A hotel for the discerning traveler with no budget, East represents the finest of Hong Kong’s luxury design hotels. From the ostentatious marble lobby and its collection of contemporary art to the high-tech gadgetry in the rooms, the aesthetics at East are met with attention to detail and exceptional service. While East is primarily aimed at a business clientele who pick the neighborhood for its proximity to Hong Kong’s newest creative and corporate hub, the hotel’s style will appeal to a range of travelers.
The hotel is linked to the City Plaza Mall and the MTR which is great in a city when inclement weather can mean either too hot or too rainy. The hotel also rents free bikes to guests who want to explore on two wheels.
Rooms are open, airy and most of all serene. Beds are carefully positioned to make the most of the views, so the first thing you’ll wake up to is the sight of the Harbour skyline or the distant Victoria Peak, depending on your choice. Brightly colored dinosaur sculptures add a touch of fun to the décor in some rooms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW All rooms have Apple TV and high-tech lighting and temperature controls.
Gorgeous bathrooms are spa-like in style, utilising an open plan that blurs the lines between the living and bathing quarters.
East is proud of its eco credentials and where possible, toiletries are refilled to save on plastic waster.
East offers an arty entrance to its high floors in the basement lobby filled with paintings and specially commissioned sculpture. The space is vast, which provides a neat juxtaposition to the more intimate environs upstairs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW East is committed to sustainable business, so the swift check-in is entirely paperless.
The outdoor heated pool bulks at convention and remains open year-round. The sun loungers and cabanas might not see much use in the middle of January but the pool will be ready and waiting whatever the weather.
Beast (Body by East) offers more than the usual collection of cardio machines (although it has those too) and has the capabilities and staff to handle the regimes of even the most hardcore fitness fanatic travellers. It opens 24-hour hours and alongside the gym, classes in all manner of disciplines from yoga to martial arts are accommodated.
Feast by East (see what they did there?!) is a friendly, open-plan restaurant with killer views over the city. Choose from an a la carte menu of Cantonese classics (with a fine dining approach) and Western favorites along with an impressive buffet.
The immediate area around the hotel is a mix of historic residential blocks that echo back to golden age Hong Kong and a new breed of high-rise towers housing burgeoning tech companies and banks. Still, it’s a pleasant place to explore but when it’s time to get across the island the nearby Tai Koo MTR station provides convenient direct trains.
When the urge for a burger creeps up on you—as it so often does—head for the Butcher’s Club (6-minute walk). Leading lights in the Hong Kong burger scene, this is the pace to get your patty and bun. Otherwise, keep it classy at Eiffel Bistro (3-minute walk), a cool French restaurant that serves Gallic classics.
For more Europe, work your way through the long list of Belgian beers at Frites: Belgium on Tap (7-minute walk), a friendly, family-run spot that serves the perfect beer accompaniment, frites and mayo. Coffee lovers should check out the fine roasts at Espresso Alchemy (11-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
When the only negative we can think of is that the neighborhood is a little out of the way, it’s clear that East makes an impression. From the serene rooms bathed in natural light to the cool rooftop bar, not to mention the commissioned artworks throughout the building, East is a fine choice.