WHAT Hong Kong lacks in size it makes up for in fast-paced tempo. The neon-lit streets pump with life, the shopping options are endless, and local restaurants are constantly shifting with trends.
After a busy day getting in on the action, it’s great to have a comfortable bed in a convenient location to rest before you dig even deeper into the city’s nooks and crannies the next day. Here are three properties to make the most of your Hong Kong stay.
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.
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.
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.
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. Read more…
This luxury boutique hotel is a modern, funky space in Kowloon’s bustling shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui. Just a few minutes’ walk from the MTR station and opposite Kowloon Park, the property’s location is in the thick of the action without being directly thrust into it.
Curated by lifestyle guru Colin Cowie, rooms combine refined textures and ambient lighting to create sensuous elements. The Parkview Rooms features a standalone rain shower, bathtub, a pillow menu, a stylish “egg” chair, a Bose iPod docking station, and most impressively, a “PressReader”, an online kiosk with more than 1,000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in more than 56 languages.
After trawling through the hurried city, take a break at the hotel’s spa zone complete with seven treatment rooms, VIP suites, and a wet zone to splash about in a hydra pool or float on waterbeds. For something a little different, pick the Aura Room, a customized treatment room with special mood lighting and personalized music.
In line with the hotel’s contemporary leanings, Whisk is a stylish space that serves up top-flight imported ingredients including Australian beef, Japanese Yamato pork, and North Atlantic jumbo scallops. Pair your meal with a sumptuous bottle of wine, handpicked from over 400 labels.
In the heart of Hong Kong’s digital and tech hub of Cyberport is Le Méridien Cyberport, an effortlessly stylish property that prides itself on its cutting-edge features. To help them make their way around the city, guests will get access to a complimentary smartphone complete with a digital city guide, hotpsot sharing, and unlimited IDD calls to five countries.
On top of that, the hotel’s Unlock Art program features keycards inspired by collectors’ pieces, and will grant you access to an experience at the Hong Kong Art Centre. Not only will you get to engage with local art and culture at a renowned art institution, you’ll also get the chance to attend art festivals, public art projects, and conferences.
In tune with its tech-inclined priorities, the Smart Room comes with high-speed internet, a smartphone, and a 40-inch plasma TV with multimedia panel. The room also lets in heaps of natural sunlight, so if you’re in town for business, you won’t feel groggy even if putting in hours of work at the well-designed private work space.
For a taste of authentic Cantonese cuisine, Nam Fong is an elegant space with a view of the South China Sea. Sample immaculately presented dishes using premium ingredients such as braised abalone with black mushroom and truffle, and deep-fried common pear topped with scallop and minced shrimp.
*Some of the properties featured in this article are commercial partners of Travel Wire Asia