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.
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.
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.
Let’s hear it for the gym called BEAST. The fourth-floor outdoor pool is heated in winter.
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.
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.
- Business travellers
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Modern and efficient
- In the outfield