Hong Kong Disneyland, as one of the most popular theme parks in Hong Kong, is always a dreamland for kids as well as adults like me.
If you are interested to know what you can do in Hong Kong Disneyland, you can check my previous article “Hong Kong Disneyland“. I have discussed enough about Disneyland in that article.
Here I just want to discuss and compare the two Disneyland hotels ” Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel” and “Disney’s Hollywood Hotel” to help you make a better decision.
Why Staying in Disney Hotels ?
Planning a family trip to Hong Kong Disneyland can be quite exhausting. Is it necessary to stay in the Disney hotels ?
Although Hong Kong Disneyland is not as big as its counterparts in the USA (Hong Kong Disneyland has 7 theme parks now), there is still plenty to plan, see and do. To my experience, one day, even staying for the complete opening hour, is only sufficient for a superficial visit and can only cover parts of the park.
Staying in one of the Disney hotels brings lots of benefits. Especially for those who travel with the whole family and kids and are huge fans of Disneyland, staying at the Disney hotels can be considered as adding the icing on a cake and is a must for many Mickey Mouse fans to experience the full Disney Magic (I will discuss this “Magic” part later).
Besides, if you stay for the fireworks and Hong Kong Disneyland’s latest Paint The Night Parade at night, you don’t need to fight with the crowds for a place in the train traveling back all over the city to your accommodation.
However, if all you want is only to have a quick look of Disneyland and hurry back to downtown area, you may consider to stay in other hotels in Hong Kong. You can read my previous review about “Where Is The Best Place to Stay in Hong Kong” to find out better hotel options.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel vs. Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
Hong Kong Disneyland has two hotels for the moment: Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. They are both located in the close vicinity of Hong Kong Disneyland. It is a bit confusing to decide which one you should choose. A new hotel with 750 rooms is planned for 2017. I will discuss about that next time.
Hotel Location and Shuttle Service
Apparently location is the first priority of choosing Disney hotels. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel are both located near the main entrance of Disneyland. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is a little bit closer to the entrance than Disney Hollywood Hotel (see the map below).
Both hotels provide 24-hour free shuttle bus service, which leave every 10-20min (from 6:00am to 1:00am). Between 1:00am till 6:00am, hotels will send out shuttle bus on request (you can call 35105000 asking for service during this period).
Shuttle bus will start from Disneyland Hotel and stop by Hollywood Hotel on the way (the blue line on the map). However, since all the shuttle buses are big coaches, you don’t need to worry if you stay in Hollywood Hotel the buses will be full. Or you easily can walk the few minutes to the entrance yourself what is a nice stroll if it is not too hot and humid.
Hotel Theme and Style
Many people think Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is definitely better since it is a 5-star hotel but Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is a 4-star hotel. I personally don’t feel much difference on service between these two hotels. To me, it all depends on what your princess fantasy or Disneyland dream is about.
The Victorian themed Disneyland Hotel is a 5-star hotel and the theme park’s flagship hotel with about 400 rooms spanning over 6 floors. It looks like a huge palace and fulfills the dream of fairy tale lovers.
Not only the outside, but also everything inside of the hotel brings you back to early 1900s. The elegant Victorian style interior and decorations made me feel like walking into an European castle.
A huge chandelier is hanging on the 4-floor high ceiling and stairs are winded up to the 4th floor. Since the Disney movie “Frozen” became extremely popular among girls, you can see kids standing on the stairs and singing “Let It Go”.
If you are lucky, you may meet some of those princesses in the lobby and signing names for the fans.
Cinderella Ball Room, Sleeping Beauty Rom, Snow White Room, Prince Charming Meeting Room ! Don’t you feel like dropping into a complete fairy tale ?
The Victorian princess style even shows in the toilet.
Don’t miss the most popular photo spots – the Mickey and Minnie statues. You can find their statues in Hollywood Hotel as well.
The Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is a 4-star hotel and is a little bit further away from the park entrance. However, it is bigger than Disneyland Hotel, providing 600 rooms on 8 floors.
Unlike Disneyland Hotels’s Victorian style, Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is decorated with a Hollywood like theme as its name implies. Movie buffs, Hollywood fans as well as car lovers will love the manifold decorations and photos opportunities around this hotel.
Stepping inside this hotel you will feel a combination of the golden era of Hollywood’s 1930s and 1940s mixed with the Disney Magic. The exterior of the hotel is held in a classic and elegant Art Deco style with the iconic Mickey’s head.
