We Don't Do Normal

When you heard how they greeted you with a Cantonese slang ‘Say a bowl when you see a bowl, say a plate when you see a plate(literal meaning) (it means being blunt)’ once you stepped in, you knew that pentahotels upheld the ‘We Don’t Do Normal’ motto. Located in an unusual non-touristy old neighborhood San Po Kong, the newly-built hotel creates a big contrast with the aged industrial buildings, making you more curious of what they are about. What they are selling is the good old days of Hong Kong. Hong-Kong-themed elements are often hidden in the modern industrial interior, such as neon light signs, giant wall paintings and even food options, which have attracted thousands of foodies. Presence of Hong Kong’s collective memories is often spotted like back-in-the-days toys at game room and old pictures of Hong Kong in rooms. Tourists can get a refreshing twist while us Hongkies will definitely feel nostalgic and close.

An unordinary hotel also suggests unordinary activities. If you’re just aiming to shop around Tsim Sha Tsui or Central, there are for sure tons of ‘normal’ hotel options. In this renovated, old neighborhood, different upstairs stores and art markets definitely worth visiting. A relaxing weekend getaway to Sai Kung by minibus is also a good idea.

The ‘One man's meat is another man's poison’ saying printed on the lobby wall probably voices out the fact that there’s tons of ways to enjoy the one and only Hong Kong.

Address:
19 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong

一踏進酒店的歡迎語句是“有碗話碗,有碟話碟”,你就知道pentahotels果然履行”We Don’t Do Normal”的宗旨。酒店選址新蒲崗就知道是非一般的選擇,簇新的酒店與舊式工廈形成強烈對比,讓人更想知道他們是咩胡盧賣咩藥。他們賣的,就是老香港情懷。摩登工業風的室內設計,埋藏著港式元素,餐廳內滿是懷舊風的霓虹燈牌,巨型壁畫呈現老香港風貌,食物選擇也圍繞港式主題,這餐廳除了照顧住客也吸引到不少foodie到訪。香港人的集體回憶遍布不同角落,遊戲房內有不少懷舊玩意,房間牆身展現舊街角,遊客住得新鮮,我們香港人卻有份不解的情意結。

不是normal的酒店也提倡不normal的活動,若然只為到尖沙咀、中環等名店血拼,更normal的酒店選擇也太多。這裡卻可以發掘新蒲崗這舊區的活化風貌,不少樓上小店、藝廊市集等都值得到訪。從這裡可以乘小巴直達西貢,休閒海邊一日遊也是weekend getaway的好主意。大堂牆上一句“蘿蔔青菜,各有所愛”,大概道出了不normal不一樣的香港,還是有好多玩法。

Address:
19 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Website
https://www.pentahotels.com/