Editor's review: Gateway Apartments

Whenever Hong Kong is represented in the movies, it is often as a sweeping shot of the skyline viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui. It is spectacular no matter how many times it has been seen before. And that was the main reason I adored my one bedroom unit at Gateway Apartments as soon as I stepped inside.

While I was aware of Gateway’s office complex, I had no idea that there were serviced apartments nestled within the top 15-storeys in two of its towers. Check-in was a pleasant surprise. I had an apartment booked at Sutton Court, and Maria at concierge warmly welcomed me by giving me a thorough overview of the property as well as a personal tour. I learned the name of my housekeeper who would understand my preferences for folding laundry and other small details, as well as Gateway’s commitment to the environment through the provision of green detergents and recycling boxes available within each unit.

I soon found out that not only did Gateway offer some of the city’s best vistas; it also had some of its largest suites. Studios starting at 712 square feet were favoured by singles on work contracts, while three bedroom penthouses at 2,931 square feet attracted families with children and live-in helpers. It seems that Japanese residents make up about a third of the residents, with another third being expats from Europe, North America and Australia. Southeast Asians constitute about 10 percent, while locals and mainland Chinese each consists of less than five percent. Some long-stay residents have made Gateway their home with their own furnishings and artwork which the management kindly allowed. Indeed, the management purposely under-furnishes each suite knowing that people accumulate possessions that they will wish to display.

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My 1,189 square foot apartment had everything I needed for a comfortable stay. It was tastefully appointed in neutral tones with a combined living and dining area, an enclosed kitchen with gas hob and a large bathroom with a separate shower stall. In between the bathroom and bedroom was a dressing area that also doubled as a study. Both the bedroom and the living area faced west towards Hong Kong and Lantau islands; since it was a clear night, I enjoyed the sunset as I contemplated my options for dinner. There was Harbour City, with its bevy of casual and gourmet choices or city’super where I could pick up everything I needed to create a feast. And, of course, there was Pacific Club, which I determined I should take advantage of since every Gateway resident is entitled to complimentary membership at this exclusive private club.

With its 140,000 square feet spread over five storeys, Pacific Club pretty much has leisure covered. I actually got lost walking around, as I found it similar to being on a cruise ship—after all, the club reaches out into the harbour just like Ocean Terminal, and has the long and narrow proportions of a ship. Upon surveying the outdoor and indoor tennis courts on the top floor as well as the enormous children’s play area, I worked up an appetite with a few rounds in the four-lane bowling alley followed by some snooker. It was an easy decision to go for the Texan barbecue buffet that evening despite the other Western and Asian options beckoning. I have long wanted to try the Lone Star state’s famous brisket and this was probably as close to it as I will get for another few years. I finished the evening in the spa with alternate soaks in hot and cold whirlpools and enjoyed the sparkle of Hong Kong’s skyline in the distance. All was right in the world. 

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