Pentahotel Hong Kong
What We Love
- An energetic, industrial-chic boutique hotel in Kowloon - breakfast includedThe energetic vibe and quirky spaces of the boutique hotel
- Diving into a steaming hot pizza from the hotel's pizzabar after a long day out
- The bright, minimalist decor of the soothing guest rooms
What To Know
- The closest public transportation, the Diamond Hill MTR, is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel
- Within walking distance of the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden
- Kids will love the game rooms
- Free Wifi works well
It’s all about fun at Pentahotel. The upscale boutique hotel, which holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, sports funky interior designs (think industrial-chic meets contemporary minimalism) with plenty of snap-worthy corners that pay homage to cultural references, two games rooms with foosball and pool tables and a “pentafun” Music Station that’s free to play with. The lively atmosphere of the hotel mirrors the exciting neighbourhood it is based in.
Right within Kowloon, it sits close to Diamond Hills MTR, giving you easy excess to the rest of the city. Regular shuttle buses take you to and fro from K11 Art Mall, and pick you up from Diamond HIll MTR station late in the evening. You’ll never go hungry in Kowloon, the streets are lined with dim sum hot spots, glamourous Chinese restaurants and more. Take some time to explore the cultural attractions of Hong Kong such as Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery and Wong Tai Sin Temple.
How to Get There
Poor Wifi service and even can't connect to internet. When asked the front desk why the Wifi service is so poor that they told us to pay for extra charge for a better Wifi. Having a good wifi connect isn't a must to the hotel?
We visited this hotel in January 2017 but much of the information below should still be relevant. I thought I had sent this but I still had it in draft form.
We stayed in room 2610. It had a view over the sides of buildings and a small section of water. It was a basic room with the following features:
a very comfortable king size bed, fridge, safe
counter/desk with chair, plentiful 3 pin UK style electric sockets
tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary water. We had a good supply of items which were promptly brought to our room when extras were requested.
large walk-in shower with overhead waterfall and lower shower heads
cute plastic pouch containing shower gel, 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, body lotion and soap. Also toothbrush and toothpaste. Another pouch was provided for second night's stay.
It was a very quiet room despite being a busy hotel. The buffet breakfast was adequate with a good choice to please most styles of cuisine.
There is a limited assortment of shops and eating places near the hotel.
Unfortunately the hotel is some distance from lots of the attractions in Kowloon however a free shuttle bus is available which runs every hour from 9.00am with the last bus at 8.00pm to the K11shopping mall, 10 -15 minutes walk from the harbour.
We had mixed feelings about this hotel. Positives:
Well priced for Hong Kong. Service is "hipster" which may appeal to those who don't understand true service. Breakfast is good. Doorman fantastic.
Negatives - there are too many of these for me to recommend the hotel.
Far out! - The location is difficulty to get to and the neighborhood is not particularly attractive. This was a huge negative for us - exhausting just to get to and from. This was exacerbated by construction at the nearest MTR stop. Signage in MRT is inaccurate with the detour which made finding the hotel VERY difficult.
Too cool for me. They work so hard to be different and stylish, that they miss key elements of a decent hotel. I don't expect a 3* hotel to deliver 5* service, but thinking of clients needs can be "cool" too.
Not lifting. We literally waited 15 minutes to go from the 10th floor to the ground. Several full lifts passed us by until finally one had enough room to squeeze into. Very frustrating.
Reasonably priced hotel expensive restaurant. The location is somewhat isolated so there are not many eating options nearby. The restaurant charges HK$400 for buffet dinner. The food quality is decent, selection good, but not for that price. Unfortunately, options are limited.
A room without a view - Ok, the external esthetic is not a reason to choose or reject a hotel, but our view was the worst i've ever had. Into a ratty tower block residence with tons of garbage on the roof. More insight into daily Kowloon life than i'd like.
Pentahotel Kowloon is definitely the best value hotel in Hong Kong. However, it’s not only the value, the food and community-feel of the hotel also wins 5 stars.
The morning buffet and evening buffet both feature a wide selection of local Cantonese cuisine. I have stayed at Hyatt and Sheraton in Kowloon many times before and the breakfast here is definitely on par if not better than those hotels. The local food is authentic! The evening buffet is amazing. I had snow crab legs, double boiled Cantonese soup, and excellent BBQ pork. The hotel also has a pizza place which opens until midnight and serves some interesting combination of toppings.
The rooms are smaller than the newer and more expensive hotels in Central (Four Seasons) for example. However, it is similar size to a standard room in W Hotel in Kowloon and cost about one fifth. The large “living room” on the third floor makes up for the smaller rooms because one can hang out there, surf the internet, drink beer at the bar, or play pool at one of two pool tables before heading back to sleep in the room.
The shower and toilet area is a bit small but certainly not as tight as some European 3 star hotels. The hot water in the shower comes out almost immediately. The bed was comfortable. The carpet and fixtures all look new. The only discomfort that I experienced during my week-long stay was one evening when my neighbor played their music way too loud. But that problem was soon resolved after I placed a call to the front desk.
Although the hotel is located away from the usual touristy hotel locations, it’s about 10 minutes away from the closest subway (MTR in Hong Kong) station and a ride to Central or Wanchai in Hong Kong took about 45 minutes. The hotel also has a shuttle which took me to Tsimshatsui in Kowloon in about 25 minutes.
The hotel staffs all look young and enthusiastic. One night I asked for a paper cup to bring up some tea from the buffet. One of the waiters brought me a whole pot instead and helped bring it to my room.
The customers who stay here reflect Hong Kong’s international tourism. I noticed there were many Japanese and Koreans in addition to European and mainland Chinese tourists.
I will definitely stay at this hotel again. The commute doesn’t bother me. It’s fun to ride the subway and see more local commuters.
We slept at three different hotels during our trip to be close to the locations - like a beach on Lantau Island. This hotel has the the most cozy and roomy room. Staff was great! We will stay there again when we return to Hong Kong.