The Novotel Century Hong Kong is strategically located for the visitor to Hong Kong. A five-minute walk to the west brings you to the Wan Chai MTR station. Walk ten minutes north and you can catch a ferry across the harbour to Kowloon. Fifteen or twenty minutes on foot to the east will put you smack dab in the middle of Causeway Bay—or walk maybe a block and a half south to get there even quicker on a famous “Ding Ding”.
The girlfriend and I booked an Executive Room for two separate stays in December and January. It may not be the sexiest hotel in town, but it’s certainly a sensible choice.
The room had all the creature comforts that we were expecting—free WiFi, Nespresso machine—plus one of those rain shower shower heads as an added bonus. We also got a little welcome card from the hotel manager and some cookies for New Year’s Day. Possibly because of my Platinum Accor Le Club status (#humblebrag), we were given quiet rooms at opposite ends of the hallway for both stays. And since both rooms were facing north, we even had a view of the harbour…
… Just not the kind of view where you could see fireworks or anything.
For me a big part of any hotel stay is the buffet breakfast, and this Novotel did not disappoint. There’s a small lounge on the top floor where you can get coffee and pastries, but the big spread is downstairs.
Over in what I called the technology corner you’ll find two industrial-strength single-serve coffee machines and something I’ve not seen before, a “Pop Cake” automated pancake-maker. Press a button and sixty seconds later you’ll have a smallish but freshly-made pancake. It took me until the last day to figure out that you could start a new pancake while another was making its way down the heated conveyor belt towards your plate—must return to increase my pancake productivity!
If it’s your first time in Hong Kong (or a special occasion) then the Novotel Century wouldn’t be my first recommendation; everybody deserves to be wowed at least once by the student-run T-Hotel in Pok Fu Lam. But if you’re here to get stuff done—business, shopping, visiting family—then this Novotel makes for a very sensible choice.