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Oktoberfest, wine and dine, other offerings in Marco Polo Hong Kong hotels

Two things made my Hong Kong trip in early February 2016 unforgettable: the cold surge and ultra plush accommodations in one of the Marco Polo Hong Kong-Hotels.

As a Marco Polo Hong Kong-Hotels team led by General Manager Dalip Singh provided updates on new offerings in the three properties during a recent dinner in Cebu, I remembered our amazing stay at Gateway Hotel as below normal temperatures swept through Hong Kong.

The Prince Hotel lobby.

The Prince Hotel lobby.

When Director of Sales and Marketing Samantha Poon talked about the Stay and Prost package to celebrate Oktoberfest, Guerlain-themed Deluxe Harbor View Suites, and Wine and Dine room packages, I couldn’t wait to plan my return to Hong Kong.

The Marco Polo German Bierfest, Hong Kong’s award-winning Oktoberfest, happens from October 17-27 and those who book a stay in Marco Polo Hongkong, Gateway Hotel, or Prince Hotel by October 26 get two complimentary passes to the event.

OKTOBERFEST PASSES. The Marco Polo German Bierfest, Hong Kong’s award-winning Oktoberfest, happens from October 17-27 and those who book a stay in Marco Polo Hongkong, Gateway Hotel, or Prince Hotel by October 26 get two complimentary passes to the event.

OKTOBERFEST PASSES. The Marco Polo German Bierfest, Hong Kong’s award-winning Oktoberfest, happens from October 17-27 and those who book a stay in Marco Polo Hongkong, Gateway Hotel, or Prince Hotel by October 26 get two complimentary passes to the event.

Oktoberfest celebration

The Marco Polo German Bierfest will feature a giant transparent marquee in a location that makes the most of the stunning Victoria Harbour views and guests will be entertained Bavarian-style.

They can expect traditional Bierfest fun, food, and follies and enjoy all night dancing and drinking. German band Notenhobler will play traditional tunes.

The Bierfest will serve the world famous wheat beer Erdinger, which dates back 130 years, and a special edition Erdinger Oktoberfestbier is produced once a year for the festival.

Marco Polo’s Stay and Prost package also offers late 3 pm checkout and guaranteed room upgrade to next category.

Guests who avail of the Guerlain-themed deluxe suites up to October 31 will enjoy Aqua Allegoria amenities, including fragrance, shower gel, and body lotion.

GUERLAIN. Guests who avail of the Guerlain-themed deluxe suites up to October 31 will enjoy Aqua Allegoria amenities, including fragrance, shower gel, and body lotion.

Guerlain scented rooms

Marco Polo’s scented staycation, on the other hand, is in collaboration with the Paris-based Guerlain Parfumeur and involves a host of exclusive privileges.

Guests who avail of the Guerlain-themed deluxe suites up to October 31 will enjoy Aqua Allegoria amenities, including fragrance, shower gel, and body lotion.

They also receive a Guerlain travel size gift bag, one per room, and Guerlain Perfume welcome drinks at Cucina.

Additional privileges include access to the Continental Club Lounge with full benefits plus a bottle of champagne and one set of chocolate strawberries per room.

Marco Polo Hong Kong De Luxe suite.

Marco Polo Hong Kong De Luxe suite.

Wine and Dine stay

Marco Polo also adds a special layer to the yearly Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival in Harbour City with a room package that provides guests free passes to the celebration.

The Wine and Dine room offering of the Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong, from bookings from Sept. 1-Nov. 2, 2019 and stays from Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019, comes with two sets of premium festival pass. Each set includes one complimentary entry ticket, four wine tokens, two food tokens, and a plastic tasting glass.

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Hong Kong’s culinary festival, which serves world class food and drinks from around the world at the Central Harbourfront, is a popular event among tourists.

Other privileges that come with the Wine and Dine Stay: room upgrade to the next category and late checkout up to 3 pm.

Marco Polo Hong Kong Harbour View room.

Marco Polo Hong Kong Harbour View room.

New General Manager

During the dinner at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu sponsored by the Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong group, guests were introduced to new General Manager Dalip Singh who joined the team’s trip to the Philippines.

A press statement released during the event said he has been newly promoted by Wharf Hotels from Hotel Manager to General Manager. His new tasks include overseeing the three Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong.

NEW GM. General Manager Dalip Singh oversees the three Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong.

NEW GM. General Manager Dalip Singh oversees the three Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong.

Mr. Singh joined Marco Polo in December last year for the three cluster properties. Before joining Wharf Hotels, he was managing director of KOP Properties responsible for strategic growth and positioning of the company.

He is a seasoned hotelier with more than two decades of experience. He has held senior management positions with reputable hotel groups, including The Ritz Carlton and Dusit hotels in his native Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai.

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By Marlen Limpag

Marlen is the editor of MyCebu.ph and co-founder of Cebu-based journalism startup InnoPub Media.