Can anyone make any recommendations or comment about past experience in terms of good hotels in HK?
OK, I know I need to be more specific, so here goes:
Occasion: plan on proposing to my gf (who will be visiting HK) that evening over dinner, so I want to stay the night in a nice hotel
Budget: well, the cheaper the better, but, I know what quality you usually get with "cheap". So, I'm looking to spend no more than maybe $1100/night max for 1, possibly 2 nights.
Location: either TST, maybe HK side, or NT (broad area, I know; you'll understand when you see my considerations so far)
Amenities: I guess... standard for the price: comfortable, king-size bed, clean, room service, spa, harbour view if by the water, etc. Since I live here and we're only spending 1-2 nights there, I don't need the extras like laundry, free breakfasts, free internet, wireless, etc, etc, as I'm sure those run up the price.
Ok, so here is what I'm considering so far (and, maybe the most important thing I am looking for from all of you out there are recomendations based on your past stays, family/friends visits, etc).
the choice for TST that gives me a pretty good warm/fuzzy -- hotel nikko ($1107 per night for a std room, harbour view, king bed)
Marco Polo Hong Kong ($1225/night) -- the only good point is that its close to Harbour City, but then again, so are most of these hotels. To note, the other Marco Polos (Prince and Gateway) are considerably more expensive for some reason
Novotel Century ($975/night) other than being in Wan Chai, I see nothing particularly special about this place, other than a decent rate.
To be honest, I've never stayed in any island-side hotels, so I have little idea what is good or bad
probably my top choice if I decide not to stay in TST:
Gold Coast Hotel ($690/night for "Superior Sea View" std room; add on an extra $100-200 for balcony or deluxe balcony views)
--I've already had one friend recommend this place as being well worth the price
That's all I have so far. Mind you... I'd have no fears about staying in the Mandarin or Shangri-la(s) or Peninsula except... I can't afford them. And, we're also taking a side-trip to Shanghai and I need to budget for that too. (Can anyone give me some pointers on Shanghai hotels too? There are SO many there that my head swims when I look on the net)
I won't say I'm desparate... but I'm getting desparate. She'll be here in mid-Nov and I've got so much to plan still (i.e. finding a ring, restaurant, etc, etc)
p.s. If ANYONE can give me some good advice on this... I promise... the first/next time we meet in person... I'll make you the best bananas Foster you ever had... so good it'll make you wanna slap yo mamma.