Flat-screen TVs in some rooms are small, and hard to watch from the bed
The 664-room Cordis, Hong Kong at Langham Place is one of the most luxurious hotels in Hong Kong. While other four- and five-pearl hotels are largely concentrated along the water, the Cordis is part of a large shopping complex in central Mong Kok. The hotel has a long list of on-site (and upscale) amenities, including a gorgeous spa, rooftop pool, and four restaurants (one with a Michelin star). The sleek, contemporary style is consistent throughout: Picture sleek lines, high ceilings, and funky local artwork. Rooms are understated, with plush white bedding and neutral tones, as well as art-adorned walls and peek-a-boo bathrooms. Technology includes flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and free use of smartphone devices. Harbor views are limited, but the Cordis is still a popular choice for tourists and business travelers looking for an upscale hotel in a convenient location.
A high-design and high-end hotel with eco-friendly practices
Renovated in 2015, the Cordis is an outstanding choice in the hotel-heavy area of Mong Kok. Large-scale sculptures and colorful contemporary art punctuate the otherwise minimalist lobby. Modern artwork and black-and-white photography can also be found in the 664 comfortable and streamlined guest rooms, which feature modern peek-a-boo bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and rainfall showerheads. The Cordis has a number of sustainable features, including energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning, motion-detecting lighting, low-flush toilets, and a comprehensive recycling program. With its sleek interiors, mega-convenient location, and dining, event and hangout spots, the hotel attracts a mix of international business travelers and families.
In Mong Kok, an inland spot within walking distance of the water
Cordis, Hong Kong at Langham Place hotel is located in Mong Kok, the area with the highest population density in the world. Though it's not on the water (many luxury hotels in Hong Kong are), the hotel is within walking distance of it and Mong Kok is a lively neighborhood with shops, restaurants, and bars. It maintains more of an authentic Hong Kong vibe than other areas -- many markets and food stalls line the streets of Mong Kok, and are juxtaposed against large shopping plazas. In fact, the hotel is part of the Langham Place complex.
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After exploring the city's tightly-packed streets and navigating the ever-present stream of traffic, one great place to escape is The Peak, Hong Kong's most popular attraction. Visitors arrive at The Peak via the Peak Tram, which rises 1,300 feat above sea level to provide outrageous views of the city. Once at the top, The Peak Tower offers shopping and dining, and The Sky Gallery displays artwork by local Hong Kong artists.
36-minute drive to Hong Kong International Airport, or an hour via public transportation
One to 10-minute walk to shops and restaurants
Three-minute walk to the Mong Kok metro station
15-minute walk to Jade Market
17-minute walk to Mong Kok stadium
20-minute walk to the water
Eight-minute drive to the China Ferry Terminal, with ferry service to cities including Macau, Zhuhai, and Panyu, or 14 minutes via public transportation
Eight-minute drive to West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
11-minute drive to Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Space Museum
12-minute drive to Victoria Harbour, or 13 minutes via public transportation
12-minute drive to Avenue of the Stars, or 12 minutes via public transportation
12-minute drive to IFC Mall, or 32 minutes via public transportation
15-minute drive to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Expo Promenade, or 22 minutes via public transportation
17-minute drive to Hong Kong Stadium, or 32 minutes via public transportation
23-minute drive to The Peak and The Peak Tram, or 57 minutes via public transportation
27-minute drive to Hong Kong Disneyland, or an hour via public transportation
34-minute drive to Butterfly Beach, or 51 minutes via public transportation
38-minute drive to Lantau Island, or an hour and a half via public transportation
Understated, neutral-toned rooms, with plush white bedding and sexy peek-a-boo bathrooms
Rooms aren't quite as modern as others in the area, but they're high-tech with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and mobile smartphone devices, which allow for free local and international calls (to certain countries, like the U.S. and Australia) and also act as a 3G hotspot for guests' own smartphones.
With mirrored and wood-paneled walls, rooms feature thick carpeting and armless velvet easy chairs, as well as glass-topped work desks and ribbed, Eames-inspired desk chairs. Other features include electronic blackout blinds, bathrobes, slippers, safes, ironing equipment, coffee/tea facilities (French presses, in some rooms), stocked minibars, and pillow menus offering lavender- and green tea-scented options.
The peek-a-boo marble bathrooms are the standout feature: all have textured white walls, glass vanities, separate showers (with Grohe rainfall showerheads and hand showers) and soaking tubs, dual-flush toilets, and Chuan bath products. Combs, shaving kits, cotton swabs, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are all provided.
Unless guests specify otherwise, the eco-minded hotel launders bed linens every three days.
A stylish, sky-high pool and spa; a Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant; and beer garden with casual food menu
Located on the 42nd floor, the semi-covered heated pool features an underwater sound system, separate whirlpool, snack bar, strikingly designed pool deck, and 270-degree views of the city. On the top floor of the hotel is the elegant Chuan Spa, complete with Japanese bath, steam room and sauna. The modern fitness center offers treadmills, ellipticals, and open and machine weights. The pool, spa, and gym all present astonishing views of Hong Kong.
Of the hotel's four on-site restaurants and bars, the sixth-floor Michelin-starred Ming Court is the most renowned. There's also a wine bar with cheese and charcuterie plates, a raw bar, grilled meats, and pastas; a lobby-level buffet restaurant with plenty of seafood choices and Asian fare; and a landscaped outdoor bar with a daily happy hour, wine by the glass and bottle, local and international beers, and a light-bite menu.
Guests who upgrade to Club rooms get access to the 36th-floor Club Lounge, which features free breakfast, all-day snacks and open bar, afternoon tea, pre-dinner Champagne, and late-night sweets.
The Cordis also offers free neighborhood walking tours every afternoon.
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