Hong Kong has become a city saturated with luxury hotels; there is one five-star property after another all promising the stay of a lifetime. Of course, these types of hotels come with price tags that for most people are simply unaffordable. This is why, when I discovered that Swire had a sister-property to The Upper House, which is considered a business and budget friendly hotel, I had to check it out and see if saving hundreds of dollars meant making huge compromises when it comes to style, comfort, and service. A night at the East Hong Kong will only set you back $150, a price that is almost unheard of in major cosmopolitan cities.
East Hong Kong is situated amidst the financial center of Hong Kong. From the hotel you can quickly get to any other part of the island, the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), and/or the international airport (HKG). In the surrounding vicinity is some of the best shopping and dining establishments in the city. On the hotel’s second floor there is even a skybridge that connects guests to the City Plaza Shopping Centre.
As I made my way up from the modern lobby to my room, I was already incredibly impressed by my glamorous surroundings. East Hong Kong makes the word “budget” look good. Each room in the hotel is filled with custom furnishings and fabrics, which have a sleek and masculine feel overall. My harbor corner room with a view had a King sized bed and was further enhanced by special touches such as a work station and a flatscreen TV.
The ensuite bathroom features a rainforest shower that is one of the nicest I have ever encountered. From the shower you have a dazzling view of the city as you scrub clean with an array of Elemis bath products.
Throughout Hong Kong you will discover the very best the world has to offer in technology and the East Hong Kong is a perfect example of this. Every room comes with its own iPod-Touch that is fully loaded with music or you can use it to order room service. I asked for a pizza one night and it was delivered to my room in less than twenty minutes.
Why It Is Andi’s Pick
I was blown away with my stay at the East Hong Kong. In fact, I would go as far as to say that it should drop its business and budget friendly label and call itself a luxury hotel. There was zero compromises here. This is without a doubt the best kept secret in the city!