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REVIEW: A serene hotel in the beating heart of Hong Kong

REVIEW: A serene hotel in the beating heart of Hong Kong

Cordis Hong Kong boasts an impressive contemporary Chinese art collection (Photo: Provided)

Cordis Hong Kong is named after the latin for ‘heart’. And, this is a hotel in the beating heart of real Hong Kong—smack in the middle of one of the oldest neighborhoods.

It also provides first-class service, but with a heart: Michelin starred restaurants, top-quality services and amenities but with an attention to detail that will make you feel right at home.

The hotel’s glamorous rooms, swish restaurants and bars, impeccable location make it the perfect home-away-from-home for those exploring the pearl of the Orient.

Location

Cordis is located in a great gleaming skyscraper in one of Hong Kong’s most legendary neighborhoods, Mong Kok. It soars 42 stories above the hustle and bustle of the markets, street vendors, fortune tellers, and karaoke bars to give a five-star sanctuary with serene views over the cityscape towards the azure to waters of Victoria Harbour and the verdant verdure of Hong Kong Island.

Below the hotel is one of Hong Kong’s best shopping malls, Langham Place. With more than 200 shops and restaurants and a cinema, if you’re caught in Hong Kong’s notorious downpours you won’t be stuck for things to do. Some of Hong Kong’s classic tourist hotspots are within walking distance. Ladies Market, for example, is a must-visit for local street food and cheap souvenirs (don’t forget to haggle).

Mong Kok station is also accessible from the hotel. The train gets you to Victoria Harbor in less than 20 minutes and into Central Hong Kong in less than 30.

Cordis lobby (Photo: Supplied)
Cordis lobby (Photo: Supplied)

LGBTI life

Cordis Hong Kong welcomes everyone. Staff are trained not to make assumptions about guests. You can be rest assured there will be no awkward double checking that you wouldn’t prefer single beds. You also won’t find ‘his’ and ‘hers’ toiletries. The hotel is a short to walk from some of Hong Kong’s gay bars and saunas. The Sheung Wan ‘gayborhood’ is about 35 minutes on the subway.

Rooms

The hotel has a staggering 665 rooms, most with a view of the iconic harbor and Hong Kong skyline. The city is renowned for some of the most expensive real estate on the planet. Therefore, hotel rooms can be on the bijoux side. For Hong Kong, the Cordis’s rooms are vast — and great big floor-to-ceiling windows make them seem even bigger. They are well designed with beds position to take in that amazing view. All amenities have been well thought out—you won’t find yourself scrabbling to turn the lights off, find a USB socket, or work out how to close the curtains.

Cordis Hong Kong studio room (Photo: Supplied)
Cordis Hong Kong studio room (Photo: Supplied)

Design

The Cordis is classic, grand, yet modern. The overall tones are white, browns, and a bit of green. It is packed with more than 1,500 pieces of art, mainly from regional artists. This includes a number of pieces from renowned artist Ju Ming. The hotel’s sky-touching club lounge is impeccably designed (look out for the suspended swinging seats) and the perfect place to wile away a few hours sampling the complimentary high tea or cocktail hour.

Food

Hong Kong is a city obsessed with food and Cordis lives up to that. It is home to the world-renowned Ming Court which has held a Michelin star for 11 years. It serves up the very finest dim sum—small plates of goodies traditionally enjoyed with tea in southern China. There’s also a rooftop bar with world-class cocktails and a Garage bar featuring food trucks and craft beers.

Tai chi beside Cordis Hong Kong's rooftop pool (Photo: Supplied)
Tai chi beside Cordis Hong Kong’s rooftop pool (Photo: Supplied)

Service and amenities

The hotel offers daily complimentary experiences to get the most out of your stay in Hong Kong. There’s a walking market tour, wine tasting, and poolside tai chi to balance your Yin and Yang with a panoramic city view.