Hotel Lan Kwai Fong - Turd Polishing Done Right
Ah... the three simple syllables that will set any Hong Kong denizen's pulse racing "Lan" "Kwai" and "Fong". It's a little square road of bars and clubs staring at an artificial cliff face. And to get there, you usually have to trudge up a neon lined hill abuzz with excitement. A journey that is hard to re-create, let alone beat.
A name carrying such gravitas for style and parties is due to be used by others. There are at least two "Lan Kwai Fong" boutique-type hotels. SJM of Macau, no stranger to "borrowing" successes, has gotten into the game by remodeling their former hotel/casino The Kingsway into Hotel Lan Kwai Fong. While this author has not visited, there are still before and after photos.
First the Hotel Kingsway before:
Ah the 70's. At some places they are coming back, at the hotel Kingsway they never left. I swear I saw a movie starring John Holmes in a room at the Kingsway, probably with one of the middle-aged cocktail waitress in the oh-so-sexy orange aprons. John left that stain in the corner.
Whoa! Now that's a change. If SJM fixes all their other decrepit properties this way, there may be some serious competition for the mid-to-lower markets in Macau. Great job SJM.