This Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel review details the flagship Disney hotel at Hong Kong Disneyland, which is styled after the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World (which itself was inspired by the Hotel de Coronado). Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel has a Victorian theme, and is located on Penny’s Bay on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, about a 10 minute walk from Hong Kong Disneyland itself. Like Disney’s Hollywood Hotel and the park itself, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel opened in 2005.
Although the exterior of the hotel bears a striking resemblance to the Grand Floridian and the theme is basically the same, the interior is a substantial departure (in substance, not style). Whereas the Grand Floridian has a large, opulent looking lobby, the lobby of Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is significantly smaller. The lobby was still quite nice, with a high ceiling, nice chandeliers, and beautiful Christmas tree, and I enjoyed a couple of late evenings relaxing in it. These large lobbies seem to be a fixture of only the Walt Disney World resort hotels, as I can’t think of any Disney hotels outside of Walt Disney World (and the Grand Californian) that have them. Even the lobbies of the gorgeous Tokyo Disney Resort hotels are compact by comparison.
This is not to say Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is any less luxurious than the Grand Floridian–a hotel isn’t defined by its lobby. To the contrary, while the Grand Floridian is superficially classy, upon closer inspection, many of the details are woefully dated, and the whole place feels like Victorian high-class style as envisioned by the editors of Country Living Magazine in the early 1990s. It’s sort of like one of those hip, new ‘fusion’ restaurants that combine seemingly unrelated culinary styles. Except in the case of the Grand Floridian, the result of “early ’90s” plus “Victorian” does not yield the best of results. (more…)