Monday, April 30, 2012

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

I fell in love the first time I saw the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. It exudes the old-fashioned elegance and grandeur of 19th century England and yet it manages to appear magnificent without looking imposing. It's designed to look like a fairy tale castle that brings to mind childhood memories of a princess dollhouse that I used to have.

Buses like this transport hotel guests to and from the Disneyland theme park.

As soon as I stepped into the main lobby at the 3rd Floor, I became mesmerized with the giant chandelier hanging over the lounge, its beautiful crystals shimmering in the light. This beautiful ceiling centerpiece provides exquisite lighting and creates a romantic setting which gives the entrance hall a spellbinding appeal.

Just near the entrance is the Kingdom Gifts where you can find a wide range of Disney merchandise to take home as a keepsake of your magical stay.

The busy check-in counter at the lobby.

The standard check-in time is 3:00pm.

Just beside the elegant reception area, the Grand Salon boasts a glorious view of the Mickey Maze as its backdrop. Here, they serve high tea and evening cocktails while an expert pianist serenades guests with wonderful music. 

During mornings, a combination of Chinese and western breakfast buffet is set up here for hotel guests.

Chinese dumplings.

Hot congee.

More dim sum.

An assortment of English pastries.

Fresh fruits and yogurt.

The Grand Salon extends through what looks like a drawing room called the Sorcerer's Lounge. This is where we had our breakfast on the last day of our stay.

Chinese breakfast.

Of course! I just got to have some good omelette and hash browns too.

A great cup of decadent hot chocolate always makes my day.

During breakfast, Cast Members dressed as Disney Princesses pose with eager guests for a souvenir photo at the lobby.

With Cinderella.

Directly outside the Grand Salon, down below the majestic stairway, is the amazing hedge maze in the shape of Mickey Mouse. With stunning views of the South China Sea, guests can take their pictures here with the vintage Victorian elegance of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel in the background.

A photo taken during our stay here in November, 2006. Memories!

A heart-shaped topiary sculpture can be found just beside the Mickey Maze.

Down on the first level, near the elevator, is the Prince Eric Activities Room where kids can live up their fantasies for a day and be dressed up and styled into their favorite Disney Princesses. I was actually disappointed that they don't offer this service for adults. I would have jumped right in if they did.:)

The hotel's Victorian wall murals add a distinctive touch to the structure's old-fashioned charm.

Prince Eric Activities Room.

And I thought I could be Sleeping Beauty even for just a day. Lucky kids!:)

Located in the east wing, the huge Victorian indoor pool is perfect for an invigorating swim.

There's also another swimming pool right outside for those who prefer to soak up the sun.

Adjacent to the indoor pool is the Victorian Spa. Hotel guests get instant access to the spa's wet floor area.

Steam bath and sauna.

Jacuzzi pool.

Shower area.

The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is the perfect refuge after a whole day at the Disneyland theme park. I have been to several hotels and resorts but I can honestly say that not one can compare to the absolute magic of staying in this whimsical castle built inside a wonderland.

It couldn't get any magical than this!

Lantau Island
Hong Kong
Hotel Reservations Number:
852 1-830-830

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Wow.. I must try this one... I'll tell my husband about this.

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