Before we traveled to Hong Kong we looked for a good hotel with a rooftop bar from this listing (of course!). There are quite a few of these to choose from in Hong Kong, but after comparing quality and price the choice fell on the East Hotel.
The hotel is located in the area Tai Koo a little bit outside the center of Hong Kong, but quick and easy to get everywhere either by taxi or the subway which is directly adjacent to the hotel.
We arrived at the hotel at 9am in the morning and fortunately enough we got access to our rooms directly. Extra nice since the typhoon Haima was in full swing outside, which meant that virtually the entire Hong Kong was closed down so it would have been difficult to kill time outside the hotel.
Our upgraded rooms were located on the 29th floor (of 32) and had large windows from floor to ceiling with a magical view of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline, really a room with a view! Otherwise, the rooms felt modern and fresh, really comfortable beds and pillows, cool and stylish decor, all the amenities one could wish for. Only minus was maybe a little too glassy and open toilet...
Because of the bad weather the first day the pool was closed and we had the chance to try out the gym a little instead. Ok size and range to be a hotel gym, good service with staff who supplied us with water bottles, towels and lockers for our stuff.
When the weather managed to pull itself together we also got to try the pool, both morning, daytime and evening swim. The pool was on the 4th floor, had obviously been even more powerful if it was up on the roof, but still very fresh and cool to swim and splash around surrounded by some older high-rise buildings and discuss what people were doing inside the windows.
The breakfast that was included was really fresh and good. No excessive buffet, but just what was needed with yogurt, granola, breads, juices, some cheeses and salami / salmon. Then you ordered the free coffee of choice and any main course, where the Eggs Benedict was a personal favorite.
Overall East is a really nice hotel, quiet, relaxed atmosphere and staff that cheerfully helped with everything we needed.
Up on the 32nd floor of the East Hotel you find the rooftop bar Sugar. We had booked a first visit there on evening numer one, but because of the typhoon that ravaged the visit was not quite as we imagined. The terrace was not unexpectedly closed. But we still took place in the inner part of the bar and tried a little of what they had to offer.
There was an extensive cocktail list to choose from, we ordered a couple of different ones and everyone of them was really nice, it was noticeable that they had spent some time on them. Also tried some good bat snacks, including a Chicken Satay which was also very good.
Another nice touch was that they constantly replenished with popcorn at the table, and not the usual popcorn, but instead curry popcorn. A little hesitant at first but soon realized it was unexpectedly good! And in the corner of the room there was a DJ that played some nice tunes which enhanced the atmosphere even more.
Small minus was the slightly slow service, had to double check about our order a few times. And because of the rain and the fact that the terrace was closed, it was quite dark and a bit heavy atmosphere in the bar(more like a nightclub). So it was pretty obvious that we would have to make a return visit.
And in the end there was not just one but several visits. And with better weather and open doors out to the terrace, we saw what a great rooftop bar Sugar really is!
A long terrace with comfortable lounge sofas mixed with high bar stools and tables, a really nice looking bar, a welcoming atmosphere and above all a wonderful view of the water and the Hong Kong skyline.
Above all a little different view from many of the other rooftop bars which are more centrally located. A bit calmer light than the harsh neon signs in the center, so one can, for example, better watch the boats go in and out of Victoria Harbour.
All in all Sugar is a really nice rooftop bar to just hang out on. The last night we sat there a long time and just enjoyed ourselfes before it was time to take the elevator a few floors down and pack for an early departure.
- Co-founder, Creative & rooftop expert at The Rooftop Guide