Chic design, friendly staff, games rooms and one of the nicest outdoor swimming pools - Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon has got us wanting to go back
From Saturday happy hours to the best Italian restaurants and French restaurants, Hong Kong is packed full of wonderful ways to while away the hours. And if you’d love a staycay to get away from the bustling Centre of the city, Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon has us blown away with its stylish interior design, amazing service and a whole host of other fabulous add-ons.
Living the good life at Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon
Originating in Germany, the Pentahotel brand spans the globe and stands out with its fun and relaxed vibe. Billing itself as a hospitality brand for digital nomads, you won’t find any uniforms at the hotel, but you will find genuinely friendly service from every member of staff you encounter.
What about that interior design?
The interior design at Pentahotels Hong Kong, Kowloon is warm and inviting – with a European feel, which is really refreshing after the number of hotels in Hong Kong that opt for neutral tones.
Bricks line the walls of the 695-room hotel – the largest of any Penta – and the signage on the exterior looks like an old-school movie theatre. Mismatched comfy chairs and shelves full of quirky ephemera welcome you at reception and make you feel like you’re in a real home – plus they have music-listening stations, so you can check out some funky tunes from either their universal playlist or region you are in. One of my favourite parts of the design is the mural in the restaurant of a tong lau – a type of Hong Kong tenement building from the 60s.
Other things that you can’t miss at Pentalhotel Hong Kong, Kowloon
Painted a stunning shade of sapphire blue, the outdoor swimming pool is one of the nicest I’ve been in in Hong Kong – though it closes around 7pm, in accordance with Hong Kong regulations. The gym is massive and has everything you need to break a sweat, and as most guests at the hotel are in Hong Kong to shop, you will probably find yourself the sole user.
The rooms feature either city views – where you can see Chi Lin Nunnery – or harbour views, and have pops of Hong Kong throughout thanks to some beautiful black and white photography. Yes, they are a bit smaller than your average international hotel room, but they are actually quite spacious for Hong Kong, and I can happily report that the pillows are comfy, the robes soft, and that the bathroom comes with some really fun products.
A trip to Pentahotels Hong Kong, Kowloon is not complete without a game of pool, foosball or some PS4 wars, and these are spread throughout the property in well-appointed games rooms that also include televisions and libraries.
What is there to eat?
In terms of food, breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are served at [email protected], which features food from across the globe, including a stunning seafood room and a dessert bar that just kept going. When we visited Pentalhotel Hong Kong, Kowloon, the theme was Italian, and you could choose your own homemade pasta and have it cooked on the spot with ingredients of your choice – divine!
But if you want to stay in your room and chill, order from The Pizza Bar in the lobby. Featuring a wood fire brick oven, the pizzas taste amazing, and we recommend going for the special Hong Kong flavours range. The only annoying thing is you need to pay by cash, you can’t just charge it to your room.
All in all, we had a fantastic time at Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon, so if you’re looking for a break but want to avoid annoying airport queues – this could just be want you are looking for.
Pentahotels Hong Kong, Kowloon, 19 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 3112 8222, 新蒲崗六合街19號香港九龍貝爾特酒店