OK... If I'm calling it like I see it, this place wasn't designed for me.
I'm not saying that's a bad thing... not every hotel can smell of rich mahogany and leather settees.
There is no denying that there was some time and effort that went into the design and construction.
I will tell you the first thing I noticed was that the taxi dropped me off in front of the hotel, and I walked 2 blocks in the other direction because I didn't notice the tiny, dimly lit "Luxe Manor" sign at eye level.
When I did find it, and walked in, it smelled like cologne or perfume, but I really liked the smell, so that was a positive. I haven't noticed it in subsequent entrances.
The room ... well... cute. It's got a painted fireplace with a real hearth, a TV that no guy would put in his living room, in a gold picture frame (maybe 23'), the Mini-bar is in a cute little chest of drawers that has been modified to hold a little fridge, but the dang doors wont' stay open when you are peeking in the fridge, so it is a two handed affair to grab a beer or a soda.
Not the end of the world, but I'm just saying...
There are picture frames painted on the wall, and they look pretty cool, even with nothing in them.
The bathroom was functional and I liked the size and scope of the shower, but the nozzle had a few holes that were gunked up, so that the water shot out in a little side stream away from the rest, and it made it impossible to stand and relax under the warmth, because it kept spraying in your face, or bouncing off the wall. Also the water would occassionally go from comfortably steamy, to scalding hot, with no reason (nobody flushed or turned on the sink).
OK... enough complaining. To the good stuff!
The bed. Awesome. Firm and soft, nice down comforter, bodacious pillows.
The AC blew cold and the temp changed with the dial... awesome.
The staff was inspiring. Ironed clothes, shined shoes, hailed cabs, laughed at my bad jokes... Awesome.
Elevators were small and fast and knew your floor with you key-card. Great.
Silence. I was on the 10th floor, and didn't hear a noise for 4 days. Great.
Breakfast... great spread, fresh, good ingredients. Good coffee. Great.
I was there on a Sun and Mon and those nights were VERY quiet in the bar/lounge... not my choice. Also, while the food was great, the morning felt like a school cafeteria (see pic) OK
Had to stay an extra night, and my rate doubled...but I got to keep my room. Not happy,but...OK
This part of TST is not sexy, but it's close enough to the good stuff that you don't notice it. A TON of wedding shops within 3 blocks... I mean like 30. Which, explains why the hotel is the way it is.
Now, the real test... would I come back?
Great bed, breakfast and service are 95% of a hotel experience for me... the rest is negotiable. See you for the conference next year!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Luxe Manor is a stylishly surrealism-inspired boutique hotel located in Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui with colourful and splendid European architecture offering personalised service and excellent facilities to impress discerning leisure and business travellers. Nestled in the heart of commercial and entertainment district, guests can truly appreciate the convenient access to all corners of the metropolitan. The Luxe Manor boasts 153 stylish, yet quirky, guest rooms, 6 one-of-its-kind themed suites taking the guests into unimaginable pleasures. Located within the luxury boutique hotels are two unconventional restaurants and bars: FINDS, the first authentic Nordic restaurant in Hong Kong featuring Nordic cuisine by Finnish celebrity chef Jaakko Sorsa, and Dada Bar + Lounge, a Dadaism-inspired lounge with variety entertainment and live music performances on weekends. ... more less
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