Lifestyle

Where comfort and convenience meets historical Sheung Wan

Citadines Mercer executive bedroom

Hong Kong’s historical Sheung Wan district is an area checkered with old and new buildings housing independent shops, selling everything from jewellery to plants to artisanal coffee. It is an area that truly encompasses the unique character of Hong Kong, and as such embraces the Citadines Mercer, a modern high rise, serviced apartment towering on the corner of Jervois Street and Mercer Street. 

Location-wise, the Citadines Mercer is only a few blocks away from the MTR, a stone’s throw from Queen’s Road, SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong, and only a slightly longer walk in the opposite direction to get to IFC, Exchange Square and the Macau Ferry; it is as central as you can get without actually being in Central. After all, Citadines is French for ‘urban’ or ‘citydweller’, and if you’re looking for something in the city, the Citadines Mercer would definitely tick that box. 


Citadines Mercer executive bay window

As I arrive, I’m greeted by two welcoming staff who check me in quickly, tell me about the property, hand over the electronic key card and send me off to my room on the 26th floor. First off, they have 24-hour security, a 24-hour fully-equipped gym and a buffet breakfast is served to residents at the Breeze Lounge. There are laundry and dry cleaning facilities as well as daily housekeeping. The ground floor is also home to a three Michelin star Japanese restaurant Sushi Shikon, which I contemplate for dinner as I’m going up in the lift. 


Citadines Mercer Breeze Lounge

My room is one of the largest at 410 square feet, it is a one-bedroom suite with a city view and is decorated similarly to the lobby. Cool and contemporary, the fittings are a mix of black glass, speckles of silver, mirror, deep polished wooden floors and pops of purple. The kitchenette is the first aspect I notice as I walk in and is ample for one or two people. There is a small bar fridge with complimentary drinks and snacks. There are mirrored cupboards with basic utensils, a sink, small microwave, kettle, a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary coffee, tea and water – dehydration was not an option here!


Citadines Mercer kitchen area

The kitchenette is mirrored by reflective black glass walls on the other side of the entrance, which a two-seater dining table is pressed up against. The rest of the room is living space, with a funky purple sofa placed purposely across from an LCD TV on which I could get cable. The large bay window at the end of the room looked out further into the Sheung Wan cityscape. In between the living space and bedroom is a half glass wall, which in addition to the reflective surfaces and large windows added to the impression of space. 

The bed was comfortable and another bay window let in more light. In the corner of the room was space for a study nook with access to a handy mobile phone on which free international calls and portable WiFi are among the functions. You can also log into high speed internet in the room. There’s a black glass cupboard with hotel-style storage, complete with a fold out ironing board and iron, hairdryer and lovely plush hotel-style dressing gowns. The bathroom also had similar features to a hotel with a bath, shower, complimentary bath products and a chandelier.


Citadines Mercer lounge area

Over my scrambled eggs and sausages at the light buffet breakfast the following morning, I wonder who would be more comfortable here, a young professional or a tourist? Looking at the clientele who had joined me for breakfast it would appear both. This is yet another way the Citadines Mercer was offering the best of both worlds.

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