Since its opening in 1989, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong has become one of the city landmarks, yet holds a quiet appeal that makes it a gem among the giants. With nearby competitors that include Central's plethora of luxury hotels, or even closer, its surrounding collection of Pacific Place properties, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong remains a popular option for discerning business travellers and luxe jetsetters that appreciate a refined, contemporary design in a prime location. Set amongst the iconic backdrop of Victoria Harbour and its adjacent metropolitan jungle, the hotel is only footsteps away from everything you need – food, shopping and access to transportation that includes the train, trams, taxis and even the Star Ferry, a mere 15 minutes away. We check in for two nights in the city at this humble luxury hotel.
The hotel sits within the upscale shopping mall Pacific Place which connects directly to Admiralty MTR station. Enter the lobby of JW to be greeted by tall ceilings, natural-light flooded windows and visibility of its slick buffet which deems popular on Sundays, and a grand staircase that makes the room feel even more enormous. Our check-in process was delightfully quick and simple, helped by the friendly staff.
We stayed in the Harbour View Suite with Club Access, a 700 square-foot space equipped with a living room, a bedroom and possibly best of all, its spectacular views of sea, city and jungle. Lounge access was also included in our stay, where we enjoyed breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
There are 602 rooms and suites at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, each boasting sleek interiors with a neutral colour palette, notably rich woods and intimate lighting to set the tone for a cosy stay in.
We arrived to welcome tea and champagne which we toasted to over the skyline views. The suite felt airy and open, to say the least, with its huge living space decked in sophisticated plush furnishings. As a WFH advocate, or in this case, work from hotel, the suite had numerous spots to set up office in – the meeting table area next to the living room, the desk and the corner chair in the bedroom.
The panoramic window views took us from water to city to jungle as we moved between the rooms. There's really not much reason to leave this swanky space – well, except for when you go to the beautiful outdoor swimming pool, the club lounge, the Michelin-starred restaurant and its sister dining establishments.
Our only disappointment was the bathroom, which, although fairly large, lacked enthusiasm compared to the rest of the fabulous suite. It featured a bathtub and shower, stocked with Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, yet felt a bit dull with its old-school ochre marble interiors. Regardless of its colour tone, it was filled with everything we needed.
Man Ho | All images courtesy of Adam Thompson | CSP Times
The Chinese restaurant was recently awarded a well-deserved Michelin star and having dined here during our stay, it's easy to see why. Helmed by the young yet experienced Chef Jayson, Ka Ho Tang, Man Ho takes a creative approach to Cantonese dishes, with dishes like the sweet and sour pork with shrimp mousse and the succulent poached bamboo piths with hydroponic watercress in fish sauce making their mark. The restaurant interiors were refurbished in 2019, inspired by a traditional Chinese garden with its intricate chandeliers resembling morning glory and the walls adorned with Chinese artworks. We're coming back for the musky tea-smoked chicken and the array of delectable dim sum.
Fish Bar | All images courtesy of Adam Thompson | CSP Times
It's no trip to JW Marriott Hotel without making time in the afternoon for the swish outdoor swimming pool. Few luxury Hong Kong hotels feature their own outdoor pool and in the summer, it's the perfect place to retreat. The pool here is large and supplied with deck chairs for all-day tanning and in my case, working by the pool. Adjacent to the swimming pool, Fish Bar is an iconic feat of the hotel serving fresh catches and funky cocktails in an upbeat setting. It makes you feel like you're on a holiday resort elsewhere and if it weren't for the towering skyscrapers only a glance upwards, you'd forget you were in one of Asia's most bustling metropolitans. After a few hours by the pool, we shuffled towards the restaurant to dine outdoors and try some of the signatures which included the octopus for starters, the beef burger and back to the sole fillet and lobster spaghetti to keep the focus on seafood.
Other restaurants besides Man Ho and Fish Bar include JW Café where we started our mornings with a hearty breakfast, Flint for grill favourites, The Lounge for the aforementioned famous Sunday Brunch, Dolce 88 for pastries and Bar Q88 for drinks.
Club Lounge | All images courtesy of Adam Thompson | CSP Times
As mentioned, we had access to the club lounge throughout our stay. The expansive establishment is the ideal stopover throughout the day to work with access to non-stop coffee, chew on nibbles any time of the day and embrace the sunset with cocktails – or champagne – and hors d'oeuvre.
There's not much to fault at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, a luxury hotel that strives to provide top-notch services, unparalleled accommodation views, restaurants for every palette and a pool to soak in any time of the day. The only thing that's missing in this urban hotel formula is a spa, with the hotel surprisingly lacking in wellness facilities despite its enormous layout. But don't fret, there's an abundance of spas to choose from in the area, all within walking distance and with the help of the cordial staff. With its portfolio of outposts across the globe, it's no wonder that JW Marriott attracts its returning clientele of well-heeled travellers with a discerning eye for quality and service in a reliable location.
JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, +852 2810 8366