THREE Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong have gotten an update with contemporary lobbies and exteriors, and an additional Continental Club floor of suites.

All located in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Kowloon, the Marco Polo Hongkong, Gateway, and Prince hotels form part of Harbour City — Hong Kong’s largest shopping complex with more than 450 shops including leading luxury brands.

“Filipino guests love shopping, eating, and new experiences when they are traveling around. As a world-famous shopping paradise and culinary capital, Hong Kong is an attractive destination with a huge variety of shopping and dining options for Filipino guests to choose from,” Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong Director of Communications Samantha Poon said in an e-mail to BusinessWorld.

Ms. Poon explained the updates in a presentation at a media dinner on Oct. 26 at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.

The landmark Marco Polo Hongkong has upgraded its building façade overlooking the Victoria Habour, while the Prince Hotel has unveiled a more contemporary lobby.

To enhance client comfort, Gateway Hotel opened a new Continental Club floor with 21 rooms and suites overlooking bustling Canton Road. The Club floor offers a stylish design and latest technology for travelers.

“There is a constantly increasing trend of Filipino guests’ visit to the three Marco Polo hotels in the previous two years,” Ms. Poon said in an e-mail.

She noted that Gateway Hotel is relatively the most popular among the three hotels in Hong Kong. “Chic Gateway Hotel boasts sophisticated interiors within a stylish urban sanctuary. All of its spacious rooms and suites feature sleek design elements evoking a contemporary residential feel,” she said in her e-mail.

“Of course if you wish to enjoy the breathtaking view of Victoria Harbour, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel is definitely the choice. Alternatively, Prince Hotel is at the doorstep of the China Ferry Terminal where ferry services to Hong Kong’s fascinating neighboring cities including Macau and other areas in China, such as Zhuhai, Zhongshan are available.”

In addition, hotel guests may enjoy Hong Kong’s longest-running outdoor beer festival, the German Bierfest, which is ongoing until Nov. 11 at the Marco Polo Hongkong. An extensive selection of German beers are being served, including the famous Erdinger Weißbräu. Guests are entertained by traditional performances by the Notenhobler.

“We recommend Filipino guests to visit Hong Kong during late autumn, from October to around Christmas time when the weather is relatively cool and pleasant… They may enjoy a precious moment with their loved ones during Christmas, one of their favorite celebration with family,” she said.

Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong won the Merit Award at the 2017 Hong Kong Merit Awards Quality Award ceremony in July. The award recognizes outstanding performances and quality standards of organizations in all fields of industry and business. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman