Hong Kong Travels: Our Langham Place Hotel, Mong Kok Experience

Hey geeks, how’s everyone? How was your Holy Week?

I spent Holy Week in Hong Kong with Artie and my in-laws and I’m pretty excited to share with all of you my photos from our trip!

(I’m still having a Hong Kong hang over, actually!)

Anyway, less chitchat and let’s start with my travel diary blog post, shall we?

Just a little warning, this post is going to be photo heavy!

April 16, 2014 – Day 1 – Arrival

We booked PAL for our flights going to Hong Kong. We left at 3PM and arrived at 5PM at the Hong Kong International Airport.

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Airport envy! Why can’t we have something like this here in Manila? 😦
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For our stay in Hong Kong, we booked at the Langam Place Hotel in Mong Kok.
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Nothing in particular! Can’t help but admire Hong Kong’s massively spacious airport.
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More airport envy.

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Can’t wait to get your duck fix? Get them at the airport!
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And more airport envy. Why can’t we have this kind of waiting area in our airports? 😦
Waiting for our hotel transfer.
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En route to the hotel. Artie tried taking a photo of Hong Kong’s very scenic skyline.
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Finally in the city and experienced slight traffic.

Langham Place Hotel in Mong Kok

After an hour, we finally arrived at our hotel in Mong Kok – Langham Place Hotel.

We were warmly greeted by the staff. They helped us with our luggages and we were escorted to the main lobby for check-in.

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The ground floor entrance.
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The lobby.
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1865 Membership is Langham Place’s version of a Reward’s Club

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Interesting art was all over the hotel.

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After our check-in, up to our rooms we go…

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Artie, the TV Connoiseur would have wanted a newer model TV, hehe!
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Bed was very comfortable with goose down pillows and comforters.

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Pretty cute toy. In case you have no idea what to do for the day, you can roll this die to let it decide which activity you can do for the day.
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Langham Place is a non-smoking hotel! /thumbsup
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The bathroom.

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Ordinary shower but the water pressure is strong and the hot water is constant.
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Clean tub. My sister-in-law said that it was a very comfortable tub. She just wished they provided bath salts and bath suds.
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Sufficient towels in the room. You will have to request for new towels if you want them replaced every day.
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The view from our room.

The room was okay, though quite small. Even so, it was clean and the airconditioner was working perfectly, so that was good. It also included the usual amenities like laundry bags, mini fridge and security safe.

However, I found that room was lacking in USB sockets. In this day and age, it’s pretty standard to have USB sockets in a hotel. I really would have preferred if they had more USB sockets and they should definitely provide more than 1 plug adapter per room.

(Easily remedied by requesting for more plug adapters.)

We also had free WiFi which was fast so I was very happy.

(2oombs in 1 minute! *tears of joy*)

After freshening up, we went downstairs to hunt for a place to have dinner as we were ravenously hungry!

The location of Langham Place Hotel is fantastic.

When we were booking the hotel, we were a bit worried that the location would be bad.

From our previous travels to Hong Kong, what comes to mind when you say Mong Kok is a busy area with small streets crowded with people. We were also worried that it might be unsafe at night. We were worried about pick pockets and mugging.

(I was already imagining a Divisoria-ish place in my mind and I honestly would NOT like to stay in that kind of area.)

But once we got there, all our qualms disappeared into thin air.

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The streets while small were very well lit, and while there was the hustle and bustle of the city, it was actually quite serene.
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It felt very safe to walk around the area even at night.
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Our first dinner at a Chan Kee Roasted Goose, right across the hotel.
There were many authentic Chinese restaurants in the area so those looking for their fill of duck, goose and pork won’t be disappointed.
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The streets were unbelievably clean!

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The night market is literally a street away.

If you’re not into the night market scene and would prefer shopping and eating in malls, Langham Place Hotel is still the perfect hotel as it is connected to the Langham Place Mall.

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There is a bridge that directly connects the hotel to the mall. No need to go out into the streets.

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The Langham Place Mall is a 12 storey mall with a variety of stores and food places. I can spend a whole day just going around here!
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There are food places like MOS Burger, Toast Box, Starbucks, Ippudo, and more.
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There is also an H&M inside Langham Place Mall! It’s quite small compared to the one in Tsim Sha Tsui but the basics pieces are available here.
If you’re into makeup, the Beauty Avenue is a one-stop shop as it has all the brands that you’ll ever want!
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When you get to the basement of the Langham Place Mall, you’ll find a grocery called Market Place.
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I spent quite some time here just looking at all the knick knacks!

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I just died and went to tea heaven. I literally spent a good 10 minutes trying to decide which to get.
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Sakura beer, which I regret not buying!
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Aside from Market Place, there are also other stores (mostly desserts and sweets) in the basement level.

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I regret not being able to eat the Godiva Soft Serve Ice cream! Argh!
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Also in the basement is a direct access to the Mong Kok station. There’s also an ATM nearby.

With our bellies full and our eyes pleased with the scenery, we finally went to bed.

The next day…

We started our day with our breakfast buffet at The Place.

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The Place dining

Breakfast is important to me and I never skip it.  I really need to eat first thing in the morning, else I’ll feel weak and sick.

Literally, I will wake up, wash my face and brush my teeth, put on some decent clothes and troop to wherever breakfast is, then go back up and dress up for the day.

That’s my routine when we’re out traveling.

That goes without saying our hotel bookings should always have breakfast. I do not want to be bothered about where to get breakfast so early in the morning.

I’m happy to say that the breakfast buffet at The Place of Langham Place Hotel did not disappoint me.

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Buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner available.
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All kinds of bread you can eat!
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With your choice of spread
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Eat pastries to your heart’s content
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Sushi so early in the morning? No problem!

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Different kinds of cereals

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They even have laksa!
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Dimsum for breakfast!
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More pastries.
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Of course, breakfast is not complete without pancakes.
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The juice bar.

Excellent service until the very end!

As you can tell from my photos, Langham Place Hotel Mong Kok is a fantastic hotel to stay at when in Hong Kong and is definitely deserving of its 94% rating (ranked #9 of 581 hotels) in TripAdvisor and 8.6 score in Agoda.

Even when we were already checked-out, thousands of miles away from the hotel and home in the Philippines, they were still providing us with excellent service.

On our second to the last day in Hong Kong, Artie unfortunately lost his phone in a taxi.

We thought we would never see it again but because of sheer luck, Apple’s Find my iPhone feature and the impressive service of the Langham Place Hotel staff, we were able to get his phone back.

The day Artie lost his phone, we were assisted by Jackel Yip. We were able to get the cab’s plate number via the hotel’s CCTV. He assisted us in giving out notice to Hong Kong’s taxi drivers about the lost phone and should the phone be found, a reward awaits them if it was returned to Langham Place Hotel.

However, despite Jackel’s efforts, we left Hong Kong without any news about the phone so we thought that was it.

But the day after we got back to the Philippines, I received this text.

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We immediately called Langham Place Hotel and explained the situation. This time around, we were assisted by Ivan Chung. We gave Ivan the contact number of the person who texted us (Mr. Lee) and he was the one who coordinated with Mr. Lee on the return of the phone to the hotel.

When the phone was returned, Ivan coordinated with us so that our friend, Carine, who was luckily still in Hong Kong, could pass by for the phone and bring it home here in the Philippines.

If that’s not awesome service, then I don’t know what is.

Lesson learned: Activate your iPhone’s Find my iPhone feature!

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Langham Place Hotel in Mong Kong — I highly recommend this hotel.

Langham Place Hotel is a very hip, modern hotel that has practically everything you’ll ever need. It has a fantastic location and moving around Hong Kong will be a breeze as transportation such as the MTR, taxis and buses are easily accessible.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Hong Kong, do check out Langham Place in Mong Kok. You won’t regret staying there!

XOXO,

XOXO

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2 thoughts on “Hong Kong Travels: Our Langham Place Hotel, Mong Kok Experience

  1. Great review. Thank you for all the pics, you helped me make my mind about where to stay in Hong Kong. Keep up the great reviews!

    1. Lia Espina Lopez April 29, 2014 — 2:02 am

      Hi Vicente, thanks for passing by! I’m happy to know I’ve helped in some way. Enjoy your stay in Langham Place! I sure did! 🙂

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