Tried & Tested

Hotel review: Prince Hotel, Hong Kong

23 Feb 2024 by Tamsin Cocks
Prince Hotel_Continental Superior Suite_King (image supplied by Wharf Hotels)

Background

First opened in 1984, the Prince Hotel closed during Covid for a major three-year restoration, reopening in September 2023 with brand new interiors.

The property is operated by Wharf Hotels, which also operates sister property Marco Polo Hongkong hotel and Gateway Hotel. Wharf Hotels also operates the Niccolo brand (which includes The Murray in Hong Kong) as well as the recently launched Maqo brand, which debuted in Changsha.

Where is it?

On busy Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is part of the massive Harbour City shopping mall complex (which boasts over 450 shops and 70 food and drink options). The hotel is located directly opposite the China Ferry Terminal, and close to the iconic Star Ferry for easy shuttles to Central and the banking district, plus cultural attractions including the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Kowloon park. 

Prince Hotel_Lobby (image supplied by Wharf Hotels)

What’s it like?

Enthusiastic staff helped me carry my luggage up the steps from my taxi (there is a private entrance off Canton Road) to the lobby. The stylish space was bustling with people, and featured a grey marble floor, pops of colour and modern seating. Six lifts efficiently whisked guests to the 394 guest rooms and suites, which come in eight categories ranging from 29 sqm up to 56 sqm. 

Prince Hotel_Continental Superior Suite_Living Room (image supplied by Wharf Hotels)

Rooms

I was escorted to the top-category Continental Superior Suite (56 sqm) for a private check in on the 16th floor. Although I arrived at 9am, staff had thoughtfully closed the blinds anticipating I might want to nap after a long flight (they were right). 

The revamped design is modern and attractive, with a bright bold colour scheme of primary colours. Signature “imperial-red” walls, bright abstract paintworks, and accents in the soft furnishings injected plenty of personality into the space. 

It was a very generous size with a separate living room, bedroom and bathroom, plus a large walk in vanity area (the flooring also changed from marble in the entrance, to soft grey carpet in the living and sleeping area, and wood effect in the bathroom and dressing areas). 

The living room area featured a chic sofa and modern glass and metal furniture, with a large wall-mounted TV. A cabinet near the door held a kettle and Nespresso machine with complimentary water, though the minibar was empty. Funky details included a mirror engraved with a map of the surrounding area.

In the bedroom was a comfy kingsize bed with a statement blue headboard, table and chairs, sofa, large TV and more colourful abstract artworks. There were two USB ports by the bedside and personal lights, (though the master switch was by the main door).

A toilet, shower (no rain shower option) and bath were enclosed in one room, with two types of bathrobes available, while the large vanity area with double sinks lies between the living room and bedroom. Lots of space for personal items and lots of complimentary amenities (shaving kit, dental kit, hairbrush). It did seem slightly ironic to have a “save the environment, hang your towel” note lying next to the disposable plastic hairbrushes and miniature bottles.

The wardrobe can be opened from both the bedroom and the vanity area, and contained proper hangers, iron and ironing board and a clothes brush.

While there were small tables in both the living room and bedroom, there was a lack of a proper work surface and not too many spare power ports available. However, guests on the 16th and 17th floors will be able to make use of the elegant Continental Club instead for working, relaxing or enjoying refreshments throughout the day (though this was not open during my visit in November). Breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and snacks will be served here, with striking views over the harbour. Continental Club guests will also enjoy perks such as a 20 per cent discount on laundry and pressing service plus private check-in/out.

Prince Hotel_Continental Club Lounge (1) (image supplied by Wharf Hotels)

Food and drink

SAVVY on Level 3 is a huge 743 sqm space. It has been divided into three distinct zones with a bar, lounge and a stylish restaurant run by chef Derek Ng.

The breakfast buffet was an absolute phenomenon. There was a huge choice of food from around the world plus various live stations. It was very busy, but everything flowed smoothly.

I started with some of my favourite dim sum – prawn hargow and pork siu mai, before enjoying some freshly scrambled eggs on toast. On my quest, I walked past fried rice, Indian curries, cold cuts, cereals, pastries, juices and sweet treats.

Self-serve coffee machines are available for a quick latte fix. Plentiful staff can also arrange separate requests.

SAVVY Bar (image supplied by Wharf Hotels)

Meetings

A private room in Savvy can be closed off for private events with a projector, but for larger events guests can use the facilities at Marco Polo Hongkong which has multiple event spaces and a ballroom. 

Leisure

A 24-hour gym is available on the fourth floor. Guests are also welcome to use facilities at Marco Polo Hongkong, including an outdoor pool deck on the sixth floor. 

Verdict

I enjoyed my stay at the revamped Prince Hotel, with friendly, efficient staff and a superb breakfast. It’s a shame I didn’t get to experience the Continental Club as it looks lovely. 

FACT BOX

  • Best for Attractive, modern rooms in the centre of town
  • Don’t miss The magnificent breakfast feast at Savvy
  • Price Internet rates for a flexible stay in a Continental Club Suite start from HK$5,150/£520 per night (excluding taxes) in mid-Feb (entry rates start from HK$3,159/£319)
  • Contact 23 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2113 1888; marcopolohotels.com
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