Thursday Travels is a weekly column featuring sights and experiences from my wanderlust adventures, including staycations. These sweet memories need to be stored sand shared.
Our recent stay in Hong Kong is at L’ hotel elan located in Kwun Tong, the new business hub and this is the fourth hotel of the L’hotel Group.
Location-wise, this is not the most central. Thankfully, this hotel provides shuttle services which brings us to the sister hotel – Lodgewood – located in Mongkok. By public transport like the MTR, it takes about 30 minutes.
Our stay has been most pleasant and I love the care taken by the service staff even before we stepped foot into the hotel on the first day. We were ushered into the hotel after we alighted form the shuttle bus (we took it from Kowloon station) and our luggage was taken care of by the very friendly concierge.
I love it that this hotel provides all the basic toiletries that we need, right down to dental floss! Very few hotels provide that nowadays and dare I say, toothpaste and toothbrush too! I love the complimentary drinks that they have for their guests – UCC coffee powder – I like! And not forgetting bottles of coke, Pocari, beer, mineral water …
L’hotel has a small gym and a small lap pool that is just outside the check-in counter (@34th floor). This is perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the hotel because not every one is so courageous to swim in front of arriving guests and service staff. However, since it has been raining every day during our stay (bummer!), we didn’t get to use the pool.
We didn’t get to use the gym either but we helped ourselves to the fruits and snacks available at the lounge. Nice!
Initially, I thought that it would be difficult to get some decent food around the vicinity of this hotel since it is located in the industrial area but how wrong I was!
There is the Tsui Wah restaurant within 5 minutes of walking and we find ourselves having most of our meals there. I mean, the food is decently priced and delicious. Faith loves the fishballs and buns from that place and I, everything (except for their coffee)! According to my friend, one has to try their toasted buns drizzled with condensed milk. It’s real yummy!
There is also a local restaurant which serves char siew rice and roasted goose, just to name a few. We went in, upon the recommendation from my friend and were surprised to receive big portions of the food. The Char Siew is really good and meaty! If you want to experience a local coffeeshop, this may be it!
There are also big shopping malls just one or two MTR stations away. Every evening after I came back from the seminar, we would visit these malls since it was raining and had our fill. Got to have Ramen @ Ippudo. How nice!
All in all, this is a great hotel and I like it that the room is tidied and cleaned everyday, just like when we first stepped in. If not for its location, I would give it a 8.5 out of 10 rating, 10 being excellent. 😉