First look: Camlux Hotel, Hong Kong

17 Aug 2017 by Valerian Ho
Camlux Hotel exterior

Camlux Hotel, which opened in May, is the first hotel in Kowloon Bay.

The six-storey property was once the New Camel House factory building, which manufactured Hong Kong’s iconic vacuum flasks for over 20 years.

Located on Wang Kwong Road, the hotel is surrounded by a lot of factories and offices, with nearby companies including Nike, New Balance, DHL and Manulife. It is also close to the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre (KITEC).

It takes around 15 minutes to walk to Kowloon Bay MTR Station, but the hotel provides a free shuttle service to Nathan Road and Kowloon Airport Express Station.

The bright tiffany blue facade stands out from the neighbouring factories, and a strong design aesthetic continues inside, celebrating the connection to the building’s former life as a vacuum flask factory.

The modern lobby boasts a large mosaic covering three walls, made from stainless steel disks used in vacuum flasks, to create a world map, Camel logo and “First hotel in K Bay” slogan.

The reception desk is also decorated with red firebricks and vacuum flask-parts, while brass flasks have been used as light fixtures next to the elevator.

Camlux Hotel room

There are 185 rooms in Cosy, Comfy, Family and Studio categories, with sizes ranging from 22 to 32 sqm. Each room is equipped with smart TV, working desk and free high-speed wifi for an unlimited number of devices. All beds feature a Simmons pocketed coil mattress.

More quirky design details can be found that nod to the hotel’s heritage, such as lampshades decorated as stainless steel bottle heads, plus old advertisements for Camel products framed on the wall.

Camlux Hotel in-room lamp

Other hotel facilities include a gym and a meeting room on the lower ground floor.

The Café 15 dining outlet, located next to the lobby, provides breakfast, lunch and all-day dining until 8pm. The afternoon tea set (HK$168/US$21 for two persons) offers signature snacks such as apple crumble, Spanish bacon and potato cake and American cookies. Coffee and tea are specially served in Camel vacuum flask.


Camlux Hotel afternoon tea

Guests booking a room through the hotel’s booking system can view the floor plans to pre-select the room they would like to stay in. Upon arrival, they can simply scan the QR code on the confirmation letter to check-in.

Internet rates for a one-night stay in mid-September start from HK$1,000 (US$ 128) or HK$750 (US$96) for a 30-day advance rate.

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