Hello, and welcome to the second part of my Hong Kong trip trilogy. If you made it this far, congrats! I hope my content will continue to keep you entertained and hopefully it makes you smile too.
In today’s post, I’m going to walk you through my thoughts about the hotel. As reflected on my post’s title, my family and I stayed in Cordis Hotel at Langham Place for 4 nights. Let’s get to it!
Location of Cordis & Nearby Food
The hotel used to be named “Langham Place Hotel” but it revamped in 2015 and it changed its name to Cordis. It is operated by Langham Hotels International.
It is located at 555 Shanghai Street in Mong Kok. This really was a win for me because I always wanted to stay in Mong Kok. For those of you who don’t know, Mong Kok is like a very happening place in Hong Kong, it’s considered the ‘central’ area, since it’s situated on the red line of the Hong Kong’s MTR (MTR is their public train system). It is also 3 stops away from Tsium Sha Tsui! And it lies between Prince Edward station and Tsium Sha Tsui – all these locations are very ‘happening’ and are popular shopping districts. I won’t go so much about the other mtr stations, but the hotel itself is connected to Langham Mall (take the lift to the level 4 of Cordis hotel, if I remember correctly, walk past the concierge and there is a link bridge thing which connects the hotel to the mall, it literally is just a few metres away from your hotel room) which is a huge shopping mall with 50 over stores – H&M, Coach, Timberland, Hush Puppies, Pandora, Cath Kidson etc. For my Singaporean readers out there, Langham Mall is basically the “Raffles City” of Singapore. Food wise, there are so many options too but my family and I didn’t really go to Langham Mall to dine because we wanted to eat the street food and restaurants – which is what Hong Kong is famous for. But if you are curious, here is the mall’s directory which I managed to snap a picture of!
Additionally, opposite Langham Mall (like seriously across the street, the street is next to Coach) there is a huge SASA and Bourjois stall (Bourjois is like the Watsons plus Venus of Singapore all in one). These stalls sell mainly beauty things. You can find brands like Maybelline, Revlon, Loreal etc. The prices are about 10% cheaper than in Singapore but their sales are insane. I bought a Revlon lipstick for $12SGD! Singapore is selling at $19SGD. Insanity!
You’ll never grow hungry if you stay in Cordis, because not only is it connected to Langham Mall (which I already mentioned earlier) but, it’s also a 1 minute walk away from Chan Kee Roasted Goose restaurant! Chan Kee is one of the most popular place in Hong Kong for roasted Goose. Literally it is the best thing on earth. Chan Kee is located directly behind Cordis – the back alley of the hotel. The address: 427 Reclamation St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
My family and I ordered the same thing during both of the times we ate there. Service was good too, but partly because it wasn’t crowded, so perhaps the staff were still able to manage. And yes, they provide english menus too, you just have to request for one from the waitress. So western travellers, don’t worry Chan Kee and I got you covered! For other details, I won’t go too much in-depth since this isn’t a food review.
Another amazing restaurant that is nearby Cordis, which roughly is about 5 minutes away (and yes it is just behind the hotel AGAIN), is Tsui Wah Restaurant. The address: 244 Portland St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Tsui Wah is very popular for tourists, because the staff are very friendly and will take the time to explain to tourists what is highly raved in the restaurant. They also have an english menu too which is great for westerners and Singaporeans who have 0 knowledge of the cantonese language… even chinese how embarrassing. Anyway, it is extremely common to find the restaurant (sometimes) packed with tourists.
Looks yummy yeah?
The best part is that it tastes as yummy as it looks, perhaps even better. You’ll definitely NEVER go hungry in Hong Kong, but Cordis just happens to be located right smack in these food places which is a huge plus point for tourists! For more food reviews, stay tuned for the next post where I talk about Hong Kong as a whole where there’s a mini food part!
Oh and just in case you need a reference as to where Cordis is, as mentioned earlier it’s nearest MTR is Mong Kok station. Mong Kok is linked underground, to Langham Mall’s basement, and Langham Mall is also linked to Cordis so its a win-win situation for all!
Ok… I have to admit, I was too excited and totally forgot to take a picture of my room. I only have a video of it! But since I’m not a premium wordpress subscriber, I don’t get the luxury of uploading videos. What I did was I uploaded the room tour on my youtube channel. I created this youtube channel just for this, so don’t worry I’m not like an active youtuber or anything like that.
I booked the “Family Trio Room” which is on the 29th floor. It was amazing I love the room so much. It’s 37m² which is considered a large room for Hong Kong’s standard. (Hong Kong rooms in general, or rather housing, is/are very small in case you didn’t know). Some of the key things about the room is their 40-inch television, marble-themed bathroom (which you can see in the video) and their complimentary smartphone (with 4G, fully paid by Cordis of course) which you can bring around with you wherever you go! How cool is that?
