Friday, April 1, 2016

Hotel with class, panache, elegant touches: Langham Hong Kong delivers -- plus location, location, location

Cookie and Keller pause against the sparkling skyline, enroute back to their digs at the stylish Langham Hong Kong.






                                                                                                                                                                                                             

        



A ROSE AT REGISTRATION, EDIBLE PINK SLIPPERS, AFTERNOON TEA AND A CLUB FLOOR FOR YOUR CASTLE


Noel Lau, head butler on the Langham 
Hong Kong's lounge floor, remembered
our names and greeted us warmly.




 Choose your tea from more than two dozen varieties at
the Langham Hong Kong.  The lounge or club floor caters
to distinguished, understated service in lovely surroundings.









STORY By CHRISTENE MEYERS
PHOTOS By BRUCE KELLER


WHOEVER SAID "I don't care where I stay -- it's just a place to sleep" has obviously never hung his hat (or shed her slippers) in a
Asian  floral art provides welcoming colors and comfort on the lounge floor..
Langham Hotel room.
For at Langham, the hotel room is far more than a place to sleep.  It's a place to celebrate, luxuriate and enjoy -- a delightful part of the journey called travel.
Langham's special touches range from in-house scones baked daily,
to this edible pink chocolate slipper. Pink is Langham's signature color.  
We've sampled Langham's wonders in London, Melbourne, and recently in Hong Kong, and have always been delightfully surprised.
LANGHAM exudes style, with each property incorporating design elements of the local culture. Service is the byword. If you enjoy your white wine with a single ice cube, you'll get that!
Luxurious marble  provides
a  beautiful bathroom.
If you like your slippers by the bed, or nightie on the pillow, the housekeeper will make it happen. The staff in a fine hotel knows these things and offers service with gracious ease. Superb care comes with training, practice and cultivation of "people skills." The Langham folks like what they do.
Langham Hong Kong's bedrooms are lavishly decorated with stunning views.

LANGHAM Hospitality Group's history goes back to 1865, when The Langham London opened as Europe's first "grand hotel."
Today's Langham empire covers four continents, with projects spanning the globe from Auckland to the Bahamas, Bangkok, Beijing, Boston, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Phuket, Pune, Samui and Shanghai. The group's success is continuing in Japan, where the Langham's  rapid expansion continues. Soon, Tokyo’s liveliest area, Roppongi district, will offer The Langham Tokyo with a pricetag of more than ¥50 billion ($420 million). It will open in 2019, a year before Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics. Like Langhams worldwide, it will offer traditional afternoon tea, with warm scones, clotted cream and thick strawberry jam.
Langham Hotels International is owned by Great Eagle Group, a leading Hong Kong company.
Langham guests may choose one of several suites with full dining rooms,
and a butler's kitchen for arranging specialty meals and celebrations.
 LANGHAM incorporates elegance with local art and the natural resources of each region. In Hong Kong, gorgeous wood, art and fabrics adorn the suites and public areas.  The owner has his own dining room with a beautiful display of chopsticks, individually labeled for each guest.
Langham is always astute when it comes to location. In Hong Kong, we walked to the harbor, the theater and several fine restaurants during our stay. Langham Hong Kong, in the city's prime shopping district of Tsimshatsui, is within easy walkng to fabulous shopping and entertainment.  World famous Victoria Harbour was our daily
  diversion, minutes from the hotel.
In a city of high rises and high rent, Langham Hong Kong boasts a
rooftop pool. It is a restful haven in  a  hectic, densely populated city. 
LANGHAM ALSO prides itself in creating a relaxing, welcoming environment for travelers. Langham Hong Kong personnel immediately knew our names, greeted us with sincerity (and a pink rose) and went beyond duty's call to make our stay a highlight of a five-week Asia trip.

Park Hotel Tokyo has made its mark with a unique "art floor" with each
room decorated by an artist, who chooses and designs his or her theme.    


COMING UP: Another hotel with an artist's soul.  Make that "artists' souls" -- plural.  The Park Hotel Tokyo has devoted an entire floor to the work of artists from throughout the region.  Each room is decorated in a particular style, with themes as varied as the sea, mythology and Japanese history, Here, the ceiling of our room celebrates celestial wonders and tells a story of a well known Japanese folk character. Remember to explore, learn and live, as we travel the globe looking for unusual angles and experiences to share.  Catch us Friday evenings when we post for the weekend.

5 comments:

  1. What a lovely place. We have stayed in many a Langham in the Orient, but never the lovely-sounding Hong Kong property, although we know this area well. Next time -- in six months -- we shall be on the Langham club floor awaiting our pink slipper!

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  2. York GlobetrottersApril 3, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Always enjoy afternoon tea at the Langham London. A vedddddy British tradition.We're booked at Langham Hong Kong for Valentine's Day.

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  3. We stayed at a fantastic Langham hotel in Bostom (if I remember correctly.) Though it was over a decade ago, the sumptuous afternoon tea remains in memory as a highlight of our U.S. visit!te

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  4. Boston travelersApril 6, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Love these travelogues and the beautiful, artful photos.
    Keep them coming.

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  5. Gracious old-fashioned service sounds just up our alley. We are headed to China and will work this genteel Langham chain into our stay. Appreciate this lead.

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