Sitting in the heart of Central Hong Kong is the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, not be confused with the LKF Hotel that is actually at the top of Lan Kwai Fong Street. The Lan Kwai Fong Hotel is actually on a road called Kau U Fong. So now we’ve cleared that up here’s some more about the location. It’s only a 10 minute and easy step free walk (just) from the Airport Express that brings you into downtown HK from the airport in less than 25 minutes so in most cases you can be in your hotel room within an hour of landing such is the efficiency of HK airport. As I write things are pretty quiet in HK so its even quicker than usual.
There’s nothing over the top or flashy about this hotel. It’s just in absolutely the right location and on the edge of the business district as well as Soho and Hollywood Road which comprise a large part of HK’s nightlife. You fall out of bed into the buzzing humming cauldron of street life that sums up what HK is all about. Hard work; open all hours; small tasty food shops and stalls; quirky bars and people people people. We arrived on a Sunday night and as it was getting late we headed straight out to find a cold beer and a bite to eat. Even at 11pm on a Sunday eve there is plenty to discover even at a time when HK on a Sunday is not always the easiest place to be right now.
Walking along Hollywood Road is a pleasure. Antique shops, bars and restaurants. You then reach the escalator which carries people down from the ‘mid levels’ in the morning from 8-10 before switching, quite rightly, to taking people up the steep slope for the remaining 22 hours of the day. It’s become a sort of artery as well as a magnet for places to eat and drink. We stopped off in Stauntons, a bar which has stood the test of time and has been there for as long as I can remember – maybe 20 years or so now. Then to Lan Kwai Fong and the little streets off to the side where you can find some great food at reasonable prices. We chose Thai and for HK$500 we had as much as we could eat plus a couple of beers. Good value for HK.
It’s a 10 minute walk from there back to the hotel. Get a higher floor room if available – we were on the 32nd floor so a great view of the harbour in the morning. The bathroom is small yet perfectly formed and the bed is very comfortable. Technology is easy to use and best of all the staff are always friendly and helpful. The breakfast room doubles up as one of HK’s best Cantonese food restaurants and that’s saying something in a very competitive city. There is a delightful semi-outdoor area on the 4th floor where you can hang out. And the gym is open 24 hours.
For me this is the ideal HK hotel. The location is brilliant yet it’s not noisy given how central it is. It’s generally great value although room rates of course vary with events and seasons. You can walk up to some lovely areas in mid levels and even all the way up to the Peak if you are up for a steep but rewarding climb. Maybe get the Peak Tram back down. The Police Married Quarters is a very 5 minute walk up the hill and is a wonderful mixed use redevelopment with shops and restqurants. Oola Bar is nearby and thats always fun.
The Lan Kwai Fong Hotel is part of Dorsett Hotels and they have 2 other hotels in Happy Valley which are in the same sort of price bracket but a location that will suit some if not all. In London they have 2 hotels with another one planned for Hornsey so more on these hotels to follow in a separate forthcoming article .