Last month, I had the opportunity to escape the sweltering heat of Singapore for a short work cum leisure trip to Hong Kong! Fine, I shall delude myself no further for it was frankly not much of an escape. Hong Kong was equally as hot as Singapore for the period that I was there.
This marked my second visit to Hong Kong and having stayed in Kowloon on my previous visit (P.s. I stayed at Hotel Panaroma – which I highly recommend as well), I stayed at the vernerable Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong this time around. Most of my meetings that I had planned to attend were scheduled to be held somewhere in the Central area, which made Mandarin Oriental the most obvious choice.
Now for the foodie in me, a 2 minute walk to the Central MTR station proved to be very much useful, especially on days that I had (rather, wanted) to travel out of the Central area in the hunt for local delicacies.
Read on to see my thoughts and photographs of my stay.
I knew that my stay at the Mandarin Oriental was going to be great right from the moment I checked into the hotel. A hotel staff would walk you all the way up the hotel room and provide a welcome refreshment upon arrival. The brewed Jasmine green tea made for an excellent welcome refreshment.
I stayed in their Superior Room, which came with a King-sized Bed in a well appointed 375-430 sq ft room.
There was no choice of an alternative view, so a view of the city, it was.
The room came with a 37″ flat screen TV. I must add that the myriad of tv channels (from the usual cable news networks to Asian Food Channel and Channel News Asia) would keep anyone occupied on those lonely nights. For those with kids, there were like 5 Kid-friendly channels like Cartoon Network and Disney Channel.
Trust me when I say that the sofa was extremely comfortable! I took many a shut-eye here whenever I had time in between meetings.
A pair of binoculars was made available – but frankly, there was not much to see out the window.
The toilet is physically seperated from the bath and shower facilities.
In between the toilet and bath facilities is, ‘powder room‘ of sorts.
P.S. never miss a show on TV, for there is a 15″ LCD TV right by your side. If there was one thing here that I disliked, it had to be the weighing scale! I weighed myself on the first and last day of my trip and realized that I had actually put on some weight while I was in Hong Kong.
For those of you who are into brands, Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries are part of the package.
A choice of a rain shower and a shower head is for the taking. I must add that, the rain shower, felt awesome!
But of course, nothing beats spending time in a bath tub!
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong certainly lives up to the reputation of being one of the finest hotels in Hong Kong. The staff were friendly and efficient – from the receptionist to the room service to the concierge. The centralized location, its proximity to the Central MTR, Landmark and Lan Kwai Fong, are really bonuses compared to the stellar service that I had received throughout my stay. If you were to ask if I would stay at the Mandarin again, a resounding yes, would be what you would hear from me! P.S. For foodies who are reading, there are 2 Michelin-starred restaurants within the hotel and quite a number within walking distance, including L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Amber at Landmark.
Mandarin Oriental has promotions all the time and many of them include daily breakfasts at their two cafes and credit for use at their hotel stays and in room dining service. The previous package that I got for myself included a daily credit of HKD$500. Good news for those who are planning a stay at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, I had just paid a visit to their website and realized that their current promotions now include a daily credit of HKD$600 for rooms and HKD$1200 for suites. I visited a few of their cafes and restaurants in the restaurant and trust me, the daily credit does come in handy! More on the restaurants coming soon!
For a list of their offers, please visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong/tempting_offers/
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
5 Connaught Road, Central,
Telephone: +852 2522 0111