Think of the Cordis, Hong Kong at Langham Place as a sanctuary towering over the lively neighborhood of Mong Kok, the gateway to Hong Kong’s best street markets. Despite the 664 rooms and suites, the hotel feels like a private oasis, featuring well-appointed high-tech rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a rooftop pool, a world-class spa and many other amenities. Conveniently connected to the MTR transit station and Langham Place Shopping Mall, the Cordis offers an East-meets-West experience that’s as exciting as it is relaxing.
From the moment you walk into the sleek, modern marble lobby, you can be forgiven for believing you’ve mistakenly stumbled into an art gallery. More than 15,000 pieces of contemporary Chinese artwork are featured throughout the hotel. Valued in excess of $4.5 million USD, the collection is worthy of any prestigious art gallery in the world.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms offer breathtaking city and harbor views. Families with younger children will be more than comfortable in one of the family quad rooms, while those with older children will appreciate the connecting rooms or two-bedroom suites, allowing for privacy while still affording parental supervision. There are also onsite residences as well as an opulent presidential suite. The beautiful marble bathrooms are spacious, with a separate shower and tub and an extensive array of high-end toiletries.
Complimentary snacks and refreshments were delivered to our room immediately upon arrival.
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Staying in a Cordis Club-level room certainly has its privileges. Take the elevator up to the 32nd floor and get your VIP check-in processed in minutes. Kids of all ages will be more than satisfied with the Club Lounge’s complimentary assortment of refreshments and snacks, while adults can enjoy a glass of wine or choose from an assortment of fine spirits. Drinks and nibbles are available throughout the day and into the evening, and both a scrumptious breakfast buffet and made-to-order breakfast items are served each morning. In the evenings, we especially enjoyed sitting in the hanging seats by the windows to take in the skyline and watch the city nightlife come alive below.
The Cordis’s two-Michelin-starred signature restaurant, Ming Court, has some of the finest contemporary Cantonese food in the city. The dining room is sleek and modern but nevertheless warm and inviting. Ming vases adorn the shelves throughout along with contemporary Chinese paintings on the walls. We opted for the set lunch and were more than delighted. A selection of artfully prepared dim sum was followed by several other expertly crafted selections – not only delicious, but also beautifully presented, down to the handmade serving plates imported from Spain. The attentive staff has been trained to present each course as an artistic creation, and they succeed beautifully. Kids are welcome; on our visit, there were many tables filled with families.
Ming Court also houses its own wine cellar, Ming Cellar, with a selection of 400-plus labels from more than 100 different regions. A sommelier is always on hand to match the perfect wine with your meal.
Other dining options include the sumptuous Western and Eastern buffet at The Place. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with a worldly feast that would appeal to the most finicky eater. The kiddos will adore the dessert table, especially the chocolate fountain! Adorned with lights and lanterns, the Back Yard, a sleek outdoor patio bar, serves familiar favorites such as pizza and burgers. It’s the perfect spot for tired, hungry kids (and adults) who have had enough sightseeing for the day and simply do not want to venture out of the hotel.
Also, it would be a shame not to highlight the relaxing Alibi Lounge with its elaborate cocktails — works of art that will have social media friends drooling with envy. Don’t be surprised if you decide to shelve your street food plans to indulge in the Sunday brunch with top-quality imported delicacies from Spain, Italy and Asia. Savor a variety of meats and cheeses, fresh oysters, breads and pastries, and hot and cold dishes.
The hotel offers babysitting for parents who want to enjoy Alibi or other venues without kids in tow.
Any sightseeing fatigue will quickly disappear at the world class Chuan Spa, which offers a menu of 60 holistic treatments employing the power of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Try the three-hour Serenity Shen treatment, one of the spa’s most popular. Choose from the sauna, steam room or oriental hot tub before a hot stone massage that’s guaranteed to induce a happily altered state. Follow it with a private hot tub and customized facial using specially selected essential oils along with a marine algae mask. After this indulgence, enjoy a complimentary spa snack and herbal tea in your private lounge. Chuan Spa has something for everyone, including a separate men’s spa.
Families will find the outdoor heated rooftop pool a welcoming relief from the city’s afternoon heat. Located on the 42nd floor, this 18-meter pool holds underwater surprises such as an audio system and fiber-optic lights. Don’t forget to soak in the Jacuzzi to shed the aftereffects of shopping and sightseeing.
Editor’s Note: Lori received a media package in order to review the hotel for Ciao Bambino. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Cordis, Hong Kong at Langham Place.
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