This is 42 floors of high-tech, wiz bang communication in a luxury hotel. This is Hong Kong logged on!
As with most large and highly populated cities, Hong Kong has smog, odour, noise and the constant movement of people, day and night, but it also has excellent transport, sublime shopping centres, temples and quiet parks. It is a very efficient place.
Despite its British colonial past, Hong Kong has stuck to its roots and the culture beneath the glitz is pure Chinese. There was some apprehension about being reunited with the motherland in 1997, but that has disappeared.
Mongkok, in Kowloon, has Hong Kong’s highest population destiny some say the world’s highest, in fact. It has around 165,000 people per square kilometre. After dark it is like a living postcard, with colourful neon lights in Chinese lettering and lots of people heading off to eat, shop and chatter.
A hundred and forty years after the first Langham Hotel opened, Mongkok is home to the new 665-room Langham Palace Hotel. In Kowloon’s epicentre and integrated with a 15-storey shopping mall with 300 retail outlets and 59-storey office tower, the hotel is Mongkok’s first fashionable five-star hotel. It has re-introduced the elegance of times gone by.
Contemporary art pieces of Hong Kong painters are featured throughout the hotel and furnishings are luxurious, stylish and chic.
The best and latest in technology has been used, including wide wireless broadband, state-of-the-art Internet-enabled Cisco phones with colour touch screen and a mobile in-room phone which can be used anywhere inside the property.
The Place Restaurant is tipped to become one of Hong Kong’s great hotel dining rooms. Its seven-metre ceilings, garden, waterfalls and tropical plants create the mood for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ming Court is the hotel’s Cantonese restaurant. The elegant room has an a la carte menu and serves dim sum for lunch. Private rooms are available.
Portal - Work and Play is a new concept where business and pleasure intertwine. You can pop in to the fashionable bar for a drink, to send an e-mail or stay and enjoy the live entertainment.
The Ozone at the very top of the mall is the spot for wining and dining and soaking up live jazz performances.
On special occasions, such as New Year’s Eve, crowds will gather under the Grand Atrium’s digital sky. It will also host live performances, art exhibitions and other special events.
From January, guests will be able swim in the sky-high 20 metre rooftop heated pool, have a pampering massage or enjoy lunch in one of the cabanas.
Also opening in January, 2005, is the Health Club on the 41st floor. It will be equipped with up-to-date fitness equipment, sauna, steam and Japanese hot tub.
If you are travelling with children, relax. Langham Place has a children’s recreation area and has thought of everything to keep them occupied when you are busy.
Saving the best till last: the Langham Blissful Bed. It has been developed to offer a luxuriating sleep. It has a down and feather duvet with 100 percent cotton cover and five extra-soft and fluffy pillows of various sizes. The Langham traditional pillow is filled with 50 percent down and 50 percent feather for ultimate softness, while providing excellent support. They also offer hyper-allergenic Dacron pillows. The mattress has pocket coils which give extreme comfort and support.
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The centre of Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Qantas flies daily to Hong Kong.
Qantas Holidays has a four-night package, including return economy airfares, twin-share accommodation at the Langham Place Hotel and transfers starting at $1567 from Perth, $1702 from Melbourne, $1704 from Brisbane, $1716 from Sydney and $1743 from Adelaide, per person. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of writing but may vary at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.
Langham Place Hotel
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok
Kowloon Hong Kong
Ph: 852 3552 3388
Fax: 852 3552 3322www.langhamhotels.com/langhamplace/hongkong/
Hong Kong Tourism Board
4/80 Druitt Street, Sydney 2000
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