If you are going to Hongkong on business (or even perhaps for pleasure), check out the EAST Hotel on Taikoo Place, one of the city’s best designed hotels catering to business travelers, conveniently located at Taikoo Place where many Fortune 500 companies, advertising and financial firms have their headquarters.
EAST calls itself a “lifestyle business hotel”, meaning it’s not just about working, but also about relaxing, eating well, and exercising during your stay in the city. Indeed, the EAST Hotel has all the comforts of home (light-filled rooms decorated in a contemporary style with cozy, warm fabrics and large beds), a pool where you can do laps, and a gym where you can work out alone or with a private trainer.
Good, healthy food is also a focus at EAST: Chef Davis Laris (who created Laris at Three, the highly regarded restaurant on the Bund in Shanghai), is behind the hotel’s “Feast” restaurant. For cocktails and tapas on the outside deck, head for “Sugar”, a popular place to hang out and relax.
EAST has 345 rooms including 6 suites, but what’s amazing about this hotel is that the average room sizes are 28 square metres (300 square feet) with high ceilings (2.9 metres or 9.5 feet). They all feature an iPod Touch and an iHome audio system, a rain showerhead and a work station with free Wi-Fi. For those like me who love true high-speed connections, you will be thrilled to know that the hotel gets their Internet service from PCCW, a Hongkong -based telecommunications firm that provides 100 Mbps symmetrical download and upload speeds. Here’s a business hotel that really means business by providing guests with very fast and free Wi-Fi! Frankly, I would stay at this hotel even if I were going to Hongkong for a holiday.
Rates for a double room start at US$180 or 127 EUR.