A few of you must be wondering why I have been in Hong Kong longer than usual for the past few weeks. Let's just say I am going where the wind takes me these days. Something that may be worth pursuing has led me back there but I wont be talking about that personal part of my life. After all, this is a travel blog so let's focus on that.
Finding the unfamiliar in the familiar has constantly been an exciting thought. Since I take regular trips to Hong Kong, I had to change things a little bit. I moved out of Kowloon and Central to discover a different side of the island - The East. With no competition, East Hotel of Swire Hotels was the only accommodation that could make this new experience a special one.
Despite its positioning as a business hotel, I could say the East Hotel is ideal even for leisure travelers, families and couples who want to have a relatively quiet staycation in the city. There was something homey about Tai Koo and its neighborhood that made me feel like I was integrated in the local community. The proximity of the hotel to the MTR (It is literally right beside it!) will make it easy for anyone to reach it.
Designed by the CL3 Architects, East Hotel has taken advantage of natural lighting and art. The airy lobby has some good energy overflowing through it.
Art is almost ubiquitous in this hotel.
East Hotel has a total of 345 sophisticated rooms that are bigger than most in Hong Kong. If you stay here, I recommend getting the rooms with views of Victoria Harbour. It was refreshing to see this skyline in Hong Kong. We stayed in one of the the Harbour (Queen) rooms. With this view plus the comfortable bed, we barely left the room.
Harbour Corner Room.
The Suites. There are only 6 suites in the hotel and each of them comes with a bubble chair.
There's also a dinosaur to keep you company.
The hotel also has a 24-hour gym and outdoor heated pool.
For dining choices, you can try the Feast (The hotel's cafe) on the second floor.
When the day is almost over, you can go to then hotel's lounge and bar called Sugar. Sugar has one of the most stunning views in Hong Kong.
If you love the shopping and eating, the hotel is connected to the CityGate Mall which was hundreds of shops and dozens of restaurants to choose from.
I also had a chance to walk around and explore the neighborhood. I must say it reminded me of Salcedo Village in Manila - a place that was home to me for a few years.
With my luck, I was also able to catch the phenomenal Tim Burton exhibit at One Tai Koo Place. It showed all his works - from the time he was a struggling artist all the way to his most famous ones that were immortalized in films.
After three days in East Hotel, I must say I have gained a different perspective of Hong Kong. I have de-centralized this wonderful urban landscape in my head. I definitely cannot wait to stay here again. I am sure it will be sooner than expected.
Big Thanks to Selina Tang for arranging everything.
East Hotel, Hong Kong29 Taikoo Shing Road, Island East, Hong Kong
Tel No. +852 3968 3968
For Bookings, Click East Hotel.