The Langham Hotel Hong Kong in the Tsim Sha
Tsui area of Kowloon is in the midst a three-phase, $22 million
renovation of its 495 guest units (469 rooms and 26 suites) to be
completed in 2009.
The first phase of
the renovation, the conversion of 150 rooms on four floors into
Grand Rooms, will be finished in October. The effort includes a
total redesign of room layouts, bathrooms and hard and soft
furnishings as well as the addition of 37-inch plasma TVs and
Nortel IP phones.
While guest rooms
toured on a recent stay had a traditional upscale feel, the
reinvented Grand Rooms will add what Langham management termed
"sumptuous contemporary design" elements, such as silk drapes,
throw pillows, gold-leaf artwork, antique photography of Tsim Sha
Tsui, wool carpets set into hardwood floors and wall paneling of
burled timber and textured leather.
Bathrooms are being
overhauled to lend an in-room spa ambience and will feature deep
soaking tubs; separate, glass-enclosed shower stalls; and
The second and
third phases of the guest room renovation will begin in 2008 and
On the menu
What won't change
is the dining for which the Langham Hotel Hong Kong is known. The
property remains home to several drinking and dining venues deemed
among Hong Kong's best, in hotels or out.
T'ang Court serves what has been billed as Hong Kong's finest
Cantonese cuisine, while the Bostonian, a favorite with business
travelers, specializes in seafood and steaks.
Less formal dining
options include L'Eclipse, an open-kitchen eatery serving
international cuisine, and the Main Street Deli, a New York-style
establishment serving huge sandwiches and burgers.
featuring European decor, plush sofas and large armchairs, serves
afternoon tea and snacks and drinks throughout the day. In the
evening, Palm Court hosts live musical performances.
On the top floor of
the hotel, guests have access to a rooftop swimming pool with a sun
deck as well as a boutique fitness center that is open 24
Langham Hotel Hong Kong, owned and operated by Langham Hotels
International, is the city's sole member of the Leading Hotels of
Langham Hotels also
operates the 665-room Langham Place Hotel in Kowloon's Mongkok
information on the hotel, call (800) 588-9141 or visit http://hongkong.langhamhotels.com.
contact Destinations editor Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].