It is on the harbour, but looking west from the Tsim Sha Tsui peninsular, out over the typhoon shelter and towards Lantau Island. It’s next to Elements mall, and right on top of an MTR station.
Talk about spoilt for choice. The varying categories are dubbed Wonderful, Fabulous, Marvellous, Wow and suchlike. What you actually get is a very snazzy design, some techno gizmos you may not realise have been invented yet, and bathrooms that suggest surfing (not the internet, though the whole place has WiFi). Quick trumpet fanfare for Cool Corner rooms, for obvious reasons.
Two really stand out – the Living Room (dispense with the oppressive visions conjured up by old-style lobbies, this is somewhere that’s really fun to hang out) and the roof-top pool, of which more below.
Eating and drinking
I love the chummy, clubby atmosphere of Kitchen: you can sit up at a long table, or curl into a window seat. Breakfast is buffet style, but staff buzz about offering tasty morsels to go with whatever you might have chosen yourself.
The only reason there may be a spare lounger round the pool is that a typhoon’s blowing. Dip and preen and gaze – this is lotus-eating half way to heaven. No need to explain the etymology of the spa’s name (Bliss).
Matey but efficient. It’s good to see even the most junior unafraid to put their brains ahead of corporate instructions.
Who stays there
The young and the restful. This is also something of a Mecca for the city’s jeunesse dorée.
Even though it's an especially exclusive hotel, there may well be good deals to be had as W, like all Hong Kong's hotels, is well aware of the competition.
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Amazing vigour
- W puns can wear a bit thin