Lifestyle

Temporary Urban Living

Hong Kong’s mini me residential footprint makes it challenging to be a good host. While it is expected in most countries that friends or family can stay in their host’s home, guests here are expected to find alternate accommodations. The reason: there is simply nowhere for them to sleep. Often hotel bills can quickly become cost prohibitive for those staying longer than a few days. And if any homeowner wants to renovate, the flat is typically too small to contain the dust, noise and fumes for its residents to remain during the process. That is where serviced apartments such as Lodgewood come in.

Situated in the heart of Wan Chai next to the MTR and Wan Chai Market, Lodgewood allows long stay visitors a chance to experience life as a local while allowing locals to continue living their daily lives even while living away from home.

L’hotel Group is a subsidiary of Chinachem Group and was the brainchild of the late Nina Wang. On her trips to Paris, she fell in love with its hotels and wanted to honour that affection with properties that offer style with substance. Lodgewood by L’hotel Wanchai is the latest offering in L’Hotel Group’s portfolio of urban hotels and serviced apartments in Tsuen Wan, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Kwun Tong, Aberdeen and Wan Chai.

Designed by local firm 2B Square, the 90 one- and two-bedroom fully furnished and decked out apartments measure 430 square feet. Along with dedicated mailboxes for each tenant, there is Twist, a resident’s lounge and gym that opens onto a terrace. Two bedroom units are ideal for families or for sharing between business associates, while one-bedroom suites are best for singles or couples. Each unit contains generous storage, mini hi-fi with CD player, iPad and iPhone connections, and HD LED television. Each kitchen is equipped with gas cooker, microwave, and Alessi utensils and crockery. The colour palette is neutral, with splashes of chocolate and green to bring in the hues of the adjacent park.

Lodgewood is a fitting addition to Wang’s vision of a stylish home away from home.