Located right in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central business district, Lan Kwai Fong, alas also the most happening place in this part of the city, is the smartly decorated Hotel LKF. With its chic interior décor and personalized service, the internationally award-winning Hotel LKF with its 95 purpose built rooms and suites has developed a stunning reputation in recent years as being the most sought after hotel for business persons because of the number of advantages that it offers. The prime location gives the guest instant access to the myriad of bistros, al fresco bars and nightclubs, designer art galleries, western styled pubs, restaurants and easy access to all kinds of public transport including taxies, MTR metro station (‘Central’), airport express and ferries to all parts of Hong Kong..
The success of Hotel LKF, which is part of the Rhombus International Hotel Group, was demonstrated in 2009 when the hotel picked up five international awards including Best Business Hotel 2009’ in China’s 2009 Best Design Hotel awards, and also Best Boutique Hotel in the Asia-Pacific region’ by Business Traveller Magazine.
The designer experience commences from the moment you check-in at the front desk. Now, Hong Kong can be hard work for those that are not used to the immense heat, humidity and the endless amounts of narrow lanes that have a steep rise, which means having to walk a lot. So, for this reason alone it would be a relief for you to know that if you are residing at Hotel LKF the first thing you’ll be welcomed with is a relaxing ambiance consisting of luxury suede sofas in various shades of ivory and wood in the rather spacious and air-conditioned lobby. You can never get lost or feel as if you are not looked after at the Hotel LKF. The staff are exceedingly hospitable, and you can be reassure that the first thing that greets you is a smile and lovely words of ‘Welcome to the Hotel LKF, how can I help you sir, madam?’.
The pleasant air of relaxation is complemented by photographic masterpieces and architecturally awakening touches that make your welcome even more special.
While Hong Kong is tiny and property developers aim to make the most of the every square inch they can get their hands onto, the beauty of Hotel LKF is that each one of the 95 rooms and suites are generously balanced, with 50 square metres to 90 square metres of space. The luxury of having a hotel in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong is such that one can just pop into their room after a long day of sight-seeing or at the office and just put their feet up and relax with a nice drink. The unique contemporary design of the rooms is neatly blended in well with luxurious 100% cotton bed linen and soft goose down pillows. The vast majority of the guests at Hotel LKF are business travellers, and so with the business guest in mind Hotel LKF has kept few things specifically to make the business stay even more comfortable such as wireless internet and a unique ‘V Care’ button, which provides access to personalized service 24 hours a day. It is also a relief to know that minor but important things in life such as foreign exchange facilities, shoe shining, limousine service, and a 4-in-1 business assistant is also available.
Excellent detail to attention is paid to all the comfortable guest rooms that all have automatic controls to manage the curtains and the master switch (which is exceedingly handy at night-time and saves you having to get up and switch everything off one-by-one). All the executive suite rooms come complimentary with a designer Italian coffee making machine (Illy freshly ground coffee is provided), designer washroom toiletries by Molton Brown and a bathtub along with a shower. The latter is an important feature because many hotels in Hong Kong only have a shower instead of a bathtub because of the lack of space.
The top two floors of Hotel LKF are dominated by the internationally award winning Azure Restaurant Slash Bar. Azure was ranked 7th by the UK Sunday Times in the world’s top 20 sky bars list and the best restaurant in Hong Kong for two years in a row by the Hong Kong Tatler. As well as providing an award-winning cuisine, the Azure also provides stunning views across the metropolis and has in time become one of Hong Kong’s premier nightspots’.
If you were after a hotel in this busy part of Hong Kong that provides an exquisite design and spacious rooms along with deluxe amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible, then Hotel LKF would be the sensible choice.
Seeing is believing at the award-winning Azure. The contemporary Azure Restaurant Slash Bar is ideally situated on the top two floor of the five-star boutique Hotel LKF right in the heart of Lan Kawi Fong in Hong Kong’s Central Business District. As well as providing mouth-watering dishes from which you will practically be left licking your fingers clean, the Azure provides postcard-perfect views across this part of the city that comes alive at night-time with all the neon lights around. The Azure has, with time, become one of Hong Kong’s crème de la crème nightspots where those who prefer the finer things in life can while away their evenings surrounded with good company and a classy ‘colonial-greets-contemporary’ style ambiance.
The Azure was ranked seventh in the UK Sunday Times list of the world’s 20 best sky bars, and was officially voted the Best Restaurant by the Hong Kong Tatler for two consecutive years. In actual fact I would even go on to say that the presentation of the food on the plates is so good that one is afraid to ruin it (really, I had to refrain my knife going anywhere near the scrumptious gravlax salmon and alaska crab leg!).
Azure is an innovative restaurant, lounge, and bar that creatively blends the best of view, venue, and menu. Inside the restaurant, inviting semicircle couches wrap around the tables enticing diners to laidback lunches during the day and distinguished dinars as darkness falls.
Hong Kong people love seafood. According to the World Widelife Fund, Hong Kong’s per capita consumption of seafood is 3.6 times more than the global average. With this fact in mind it is no surprise, that one of the most popular dishes at the Azure is the pan-roasted salmon. For a crowd pleaser, Azure’s fresh Boston lobster salad is bound to please anyone even if they do not have a pinch for seafood. Most of the lobster meat is flown in fresh and alive from the USA or Canada (in this case it is, of course, from Boston). The Azure’s chef, Joe Chu, has put a lot of thought and innovation behind the creation of these dishes.
Apart from the priceless views and the multicultural set of diners, the key things that make the Azure a pleasant and sophisticated setting for either lunch or dinner is it’s perfect comfortable environment, a beautifully toned scent that is not overdone and lovely music in the background. Without any of these fine ingredients, any top class restaurant is bound to fail. However, it goes without saying that the manager of the Azure has done their homework and has developed a fine recipe for success in all manners connected with the Azure brand.
The jewels of any gastronomic adventure are the rich flavours that are demonstrated in the desserts. Try tucking into the ‘house-made ice cream’ where two scoops of chocolate ice cream blended in well with a dash of baileys are accompanied with fresh berries and crushed nuts. An equally to-die-for dessert has to be the chocolate trio. This dish contains chocolate presented in three different styles: a small scoop of white chocolate ice cream in a spoon, a triangle of chocolate delight filled with a hazelnut at the core and a cup containing a blend of dark and white chocolate mousse decorated with a slice of strawberry.
The ‘Wow!’ factor of the restaurant comes around when you are right at the top veranda and admiring the splendid night-time views while drowning yourself with a glass of the signature cocktail, Liqueur gold- a lovely blend of mango juice and Bacardi accompanied with a dash of a fresh orange slice. You just cannot argue when it comes to first-class culinary innovations at an exceedingly good restaurant such as the Azure.
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