Review: Pentahotel Hong Kong

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 Pentahotel exterior.
The Pentahotel exterior

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.

The Pentahotel ground floor The Pentahotel pizzeria The Pentahotel pizzeria The Pentahotel pizzeria menu

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.

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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.

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Straight through the lobby is the main hotel restaurant called EatStreet, which serves breakfast and various meals throughout the day.

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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.

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Meanwhile, the hotel hallways were a little brighter.

The Pentahotel hallwaysThe Pentahotel hallway The Pentahotel hallway The Pentahotel hallway

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. 😉

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The views from my room.
The views from my room.

Here is the view of the southern rooms:

The Pentahotel kowloon views The Pentahotel kowloon views

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.

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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.

The Pentahotel toiletries The Pentahotel toiletries

Further down on the left upon entering is the desk.

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Beneath the desk was an empty refrigerator…

The pentahotel desk

Moving on – the bed is huge and super comfy. The firmness is just how I like it, with four plush pillows.

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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.

The pentahotel window sill

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.

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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 pentahotel big lamp The pentahotel TV

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.

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The pool had too limited hours to be of any real use, though when I tried it the water was freezing.

The pentahotel pool The pentahotel pool

Other hotel facilities include a computer room and entertainment room…

The Pentahotel computers The Pentahotel computer 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.

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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.

The Pentahotel vending machines The Pentahotel vending machines The Pentahotel vending machines The Pentahotel vending machines

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!

Bottom Line

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.

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Comments

  1. Oh man, this is going to be eviscerated. I’m going to jump in with 2 constructive remarks before the fray.

    1) @Mark is right, there are way too many pics of the same thing, just from different angles. You might consider 360-degree photos like Facebook now supports.

    2) “The firmness is just how I like it, with four plush pillows.” — okay, but how we all like it differently, a more objective description would be apt. How does it compare to the average Asian hotel mattress which is over-firm to western guests? Can you rate it on a numeric scale? How much do you sink in, how much does it bounce?

  2. Daniel, I believe I’ve asked this before but please include how you booked the hotels you review. It’s an integral piece of a points and miles review, in my opinion.

  3. I agree with you Jason… but to be fair to daniel, most of the reviews on here that i’ve bothered to read do not provide such a detailed review of the mattress.

  4. The pictures are really well done, but maybe a few less might improve the review. Also, is the hotel bookable with points? How much does it cost in cash? What did you pay, and for what day of the week and season? Are there any landmarks nearby, for those of us who’ve been to Hong Kong before to reference the location? The review really was welcome, and if these questions were answered, it would be even better.

  5. I like the pics though, with short descriptions is just fine. But as others suggested, pls include info on how you booked the hotel.

  6. Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon?!?!?! Really bad location… Too far out of the way.

    For those that been in Hong Kong many times over the years know the city and layout. One thing is pretty important, the name of the nearest MTR station. That is a dead give away of where its in Hong Kong.

    Of what I know after being in HK dozens of time, most 4 stars hotels or higher are almost all the same. I know this from experiences. Most hotels are above malls or other business. Very typical for Hong Kong.

    Next time… please tell us the name of nearest MTR station, Cost or point that you spend, less pictures, nearby landmarks. (hint, the old Checkerboard Hill is in the area)(google is your friend about that hill and yes it got to do with planes)

    I like to stay close to the red line “Tsuen Wan Line” and this is base on my experiences.

  7. Daniel I like your reviews because you’re obviously a very enthusiastic traveler and come at this from a young and single perspective. I like all the photos. I’d rather have too many than a handful that leave you wondering. So there’s no complaint from me on that. But I’d like to know what you paid for the room, what type it was, etc. The link at the top goes to the “de” (German language) version of their website. I’m sure that’s a mistake and what was in your browser. A quick substitution in the url to “en” fixed that.

    The link at the bottom going to the TripAdvisor listing shows rooms starting at $105, but again, since you never mentioned what classification the room you stayed in was, or what you were charged, it’s impossible to look it up and compare.

    But those are small observations. Thanks again for your review. I look forward to reading another–and seeing where you pop up next.

  8. Daniel, thanks for the review! Personally, I’d rather have too many photos than not enough, so on that front, you’re doing fine. The multiple perspectives are useful to me, since not everything can be captured in a single photo – 360, panorama, or otherwise. One thing that I really appreciate in any review is a picture of a price list or menu. There are times that I just want to stay in, and knowing what to expect to pay at the hotel (even though 99% of the time it’s hugely inflated and expensive) is helpful.

    In any case, I agree with some of the other comments – just a few more details, and the review would be even better!

  9. As others have commented, more narratives would be nice and also the way and cost of booking.
    In addition, the review covers mostly only hard product of the hotel, there is not much narrative in term of soft product, i.e. the interaction with staffs, the service and F&B. Surely, staying there for 4 nights should yield some information that could be beneficial in this regard.
    The core value of this blog is Miles & Points not Photos and Silence.

  10. Great review mate. Looks like a real quirky hotel. I’ll just google for the price. I ain’t that damn lazy. .

  11. This wasn’t even a review – just a picture dump. I’m all for reading reviews of non-centrally located Hong Kong hotels but a distance from the MTR with a view of Plaza Hollywood = basically useless for any traveller besides cheap tour groups.

  12. I bet if he published the review with five fewer photos, people would be clogging up the comments with a bunch of “DURR MORE PHOTOS NOOB THX BYE” crap.

  13. Another sponsored stay which impairs the review.

    The review itself is terrible as usual for Daniel.

    Up and coming area? Terrible location suitable to very few people.

  14. I like the amount of pictures. In most cases I do not read the full review anyway and just look at the pictures.
    I’m assuming the dinner price is in HKD and not USD?

    Alex

  15. Daniel,

    I’ll echo what a few folks have said. While it is nice to have a ton of pictures, in this case, fewer with more description would have been better as many of these are similar. You mention the MTR station, but not which one – which in Hong Kong is a giveaway. I would also have liked to have seen why you chose this hotel, how (points, miles, promo, other) you paid for it & how much. How long it took you to get there (and how many changes, if any) vice one of the more centrally located hotels would also be good to know.

    Just my thoughts. Looking forward to your next report.

  16. I liked all the pictures, especially of all the different food choices. But this review sounds like you were paid to write it. Everything was awesome is what it sounded like, and that is never the case with a paid stay. Nothing is ever perfect.

    How much did you pay for a night? Did you book with points? Was breakfast or other meals included in your room rate?

  17. Each to their own I suppose. I like seeing the pictures, it gave me a better idea of things, besides, they were easy to scroll. It’s better than some of the picture based reviews here that are mostly grinning selfies. The famous Plaza Hollywood? This was serious? I lived in HK for 14 years, trust me, this is the boondocks, full of warehouses and car dealerships. The points above about stating the MTR stop ARE entirely relevant I’m afraid. I’m not impressed that the stay might have been comped. Were we told this ?

  18. Dear Daniel. I like reading your articles, so am a bit confused with such nasty comments and rather vulgar attitudes. Please keep writing, and I hope you wont take these nasty comments to heart.

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