I can’t believe that just a week ago, almost to the minute, I was sitting in a small shop by the side of a busy road in Mongkok, Hong Kong scooping hot congee into my mouth to warm myself up from the cold outside. Just 1 week. How time flies.
I haven’t had time to process all the scrumptious food photos so you’ll have to make do with a slightly different sort of scrumptiousness – the delicious hotel I stayed at in Hong Kong this time around 🙂 I left off booking a hotel room till it was almost too late but decided to stay somewhere different for once. I usually put up at small joints but this time, I spotted a deal on Agoda and picked the Langham Place Hotel, Hong Kong.
TripAdvisor gave it an almost flawless rating so I wasn’t too worried. I picked it partly for the location (smack in the middle of busy Mongkok and connected to the Langham Place mall and Mongkok MTR station) but who am I kidding? I just really wanted to stay somewhere nice 😛
The Langham Place Hotel is conveniently located in Mongkok which is the centre of shopping and food in the Kowloon area, where shops are open till very late. Its an extremely busy area and it was nice to enter the relative quiet of the hotel lobby after the maddening crowd outside.
Being a pricier joint, you would expect the rooms to be larger than the shoeboxes one gets shoveled into in Hong Kong hotels, and you won’t be far wrong. There is more room in here to swing a cat* but I would still consider it small by comparison. Still, the beds were extremely comfortable with lovely firm mattresses and fluffy comforters. It was lovely coming back after a long day out to a nice room, comfy beds and a nice hot shower!
The air-conditioning was quite powerful and it was quite cool when I was there so once I got under the covers I was quite loathe to get back out. There were the usual amenities – television on the wall and coffee and tea making facilities and a minibar that you would be absolutely raving mad to tuck into, at those prices.
But what fascinated me was the bathroom. Like the Plaza Hotel I stayed in in Seoul, the bathroom had a bathtub cum shower … with a glass wall. I get that glass gives the impression of space but seriously. I don’t need a bathroom with a glass wall opening out into the room. My room window faced the mall and offices so if one were to leave the curtains open, you would pretty much be giving people in the office and mall quite an eyeful.
Fortunately, there is a roller blind to block off the glass. Oh and the bathroom was literally walled with mirrors. It is quite small by the standards of most hotels, but large by Hong Kong standards where space is a premium so I get that the mirrors were there to give the illusion of space. It most certainly made the bathroom look very bright because light was bouncing off everywhere! You have to make sure you turn off the bathroom lights or find it hard to sleep.
Despite the price I paid, I found the walls a bit thin. I could hear noises from rooms next door. Not loud or annoying but it was quite surprising because most of the time, in a pricey hotel they do have better sound proofing. But because I sleep with ear plugs when I travel, I wasn’t woken up or anything.
Very importantly for me, was the fairly decent hair dryer. Amenities were plentiful and complimentary bottles of water were replaced every morning and evening. Saved us from having to buy a lot of water 🙂
All in all, I’d say I had a very comfortable stay at the Langham Place Hotel and if budget permits in the future I would love to return.
Oh and location wise, it couldn’t be more perfect. Its linked to the Mongkok MTR (Exit C) and to the mall by a covered walkway. Go to the ground level and step outside, and a short walk away are food shops and more shopping if you are so inclined. In fact, I found that the easiest way to access the hub of Mongkok shopping district (and the Ladies’ Market) is by using the underground – this way you are protected from the elements and its actually easier to find your way around.
To and from the airport, a cab cost HKD230 each way (about 30 minutes without traffic) or you can take the MTR or the Airport Express train to Kowloon Station and take a cab from there. There is also the Airport Shuttle service that costs HKD140/person (about 1 hour) or if you are not pressed for time at all and have little luggage, walk down to Nathan Road and take the Airport Bus from there – I can’t remember the price but its substantially cheaper.
My room booked through Agoda came with free WiFi which is of course a big consideration where I was concerned. It allowed me to do some last minute research for places I was to go and eat and lets face it. I would be lost without my internet connection 😛
Oh and here’s one of my favourite breakfasts in Hong Kong – “Char Leong”.
Its “yau char kwai” rolled in “chee cheong fun” skin or in English, Fried dough sticks wrapped in rice vermicelli flour skin and served with soy sauce. I can’t seem to get good ones locally or at all. I love it… and portions are HUGE in Hong Kong! I don’t understand how clothes sizes there are still so tiny 😛
Do you have a hotel to recommend in Hong Kong? I don’t plan on busting my whole budget on a hotel room the next time I go, and shall save it for the shopping and food instead 😀
* no cats were harmed. Scouts honour 😛
Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong (website) I booked my rooms through Agoda and got complimentary internet and 20% off so a night came up to about US$170.