I would rather call it a Mickey themed hotel than Hollywood hotel. Hotel logo, the walls, the pillars, the lobby, the restaurants, the elevators, the tables and chairs, you can easily find Mickey everywhere in the hotel.
Be careful of the big TV and comfort sofa in the lobby, because it plays Mickey’s cartoon all day long that you hardly can drive your kids away once they sit down.
Hotel Rooms and Price
Both hotels locate close to the ocean and both of them provide sea-view room type (with/without balcony).
Most of the hotels in Hong Kong allow maximum 3 persons (adults + children) in one room. However, since Disneyland is a place for family activity, both Disney hotels have rooms for 4 persons (two double beds in one room).
Same with its architecture style, the hotel rooms are designed accordingly to the Victorian and Snow White theme (It wouldn’t be Disney if the Disney magic wouldn’t be spilled everywhere !). The rooms are equipped with all the necessary amenities, such as mini bar, bathroom, hair dryer, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, etc..
When you walk in your room, don’t forget to look for the lovely towel animals placing on the beds. If it happens to be your birthday during your stay, you will also find a lovely towel birthday cake on the table with a sweet birthday card.
The cuteness does not stop at the room amenities and the small details. The toiletries feature the 7 dwarfs and even mini room slippers and bathrobes for the little ones are taken care of.
Keeping Hong Kong’s standard hotel rooms (with their limited space) in mind the room sizes of the Hong Kong Disneyland are actually quite big and spacious. It is one of the few hotels, which truly can accommodate a larger family with 2-3 kids and/or families traveling with a nanny. Hotel prices range from HK$ 2,400 to 7,500 depending on the room type (sea view, balcony etc.).
The rooms of Disney’s Hollywood remains its classic, elegant but modern design. The rooms are equipped with all the necessary amenities, such as mini bar, bathroom, hair dryer, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, etc..
Get ready for the “WOW” surprise when you step in the rooms because all the rooms are completely filled with Mickey elements. It’s like a Mickey themed rooms and Mickey is on the wall, the carpet, the bed as well as the table.
Don’t ignore the lovely towel animals on the bed. Same to Disneyland Hotel, if you happened to spend Birthday in the hotel, you will get a nice birthday card and birthday towel cake as presents.
Don’t forget the bathrooms amenities, slippers and bathrobes which are all featured with Mickey’s iconic head.
The Disney’s Hollywood Hotel offers just three types of hotel rooms (with Garden View, Sea View and Park View) ranging from HK$ 1,700 to HK$ 2,950 per night which could be considered as the budget option out of the two Disney hotels and easily can accommodate a family of four.
Last but not least, both hotels offer free wi-fi access in all their guest rooms, hotel lobby and dining locations. Both hotels have a check-in at 3:00pm and request a check-out at 11:00am.
Character Dinnig and Restaurants
Disneyland is located far from the downtown area of Hong Kong. It means if you stay in the Disney hotels, dining in the restaurants of the hotels or inside the park are the only dining options.
You don’t need to worry about starving since both hotels have plenty of restaurants that provide one-stop solution to their guests. Besides, both hotels have Disney-themed restaurants where you can enjoy your meal with Disney’s characters.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel has six different dining options (Enchanted Garden Restaurant, Walt’s Café, Crystal Lotus, Grand Salon, Sea Breeze Bar as well as dining options at Kingdom Club Level) ranging from European to Chinese cuisines.
One of the highlights (also my favorite moment of a day) of the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is to have buffet in the Enchanted Garden Restaurant. Why? Because you can meet your favorite Disney characters.
From the name “Enchanted Garden” you already can tell what kind of style this restaurant is.
The Enchanted Garden serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet, covering both Asian (Chinese) and Western food. Be prepared that Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald and Daisy will walk to you, hug you and take a photo with you while you are having your meal. The most popular buffet is the breakfast session. There is no better way to start a wonderful day in Disneyland.
If it’s your birthday, you will get a special birthday badge. All the characters will delight you first and wish you a Happy Birthday.
The hotel also arranges professional photographer to take picture for you in case you forget your camera or would like to have a framed picture or keychain as souvenir.
If you decide to have buffet in Enchanted Garden, remember to book it in advance. It’s better to book it when you book the hotel because it’s always fully booked. Although, the buffet is quite pricey (starting from HK$ 388/breakfast to HK$ 728/dinner) and may be does not offer anything out of the unusual or fancy, it is a great experience for kids.
The breakfast buffer starts everyday 7:30am till 10:30am. There are two sessions : 7:30am – 9:00am and 9:00am – 10:30am. You need to inform the hotel which session you would like to join.
