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Review: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

History, elegance and unfaltering service; the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has it in spades. But just as appealing are the hotel’s family-friendly features. On a recent stay we discovered why this iconic Hong Kong hotel is the perfect place to stay with kids.

Central location
Located in the heart of Hong Kong CBD, the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is easily accessible, with direct access to Central Station and a footbridge connects to Hong Kong Station MTR. Nearby is the IFC shopping mall, and the ferry terminal where families can take a ride across Victoria Harbour to the outer Islands or on a getaway to Macau.

Adjoining rooms and panda sheets
Our floor butler Po welcomed our kids as dignitaries. In his hands were two welcome gifts of adorable toy rams wearing oriental silk caps. We were escorted to our sundrenched rooms with views of the city and harbour, and the kids were ecstatic to find the beds in their adjoining room made up with cute panda sheet sets. The goodies kept coming, as Po wheeled in books and toys for the kids to borrow from before leaving us with a Mandarin Oriental tram souvenir.

panda bed

Luxurious kids amenities
It’s all in the little touches. Fluffy kids robes and matching slippers were neatly laid out and on each child’s bedside table was bottled water, a plastic cup and healthy snacks. In the bathtub toy letters spelt out our kids’ names alongside a rubber ducky and next to the built-in TV on the marble vanity, kid’s toothbrushes and toothpaste were provided. The Nintendo Wii which was plugged into their 42 inch TV sent the kids into such a frenzy that we decided to hold off on the news of speedy WIFI, in-room entertainment system and children’s DVD library stocked with Disney classics.

Family friendly dining
The breakfast buffet at The Clipper Lounge was superb. There are sumptuous baskets of steamed dim sum, omelets made to order, deli meats and continental treats, fluffy rolls, fresh smoothies and a noodle station with the most delicious soup broth. The kids dined from Peter Rabbit plates and were kept entertained with the colouring in sets provided.


Splash time
Every Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday’s from 3– 4 pm, families are invited to Splash Time. As we walked in, Finding Nemo played on the big screen covering the entire wall of the indoor pool and giant inflatable toy animals bobbed in the water, just waiting for our excited kids.

For an hour, they enjoyed themselves in the pool, free to splash, sing under the waterfall shower and race each other on floats as a trained pool attendant looked on in amusement. Apart from fetching the odd towel for businessmen, this was his excitement of the day.

Dragging the kids out of the pool, knowing it was their last day was made easier with an afternoon tea of fresh baked cookies, fruit and bottled water. As our son chewed thoughtfully on a chocolate chip cookie, he suddenly declared, “I know, we can just move into the hotel!”

The Mandarin Oriental certainly knows how to ensure families never want to leave.

Together we roam‘s Rene Young has travelled to 70 countries. When the Brisbane based blogger is not discovering Brisbane's street art, exploring Queensland or roaming the world with her five-year old son and three-year old daughter, she can be found indulging her love of reality TV.

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