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Langham Place Hotel, Hong Kong 

555 Shanghai Street
Mongkok, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852 3552 3388
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The Langham made quite a stir in 2004, when it opened in the middle of the once-seedy Mongkok district; the ultramodern glass complex, which includes a swanky, 600,000-square-foot shopping mall, jump-started the gentrification of the entire neighborhood. It set the bar high, too, with an outdoor rooftop pool, four restaurants, and the opulent Chuan Spa. The hotel also boasts one of the best contemporary Chinese art collections in the whole city: Paintings and drawings decorate not only the common areas but also the 665 luxurious rooms, where the low-key, streamlined furnishings and flat-screen TVs complement rather than detract from the art. Getting a good night's sleep is taken very seriously here—in addition to cushy beds with the requisite silky, high-thread-count sheets, there's an over-the-top pillow menu that lets guests choose between different shapes, fillings, and even fragrances (for example, rose, lavender, or Japanese tea). The bathrooms are all chrome and marble, with only glass walls dividing them from the bedroom area (there are retractable screens for the modest). If you feel like a lazy night in, you can choose from the hotel's huge DVD lending library; for something livelier, the on-site Backyard restaurant hosts weekend-night alfresco barbecues under fairy-lit mango trees.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Directly connected to the Langham Place Mall in Kowloon, this glass and steel 42-story tower has a location that "feels like the real Hong Kong." Rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass windows and neutral colors. The recently opened Backyard lounge's mango trees and waterfall create "a really cool, quiet outdoor space in a densely populated city." "The concierge is so cheery."

(665 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.5
  • Design: 91.9
  • Food: 89.6
  • Location: 86.7
  • Rooms: 92.6
  • Service: 91.9

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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