Editor's Review: Getting in the Mood

Life is wonderfully different staying at The Mood – it takes you to the heart of the flourishing Mid-Levels, yet far from the madding crowd

A newcomer to the thriving serviced apartment scene on the Mid-Levels, it opened its doors only two months ago. The Mood, situated on the bustling junction between Lyndhurst Terrace and the Mid-Levels Escalator, is as close as you can get to the heart of Central.

Surrounded by supermarkets, hip bars and restaurants as well as lifestyle shopping boutiques, everything you need is a short walk away when living here.

The building façade itself is a work of art, featuring a herd of geometric sculpture sprawling up the building in sharp black and white, giving an indication to the exceptional interior.

I check into the penthouse on the 23rd floor. This 1,060 square foot suite has a soaring living room completed by a row of floor-to-ceiling windows stretching from the main room to the two en suites. This wall of windows is completed with windowsill seating, where I spend even more time than on the couch trying to memorise what the skyscrapers in Central looked like from a new point of view up here.

Brimming with an aura of Scandinavian elegance, mixed with a touch of industrial chic, the interior with whitewashed wall receives ample natural light against furnishings in neutral colour palette. The interior clinched silver at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design awards this year.

As heavenly as the room is, the centrepiece of the penthouse is upstairs – a 900 square foot private rooftop with a Jacuzzi and a barbecue area that enjoys an unimpeded vista from the lower business and shopping district to the upper residential sprawl.

I’m not quite prepared for a roof-top party tonight (although it would obviously be perfect here) so I pass on the barbecue, but the Jacuzzi is an epic delight not to be missed.

Although not the tallest building in the area, there’s a comfortable distance between the rooftop and the surrounding buildings so merely dimming or turning off the outdoor lights will you get enough privacy. Nothing says relaxation like soaking in a Jacuzzi and cloud-gazing with a glass of cold champagne and a jazz album on loop.

Back down to the living room, at the back of the two-seat sofa, lies an open kitchen equipped with pots and pans and a Nespresso machine, which leads into the master bedroom with a walk-in wooden closet. The king-sized bed is facing the window wall where I can wake up with the iconic Center tower in sight.

Staying in a high quality furnished apartment is desirable, but even glossy tiles and sweeping views can’t make up for your surroundings if the service is substandard.

With a spirit of being a home away from home, the serviced apartment takes pride in its 24-hour concierge and fitness centre available to all residents.

It seems negligible making sure there’s always someone to pick up the phone when it rings at the concierge, but even some of the world’s top hospitality companies can mess this up.

The front line staff who are unlucky enough to serve the needy me go the extra mile to remain solicitous and helpful throughout my stay.

With the hustling Mid-Levels on the doorstep, impeccable services and a room furnished to the highest quality, The Mood leaves a reverberating impression for anyone looking for a pleasant and brief stay.

Rating (5 is the highest)

Environment: 4/5 Location: 5/5 Amenities: 4/5 Sleep Quality: 4/5