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The Nightclub Hotel: The Mira Hong Kong Review

Twice I arrived at the Mira, expecting it to be empty; twice I met a stylish party scene instead.

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The Mira Hong Kong Review

Just opposite the shopaholic’s paradise the Mira Mall, the Mira Hotel Hong Kong doesn’t draw attention to itself on the outside. It’s far too cool for that.

It’s only once you’re on the inside, at 2am and then 6 am in my case, wondering whether you’ve walked through the wrong doors, that the cool vibe kicks in.

The lights are low. The floor shiny. The walls ribboned white. There’s music. Sexily dressed people. Immaculate reception staff and a signature required by dancing your fingertip across an iPad screen.

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The Mira Hong Kong Celebrity Touch

Peculiarly, the Mira’s a new legend on an old block. It had a former life as the Hotel Miramar undergoing a $65  million renovation in 2009. Some rooms overlook the lively Kowloon Park and it’s just a short walk from the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Avenue of Stars and Victoria Harbour.

The spa downstairs glows too. The ballroom hosts Academy Award style parties and indeed the entire complex was influenced by Colin Cowie, interior decorator and lifestyle guru to the stars.

Live music plays in the lobby til the early hours, and the green-leafed outdoor bar, Vibes, has a rare thing in this concrete jungle: open air to show the real stars, all those thousands of light years away.

Of its several restaurants, Cuisine Cuisine blends an interesting range of Cantonese delicacies together in a way that stimulates, even though the overall effect wasn’t quite to my taste.

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The rooms don’t let the side down, though. They’re on the small side, but pretty standard for Hong Kong, with too many gadgets for me to master and see-through walls to the bathroom. When all is said and done, though, a hotel is for sleeping (and for surfing the web, of course!) and both bed and internet access deliver.

All in all, if you’re looking for design and a place to feel the pulse of China’s global city, then check out the Mira in the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

What I loved

The gadgets. Even if I didn’t know what they all were or what they did

The service from the concierge and reception

The spa. A proper length swimming pool available to use at proper times

The location. So easy to get around

The design. There’s something eye-catching on every corner

The chilled outdoor feel of Vibes at night, watching the clouds flow in the reflection of the city lights

What to know

Dining service doesn’t match the excellence found elsewhere

Cuisine Cuisine has the atmosphere of a business meeting

Watch out for hidden charges

If you long for peace, tranquillity and lots of natural sunlight, this isn’t the place for you

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The Specs

492 rooms, including 56 suites

24 hour gym

Indoor swimming pool

Room service

Laundry

24 hour concierge

Free local calls (you can actually take the mobile phone from your room out and about with you)

Rainshowers

40” LCD TV with internet access

Laptop size safety box

Connecting rooms possible

Free wifi

Complimentary bottled water

iPod docking station

Pillow menu

Tea and coffee

Rates from 1900 HKD

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This hotel review forms part of the Dragon Route, sponsored by Cathay Pacific. Find out more about the trip through China, Vietnam and Burma/Myanmar here. To book your own flights to Hong Kong and beyond, head over here.

Disclosure: I paid a reduced rate to stay at the Mira for review purposes. As usual, as ever as always, I keep the right to write about what I think and what I want on this site. Cheers!

 

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5 Responses to The Nightclub Hotel: The Mira Hong Kong Review

  1. jkozarsky August 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    What a cool hotel. I’ve never been to Hong Kong, but I would love to go!

    • Abi King August 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      It’s a fascinating city. Lots of history – even more reinvention.

  2. Bo September 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Will probably book this hotel, but I don’t know what to book, either city/courtyard/park view?

    Ideally I would want a view of the skyline, but I guess it’s not possible with this location as it’s not by the waterfront.

    Any suggestions?

    • Abi King September 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      I preferred the park view rooms. You’re right that you won’t be able to see the waterfront skyline but seeing the greenery of the park in the midst of the concrete and neon is still quite a sight to see…Enjoy!

  3. Cuba Lewandowski October 17, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Thanks for a fab review dear Abi! Now with the handy smartphones in all rooms giving you free 3G connectivity all over the city and free int’l calls (IDD) to 25 countries The Mira is even more hip and happening. Staying connected at all times is all that truly matters when travelling these days (unless you want to disappear). We’re sure you’d find the new feature uber-cool!

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