On a recent trip to London I had the opportunity to stopover in Hong Kong, and wanting to immerse myself into the unknown, I booked a hotel off the tourist track. Neither the hotel or the city let me down and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Cosmo Hotel Mongkok.
5 minutes walk from the nearest MRT station and only a 15 minute walk to the markets and shopping, the Cosmo Hotel was a convenient place from which to explore the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. If you’re not a walker then the hotel also provides hourly shuttles to the main shopping and market precinct as well as to the Macau ferry terminal and the Airport Express train station.
I stayed in the Comfort room which are the smallest rooms in the hotel at approximately 18 square metres, yet there was plenty of space for a solo traveller to spread all their luggage over the room. The extra wide window sill made a good place to lay my bag on and was a good seat from which to gaze out the window while sipping on a cold beverage. The queen sized bed was firm and comfortable and the air-conditioning worked wonders at keeping the heat and humidity at bay.
The bathroom at the Cosmo hotel has to rate as my favourite bathroom ever, the rain fall shower head was amazing and there was also a flexible massage head (though I will be honest it didn’t stand a chance of being used once I had tried the rain fall shower setting). The tiles in the bathroom were iridescent and rainbows of colour reflected off them.
There is also a Thai restaurant in the hotel and a lounge for those staying in the Cosmo Organic, Suite Air or Quad rooms. I didn’t get around to trying them as there were plenty of options for food, both Western and local just across the road. There are also a couple of 24 hour convenience stores should that late night munchie or beer bug bite.
The hotel provides in room wifi to its guests and based on my experience it is provided at a very fast speed, there was also an international travel adaptor and an iPod dock in the room to keep all my electronics charged. The concierge team in the lobby were friendly and helpful and the complimentary umbrellas loaned to guests was a nice touch.
My only complaint about the hotel are it’s elevators. There are two main elevators plus a service elevator hidden around the corner and at some times during the day especially around check out time and between six and eight in the evening it can take a few minutes for the elevators to arrive. Seriously if that is the hotel’s only flaw it really can’t be that bad (unless you are desperate to get downstairs for your first morning cigarette).
Information at the hotel suggested that they may be undergoing a name change shortly to the Dorsett Hotel Mongkok. I hope that the change is in name only as I would gladly recommend the Cosmo Mongkok to anybody looking to stay on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong , and I know should I ever return to the city it will be the first place I look at to stay.
Rooms are available at early bird rates (more than 30 days in advance) from around USD$115/night, though do check the booking sites such as Zuji and Agoda to score some bonus extras like free internet. My photos don’t do the hotel justice, you can check out more details on the hotel at their website here.