Cordis offers an affordable slice of luxurious hotel living for those who prefer the frenetic buzz of Mong Kok to the, well, frenetic buzz of Hong Kong Island. Attached to the Langham Place Mall, within a few steps of Ladies Street and Fa Yuen Street, the hotel is the height of convenience, perfectly placed to take advantage of the shopping opportunities of the Kowloon neighborhood should you tire of the hotel’s rooftop pool, spa and assorted restaurants.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Mong Kok is one of the world’s most densely populated neighborhoods and even by Hong Kong standards, the amount of people on the streets here can make it a claustrophobic experience if you’re not prepared.
Simplicity is the key in the Cordis rooms where white walls and floor to ceiling windows make the most of the light, especially on higher floors. Rooms are available in four sizes, plus there’s a choice of Club Rooms on higher floors which give guests the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Club Lounge and its perks.
Standard bathrooms are grand, replete with marble vanities and bathtub/showers. Higher room levels come with separate bathtubs and walk-in showers.
Like many Hong Kong hotels, bathrooms are separated from the room by a glass panel with a privacy screen.
A grand, white marble lobby makes for a stylish first impression. Impressive elements from sculpture to modern art, plus a huge chandelier impress upon guests the five-star quality of the place right off the bat.
An impressive 20-meter pool takes over the rooftop at level 42. If you just want to lounge then grab a spot on one of the poolside cabanas.
Between daily tai-chi classes and the range of treatments and traditional Chinese medicinal practices you’ll find at the Chuan Spa, the Cordis has you covered when it comes to wellness.
A well-equipped gym is stocked with a range of machines that look out from floor to ceiling windows over the surrounding skyline.
Take your pick from informal street food to exclusive fine dining with the Cordis’s range of restaurants. There’s Cantonese chic at Ming Court, buffet goodness at The Place, or food truck fun from the Garage Bar.
The range of craft beer at The Garage Bar is an unusual—not to mention refreshing—surprise for a hotel of the Cordis’s standing and guests will appreciate the option. If you prefer a more standard hotel bar experience then try Alibi for cocktails at the hotel’s regular bar.
There’s more than enough to keep you busy should you want to stay in Mong Kok. Alternatively, Mong Kok MTR is a few minutes away, which makes reaching Hong Kong Island a speedy proposition. If you have the inclination, explore the interesting neighborhood Sham Shui Po to the north of Kowloon.
Mong Kok is packed with dining options close to the hotel but one of the closest (and best) is the two-Michelin starred Ming Court (1-minute walk), which specialises in Cantonese fine dining. If you want to live like a local for a night, head to Mido Café (13-minute walk), a traditional cha chaan teng that serves simple classics in a humble, atmospheric space.
Once you get a taste for craft beer at the hotel’s Garage Bar, head out and visit Tap: The Ale Project (10-minute walk) followed by Madhouse Taproom (9-minut walk) for more of the same.