Spotlight on the Somerset, Victoria Park

Aptly named after Hong Kong Electric built a power station in the area in 1913, Electric Road spurred the development of the entire North Point neighbourhood. Even though the power station was decommissioned in the 70’s, if you walk down Electric Road today, the name is still strangely fitting; neon signs, fluorescent shop lights and headlights from the steady stream of cars illuminate the once mundane but now bustling street.

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It was a short five-minute walk from the Tin Hau MTR station, past an array of eateries, traditional stationery shops and clothing boutiques to get to my destination, number 118 Electric Road. Nestled on the corner of Electric Road and Wing Hing Street, the Somerset, Victoria Park is literally a block away from Victoria Park. Somerset, Victoria Park is housed in a modern building which felt at home on a road that embraces the new and the old. At just three years old, the building stands at 25 stories high and has an unassuming entrance on Wing Hing Street.


Sliding doors revealed a compact, modern lobby with a slick dark décor. My check-in was pleasant and brief and I was given a run-down of the available facilities which included the residents’ lounge, launderette and a gym that is housed in a neighbouring building. I was given a Studio Executive suite which falls midway on the spectrum of rooms available. They vary from a 183-square-foot Studio (of which there are 20) to a 356-square-foot One-Bedroom Deluxe suite (of which there are four); in between are the Studio Twin, Studio Executive and Studio Premier suites.



At 204 square feet, my room was compact but very functional. The room itself continued the lobby’s dark, modern feel. Large windows helped open up the room and gave way to an aerial view of Electric Road which was teeming with life below. The room felt halfway between the hotel and serviced apartment; there were a good-sized kettle, bar fridge and microwave, but it was without a stove top and had limited crockery and cutlery. A clever and convenient addition for out of towners was the complimentary ‘Handy’ telephone, which boasts a 3G connection and allows your regular phone to hotspot so you can keep roaming costs down, among a host of other uses. After a quick scout of the bathroom which ticked the standard clean, compact and modern boxes and had the accessories usually supplied by a hotel, I headed down to check out the rest of the facilities.

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In addition to providing hotel launderette services, there is a brightly lit self-service launderette on the second floor which consisted of three stacked washers and dryers, for which the Somerset provide washing detergent. I head down to the 24-hour residents’ lounge on the first floor that serves complimentary coffee and tea all day and night and a continental breakfast in the
morning, with eggs cooked to your liking. There are five nicely appointed seating pods with dark wood tables, dark aqua seats and two television sets. As the hotel is strictly non-smoking, there is also a small smoking balcony for those who need it.

Finally, I go in search of some food. Even though the property is a mere ten-minute stroll to the trendy Tung Lo Wan Road or a ten-minute meander through Victoria Park to Causeway Bay, I make it across the street, and amidst the hustle and bustle and multi-coloured lights, I can see that there is absolutely no shortage of dining choices. It is truly electric.