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Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, China - Review

"Micktorian" Elegance on Lantau Island

by Evelyn Chen

Maze view of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel in China
Maze view of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Located on Lantau Island, the complex is comprised of a theme park (on a slightly smaller scale than in California and Florida), a public area featuring boat rentals and an arboretum called Inspiration Lake, the affordable Disney’s Hollywood Hotel and the upscale Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. The latter is an impressive faux-Victorian property with six floors of gabled roofs, turrets and starched white walls. Dubbed by designers as an example of "Micktorian" architecture, the hotel blends intricate Victorian details with a refreshingly light and bright grandeur. Here, all aspects of the hotel’s design are subtly Disney-inspired: Wall coverings come with a touch of Disney whimsy in the silhouette of Mickey Mouse hidden in the carpets, buttons, dinnerware, etc.

Guest rooms feature flat-screened LCD TVs, high-speed internet access, Disney toiletries to thrill the kids and complimentary use of the minimally stocked mini-bar. For a fee you can upgrade to the Kingdom Club floor, where you’ll enjoy all-day access to beverages and light snacks, complimentary breakfast, pre-dinner snacks and after-dinner desserts at the Kingdom Club lounge. Join the bedtime story session at the lounge, where kids can meet Mickey in pajamas before going to bed.

Cozy bedrooms of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel in China
Indoor pool at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel in China
Cozy bedrooms
Indoor pool

A stay at the hotel is incomplete without guests experiencing its highly touted character breakfast at the Enchanted Garden. Even if you’re a Kingdom Clubber, skip the complimentary buffet breakfast and treat the kids to this child-friendly buffet spread that includes special appearances by Disney characters and abundant photo opportunities. Later on, if you’re in the mood for fine, Chinese-style dining, Crystal Lotus is a glamorous venue where lotus-inspired designs beautifully complement the food. Here, dishes like baked white cod fillet topped with dry roasted bean paste showcase influences from major culinary regions of China. Remember to finish the meal with the double boiled Chinese pear topped with aged Mandarin orange peel, a refined dessert that provides a sweet ending to a lovely meal.

Occasionally when honeymooning couples or lethargic parents wish to pursue an itinerary that does not revolve around Disney fun and fantasy, the hotel’s Victorian Spa is a lifesaver. Hong Kong’s first and only destination spa features ten treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a fully equipped gym and a treatment menu that runs the gamut of body therapies and beauty treatments — even face painting and hair braiding for children. For those with time to spare, opt for the two-hour Victorian Wrapture signature treatment. Elemis fans will be pleased by the extensive selection of Elemis treatments. Guests pressed for time may opt for the 50-minute Elemis Skin Specific facial.

With the rumor mill working overtime and churning up more stories about Hong Kong Disneyland, will we return? You bet! Nothing beats escaping into fantasyland when the stress builds up. Do make sure that you come with advance reservations, even for the spa, so that you can fully savor the joys of this magical realm.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Hong Kong Disneyland
Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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(Updated: 06/15/11 CT)

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