Mini Hotel CENTRAL
Mini Hotel Central’s location couldn’t get any better. It is not called central for nothing; everything is within walking distance. If you are a traveler who enjoys the nightlife in the famous district of Lan Kwai Fong, then Mini Hotel Central is the perfect “home” for you. Though the hotel is behind the busy high- end clubs of Wyndham, it is tucked in a quiet area, thus still providing a good night’s sleep.
Being in the heart and pulse of Hong Kong, major brands such as Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Cartier abound. SOHO is just 3 minutes away, and many “must eat” places in Hong Kong are also in the area. Hipster cafes, antique shops, modern galleries, western cafes, local food, clubbing districts, Hong Kong photography-—everything, just everything is within reach. It also just takes a 10-15 minute easy walk to IFC and the Pier! The location is really unbelievable.
When I travel, I try to be in a central location. Transportation costs a lot in Hong Kong. Mini Hotel Central allowed us to save on transport expenses. and still explore several districts such as Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan and more.
The lobby is the signature trademark of Mini Hotels; they make it a point for it to be very artistic and cozy for people to hang out in. Whereas the lobby of its Causeway Bay property seemed more artsy and subtly/dimly lit, this one at Central made use of glass windows and had wide chairs and long tables for friendly banter or group meetings. The cozy seats tucked by the window looked like a perfect place for reading a book. There was even a grand piano at the end, but no one played on it while I was there.
We availed of the Smart Room on the 12th floor of the building. We liked this because of the terrace. The room in Central was just slightly smaller than what we had at Causeway Bay. We had a double bed with glass windows and mirrors all around to make the room look bigger. We tucked our bags under the bed.
The bathroom was right across the double bed. It was enough for me to move around; for Hongkong standards, the size was pretty good. Shampoo, towels and face towels were provided.
The only thing I felt odd about is that the bathroom had clear glass doors, and since it was facing the bed, it felt like there was no privacy. No biggie though; we resolved this by hanging our towels on the glass doors.
The room also came with a kettle, a hair dryer (I need that ), and a discreetly hidden safe for your valuables.
OMG I loved our terrace! We had a big one; what we “lacked” in space inside was made up by our spacious terrace with a table and two black chairs. We spent mornings having coffee there, and evenings enjoying wine. We sat there observing the tall residential buildings of Hong Kong, the incredible vibrance of the city, and simply talking about life.
This was perfect for those who didn’t want to go and party; it was the perfect space to chill and just have a good conversation over a glass of wine or a bottle of beer.
Checking in at Mini Hotel allows you to get discounts at various restaurant partners around it, just by showing your room key. How cool is that?
The Wi fi + The Smart Phone
Just like its sister hotel at Causeway Bay, the Mini Hotel Central had fast Wi fi, and the room also came with a smartphone for use during our stay. Free data plan made browsing and navigating through Hong Kong easier, plus it also allowed me to call for free—-perfect for when I am on the go and setting up meetups here and there. This was a very handy and welcome provision indeed.
The Roof Top
Lastly, they have a roof top on the 13th floor for socialization and a good view of the city. They still have to spruce it up a bit with furniture but they are working on it. It would be a good open area to hang out once everything is done.
The staff can make or break your experience in a hotel and I must say that the staff played a huge role in making me love Mini Hotel Central even more. They were very accommodating, and each time we had a question, they were eager to answer it. It always makes me feel more comfortable when the staff is knowledgeable about the area and can give suggestions as to what’s good to try.
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The Contact Details
Address: 38 Ice House St. Hong Kong
Number: +852 3979 1199
Website : http://minihotel.hk/core
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