Whether you are a first-time or seasoned traveller to Hong Kong, you would be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place of accommodation. And to add to your decision-making process, do you choose to stay in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island to kick-start your holiday?
For my past trips to the city, I have always stayed at hotel properties on Hong Kong Island. And some Hong Kongers would argue that everything on Hong Kong Island is better. But I love new experiences and decided to have a taste of the life at Kowloon. More specifically, at The Langham Hong Kong hotel.
The Langham Hotel is a well-known name in Hong Kong, long established as a luxury hotel in the city way before many others. The hotel’s prime location in the bustling Tsim Sha Tsui district of Kowloon offers easy access to some of Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks and vibrant neighbourhoods.
In fact, Harbour City – Hong Kong’s largest and most diverse shopping mall – is less than five minutes’ walk away from the hotel. Popular attractions like Victoria Harbour, Avenue of Stars and the Temple Street Night Market are also conveniently located nearby. Venturing beyond Kowloon? Tsim Sha Tsui train station is within minutes away, ensuring hotel guests to effortlessly explore the best that Hong Kong has to offer.
From the moment I stepped foot inside the opulent lobby to the unforgettable moments spent in the immaculately designed rooms and indulgent amenities, Langham Hotel proved to be a true masterpiece of hospitality.
The hotel exudes an aura of timeless elegance with its high ceiling, sparkling chandeliers and tasteful furnishings. The same ambiance is extended to the guest rooms. The Langham Hong Kong offers a range of luxurious accommodation, each meticulously designed to provide utmost comfort to every guest.
My One-Bedroom-Suite was a sanctuary I looked forward to returning every day after intense shopping. Encompassing a spacious bedroom, a comfortable lounge area and an en-suite marble bathroom with Diptyque toiletries, the suite is tastefully decorated with plush furnishings and soothing colour palettes.
The comfort, however, goes beyond the décor and amenities. The hotel made the extra effort to enhance my experience with thoughtful gestures such as providing pillowcases and pyjamas personalised with my initials – something I have never encountered in another hotel.
An Exquisite Culinary Journey
When it comes to culinary delights, The Langham Hong Kong leaves no stone unturned. It presents a diverse array of dining options that cater to every palate, from refined Cantonese cuisine at the Michelin-starred T’ang Court to delectable international fare at The Food Gallery.
One cannot stay at The Langham Hong Kong without at least dining once at T’ang Court, the hotel’s three-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant. The restaurant has received numerous accolades over the years, including being named the world’s best Chinese restaurant by the World Restaurant Awards in 2019.
The dining experience at T’ang Court was a celebration of taste and artistry. The menu is extensive, featuring Cantonese specialties such as dim sum, seafood, poultry and meat dishes using only the finest ingredients.
One of the most popular dishes at T’ang Court is the Crispy Salted Chicken (HK$380 for half chicken). Ever had Peking duck? The Crispy Salted Chicken is the chicken version of Peking duck. Perfectly seasoned, the meat is tender and juicy whilst the skin boasts a crispy texture. This is one dish that is satisfying on so many levels that I would return to the restaurant for it.
Another must-try dish is the Stir-Fried Lobster (HK$1260). The chef chooses to use local lobsters for this dish as local lobsters are smaller. The lobster is impeccably prepared with the right amount of seasoning to enhance the natural sweetness of the meat. Despite being cooked only with simple vegetables like spring onion, red onion and shallots, the dish is a perfect harmony of textures and flavours. It’s almost like home-cooked comfort food, except that it’s lobster.
Seafood lovers should also not miss the Baked Stuffed Crab Shell with Crab Meat, Onion and Cream Sauce (HK$250 per pax). The chef makes a special trip to the local markets every morning to choose the crabs personally. Local crabs and Alaskan king crabs are used for this dish. The natural sweetness of the crab meat lets the dish speak for itself, enhanced only with a tinge of Worcestershire sauce.
Unwind and Rejuvenate
To complete the experience, Langham Hotel offers a range of indulgent amenities aimed at relaxation and rejuvenation. The Chuan Spa, inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, provided a tranquil sanctuary for hotel guests. The Health Club spans across two levels, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, offered a space for invigorating workouts, ensuring guests could maintain their wellness routines during their stay. Additionally, the hotel’s pool on Level 15 lets guests take a break for a leisurely swim or lounging under the sun.
Langham Hotel in Hong Kong is a true testament to the art of hospitality. From its luxurious accommodations to the impeccable service, every aspect of the stay was an embodiment of elevated hospitality. The hallmark of any remarkable hotel is the level of service it provides, and Langham Hotel went above and beyond my expectations. The staff was always warm, welcoming, and attentive to every detail. From the moment I checked in, I felt like a valued guest, with personalised greetings and assistance that made me feel right at home.
To book a stay at The Langham Hong Kong, visit the hotel website.