Cordis Hotel, Hong Kong
555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok
Mong Kok station is like a maze. Every turn seems to point to an exit that leads onto three more exits to choose from. None of them unfortunately pointed directly to Cordis Hotel just across the street from the main Langham Place shopping mall so we had to rely on directions from a combination of the hotel website and other peoples blogs.
The station of course is the central point of Kowloon, a major interchange for those heading north, to Hong Kong island or to take in the sights of both Shanghai and Temple Street. This is the kind of Hong Kong you expect to meet, busy lanes of locals busily heading back from work or out into the night. We had touched down at around 6pm and by the time we reached Mong Kok the rush hour’s transition from work traffic to evening revellers was in full swing.
The best advice that I can give you for finding the correct exit is to follow the signs for Langham Place mall which is exit C. After wandering past a selection of cake shops and small stores the signs then become more apparent for the hotel. Hop on the escalator to the first floor and exit out of the side door onto Shanghai Street. The Cordis is directly across the street.
We had booked a club room which offered exciting access to the club lounge. The check in staff were most friendly and the offer of an ice cold beer while we checked in was greatly appreciated. From the personal check in area we were lead into the club lounge itself with a jaw dropping view over Hong Kong and all it’s high rises with hills and bright lights as far as the eye could see. The lounge itself was well stocked with a full self-service bar and buffet. Other features included a quiet area with comfy chairs which is handy if you have work to catch up on or a newspaper to read.
Our room was one of the smaller of the trip. Even so, the view towards the harbour and Canton Market areas were sublime by way of ceiling to floor windows. The real plus point about this hotel, especially if you are a first time visitor to Hong Kong, is that they give you your very own smartphone for the duration of your stay. We used this virtually everywhere to assist us in navigating the streets of the city, it really was invaluable.
Breakfast at the hotel was held in the club lounge for us, complete with dining area in the next room to the buffet. A large selection of the usual suspects like English breakfast and various cereals appeared alongside traditional Chinese dim sum and noodle dishes. The quality of the food was very good indeed, especially the Chinese dim sum which were mainly siu-mai (pork and prawn dumplings).
The hotel’s location couldn’t really be more perfect for exploring the city. Temple Street took us around 15 minutes to walk to, the metro station is just across the street and Mong Kok is the hub of connections all around Hong Kong allowing you to be anywhere you need to be in a decent amount of time. One small thing to be aware of is that Shanghai Street is a notorious area for prostitution at night but this didn’t affect our stay at any point.
Is it worth getting a club room? Well yes in the sense that you have a comfortable stay and a room on the upper levels providing a superb panoramic along with the normal amenities that you would expect of a 5 star hotel. Everything was clean and worked perfectly plus the hotel is very quiet given that it’s in a very lively location. The club lounge was useful when coming back from a morning out to grab a quick bite but left us mystified at people who spent all day in there eating the same food, which it tended to be most days.
The cost of a 5 night stay in a club room sits currently at £863.80 ($1139.40 US) which really is decent value for the experience in general and the additional extras like the smartphone which save you a lot of time, effort and stress allowing you to make the most of your time in Hong Kong. We loved the Cordis and when in Hong Kong, undoubtedly this is a place we would happily return to.
Nearest Metro: Monk Kok (Exit C)