For the family trio, it’s HKD$2450 per night, which is SGD$441. I have to admit, because it is a 5-star luxury hotel, the prices are definitely on the higher end. One has to also take into consideration the location – Langham mall and Mong Kok MTR just minutes away, and popular food,shopping and beauty stalls nearby, again just minutes away, it is no wonder that the price will be slightly higher. Here is the Cordis hotel’s website, specifically the room that we booked for reference!
Cordis has a total of 41 floors.
Cordis is known for this famous Michelin-starred Cantonese Restaurant called “Ming Court” that is on the 5th floor but unfortunately, we didn’t know we had to book a table several days in advance!!! So for people who want to try out Ming Court, remember to make a reservation first before even coming to Hong Kong.
The hotel’s gym, spa and swimming pool are on the 41st floor. Yes it is the highest floor!
I can’t really say much for the amenities, because my family and I didn’t use it at all. But from a “superficial” point of view, it is pretty cool and impressive. The pool was extremely beautiful, and the spa and gym were super overwhelming. Based on the appearance of them, they do live up to the standard of a luxury hotel.
The service and staff in Cordis are amazing. When we checked into the hotel, the counter staff (Nicole Tang) was so polite, and was very initiative when it came to starting conversations. She asked us things like – was it our first time in Hong Kong, was it our first time in Cordis etc. And we weren’t first time travellers to Hong Kong, but it was the first time we stayed in Cordis, and Mong Kok in general so we were quite unfamiliar with the Mong Kok area. She then took out a map and wrote down all the places to eat and where to shop etc. How awesome is that? And she even pointed out that if we needed extra help, we could always call her or any of her staff to help us out! Thanks Nicole Tang!
Another impressive staff is this bellboy whom I forgot to get his name. During the morning of our second day, we were about to walk out of the hotel and he helped open the door for us and casually asked us how is our stay in Hong Kong going. We told him that we really wanted to eat beef noodles now – like right now (then) because my family and I had a sudden craving. And guess what! He immediately turned to his staff and said “I’ll be back in a while” and offered to bring us to this beef place right behind the hotel (yet again) that sell really delicious beef noodles. Can you believe it? He brought us all the way to the stall’s doorstep!
And it was only HDK$25… and to highlight, this is BEEF BRISKET! How worth it right? Gosh, but seriously that bellboy’s service was A*. He really went the extra mile for us and we were insanely impressed.
And to top it off, the hotel staff always pressed the lift buttons for us. We can be in the lift lobby and when a hotel staff comes, they would ask which floor we were going to and pressed the button and the button inside the lift to the floor we want to go to. Like seriously?! THAT is the kind of service we get to enjoy!
Ok, I will start with the price first. I think that $441 per night for a family trio room is expensive. Probably $300-$350 is alright but $441 is way too much. BUT I feel like the location, service and amenities make up for it. What a pity that I didn’t get to use the amenities but since I’m not really the gym-goer/spa-goer… then well I don’t regret it so much but the $441 does include the gym and pool usage so… maybe I do regret it. (HAHAHAHAH) Anyway as I was saying, the location is really the main deciding factor and it was what really won me over. My family and I saved a lot on transportation (MTR) (ps, we took a cab from the Hong Kong International Airport because we were lazy to drag out luggage through public transport) because Cordis had so much food and shopping, so we rarely needed to use the MTR to go anywhere. (other than Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay) I mean, MTR is quite affordable, but if you can save, even if its $1, how can you say no to that right? So in terms of location, we did save a lot on transportation and that kind of evens it out. Because you see, if I stayed in another hotel that doesn’t have that great a location then I would have spent more on transportation right? So… it depends, what your wants/needs/preferences when it comes to choosing a hotel.
Ultimately, this hotel isn’t for everyone. I’m honestly not a hotel snob, so staying in a 3 or 4 star hotel is fine for me. But if you’re someone who wants really a luxury experience, hotel staff who literally would do almost anything for you, and an AMAZING location… then sure go ahead! I would also advice you to make your money more worth it by using the gym and pool too. If you are someone who doesn’t mind staying in a less luxurious hotel, and do not mind the fact or possibility that you might not get the best hotel service in town then, Cordis might not be the hotel for you. If you don’t mind saving on accommodation, and spending the money on food and shopping, I recommend staying at Holiday Inn (which is located literally right smack within the shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui) because it’s generally a good hotel (4 star hotel, and I’ve stayed there back in 2010) and the location is equally as BOMB as this one! Service, room and amenities might not be THAT luxurious and perfect but it is stay-able!
Hopefully I am not deviating too much, but anyway…
Cordis gets a 9/10 for me because this is honestly one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in my entire life. The missing 1 point is for the price. It could be slightly less expensive…*frowns*.
Anyway, my hands are getting tired so this is it! Hope this review was entertaining enough and stay tuned for the last post of the Hong Kong Trilogy!