This is the Hong Kong of everyone’s imagination. Crowded streets, lowering tenements, neon signs, and the sky high, high above. Not that it’s in any way unpleasant. Tons of energy, shopping at all points of the compass, and a strip of bars and eateries just behind the property.
Thumb through the thesaurus as long as you want, but you still won’t be able to categorise these rooms, with a Salvador Dali feel and Barbara Cartland look. Or vice versa. Not too big, unless you are in one of the Themed Suites (Safari’s inspired by the Middle East, Liaison has a circular bed), but wired in all senses. It’s very much “Blade Runner” views, wherever you’re staying.
Not much beyond the ground floor lobby – though the mosaic floor here is intriguing.
Eating and drinking
The Italian restaurant is due to be replaced by a Scandinavian outlet by the end of 2010. The Dada Bar’s jazz band are as surreal as their surrounds. Knutsford Terrace, just next to the hotel, offers numerous F&B alternatives.
One fitness centre, one business ditto, that’s it.
Thankfully not as surreal as the surrounds.
Who stays there
All sorts, including Asian tour groups who’ve been told this is what a European mansion looks like.
Shelling out the extra for a suite is worth it both space and entertainment-wise.
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Take a walk on the wild side
- Area can be noisy