September 28, 2015

Review: Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk

Summer Trip Flying EVA Air Business Class on 777 & Hello Kitty Jet, Singapore Airlines Suites & Cathay Pacific First Class

Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.


SAS Summer Pop Up Lounge, Arlanda T5 (ARN)
SAS Plus Stocholm-London
Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge, London (LHR)
United Club, London Heathrow (LHR)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, London-Bangkok
New EVA Air Lounge, Bangkok (BKK)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, Bangkok-Taipei
Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan Airport
EVA Air The Infinity Lounge Taipei (TPE)
EVA Air Premium Laurel Class Hello Kitty Jet, Taipei-Fukuoka
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
ANA Suite Lounge Satellite 5 T1 Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class, Tokyo-Singapore
Singapore Airlines The Private Room, Changi Airport (SIN)
Singapore Airlines First Class, Singapore-Manila
Top Attractions in the Philippines
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, NAIA (MNL)
Cathay Pacific Business Class, Manila-Hongkong
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific First Class, Hongkong-Frankfurt
Air France-KLM Lounge, Frankfurt (FRA)
Finnair Business Class, Frankfurt-Helsinki
Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
Top Attractions in Finland
Finnair Premium Lounge, Helsinki Airport (HEL)
Finnair Business Class, Helsinki-Stockholm

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk exterior

Date of stay: July 8-9, 2015
Address: 810-8650, Fukuoka-Shi, 2-2-3 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku
Nightly Rate: 112 USD including breakfast (upgraded to an Executive Room with Gold status)

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk reception

Executive Room

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk executive room 3048

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk room key

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk welcome amenity

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk flat TV

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk work table with complimentary wifi and bottled water

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk tea/coffee making facilities

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk bathroom

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Peter Thomas Roth bath amenities

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk washlet

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, view of Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome

Executive Lounge

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Executive Lounge entrance

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Executive Lounge seating

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Executive Lounge afternoon tea

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Executive Lounge beverage corner

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Executive Lounge afternoon tea

Fitness Center

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk fitness center

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Sotokoto Club (pool & stone bath) with a fee

Dining

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Seala Brasserie & Lounge for breakfast buffet

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk hotel bus

CONCLUSION

Since my flight from Taipei on EVA Air's Hello Kitty arrived at Fukuoka International Airport around 11:20am, I was already at the hotel by 1:30 in the afternoon. As I made my way to the reception, a hotel staff asked if I was checking in and informed me to wait as the check in time was 2pm. I politely asked if it was possible to have an early check in as I presented my Hilton HHonors gold card. Fortunately, my room was ready and Ide the receptionist helped me with the check in process. He confirmed that I was upgraded to one of their Executive Rooms. Cool! Arigato Ide! I was also given the opening hours for the Executive Lounge and was told that the entrance to the pool and stone bath was not complimentary. It would have been nice to try their pool and stone bath but I thought I would just explore the city since I was only staying overnight. Elena, the young girl from Russia was on duty when I arrived at the Executive Lounge on the 33rd floor. She was so friendly and we actually had a small chat about how the beaches here are not crowded during summer which is due to the fact that Japanese don't love to tan themselves and that rainy season is actually not over until the end of July. The food and drinks during the afternoon tea were great although I was not able to check it again during the Cocktail Hour (6-8pm) as I was busy exploring the city. The morning after, a newspaper (The Japan News) was waiting for me outside my room. Needless to say, I really enjoyed my stay in this hotel: with the friendliest staff, a beautiful room and a great view of the Dome. To Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Arigato for making my one night stay in Fukuoka a great one 😊


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