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Hotel Panorama by Rhombus 3.5

Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Pros

  • Smack in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui, within walking distance of Victoria Harbor
  • Sits directly above multiple MTR station entrances for easy access to rest of city
  • Stunning views of Tsim Sha Tsui, Victoria Harbor, and/or Hong Kong Island
  • Pleasantly modern rooms, many of which have relatively spacious floorplans
  • Rooms start on seventh floor, so most get some kind of vertigo-inducing view
  • Popular ground-floor buffet restaurant and top-floor fine-dining at Ava
  • Outdoor Sky Garden for sitting and taking in the views
  • Sky Garden fitness area and ground-floor fitness center as well
  • Executive-level rooms have private elevators and check-in
  • Free shuttle to Kowloon Station for Airport Express
  • Wi-Fi is free throughout

Cons

  • Some wear and tear in rooms
  • Sky Garden feels a bit forgotten and unused
  • Features are limited: no pool or spa

Bottom Line

In a city that's packed with stunning views, not every hotel delivers. However, the Panorama by Rhombus in Tsim Sha Tsui, cashes in on its panoramic promises. The 336 rooms here are modern enough, if a bit worn, but the true showstopper are the city views all around. Many rooms have direct views of Victoria Harbor and across to Hong Kong Island. Features aren't numerous, though there are two popular dining spots, including a ground-floor buffet and sky-high fine-dining venue. A modern fitness center is available (with some equipment in the Sky Garden and the rest in a street-level room). Meeting rooms and a business center are also available. If you'd prefer better features and lower rates, but don't mind sacrificing views, check out the Holiday Inn Golden Mile instead. 

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Some of the best views to be had in Tsim Sha Tsui, despite limited extras

As its name implies, this hotel's panoramic position is its prime selling point. And unlike some hotels that claim jaw-dropping views but don't quite deliver -- like the Harbour Grand Hong Kong -- the Panorama by Rhombus has views in spades. Depending on where your room is located -- and where in the hotel you're standing -- those will be of the city, skyline, Victoria Harbour, and/or Hong Kong Island. Inside, though, this is a fairly straightforward property, with just a few extra features to complement its stock of rooms. It's a busy hotel, to be clear, with a constant stream of travelers and locals coming and going throughout the day. That's due to the hotel's two restaurants, which include a popular all-day buffet on the ground floor as well as a sky-high fine-dining venue called Ava. There, high-end meals are accompanied by dazzling views of the surrounding city. Expect to see a wide swath of guests here, from couples wanting romantic city-view rooms to families and businesspeople. There are better options for the money in the area, but if views are your aim, don't look much farther than this hotel.

Location

In the heart of busy Tsim Sha Tsui, near the MTR, Victoria Harbor, and K11 Art Mall

You can't go far in Tsim Sha Tsui without finding a hotel, but the Panorama by Rhombus has a solid location in the center of the action, but removed enough from some of the louder neighborhood streets. The K11 Art Mall and Hyatt Regency are just across the street, while Nathan Road and Victoria Harbor are both within a five-minute walk. That also puts Salisbury Gardens and the Avenue of the Stars within easy walking distance to view the nightly light shows across the harbor on Hong Kong Island. You'll find limitless shopping, dining, and drinking options in every direction from the hotel, and tranquil Signal Hill Garden is just at the end of the block. You could also head to Kowloon Park if you need even more green space, where mornings see locals doing tai chi among the winding pathways. It's a five-minute walk from the hotel as well. The Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station is just outside the hotel, and trips to Hong Kong Island are only one stop. The hotel's shuttle runs to Kowloon Station for the Airport Express, a trip that will take 45 minutes all in. Otherwise, it's a 30- to 45-minute taxi ride.

Rooms

Pleasant rooms that are showing some wear -- but views can be astounding

Among Hong Kong hotels, rooms here are relatively spacious -- certainly moreso than at other area options like the nearby Xi Hotel. Overall, they make a pleasant impression, with modern-enough style that includes dark hardwood accents and furniture, the occasional shiny surface, and unobtrusive floral artwork. The style is business-like overall, without anything really soft or romantic, and we did spot some wear on the furniture and walls when we visited in 2018. Still, the focus here is, generally speaking, right outside the hotel's walls. That's because rooms are all on the seventh floor or higher, and all feature large windows overlooking Hong Kong's dazzling cityscape. Those on higher floors obviously come with the best views, to Victoria Harbor and across to Hong Kong Island.

Features are fairly standard, including flat-screen TVs, Handy Phones, alarm clocks, electric kettles, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, pillow menus, and minibars. Proper closets and ironing facilities also come standard. Many rooms here have a suite-style layout with separate living areas that, again, offer stunning views. Executive Club Rooms have the best views in the house and those floors are accessed by a private elevator. Bathrooms vary, with either showers or shower/tub combos. The look is modern, though they are compact. Some units -- like Executive Club Rooms -- have windows in the bathrooms for stellar vertigo views. 

Features

Limited extras, though two popular restaurants and a modern gym add value to a stay

Compared to other hotels in this category nearby, Panorama by Rhombus has a limited set of features. There's no pool or spa, and while the hotel advertises its Sky Garden, aside from some lawn furniture and a small fitness area, there's not much ambience or vibe up there at all. Those misses aside, the hotel's dining scene is popular. Cafe Express, on the ground floor, sees a steady crowd of guests for its buffets throughout the day and evening. Up on the 38th floor, Ava is the more refined dining venue and has excellent city and harbor views. Ava is also the venue for the breakfasts for higher-category bookings -- the rest of the guests eat breakfast downstairs in Cafe Express. The hotel has a ground-floor fitness center that has a good range of modern cardio and weight equipment. There are meeting rooms and business services, and Wi-Fi is free. Note that the hotel also runs a free shuttle to Kowloon Station for access to the Airport Express. 

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Address

8A Hart Avenue, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Phone

8 (523) 550-0388

Room Types

  • Club Harbor View Room
  • Deluxe Gold Room
  • Deluxe Silver Room
  • Executive Club Harbor View Room
  • Superior Gold Room
  • Superior Silver Room

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