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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Rooms
Rooms at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental are some of the most generously-sized in Hong Kong. They come with well-stocked personal pantries that are robust minibars with various wines, liquors, soft drinks and snacks (at your cost, but nice to have available).
Teapots, glassware, in-room Nespresso, a kettle, tea and more round out the offerings. And, it’s no big deal if you forgot an entire toiletry bag at home because the bathroom is stocked with toothbrushes, and then some. Forget plastic. The eco-minded hotel bottles complimentary water in reusable glass bottles.
L450 rooms are about 450 square feet and feature a walk-in closet, separate bath, and shower, a small sitting area and desk. The Deluxe room version features more natural light. These are the most basic category of rooms here, still fantastic, and come in a king or double twin versions. L450 rooms do not have the large circular bathtubs that you’ll hear me rave about below.
These photos are from my last stay in an L600 room.
L600 rooms come in three different versions: L600 Deluxe, L600 Premier, L600 Executive. They are all approximately 600 square feet in size and have open-plan layouts.
You can walk the rooms in a complete circle as the bathroom opens up to the living room and the bedroom. Seven-foot circular bathtubs, a rain shower and surround sound speakers steal the show in the bathrooms here.
The layouts provide a greater sense of privacy as one can read in the living room while someone else watches a TV show in the bedroom, somewhat out of sight. You could also reasonably entertain in the living room with its sofa, two upholstered chairs, and fulsome personal pantry minibar.
The L600 Deluxe comes in a king and two double bed version. The L600 Deluxe Double is one of the only rooms in Hong Kong that can sleep a family of four. The double beds are side-by-side (it might just be me, but double beds in Asia feel smaller than their American counterparts) in the bedroom though a rollaway can be placed in the living room for an additional fee. The sofa is leather and not a pull-out.
I’m typing this from the comfort of an L600 Premier Room. I love it. Suites suit my family of three’s sleeping habits best. I can see this room working for us due to its layout and generous size. It’s a slightly different layout than the L600 Deluxe (personal pantry is in a different location) and comes in a king bed version only.
L600 Executive rooms offer a view of the atrium. Designed for executives and couples, it has an even more open floor plan — the bathtub area can open up to the bedroom.
I love all of the room’s amenities including the cold display fridge, which housed various amenities that the staff placed in there each day. My welcome also included a scratch-off map with printed photos I’d Instagrammed from other Mandarin Oriental properties worldwide. Very thoughtful.
L900 Landmark Suite
If you’d like a living room that completely closes off from the bedroom, the L900 Suite is for you. A generous 900 square feet includes the killer bathtub and amenities mentioned in prior rooms plus a dining table for four, a marble entrance, and powder room.
The 1500-square-foot space boasts a 6-seat dining table, cocktail bar, Gaggenau kitchen, and guest bathroom.
If you need to host a party, celebrate a product launch or entertain clients in Hong Kong, here’s your spot. The 1798-square-foot Entertainment Suite has a cinema, DJ booth, separate dining area, FreshBed sleep system and more.
The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
When arriving at a long haul destination early in the morning, I try to book a spa treatment first thing. The other reason is that I’m never sure if my room is going to be ready and it’s nice to have a place to clean up.
After consulting with The Oriental Spa team via email before arranging the appointment, I decided on a scrub (my post-flight go-to) and a deep cleansing facial.
It’s wise to plan enough time to fully use the lounging facilities (including experience showers, vitality pools, ice fountains, amethyst crystal steam rooms, saunas, and Zen Relaxation Rooms) at this two-story spa. The recommended arrival time is at least 60 minutes before a treatment; even more time would be therapeutic.
I dropped everything off (my room was ready much to my delight), regrouped for a few minutes and headed straight to the spa to sip fresh ginger tea, changed, and spent a little time in the water therapies.
My treatments were fantastic. Ninety minutes later, I felt moisturized, detoxed and tackled a full day of walking the town. Detailed extractions and mini-massages along the way helped big time. And, I slept like a baby that night, completely avoiding jet lag. Seriously, the spa is the best path to recovery for early morning arrivals.
Locals may join The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental if that gives you any indication as to how nice it is.
With 12 hours’ notice, one may book into a variety of yoga classes on offer throughout the day in the small studio.
The swimming pool in the spa area is perfect for laps. Three people at a time can use it.
You may have a killer bathtub so step your bath routine up a notch by ordering a Bath-Inspired package. At the time of this writing, there are three to choose from.
The energizing bathtub kickstarts the day with cents by Lush and Aromatherapy Associates moisturizer and body lotion. A fruit basket and Acai juice await post-bath.
Prepare for a night out with a Cocktail Bathtub with Lush bath salts and signature bath-side cocktails including my personal favorite, the Rose Petal martini, in addition to dried fruit, super-soft towels, and fragrant candles.
