Opened in April 2011, the deluxe boutique Hotel de EDGE located in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong’s fast-paced waterfront is the latest addition to the Rhombus International Hotels group. A sleek and sophisticated 32-storey property with 90 rooms, Hotel de EDGE projects a sense of elegance and attractiveness that makes it stand out from the skyline in this part of the city. As with most building in Hong Kong there is little, if any, exterior architectural element attached to Hotel de EDGE. So don’t expect to spot the hotel straight away when you are in the taxi as it’s a little bit camouflaged amongst all the other buildings that are lined up on the waterfront. You are likely to pass a few people pushing and pulling wooden trolleys carrying dried seafood and spices. That is because the hotel is located a few blocks away from the most sought after dried seafood market in the city, which has become somewhat of a tourist attraction.
Location wise the hotel is within a few minutes walking distance to the Sheung Tak Centre from where you can catch ferries to Macau and mainland China and can also take the Helicopter shuttle service to Macau should you wish to do so. In actual fact the location is perfect because this business hotel is not ridiculously expensive (considering that it is located in Hong Kong), yet it is an exciting and ideal launch pad to experience the best that this city has to offer. All the main focal points of attraction such as the shopping and financial districts of Central and Lan Kwai Fong are within a 15 to 20 minute walking distance. If you prefer than you can also take the tram from nearby Sheung Wan station, the authentic mode of transport in Hong Kong!
In all the open-plan rooms, the bedroom and the shower are both juxtaposition by a glass wall, which may provide a very romantic setting for most couple who want to experience the unusual style of residing during their honeymoon and on the other hand it may provide a very no-hassle option for the business traveller. Those who would be staying in the city view rooms would be treated to an authentic Hong Kong look where you are surrounded by a sea of tall skinny buildings that seem to go on forever into the high-rise horizon of the Island’s peak. In Hong Kong, the buzzword is that the higher the building is above the mountain, the more expensive it is meant to be. So therefore, you can be rest assured that you are going to be experiencing a luxury touch while residing at Hotel de EDGE irrespective of the type of room you will be residing in.
58 of the 90 rooms are facing the harbour with wonderful views across to the Sun Yat Sen memorial park and the stunning Kowloon waterfront. The hotel somewhat symbolizes the reality of living in a compact and hectic city such as Hong Kong. The rooms are tiny yet exceedingly comfortable, so every visible space is utilized as much as it can be. There is the concept of being able to provide a unique service to the guests and the staff are very friendly and willing to assist in any way possible.
The rooms that face the harbour all have a wonderful internal architectural element to them including a wide-angle window that houses a sofa bed so you can sit down to enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the views during either the day or night. Each of the five accommodation categories offers highly quality audio visual equipment, a 42-inch LED TV, DVD Player and iPod or iPhone docking stations. The beauty of the personalised service offered at Hotel de EDGE is that guests can rent (or purchase if they wish) their favourite DVD movies and songs for the iPod/iPhone.
A lovely touch to the complimentary classic European turn down service in the evening is that you are treated to a flask of delicious hot milk and chocolate chip cookies. Then there are the essentials of modern business life such as complimentary wireless internet service in all the rooms, in-room check-in service, 24-hour secretarial service, pressing service and an array of amenities that will make you feel comfortable. Gotta love those Hotel de EDGE branded toiletries as well.
The lobby, which is located on the first floor, is itself an intimate and fashionable setting where one can relax while admiring the hotel’s unique compact yet contemporary design. Designed and styled by celebrated trendsetter Anthony Chan, the ‘glo restaurant + lounge’ resembles somewhat of a New York cafeteria but perfectly presents a unique dining concept where you’ll be treated to an exceedingly creative menu offered by the Canadian culinary magician, Robert Lockwood. Excuse the pun, but you’ll be left mesmerized after trying one of Lockwood’s ‘glo-ing’ creations.
In a nutshell, Hotel de EDGE is just what a busy professional needs when they are effectively on the go. It is highly contemporary in a lovely setting, and is just perfect for the no-nonsense businessperson. Far from the big-city-Hong Kong clichés, here you’ll experience a genuine home away from home experience.
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