The blog’s been on a bit of a break, as both entropyenator and I were in Asia. I was in Hong Kong for business reasons, and let me say, whoever decided to hold a conference at that latitude in May was an idiot, weather-wise. Running around in at least business casual clothing in 80+ ºF heat, with humidity set at approximately Turkish steam bath, was an endurance, to put it politely. And also? Rainy season. So please excuse the moody nature of the outdoor photos to come.
Thankfully, it was much nicer indoors. I stayed at the Langham Hotel, which I’m told is a relative newcomer from a very old, distinguished British parent company. It had some weird quirks to me, unfussy American–there’s a slot just inside the room door where you have to insert your room key to get the light switches to work (common to a lot of HK hotels, actually), turndown service (someone shows up mid-afternoon to flip down a corner of the blankets)–and some excellent perks. A nice soft bed, power adapter provided in room to forgetful me who didn’t bring her own, representatives lurking everywhere waiting to ask you if you need help, and some very, very good food (including sugar lumps! shut up, I like to sneak them and crunch them in my teeth). This is where I had breakfast every morning:
Breakfast buffet in the upstairs lounge, Langham Club
Their Tang Court restaurant is Michelin-starred and priced accordingly, and is probably the only place in the hotel where I felt a bit gouged in the wallet. Tasty as the dim sum was, fancy as the ingredients were, you can get equally good elsewhere for less. Otherwise, a way better package than the slightly dingy room you’d get at a middling NYC Midtown hotel for approximately the same price.
P.S. I should mention that, while the appetizer bar (pictured below) was great, the Langham’s The Bostonian restaurant was the worst meal I had in Hong Kong. Absolutely no salt, like high-end hospital food. And before you point out the idiocy of eating in a restaurant designed to ape an East Coast steakhouse in Hong Kong, it was a business meal, I had to be there, I definitely wouldn’t have gone otherwise.
Appetizer bar, The Bostonian, Langham Hotel