7 Ways to Enjoy Your Stay at Hotel Stage & Explore Hong Kong Like a Local
March 25, 2018
Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city. The view of the cityscape boasts an eclectic mix of 21st century skyscrapers and old, worn-out residential apartment buildings. There are plenty of accommodation here, but Hotel Stage captured my heart. Located in the lively Yau Ma Tei neighbourhood, this hotel features modern rooms and suites with minimalistic interiors and smart living designs. It is a great place to stay at if you want to experience Hong Kong’s past and present. I came up with my own set of 7 criteria and called them the 7 “F(s)” for hotel reviews, and I’m so glad that Hotel Stage has fulfilled these 7 “F(s)”.
#1 – Feeling of Being at Home
After travelling for a long period of time, it is inevitable for me to miss home. So, this is when I usually start sourcing for hotels which provide me with the comfort and cozy feeling of ‘being at home’. The Deluxe room which I was hosted in at Hotel Stage managed to give me a homely feel. I could relax and unwind without any worries. Whether you’re in Hong Kong for business or leisure, the rooms and suites at Hotel Stage are equipped with facilities that cater to all your needs.
The mattress is so comfortable and the linen must have a high thread count because the sheet is so smooth. I slept like a baby on the king size bed every single night. Moreover, the water pressure from the shower jet is so powerful and the water heater works very well. For those who sleep late, you don’t have to worry about boredom at night. Just laze in bed and catch a movie on the big screen television.
#2 – Functionality
Besides the above, the Deluxe room is very well maintained and clean. Not only does the room appear aesthetically pleasing, it is equipped with advanced technology – such a practical design! The hotel gym is open 24 hours daily, and it has its own attached bathroom. This is so thoughtful for guests who has to abide by the hotel’s check-out hours. If they have a night flight to catch but still wish to use the gym beforehand, they will still be able to clean themselves up and shower before heading to the airport. There is also a private lounge available for VIP guests.
#3 – Free & Easy
While this phrase often means that you can plan your own itinerary for your trips, I’ve adapted it to my own version. Of course, there is no free things in the world, but you can get easy mobility and convenience at very low and reasonable fares. I love the ease of getting around by the MTR, and the Jordan station is located less than 5 minutes walk away from Hotel Stage.
Furthermore, you can take the airport express from the airport to Kowloon station before switching to the free shuttle bus K1 which drops you at Pak Hoi Street, beside Eaton Hotel which is only a minute’s walk away from Hotel Stage. Simple, isn’t it? There’s also a convenience store beside the hotel and a supermarket nearby, so you can easily get what you need.
#4 – Familiarity
The Kitchen Savvy is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant serving scrumptious European delights. If you are familiar with the dining scene in Hong Kong, you will know that most of the eateries are not bright and airy, unlike the Kitchen Savvy. Let’s say you’re yearning for a sense of familiarity after being abroad for too long … Head to the Kitchen Savvy for a good cup of coffee and comfort food which you might have frequently eaten back in your home country. Personally, I find the familiar taste and aroma very satisfying. My favourite mains are the the Seared Scallop and Asparagus Spaghetti with Sea Urchin Cream Sauce from the lunch set menu and the Spanish Iberico Pork Rack from the a-la-carte menu. Do save some space for the classic Apple Crumble served with a scoop of Vanilla gelato.
#5 – Food, Food & More Delicious Food
Besides comfort food, those with an adventurous taste bud should try local cuisine. There are 3 eateries located near Hotel Stage which I highly recommend. The Mido Café, with its unpretentious booths and vintage tiled floor, is a well-known Cha Chaan Teng (tea restaurant) which have been featured in many television shows and music videos for its old school ambience. 佳佳甜品 (Jia Jia Desserts) is a wonderful place for 汤圆 (glutinous rice balls) and I like mine in a sweet ginger broth. Tsui Wah Restaurant, located just next door to Hotel Stage, serves amazing stocking milk tea and savoury food. I ordered in for supper on one of the nights.
#6 – Fun
With so much food to stomach, you need to exercise a little in order to eat more. Photo enthusiasts can walk around the Yau Ma Tei neighbourhood and capture facades of old apartment buildings, street art and landmarks such as the Red Brick Building. Those who are interested in local culture and way of life can head to the Tin Hau Temple. If you want to venture further, there’s the Clock Tower and the Star Ferry Pier where you can enjoy breathtaking scenery. The Temple Street Night Market, Women’s Market, Flower Market and Fa Yuen Street Market are situated nearby the hotel too.
#7 – Friends
It doesn’t matter if you are travelling solo or with friends, you can head to MUSE to mingle around or loosen up after you are exhausted from exploring the streets of Hong Kong. Take in the art exhibitions or be engrossed in a good book while indulging in cheese platters at MUSE. This 3-in-1 exhibition space cum café/bar cum book store is a very unique concept. You can catch up with friends or make new ones if you are travelling alone.
With so many exciting options available to keep your itinerary in Hong Kong fully packed, accompanied by satisfying hotel amenities and luxurious comfort, Hotel Stage is certainly an excellent choice of accommodation. Pretty sure you do not need anymore convincing!
Address: 1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Direction from Airport: Take the Airport Express to Kowloon Station and switch to the K1 free shuttle bus. Alight at Pak Hoi Street, Stop 6 (Next to Eaton Hotel).
Contact: (852) 3953 2222
Note that this is an invited stay, but the opinions are the writer’s own.