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A Few of Our Favorite Things at East, a 'Business Hotel with a Life'

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December 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

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We got a chance to tour the East Hotel in Hong Kong in the city's Taikoo Shing district which bills itself as a "business hotel with a life" and while the hanging chairs in the suites definitely topped our list of Things We Liked, there's so much more to explore.

Our contributing editor, JetsetCD, did a thorough review of the hotel last year so be sure to read her play-by-play of an overnight stay if you're interested in booking a room here. But for now, allow us to pull out a few of our favorite things about East:

· In-room Technology: Aside from free WiFi, the rooms at East boast a bunch of other room tech we love like espresso machines atop the minibar in the closet, a nightstand with an iPod dock and various buttons to control the lights and a plug panel at the desk. We also loved how the flatscreen TV could be covered up or revealed by moving a panel in front of it with a photograph of the Harbour.

· Sugar and Feast: Sugar is the hotel's rooftop bar on the 32nd floor with an extensive drink list including specialty cocktail creations from the bartenders. (Those drinks are even listed on the menu with the bartender' names.) It's an incredible place to take in the views of Kowloon. Then downstairs is Feast, Food by East, an all-day dining restaurant with an Asian and Western focus. For either meal, you can order a la carte from the menu or opt for a buffet-style. Yes, even for dinner and dessert. Oh, especially dessert.

· Rooftop Pool: What struck us about the rooftop pool (which is not on the very top of the building but still high up) is how design-forward it was. Look at those chairs! You don't see those in a Courtyard by Marriott or an InterContinental. Also, we loved how the fitness center attendants wear matching black Adidas tracksuits. It was very Royal Tenenbaums for us. Oh and the fitness center is called Beast which stands for Body by East.

· The House Van: The hotel's house van is a Mercedes Benz 7-seater that comes equipped with free WiFi and an iPad. Swoon. You can book it for your group for rides around town or for transportation to and from the airport. Rates for the van start at $50HKD per person.

· Room Rates: Rates at East start at around $230 a night. While there are cheaper places to stay in Hong Kong, we think East gives you all the modern conveniences you love--technology, fun room designs and a place to drink and eat--all in one stop. And it doesn't hurt that there's a gigantic shopping mall attached to the hotel in case you forget anything.

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