BACKGROUND Hong Kong-based Lanson Place is a part of Wing Tai Properties that manages 11 other hotels under the same brand across Asia Pacific.
WHAT’S IT LIKE Although owned by a Chinese firm, Lanson Place feels more like a boutique hotel in Europe. It is a part of a commercial building however its exterior facade breaks the clutter of the identical highrises around it with its French architectural style. The charming entrance with a Morano chandelier and a green-toned concierge area leads to the Courtyard — a roomy lounging space with ample natural light and plants. Check-in took place at the reception next to the sophisticated 133 Lounge on the first floor. Greys and beiges in the upholstery add warmth to this comfortable and bright cocoon where I found myself working in the evening alongside a drink. It’s a “no frills” property that’s straightforward about its services — ensuring no hidden charges upon check-out.
WHERE IS IT Causeway Bay MTR Station is a three-minute walk. Sogo Department Store and Times Square Shopping malls are five minutes by foot. Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo can be reached in 15 minutes by taxi.
ROOM FACILITIES It has 194 rooms that are divided as Superior (34 sqm), Premier (37 sqm), Deluxe (41 sqm), Grand Luxe (45 sqm) and 21 suites categorised as Prestige (55 sqm), Penthouse One-Bedroom (93 sqm) and Penthouse Two-Bedroom (140 sqm). My Deluxe room was as cosy as the rest of the hotel. With subtle greys and whites used across the space, the space is well-designed and soothing to the eye. The maroon bedrest breaks the almost mono-toned room with a surprising splash of colour. Striped wallpaper complements the striped cushions on a grey lounger that sits next to a lamp and window. A desk with a handy-phone (that allows calls to Australia, China, France, Singapore, UK and US) is placed in-front of the LCD television (32-inch) with a DVD player. There is also a DVD library from where guests can borrow movies on a complimentary basis. My room was fitted with a kitchenette with a coffee maker, refrigerators and microwave — and was used well to heat up some take-out I brought in from a nearby restaurant. An iron with ironing board, a hairdryer and a personal safe are provided too. The hotel offers free wifi.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS Breakfast at 133 Lounge and Library was simple and enjoyable. There is a wide range of French cakes and savouries that go with the feel of the hotel.
BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES Murano Room (45 sqm), Murano Room I, II (52 sqm), Murano Room I+II (105 sqm) and The Leighton (195 sqm) are its meeting rooms that are equipped with digital whiteboards, teleconferencing facilities, wifi and wireless microphones.
LEISURE FACILITIES Being a boutique hotel, there aren’t extensive leisure facilities
except for a 24-hour fitness centre. There is a self-service launderette though.
VERDICT Boutique amenities with a classic touch — perfect for a business traveller looking to enjoy a quaint and basic stay in Causeway Bay.
PRICE Internet rates for a flexible midweek stay in April started from HK$ 2,150 (₹18,546) for a Superior room.
CONTACT 133 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; tel: +852 3477 6888; hongkong.