Hong Kong’s The Mira Hong Kong

Apr 1, 2013
2013 / April 2013

Arrival/Check-In: My colleague and I arrived at the Mira on a busy Wednesday afternoon. Several eager doormen saw us trying to cross the one-way street and rushed to help with the luggage and get us safely inside. There were just a few people in front of us checking in, and it gave me a chance to observe the busy and unique lobby scene. The large room is black and white marble, giving a modern feel to the windowless space. After a few minutes, I was checked in and shown to the bank of elevators. Each floor is color-coordinated to the room color scheme and elevator foyer, making it easy to identify your correct floor when you see it.

Guest Quarters: My room offered great views of famous Kowloon Park and the busy street below. The color theme of the room was red, which popped in the quilt on my king-sized bed, a club chair facing the window and a modern rug. The red also offset the dark burl wood flooring and cabinetry. The desk was huge, taking up an entire section of one wall, giving ample space to spread out laptops, newspapers and more. The desk also boasted multiple lighting options, electrical outlets and a “My Mobile” Nokia phone service, which assists guests within the hotel and out.

The bathroom was separated from the bedroom by a glass wall, making the room look even larger. The stand-alone bathtub was deep and enticing, while the glass-encased shower was large with good water pressure. The double sink counter had plenty of room and held a large selection of Aromatherapy products. Above the sink, the mirror contained a second television screen that could be viewed from the bath and shower as well.

Services /Amenities: The 492-room hotel has five restaurants for guests, ranging from casual to high-end dining. Their COCO café has a great selection of designer cakes, pastries and coffee, which I indulged in daily. They also do special orders — a great gift to bring to meetings. In the lower levels of the hotel are a half-dozen rooms for business meetings, with access to complimentary WiFi, hotel catering services and event setup. The MiraSpa is a full-service spa with massage treatments, a hair salon and an impressive indoor infinity-edge pool that is open to all guests. Within the spa is their state-of-the-art fitness center, with enough cardio equipment and weight benches to accommodate plenty of guests, even in the morning and evening rush. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the large hotel.

The Experience: The Mira is centrally located in Tsim Sha Tsui, the heart of Hong Kong’s commercial, shopping, dining and entertainment districts. You are within walking distance of underground railways and the Star Ferry. It’s a perfect location for both business and leisure, allowing you to experience the busy bustle of the city and indulge in the first-rate dining in your hotel. My only odd experience was finding an unused paintbrush in the bed, under the sheets. I assume the cleaning staff used it, but was disappointed they did not catch it when changing the sheets.

GT Checklist

  • Doorman/valet
  • Less than 10 minutes for check-in
  • Separate tub and shower
  • Large vanity
  • High-quality towels
  • Powerful, unattached hair dryer
  • High-quality bed linens
  • Large, flat-screen television
  • Large desk with convenient outlets
  • Complimentary in-room WiFi
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Stocked minibar
  • Ample lighting
  • In-room coffeemaker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Large, complimentary laptop safe
  • State-of-the-art fitness center

The Mira Hong Kong

118 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong
tel 852 2368 1111
themirahotel.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

eFlyer Reviews
Sep 17, 2019

Cebu Review

Even if you are not familiar with Chicago, you may already know the Wicker Park neighborhood is one of the city’s “eat like a local” destinations, especially among young professionals whose idea of local is actually quite global. After a decade of high-concept comfort food and gastro-pubs, the Tan family took over a homey space on North Avenue to mix things up with the opening of Cebu. Cebu is not just a Filipino restaurant, but one focused on Cebuano regional cooking along with its Chinese and Spanish underpinnings.

© GNTO

The Island of the Knights

Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.

Commuter Backpack. Photo: Pojoslaw | Dreamstime.com

Feature
Sep 17, 2019

Urban21 Commuter Backpack

If you are looking for a new bag to bring all your supplies to work, KeySmart has a commuter backpack that ups the ante for commuting in style.

eFlyer News
Sep 17, 2019

The Merrion Unveils New Spa and Wellness Club

One of Dublin’s finest luxury hotels is set to introduce an entirely new spa and health club.

To New Heights

United Airlines announces a number of new routes.

eFlyer News
Sep 17, 2019

New Kimpton Property Set to Open in Miami’s South Beach

Miami’s South Beach is set to welcome a new luxury hotel.

Istanbul Airport. Photo: Valentin Armianu | Dreamstime.com

© Teerachat Pairing | Dreamstime.com

News
Sep 17, 2019

Andaz Brand Makes Its Way to South Korea

Hyatt introduces its Andaz brand to South Korea with the opening of Andaz Seoul Gangnam.

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. Photo: Matthew Omojola | Dreamstime.com

Daily
Sep 17, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles Begins Hotel Enhancements

This summer, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles began highly-anticipated enhancements. The property celebrates its 10th birthday next year and the renovations are the largest changes the property has ever seen. They impact the hotel lobby, all 123 guestrooms and suites, corridors and Club Lounge.

Patagonia Camp. Photo: Cox & Kings, The Americas

Feature
Sep 16, 2019

Patagonia Camp Leads Way for Sustainable Travel

Patagonia Camp, a glamping destination in the Patagonia region of Chile, was designed to immerse guests in raw, unadulterated nature.