The dinner buffer lasts till 10:00pm everyday. So it is still possible to have dinner there after you watch the fireworks in Disneyland. Remember to keep an eye on the booking status from their official website (check here).
Besides Enchanted Garden, Disneyland Hotel also serves cute gourmet in Crystal Lotus and Walt’s Cafe.
Although every Disney restaurant is quite pricey we would like to point out the Walt’s Café to all of you who might want to save a few dollars. The Walt Café can be a good choice to grab something to eat and save a dollar or two, which you can spend in souvenirs.
Disney Hollywood Hotel also has plenty of dining options. There are five restaurants in this hotel. Similar to the Enchanted Garden Restaurant at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Disney Hollywood Hotel offers a meet-and-greet with Mickey Mouse at the Chef Mickey Restaurant.
The restaurant is actually a Mickey-themed restaurant. Here serves breakfast, lunch as well as dinner buffer. As a Mickey-themed restaurant, Mickey related food is apparently expected.
What’s more ? Mickey will come out to greet to the guests (only Mickey, no other characters). It’s his restaurant, isn’t it?
In everyday’s breakfast buffer (7:00am-10:30am), lunch buffet on Sat/Sun/Holidays (12:00noon-14:30) as well as dinner buffet on Sat/Sun/Holidays (17:30-19:30/20:00-22:30), Chef Mickey will wait the guests at the entrance of the restaurants and you can capture a photo with him.
It’s different with Disneyland Hotel’s Enchanted Garden that Mickey will not step into the restaurant and walk to guest’s tables.
As mentioned before, the breakfast and dinner buffet don’t come in cheap (starting from HK$ 218/breakfast to HK$ 598/dinner) and offer nothing fancy (a nice plus is that they do provide some good vegetarian choices). However, it is a good opportunity to take some pictures with Disney’s superstar Mickey Mouse together with your kids without standing in line or fighting with too many people like insight the park.
Insider Tips: Check-out the Chef Mickey Restaurant website. From time to time, they have special discount voucher which can save quite a bit of money (Check here). If you prefer the Enchanted Garden and would like to meet other characters too, you also can make a reservation even you stay in Disney’s Hollywood.
Besides Mickey Chef, be prepared that the “Studio Lounge” as well as the “Hollywood & Dine” Restaurant only offer small snacks and drinks such as sandwiches, salads, congees, fruits, pastries and drinks. At the time of the writing of this updated article (May 2014), the two dining options (the Sunset Terrace as well as the Piano Pool Bar) have been closed until further notice.
Who can visit Disneyland and leave with empty hands ? If you don’t want to wait your precious time on shopping in Disneyland park or you are not satisfied on shopping, both Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood have in-hotel souvenir stores.
The souvenir store “Kingdom Gifts” in Disneyland Hotel has a little more selections than the store in Disney’s Hollywood. You can find many Disneyland related items, from toys, t-shirts, stationaries to accessories, just like the stores in Disneyland park.
The souvenir store in Disney’s Hollywood is called “Celebrity Gifts”. It is located right opposite studio lounge and beside the lobby entrance. The selections is a little bit less than “Kingdom Gifts” in Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.
As a matter of fact, you can find more variety of Disney souvenirs inside the Disneyland park. So to me, the stores in the hotels are just for the last minute shopping.
Special Services and Facilities
Both hotels provide some special services that can entertain their guests, especially children.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a dream room for all the girls who have ever dreamt of being a princess. From hair styling, gown choosing, making up to finger polishing, photo shooting, here provides you a one-stop service to transform your daughter, niece or granddaughter to a Disney princess whoever she would like to be.
It is very popular among girls although it is quite pricey (the price starts from HK$ 650 to HK$ 1380). If you intent to give your kids an unforgettable memory here, do make a reservation in advance since it’s also usually fully booked.
For those who stay in Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, you also can book this service.
Mickey Maze is located right in front of the Disneyland Hotel. It’s a huge maze made for all ages.
It’s a great playground to have some fun with your kids.
All the in-house guests can have free fun time in the Malibu Games room where has many game machines. It opens daily from 9:00 to 22:30.
Prepare to get your adrenaline pumping when you engage in classic air hockey playoffs, slam dunk and bowling machines with your friends. You also can test your cowboy aim or battle with space invaders to demonstrate your heroic skills.
Cannot Make Decisions ? Continue to Next Page for Overall Comparisons of These Two Hotels and Insider Tips for A Better Deal