credit card will be charged for the first night upon booking.
The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is the ultimate Disney experience in Hong Kong. While it is slightly more expensive than the neighbouring Hollywood Hotel, it caters to every desire of people of all ages. With rooms ranging from 'standard' to suite, and several in between, health and relaxation facilities, and six bars and restaurants, you may not even want to leave the hotel. If you are determined to have the best possible Disney experience you can have while it Hong Kong, you'll spend the extra cash and stay here.
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