Lanson Place Hotel

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Reviewed by Andrew Stone
Restrained comfort and sleek service in perhaps the only quiet corner of Causeway Bay, Hong Kong's shopping bazaar
Escape the teeming pedestrian walkways and towering department stores of Causeway Bay for understated comfort in discreet surroundings. In stark - or should that be Starck - contrast to some hotels in the area, Lanson Place is business-like, efficient and decorous.

Behind the 26-storey, neoclassical exterior you'll find a professional welcome and a stylish, city-hotel lobby/lounge. Windows are vast, colours are tasteful, ceilings are lofty, carpeting is retro and there's a grand piano. The breakfast room is notable for its stylish banquettes (though not the most comfortable!), the rooms are superbly equipped - glass desks, sofas, even kitchenettes; and every imaginable business travel need is met, from boardroom facilities and WiFi to task lights and 24-hour launderette. But this is not exclusively a business hotel; recent leisure travellers tell us that the concierges (who also deal with sightseeing and travel arrangements) are exceptionally warm and helpful.


  • On a quiet backstreet, yet seconds from all the action
  • Metro a 10-minute walk
  • Professional and welcoming staff
  • Peaceful, stylish and well-equipped rooms, with kitchenettes
  • Panoramic views from 26 storeys
  • PCs available for use at any time; free WiFi in rooms


  • No pool or spa
  • Modish bathrooms lack privacy
  • No 24-hour room service
  • A slightly corporate feel

Best time to go

Like everywhere else half decent, demand will be high during the busy conference periods (especially in April/May). The big events such as Rugby Sevens (hosted nearby) are also busy. Summer is swelteringly hot and humid; autumn and spring are best.

Our top tips

Pull on your hiking boots and head for Hong Kong Island and the Dragon's Back trail: shimmering butterflies, spectacular views and not a soul to be seen. Or cross the South China Sea to the astonishingly unspoiled Sai Kung national park and find yourself snorkelling above coral reefs on deserted white beaches.

Great for...

City Style
Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 173
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Deluxe


Bedrooms, from the well-sized 380 sq.ft 'superior' to the 550sq.ft 'grand luxe' - that's big for Hong Kong - are oases of calm. The feel is modern-corporate - what you'd expect from a large hotel - so there are harmonious colours, immaculate carpeting, clean lines and chrome and beechwood furniture. Tall windows that fill the rooms with light are hung with pale curtains that glide effortlessly from left to right; at night, the illuminated cityscape unfurls before you - a dazzling panorama. (The best rooms, by the way, face Victoria Park.) DVDs and books at reception are welcome extras. The largest suites have beech-fronted filing cabinets, glass desks with task lights and sofa'd seating areas tastefully screened from beds.

The marble and granite bathrooms are top-notch. There are kitchenettes too, with plain white or wooden fronted units, fridges and microwaves - handy if you fancy making cocktails, and invaluable for guests with specific dietary needs. Bathrooms are separated from the bedrooms by a frosted glass and mirror divide; some guests might be happier with more privacy, but the showers are terrific.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Tv
  • Wifi internet


An American breakfast is available with pastries, juices, fruit, coffee; if you'd like a hot dish you pay extra.

Unless you fancy microwaved noodles in your room - every bedroom has a cool kitchenette - you can sally forth to Times Square, packed with restaurants and bars. We recommend 'Agnes B Le Pain Grille' in the same street as Lanson Place; dress up and dine on absinthe mussels served by candlelight (be sure to book).

No booking but round-the-clock eating (it opens at 6.30am, closes at 4am) at 'Tsui Wah', Wellington Street, whose faster than fast menu incorporates everything from fish ball noodles to steak and chips, all washed down with complimentary glasses of iced milk tea. Or dine suavely on the 28th floor of One Peking Road at 'Hutong' - on delicious northern Chinese cuisine with a light contemporary touch.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Welcome hamper


  • Shopping, shopping and yet more shopping is the main reason for being in fashionable Causeway Bay. The district is packed with extensive malls, plush Japanese department stores and narrow bazaars

  • Nearby Victoria Park offers space, repose and sporting facilities including a great outdoor pool

  • Don't forget to visit the incense-laden atmosphere of the nearby Tin Hau temple, in position since the area was once a fishing village

  • The Hong Kong Museum takes you on an entertaining walk through time: lifesize buildings from decades ago, a retired tram you can step into, films in three languages relating the history (and it's free on Wednesdays)

  • Check out the firing of the famous Jardine's Noonday Gun down by the harbour

  • A flutter on the horses: the best Hong Kong night out (usually Wednesdays) at Happy Valley stadium, a short ride away on the endearingly juddery tram

  • No pool or spa to return to at the hotel, but a small modern gym with a few Nautilus machines and great views - a good place to run off the jetlag

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets


There's actually a lot for children in Hong Kong, and you can get to see it all on cheap punctual public transport. Restaurants are exciting and varied, there's an outdoor escalator and plethora of skywalks to discover.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Children under 11 sleep in the parents' room for free.


Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Climb (by taxi or tram) The Peak for superlative views across the city and the Mount Austin playground
  • Beaches on the south or east coast of the island, busiest at weekends; Deep Water Bay is the closest to Central, there's also Repulse Bay and Shek O, the latter considered best for families with mini-golf and bikes to rent
  • Ferry ride to Discovery Bay on Lantau Island
  • Hong Kong consists of more than 200 islands, offering hiking, botanic gardens, aviaries, countryside, bike rides
  • Hong Kong Museum of History
  • Museum of Coastal Defence
  • Maritime Museum

Kid Friendly:

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