Or, end the day with the Romance Bathtub including a bevy of flickering candles, romantic music, scents by Lush, a half-bottle of bath-side Champagne on ice (nonbreakable glasses) and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
A butler draws baths in advance and arranges the set-up by request if you don’t feel like doing it yourself.
As I was working during the day, I ordered in-room dining in the evenings.
It arrived rather quickly, and when I called to have the dishes collected, staff removed them right away. They do not use the standard in-room dining push carts. Chic upright cabinets carry food, flatware, placemats, and accessories from the kitchen to rooms and suites. Staff prepares a proper table setting for your enjoyment.
At Mandarin Oriental hotels, I always order nasi goreng and Hainanese chicken rice when on the menu. It’s such a treat as these dishes are not available in San Diego (that I can find).
MO Bar excels at all-day dining and evening fun. I adore their rose petal martinis, afternoon tea and also the breakfast buffet. It takes a savvy team to get all of that right, wouldn’t you agree?
The breakfast buffet was included with my Mandarin Oriental FAN Club rate. It’s incredibly fulsome with lots of fruit, dim sum, made-to-order eggs and other hot dishes, noodle soups, pastries, fresh juice and so much more. I look forward to breakfast at Mandarin Oriental hotels.
Amber, the hotel’s Two-Michelin-Star French restaurant features a fresh light and contemporary design and Executive Chef Richard Ekkebus’ menu of clean flavors.
Keep walking through MO Bar, and you’ll arrive at the 25-guest speakeasy, PDT (Please Don’t Tell). It’s in collaboration with the New York PDT and the first outside of NYC. Find an intimate space, craft cocktails, and elevated American bar snacks.
A Three-Michelin-Star sushi experience awaits inside the intimate Sushi Saikon where ingredients are flown in daily from Tokyo’s Toyosu market.
Step into Kappo Rin for a more diverse menu of raw and cooked Japanese favorites made from seasonal ingredients, many of which are also flown in daily from Japan.
Nearby Things to Do in Central Hong Kong
The Queens Road in Central offers quite a bit to do. Within just a few blocks of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong guests enjoy some of the cities best dining, shopping, nightlife, and culture.
An inland location from the harbour means that you can reach more activities within a shorter radius of the hotel. This can be important when in Hong Kong with kids who aren’t keen to walk very far.
This includes (but is not limited to):
- The Landmark shopping mall (adjacent to the hotel)
- Mid-Levels Escalator
- Tai Kwun, a fantastic re-imagined heritage building with shops, galleries and places to eat
- Hollywood Road antique shops and Man Mo Temple
- Li Yuen Street East and West (“The Lanes”) and Pottinger Street markets
- Star Ferry and ferries to outer islands
- Wellington Street, a street with Michelin-recognized Hong Kong food spots like Yat Lok, Mak’s Noodles, more.
- Hong Kong Observation Wheel
- The Peak Tram
- Hong Kong Park
- IFC shopping mall
You can read my list of over 50 things to do in Hong Kong.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental vs. Mandarin Oriental
If you’re wondering what the differences are between The Landmark Mandarin Oriental vs. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, you are in the right place. I’m a fan (pardon the pun) of both hotels for different reasons.
They both have:
- Fantastic Mandarin Oriental service
- Incredible dining
- State-of-the-art rooms
- Great locations
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is the brand’s flagship property. So, great care is taken to make sure that the hotel lives up to this high standard. It’s a historic property also, having been opened in 1963 and seen plenty of famous people, politicians, and royalty through its doors.
You feel a sense of place when you stay here, like you’re truly in Hong Kong. You’ll see it in the decor, the tradition, the menus, and the palatial black marble lobby that’s been there since the beginning. It’s a place to see and be seen. Locals use it for meetings, dining, afternoon tea, and spa. The hotel also boasts harbour views from many rooms and dining outlets. It’s an icon.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is much smaller than Mandarin Oriental and feels like a boutique hotel. Its decor is sleeker and more modern with its huge bathrooms. There are not quite as many amenities, nor are there any views, but you’re in the heart of shopping and a little bit closer to the Mid Levels escalator and Lan Kwai Fong. It’s also much quieter as the old MO’s common areas are bustling.
The bottom line is that they’re both fantastic. If you have more questions, feel free to email me.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Reservations
Through me, you have access to value-added amenities at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong that you will want to take advantage of. These include:
- Upgrade at the time of booking, subject to availability (not applicable for L450 Deluxe, L600 Executive and L900 Landmark suite)
- Daily full breakfast, for up to two in-room guests in the restaurant
- USD 100 Equivalent Resort/Hotel credit, (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excludes Sushi Shikon, PDT, Bastien Gonzalez treatments and spa merchandise at The Oriental Spa)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Early check-in/late checkout, subject to availability
To secure the above, send me your dates. I’ll check Virtuoso and Mandarin Oriental FAN Club to see which rates are more beneficial.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
15 Queen’s Road Central
+852 2132 0188