Jay Z’s jeans, old meets new and Pop Up centralAsia’s World City, Hong Kong, is one of the most iconic urban destinations on the planet. As well as the glossy skyscrapers, Victoria Peak, the race course and the famous harbour front that the city has become synonymous with, this buzzing metropolis is undergoing a transformation.
Dorsett Hotels & Resorts, based in Hong Kong, has properties that are perfectly placed to bring a glimpse of the “new Hong Kong” to guests, at a super affordable price. Areas such as East and West Kowloon, known once solely for industry, are opening up to the visitor, and a burgeoning arts, design and culture scene is developing.
Dorsett Hotels & Resorts is one of the 3 hotel brands of Dorsett Hospitality International, Asia’s leading hotel group with properties in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK. There are a total of 10 operating hotels in Hong Kong, with four properties under the Dorsett Hotels & Resorts brands - Dorsett Mongkok, Dorsett Tsuen Wan, Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong and Dorsett Kwun Tong. This collection of hotels perfectly embodies Dorsett Hotels & Resorts’ multicultural spirit, bringing an affordable, stylish hotel experience to each and every guest.
Visit: Kwun Tong, Kowloon Bay For Hidden Boutiques
Kowloon Bay has long been recognised as one of Hong Kong’s traditional industry bases, developed in the heyday of the manufacturing industry. Today, it’s an area undergoing an urban transformation, with offices and retail moving in and developments in place to make the area more pedestrian-friendly. Look closely and some real gems can be found here, such as RMC – a boutique denim brand whose studios can be found amongst the factories and warehouses in the Manning Industrial Building. Jay Z and Dizzee Rascal are amongst this brand’s fans! The Kowloon East development, where the newly opened Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is located, has recently changed the face of this area to make it “walkable, sittable, stayable”.
Stay at: Dorsett Kwun Tong
Dorsett Kwun Tong is a chic hotel located in the heart of Kowloon East. Elegant guestrooms feature a sleek design and contrasting beige and black décor. La Maison de l’Orient offers supreme Chinese cuisine whilst the Poolside Lounge serves delicious refreshments. The outdoor swimming pool and health club make the ideal spot for some rest and relaxation when you need a break from exploring the buzz of the city. Guests have free use of a smartphone with 3G internet during their stay, free Wi-Fi and a frequent shuttle to shopping areas and local places of interest.
Nightly rates at Dorsett Kwun Tong start from HK$900 +10% (approx. £65).
Visit: Mongkok, Kowloon West For Contrasting Extremes
Mongkok in Kowloon West is characterised by contrasting extremes - a mixture of old and new buildings, modern skyscrapers and historic low-rise tenements, local tea houses and Michelin-starred restaurants. The area is packed with affordable shops, restaurants and entertainment at every turn and is the ideal base for the visitor looking for value and a taste of local life. Kowloon West is set to see major development, with work on a large-scale Cultural Quarter project already in motion.
Stay at: Dorsett Mongkok
Situated on the cusp of exciting Mongkok and Tai Kok Tsui, Dorsett Mongkok offers a relaxing retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. With bright, modern guestrooms, Dorsett Mongkok offers unexpected touches, including free iPad rental and a luxurious pillow menu with 11 different choices for selected room types. Guests even have complimentary use of their very own 3G smartphone during their stay to make getting around and staying connected even easier.
For families, the Family Quad Rooms offer a spacious set-up with Queen Bed and 2 single beds for a family of four – a rarity in Hong Kong! Families can even request a microwave in their room, perfect for heating baby food, milk and sterilising bottles. Dorsett Mongkok is certified an Earthcheck Bronze Benchmarked Hotel and is a Hong Kong High Flyer’s Green City Hotel.
Nightly rates at Dorsett Mongkok start from HK$900 +10% (approx. £65).
Visit: Wan Chai To See Cultural Innovation
Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island is the heart of Hong Kong, and is a fantastic base for exploring. Countless attractions are on the doorstep – Happy Valley Race Course, a buzzing market, local restaurants and bars. Complementing the classic attractions is a new nearby hub of ateliers, design studios and pop-ups, in the former Police Married Quarters – reborn as PMQ. Hong Kong’s creative talent and cultural industry is nurtured here – affordable rents offered to artisans with great products mean a fantastic new shopping experience awaits the visitor.
Stay at: Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong (to be re-named Dorsett Wan Chai from 2015)
Cosmopolitan Hotel has a superb location in Causeway Bay and is the only 4 star hotel with superb views of the Happy Valley Race Course. The sleek Superior Rooms were newly renovated in April 2014 and have a contemporary style blending shade of grey, cream and black. Premium bed lined, pillow menu and a rain shower ensure a touch of luxury comes with the affordable price tag. Choose a stunning view of Happy Valley Race Course or Causeway Bay and the city skyline and feel truly connected to the heart of the city.
Nightly rates at Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong start from HK$1,000 +10% (approx. £75).