The MTR is an 8-10 minute walk from the Pentahotel in Kowloon, though taxis are better for shorter journeys since their starting price is so low.
The entrance is on the ground floor, while individual check-in is one floor up. The lowest floor is used to check in tourist groups. Every evening the entrance was packed with Chinese, Korean and Japanese tour groups waiting to be escorted to their rooms. There was also a pizza bar on the entrance level, which had some fascinating pizzas.
A quick escalator or elevator ride takes you up one level to the main lobby. This area is slightly more calm with spread out seating and a pool table.
The design of the lobby matches the rest of the hotel quite well, with a laid back, “hipster” feel. The people working the desk were extremely welcoming and there was hardly any paperwork to my pleasant surprise.
Straight through the lobby is the main hotel restaurant called EatStreet, which serves breakfast and various meals throughout the day.
As we arrived, their dinner buffet was set up. The food looked great and I was impressed by the amount of different food types they’d prepared.
Meanwhile, the hotel hallways were a little brighter.
Entering my room, my eyes were immediately drawn to the view. Below is the famous Plaza Hollywood with a stunning mountain range backdrop. My room faced north, though given the proximity of the hotel to the old Kai Tak airport, southern facing rooms are the best for #avgeeks. 😉
Here is the view of the southern rooms:
As you can see, the views stretch all the way to Hong Kong island.
To the left in the hallway is the bathroom, which can best be described as dark.
The sink and the toilet were pretty standard. As for the shower, it was large and comfortable, with good water pressure. I don’t have a bathtub at home, so the lack of one in the room didn’t bother me.
My favorite part of the bathroom was the Anatomicals toiletries, which had quirky messages written on them.
Further down on the left upon entering is the desk.
Beneath the desk was an empty refrigerator…
Moving on – the bed is huge and super comfy. The firmness is just how I like it, with four plush pillows.
There is a long, cushioned window sill which is fabulous for reading or just enjoying the view. I liked the large windows that fill the room with daylight, making it feel brighter. Luckily, the curtains keep the room pitch dark when closed though.
To the left of the bed, there is an elevated luggage area with room for one large bag. Next to it is the safe. The wallpaper above this area adds to the overall theme of the hotel and is one of the few design elements of the room that is reminiscent of the lobby and public floors. At the end of this area is a glass partition, separating it from the desk.
Besides that, there is a TV on the wall across the from the bed, and an enormous lamp, which looks cool in my opinion.
The wifi is free to all guests, though I had issues connecting on my Mac. In the end, I had to take it down to the reception and have them try to solve the problem. Thankfully, they were very helpful.
The hotel has several amenities such as a gym and pool. I loved the former since it was empty both times I went and was quite well stocked for a hotel gym.
The pool had too limited hours to be of any real use, though when I tried it the water was freezing.
Other hotel facilities include a computer room and entertainment room…
The breakfast buffet was beautiful, with many western and Asian options. Throughout my four night stay, the options were consistent and usually restocked even after breakfast was supposed to be over.
Regarding other food, there’s the option of ordering pizza to your room, as well as several vending machines on the ground floor with various snacks.
These replace mini-bars and offer cheap snacks, which I think is a fantastic concept. I ended up buying things from the vending machines several times and appreciated that I wasn’t being overcharged for not wanted to leave the comfort of the hotel to buy something.
When asking about the location, I was told it’s up and coming for businesses, which would explain why the hotel didn’t open until recently. As a tourist, there’s not much to see within walking distance yet, but you never know what will happen in the coming years. At least the prospect of being close to the remodeled Kai Tak is appealing!
The Pentahotel Kowloon is a new, modern hotel with affordable prices in an up and coming neighborhood. The atmosphere reminded me a lot of a hip Brooklyn bar merged with Joe and the Juice (which is a compliment). 😉 The bed was incredibly comfortable, the bathroom had great toiletries and the views were brilliant. Instead of mini-bars, the hotel offers cheap snacks in vending machines, which is a nice concept. I can’t wait to come back and stay here again.