Two nights and still, it felt fleeting. Pentahotel was an experience in itself that you wouldn’t need to go out of the hotel just to enjoy Hong Kong. The coolest and hippest hang out place in East Kowloon was our home for three days.
It was a scorching hot afternoon and we’re off to a new adventure as we transfer to another hotel to experience the Eastern Kowloon side of the city. It didn’t take long for us to ride the free shuttle service of Pentahotel stationed at K11 Art Mall in Tsim Sha Tsui which runs on a scheduled basis.
The half hour ride to the hotel was relaxing. The neighborhood of Kai Tak might not be a popular area for travelers but this side is a mix of residential and industrial area; perfect for those who want to experience Hong Kong’s local community.
The facade appeared to be an old school theater house with that classic ruled black title board. We entered the lobby cum pizza bar and were welcomed by a staff who was casually dressed in jeans and shirt. He directed us toward the formal receiving area on the second level.
Hues of black, gray, white and sepia tones were apparent. Escalators were conveniently available aside from the lift. There’s a separate check-in area housed on the mezzanine for big groups. I was amazed right away.
We arrived at pentalounge and were taken aback on the whole space. Pentalounge is a unified venue for the lobby, reception area, bar and cafe. Furthermore, there were two game rooms with billiards, board games, foosball table, gaming consoles, TV and iPads. There were also internet and pentafun music stations.
I gazed over the in-house restaurant complex, the eatstreet@pentalounge, and was stunned on how huge the whole place was. It’s like a food center inside a mall with different local food options on separate open-style kitchen kiosks with four cooking stations; Grill How, Wok Kitchen, Steam Corner and Noodle Bar.
They also dedicated a separate area for vending machines. Buffet breakfast from 7:00 to 10:00 am is served here everyday. We got to sample out a wide array of local dishes during our stay.
There’s also an indoor gym and seasonal outdoor swimming pool that we didn’t get to try for it was winter time when we’re there so the pool was closed.
We processed our booking on the reception area. Donned in jeans and shirts, the guys at the front desk counter assisted us on the checking in process. Guests may opt to stay on a smoking and non-smoking rooms (check room types and rates). We filled out a form on a tablet and were handed the keycards to our respective rooms.
The modern industrial and chill vibe of the communal area echoed through our pentaplus King room. It was clean, modern industrial and stylishly uncomplicated. The clean lines and basic tones didn’t overpower the comfort of the room provides.
I noticed the work station first. It was a counter housed on a booth with a lamp, chair and some fresh apples; very basic but modish.
The huge circular lamp stood as the focal point on top of the king-sized bed with comfy duvet and pillows.
We also had a flatscreen TV with local and international channels, in-room safe, individually controlled air-conditioning, side tables with lamps, smartphone docking, bathrobes, coffee and tea-making facilities and a bay window, ooh the bay window.
I went further and checked out the view from the glass windows. I sat on the couch and lounged for a moment or two. The view was perfect with the mountainous area of East Kowloon and the neighborhood of San Po Kong.
The private toilet and bath was functionally hip as well. Bathroom amenities were available with hairdryer. The shower booth was installed with rain shower head with hot and cold water.
The complimentary hotel-wide WiFi and smartphone were very convenient for digital nomads like us. With our carefully planned itinerary of getting lost in the gritty alleys of Hong Kong, it was the most perfect companion we could ever have.
I lay down on the bay window looking over the construction of a neighboring building. I was amazed on how ingeniously they use bamboo scaffoldings all the way to the top of the structure. I gazed on the vast natural green area of Jordan Valley Park and wanted to do a stopover there on the next few days. And then quietly and effortlessly, I fell into a deep afternoon siesta.
It felt like I was inside an old photo with sepia tones. No tacky decors and useless fixtures; the room was a perfect mix of functionality and style. I so loved it that I wanted a room in my future home to be like this.
pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon (book online)
19 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong,
Kowloon Hong Kong
Contact Number: (+852) 3112.8222