Saturday, December 25, 2010

Hong Kong: Cosmo Kowloon Hotel

It has been a year since my last visit to Hong Kong and boy was I excited! I felt like a little girl patiently waiting in my seat as the plane made the final landing at the Hong Kong International Airport. The ride was very smooth while the food was just a-ok, then again, I know I will be indulging in a lot more delicious finds the moment we land in Hong Kong.

This time we knew our way around HKIA better, we headed straight to the Airport Express counter to purchase our one-way ticket to the Kowloon station. The ticket costs $70 which we felt was worth it since it will saved us time on the road and will get us straight to Kowloon in less than 30 minutes. This train has three stops: Tsing Yi (the closest stop to Hong Kong Disneyland), Kowloon and Hong Kong.


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Upon reaching the Kowloon Station, we checked out Elements Mall which was right adjacent to the train station. Christmas is truly in the air as we admire the beautiful mall set-ups that we came across with in all four zones. I wasn’t in the mood for shopping yet so we just leisurely strolled around the mall. This trip to Hong Kong was truly a blessing as we both needed a quick break from work.

As the clock struck twelve, we took the train to Olympic Station to head to our hotel – Cosmo Kowloon Hotel. What we didn’t know then was there was actually a free shuttle that passes through the Kowloon station and would bring us straight to the hotel. Since it was our first time to visit this new hotel, we took the MTR to the Olympic Station and had a short walk to our Cosmo Kowloon passing through its sister hotel, Dorsett Kowloon Hotel. Luckily, our hotel was not hard to find. What really helped us was the map that we got upon reaching the Olympic station that pointed to which exit we had to take and where we should go to get to reach our destination. I’m glad Paul is great with maps and we found our hotel in no time.

About the Hotel

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I found out that the hotel is very new – barely five months old in operation but it’s growing in popularity already with its steady stream of foreign guests. I love the hotel lobby, it’s simple yet very clean and modern. Since the interior was decorated with glass and mirrors, it allows the sunlight to enter bringing more light to the entire ground floor.

A quick look around our neighbourhood showed us a number of familiar shops and restaurants – McDonald’s, Wellcome supermarket, Watson’s and 7-11 are all right across the hotel. Walking further down will lead you to small neighbourhood eateries which Paul and I were able to try in our 3 day stay and I will tell you about it pretty soon.

Tiny Beautiful Room

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To catch up with the growing demands of the tourism industry, more and more hotels are building more rooms that are smaller than the regular size. Nonetheless, it makes perfect sense to just do away with the frills after all, you’ll be spending most of your time outside of the hotel anyway. We got the Deluxe Room at Cosmo Kowloon Hotel and while it was quite small, we enjoyed the lovely view of the city and the comfy bed too. The room is probably no more than 20 square meters big but we were both amazed that they were able to install sufficient amount of closets, a functional toilet and bath, a cozy bed and even a small work desk. It’s like walking into an IKEA model room.

Accessibility at its finest

I’ve mentioned earlier about the stores that were located just a few steps away from the hotel. We also availed of the free shuttle service which really helped us cut cost on our MTR expenses. Everything was basically within walking distance and this is definitely a plus given that we only had 2 full days to discover the city, spending time in transit can really be a waste of precious shopping and eating time. On our last day at the city, Paul loved the hotel so much that he told me that we will definitely consider booking here again should we find ourselves back in Hong Kong.

*photo credits: Paul Ang

Cosmo Kowloon Hotel is located at 88 Tai Kok Tsui Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Related posts: 
Hong Kong: A Magical Trip to HK Disneyland
Magical Dreams at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Magical Christmas Moments : Hong Kong Disneyland

Other Hong Kong entries:
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What to eat : Little Mermaid Bakery

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