Hong Kong’s best boutique hotel

There are three things which I love about Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong Hotel. One in particular makes it standout value for a brief stay.

Lan Kwai Fong is a boutique hotel located in the Mid-Levels area of the Central district of Hong Kong Island. Unlike the massive international chains, this hotel offers a much more personal experience. There is a lot to like about the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, but here are three standout reasons why you should consider it for your next trip to this city of lights. 

1. Free smartphone

The free ‘handy’ smartphone will save you time, money and frustration. I couldn’t believe it when I was told this super handy device was mine to use as I roamed the neighbourhoods of Hong Kong. Packed with everything you could possibly hope to need – email, Google maps, camera, news, weather, transport, currency exchange – as well as the usual ‘social’ suspects – Facebook, Instagram, Skype, You Tube – it allows you to keep in touch while you move around. Navigation is made easy, as is local information on food, shops and cultural activities. And best of all are the free phone calls home. So what’s the trap? There isn’t one – it seems that the adverts on the home screen are what’s covering all the wifi and phone charges. And as long as you remember to clear all data when you hand it back (i.e. your Facebook and email logins), then there’s no downside. Now, how cool is that?
 

2. Location

It’s always tricky to decide whether to stay on the Island or Kowloon-side when visiting Hong Kong. There are wonderful neighbourhoods and attractions on both sides, so sometimes it comes down to tossing a coin. But with the Star Ferry costing just a few dollars, it’s easy to move between the two. I’m a traditionalist so I love the Island’s colonial history, the old churches, the temples on the mid-level escalator and the cool green retreat offered by the Hong Kong gardens. And Lan Kwai Fong’s location off Aberdeen St, just a short walk from the Mid-Levels Escalator, means that you have easy access to the SoHo (South of Hollywood Road) neighbourhood, replete with antique shops, Chinese herbal vendors and lively bars and restaurants. It’s easy to get to the Peak, for an unforgettable view of Hong Kong’s night lights, and just as easy to walk down to Queens Road for the best shopping in town.
 

3. Décor

In the age of globalisation, it can be easy to forget which country you’re visiting with far too many beige hotels with beige receptionists and multi storeys of even beiger rooms. This is not the case at Lan Kwai Fong. Here the oriental décor delights at every twist and turn. All the modern conveniences are supplied – but my mirror hides behind ancient carved wooden doors, the tea is served in traditional patterned ceramic mugs and the lamps have carved jade figurines for switches. It’s stylish, tasteful and oh-so soothing.

 

For more information, see Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, 3 Kau U Fong, Central 

Kaye stayed at the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel at her own expense 

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