Inner City Oasis

Although it makes commercial sense for hotels to cluster in a city's prime tourist quarters, for some holidaymakers the experience of stepping out of a lobby and onto a street full of more hotels, souvenir shops and other tourists can be disappointing. But there's no danger of a letdown at Hong Kong's Langham Place Hotel (www.langhamhotels.com). It's situated in the heaving heart of Mongkoka working-class district famed for being one of the most densely populated places on earth. Guests thus enjoy the best of both worlds: five-star luxury within, and the "real Hong Kong" outside. In a trice, you can...

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