TOURISTS often flood Hong Kong for its neon lights and attractive shopping districts, both of which are abundantly available in Mong Kok in the heart of Kowloon.
You’ll be jostling with both locals and tourists but beat the human tangle and you’ll stumble upon real gems in this infinitely exciting district, from toy collectibles for adults to sneakers, kitsch clothing, gadgets, kitchenware, and flowers.
In the heart of Mong Kok and within reach of international transport facilities is Royal Plaza Hotel, a 699-room, 11-storey building that sits atop the MTR Mong Kok East Station that’s only 45 minutes by rail from mainland China and the Hong Kong International Airport.
Arguably the best thing about the hotel is its location: It’s right in the pulse of the shopping district and directly linked to MOKO, one of Hong Kong’s largest shopping malls boasting over 200 stores and an eight-screen cinema.
In the area is also Ladies Market, a colorful stretch of knock-off items including clothes, jewelry, and gadgets. It’s quite an experience haggling loudly over prices and walking away with some interesting souvenirs to bring home.
The market experience doesn’t end there: Trawl through unusually themed bazaars including Goldfish Market where water-filled bags of goldfish hang on hooks. You can also witness tortoises, kittens, rabbits, rodents at the myriad pet shops.
Don’t forgo Flower Market Road where a heady display of blooms is lined up on pavements, emanating a sweet scent onto the streets.
If you’re putting up at the Royal Plaza Hotel, you’ll be pleased to know the rooms are 33sq m in size in average, spacious for Hong Kong’s standards. Both leisure and business travelers can take refuge in the Plaza Deluxe or Plaza Grand options with comfortable king- or queen-sized beds.
There are also many options for families with two queen-sized beds to fit four: Plaza Deluxe Family, Plaza Grand Plus, and Plaza Premier Family. Guests can expect amenities such as modern bathrooms, complimentary WiFi, in-room movies, electronic safes, and iPhone docking stations.
If you’ve some cash to splash, the Royal Club Suite is twice as spacious and throws in access to the Royal Club Lounge. On top of that is a Nespresso machine, premium toiletries, a mini bar with beverages, and baby cots upon request.
If traveling with a demanding family, consider your stay sorted. It’s no coincidence that Royal Plaza Hotel was awarded the “Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award: Top 25 Hotels for Families in Asia & Top 10 Hotels for Families in China”.
Families can also enjoy the hotel’s Health Club that includes a sauna, massage services, modern cardio equipment, weight training machines, a 40m outdoor swimming pool, a jazuzzi, and a children’s pool.
At mealtimes, La Scala will have you appeased; the all-day dining restaurant is known to host one of Hong Kong’s finest hotel buffets. The restaurant’s open plan and uncluttered design is great if you’re traveling with kids.
But if you’re after something a bit more local, Di King Heen serves up contemporary Cantonese cuisine over casual dining or banquet dinners. Whether you’re tucking into plump prawn dumplings or seafood-topped noodles, the restaurant is a great introduction to fine Cantonese fare.
The hotel’s wide range of facilities coupled with its strategic location amid Mong Kok’s set-up of fascinating markets is exactly why the property is highly sought-after among both leisure and business tourists.
Visiting Hong Kong soon? Find out more about Royal Plaza Hotel.