pentahotel Kowloon Hong Kong Review

pentahotel in San Po Kong is way too cool and chic for it’s location. A bit off the beaten path, it’s a modern and hip hotel that was newly built only a couple of years ago, and still looks new. While the entrance has a cinematic theme, inside there’s no particular theme. Perhaps evoking a feel of classic Hong Kong maybe, but it’s more modern than traditional.

Me at the entrance

Me at the entrance

The location is about a 5-8 minute walk to the Diamond Hill MTR station. The closest actual tourist attraction is Wong Tai Sin Temple. Mong Kok is relatively closeby though, and that’s the main shopping hub of Kowloon. There’s a shuttle service too, to TST and the MTR, but it doesn’t run terribly often. In a few years the Kai Tak areas will be developed, so it should be more tourist friendly come 2020 onwards.

Check-in area

Check-in area

The whole property feels a bit like a home, with various game rooms and living/seating areas to relax in. For example, the check-in area itself felt like a living room. Getting my room key was quick and easy and had a nice room facing the mountain / Hollywood plaza.

View from my room

View from my room

The room, while a bit compact, certainly was not small by HK standards. They did design it well and packed in a desk, closet, sitting area, etc all within the small space. It was really relaxing looking out of my window towards the mountain, a rare feeling in chaotic HK.

pentaplus Twin room

pentaplus Twin room

pentaplus Twin room

pentaplus Twin room

The room has a modern decor and comfy bed. There were some brightly packaged bath amenities too, and a mini fridge to boot.

plenty of toiletries

plenty of toiletries

compact and functional bathroom

compact and functional bathroom

In the morning I did sample the buffet breakfast. The eating area was themed as old HK which was cute. There were different stations of various types of food, Chinese, Western, breads, fruits, etc. Food was good, nothing particularly great or bad to write home about. I did enjoy the steamed buns and made to order noodles though.

HK Style BBQ Stand

HK Style BBQ Stand

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

Additional amenities include an outdoor pool and gym. I’ve included a few pictures of other game areas and the computer corner too.

Computers

Computers

Game room

Game room

Large outdoor pool

Large outdoor pool

Nice modern gym

Nice modern gym

Vending machines

Vending machines

Seating area

Seating area

In the ground floor lobby bar there’s a pizza bar too. I snapped a picture of the menu with some local options which sounded interesting. (Char-grilled pork and friend dace with salted black bean pizzas.) If anyone has tried, let us know how it was in the comments.

pentahotel pizza bar menu

pentahotel pizza bar menu

I did get to see a few other rooms such as the pentagrand suite. See some pictures I snapped below. If you need a bit more space, you can snag one of these suites. They’re basically twice as large as a normal hotel room.

pentagrand suite bedroom

pentagrand suite bedroom

pentagrand suite sitting room

pentagrand suite sitting room

pentagrand suite bathroom

pentagrand suite bathroom

Overall the property is really cool, modern, and welcoming. I love all of the game areas, and staying here makes you feel like a pseudo celebrity. It’s a bit quiet in the immediate area, mostly industrial buildings around, but getting around by MTR or taxi wasn’t an issue for me. The room rates should be accordingly more appealing due to the location, so certainly worth checking out. I’d definitely stay at pentahotel versus an older or not so nice property in Mongkok for example. pentahotel is also opening a property in Tuen Mun in 2017, so look out for that soon.

Also, in case you were unaware, pentahotel is a German hotel brand, which bills itself at the neighborhood lifestyle brand. Shanghai and Beijing are other properties in China.

This stay was provided by pentahotel. All content and opinions expressed are true and original to the author.

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