The Langham Hong Kong seems to slide under the radar when it comes to staycations in the city, but this Tsim Sha Tsui property is actually ripe for an indulgent stay, especially while Hong Kong’s borders are still closed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The lovely property boasts a slew of underrated offerings, from stylish guest rooms and award-winning dining to a tranquil spa and craft bar program, making it a hidden gem amongst Hong Kong’s staycation hotels. We check into the property and are pleasantly surprised.
The lobby of The Langham Hong Kong aspires to the same elegance and charm that the brand’s original property in London does—though it misses the mark, somewhat, and you’re not quite sure why. After all, the delightfully intoxicating Langham fragrance is there to smell as soon as you walk in, there’s plenty of marble, chandeliers, and gilt all over the place, and lining one side of the lobby is the tranquil Palm Court and award-winning Artisan bar. Perhaps it’s just the fact that it’s a Friday afternoon in the middle of a pandemic, and so, there are few people around to lend some atmosphere. Nevertheless, we only get a quick glimpse at everything here before being whisked up to The Langham Club for a speedy private check-in.
There are 471 guest rooms at The Langham Hong Kong, including 27 exclusive private suites. We check into an Executive Room that comes with full access to The Langham Club and all its services and privileges. The room, though small, is surprisingly stylish and well put together. There are lots of plush furnishings, including a cozy sofa, a work-desk with a comfortable armchair, and a bar with all the tea, coffee, and snacks you could want—and there’s even a marble fireplace, though, alas, it’s fake. Dressed in earth tones of whites, creams, and The Langham’s signature pink, the room is a soothing enclave. Then there’s the marble-clad bathroom which—again, a little on the small side—manages to comfortably accommodate a standalone bathtub, separate shower, and, of course, signature Chuan Spa amenities.
Taking everything into account, it’s quite a lovely, comfortable space and—despite The Langham brand’s British roots—suggests a certain French elegance (it may be the stylized prints above the bed). The only downside? There is, unfortunately, no view whatsoever. Instead, the room looks out onto the commercial building across the (rather narrow) street. No problem, though—we just keep the heavy drapes drawn and turn the room into a bolthole away from the maddening crowds below.
By the time we settle into our room, the afternoon is well underway, so we head back up to The Langham Club for their afternoon tea spread. The club itself is a great little space—though, emphasis on the little, because I imagine that under normal circumstances, there wouldn’t be enough space for all guests to sit. Nevertheless, the afternoon tea is a delight (much like the hotel’s regular afternoon tea, served in the Palm Court) and features everything from cheese and charcuterie to savory bites and sweet treats—and scones, of course, because what British-brand hotel wouldn’t have those? We while away a few hours at the club, enjoying afternoon tea, then sipping on Champagne when it transitions to its happy hour offering. It’s all rather civilized, which is exactly what a stay at The Langham should be.
Much later in the evening, when hunger strikes, we head to Bostonian Seafood & Grill, one of the property’s much-acclaimed restaurants. The five-course dinner that follows is an absolute delight. Kicking things off is a fantastically fresh dish of Spanish octopus laid over a salad of quinoa, beetroot, pumpkin, and kale. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is “healthy” because what follows is pure, fatty perfection in the form of a heaping slab of perfectly-grilled foie gras accompanied by figs, pistachio, apple, and bourbon purée. For mains, we share a wild black cod fillet and New Zealand lamb cutlets, both of which are well-cooked, tenderly juicy, and just the right size. The Baked Alaska that ends our meal, though, would put you straight into a sugar coma. A massive serving of vanilla and mango ice cream and passionfruit—all encased in Italian meringue and then set alight at the table with perhaps a little more pomp and circumstance than the moment calls for—the Baked Alaska is incredibly sweet and heavy—we can’t even manage a quarter before tapping out.
After a good night’s sleep—the beds really are incredibly comfortable—we eventually wander down to The Food Gallery for a spot of breakfast to fuel up for the day. In this era of Covid-19 restrictions, buffets are a dicey game—hotels are still compelled to host them, though, because in this challenging business environment, it makes more sense for them. Luckily The Langham Hong Kong has taken all care to ensure guests’ safety. There’s plenty of sanitizer everywhere, and mask-wearing is enforced when you get up for food—all of this leaves us to enjoy the wide spread of pastries, cooked-to-order eggs, and Asian snacks that are part of the buffet.
The Langham Hong Kong also boasts an array of wellness facilities, including a signature Chuan Body + Soul spa and a fully-equipped gym. Although I wasn’t able to get a spa appointment—they were in hot demand once restrictions were eased in Hong Kong and spas were allowed to open—I did spend some time hanging out by the hotel’s rooftop pool. Again, because of its city-center position, the pool deck is not huge. But it’s certainly cozy enough and has been done up to resemble an ancient Roman or Greek temple (which means it’s bait for influencers).
Having stayed at several Langham properties in different cities, I’ve noticed that there can be some real discrepancies and that you may not necessarily expect the same level of service and facilities across all the hotels. The Langham London is, of course, the gold standard; some of their other properties, though, are somewhat run down and could use a little love. The Langham Hong Kong falls somewhere in the middle. It’s a lovely property that has been well maintained (I believe the rooms were given a thorough refurbishment a year or two ago), and it certainly has the wellness facilities and food and drink offerings a good hotel should—in fact, their T’ang Court Chinese restaurant boasts three Michelin Stars. But, as previously stated, it doesn’t boast quite the same sophistication as its London counterpart. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a city escape while Hong Kong’s borders are still closed, this is a great option—and an affordable one, too.
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Written by The Loop HK for The Langham Hong Kong.
The author was a guest of The Langham Hong Kong.