Lanson Place is a boutique hotel in the heart of Causeway Bay that captivates with charm and warm hospitality. Riva Hiranand checks in for the weekend.
Tucked away on Leighton Road, Lanson Place is a boutique hotel that can make guests forget they are in one of Hong Kong’s busiest districts. The hotel’s colonial mansion-like facade makes it stand out from the high-rises buildings in the area.
Lanson Place is beloved by business travelers and those looking for privacy; the hotel’s secluded yet convenient location is a definite plus. Enter the hotel through the ground floor entrance, which also houses an art gallery that can be rented out for events or exhibitions. At the time of our stay the space is showcasing a photography exhibition depicting the evolution of Leighton Road in celebration of the hotel’s 10th anniversary.
Lanson Place houses 194 rooms, including three types of suites: the Prestige Suite (between 520-600 square feet), Penthouse One-Bedroom Suite (1,000 square feet) or the Penthouse Two-Bedroom Suite. Guests looking for long-term accommodation can also rent out a room at the hotel.
We stay in a Grand Luxe Room, which at 550 square feet is spacious and cosy. It houses a king-sized bed, kitchenette, bathroom and a lounge area. The design is understated yet luxurious, with plenty of mirrors and velvet furnishings. The lounge is perfect for relaxing after hours of shopping, and the TV revolves so it can either face the bed or the couch. The plush bed is made even more comfortable with a pillow menu that allows you to choose from eight different types.
Lanson Place doesn’t have any restaurants, but its in-room dining menu is collated from various restaurants on Leighton Road and Haven Street in Causeway Bay. Each room comes with a Handy smartphone, which has useful travel and transport tips specific to Hong Kong as well as a city guide that recommends popular bars and restaurants. The phones can be used both within the hotel and outside of it and are equipped with 3G and unlimited data.
Guests check in and out from the concierge on the first floor, and can unwind at 133 Lounge and Library. The library houses a diverse array of books and magazines, as well as an International New York Times subscription so business travelers can keep up to date with world news.
The lounge is a casual area perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and some cheese before dinner while listening to live music. Breakfast is served at the lounge – we pick fresh fruit, yoghurt and cold cuts to start from the buffet and end with eggs and waffles cooked to order.
WHERE? Lanson Place, 133 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay; tel: 3477 6888. See hongkong.lansonplace.com