EAST

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Address: 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong, China

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.8

Go EAST young man, woman, child – or indeed anyone with a yen for something different.

Gone are the days when staying anywhere but the city centre was nigh impossible. There’s a suggestion that “the Tardis has landed” with this ultra modern property. It may be pushed as a business hotel, but that’s not to say it ain’t fun, starting right from the paper-less check in.

Location
3.4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
3.1
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Value for money
3.5
90%
Bedrooms
3.9
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

Tai Koo Shing was once Hong Kong’s sugar docks. It’s now crammed with high-rises – residential, commercial and office. The hotel makes most sense for anyone with work in the immediate area.

 

Bedrooms

With self explanatory names (Urban View, Harbour Corner, Suite) choosing which of the 345 rooms to rest your weary head becomes a bit easier. Large windows let in the natural light, high ceilings add to the sense of space, and there’s lots to play with, from the iHome audio to the rainforest shower.

 

Public areas

There’s a very go-ahead feel to the property, which is relentlessly busy. Cosy hideaway, this is not.

 

Eating and drinking

Calling the restaurant FEAST was no mere play on words: Aussie chef David Laris conjured the original concept and menus. The DJ at Sugar will play The Archies (“you are my candy girl, and you got me wanting you”) if you insist.

 

Leisure facilities

Let’s hear it for the gym called BEAST. The fourth-floor outdoor pool is heated in winter.

 

Service

Not quite as good as the WiFi reception, but still head and shoulders above what’s on offer in some other parts of the world.

 

Who stays there

Primarily executives with business on the doorstep, but the hotel fills up at busy periods when others are fully booked.

 

Price advice

Hip it might be, but EAST is still east of the centre of things: management are trying all sorts of wheezes (eg packages including breakfast and airport transfers) to fill those beds, which as the man said, are soft.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Singles
  • Live entertainment

Pros & Cons

  • Modern and efficient
  • In the outfield
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