Few other hotels capture the essence of Hong Kong’s visual identity as well as The Fleming. Local design studio A Work of Substance was enlisted to transform what was originally a drab business hotel into a celebration of the city and especially the neighbourhood of Wan Chai that it is located in the midst of. The team took inspiration from Hong Kong’s maritime character, specifically from the Star Ferry which berths just a short hop from the hotel, translating its distinctive white-and-bottle green palette, efficiency-minded fittings and plucky resolve into captivating and whimsical interiors that evoke an essential Hong Kong-ness through a Wes Anderson lens. Perfect for design-minded folks or those who just want to get to know the city better, guests at The Fleming should not miss out on the apothecary-inspired ginseng and mandarin-scented bath products from in-house label Shen Nong (handily available for purchase at the reception), nor the eclectic coastal Italian fare from hotel restaurant Osteria Marzia.
41 Fleming Rd, Wan Chai; 3607 2288, thefleming.com
Amidst the bustle of Tin Hau is a facade that is conspicuous, punctuated only by a high-arched entrance, guarded by a gate. It leads not to the headquarters of a secret society but the 66-room boutique hotel TUVE. The property’s aesthetic is one of a kind, its open-plan rooms blending an adherence to industrial minimalism with the Japanese art of kintsugi, where cracks in the concrete walls are filled with gold. The atmosphere is one of pervading zen, all the better to attract an intellectual, design-minded crowd, and the amenities show for it (think Le Labo and Antipodes bottled water). Decamp here if you need a mental reset, with rooms starting from HK$1,000 per night.
16 Tsing Fung St, Tin Hau; 3995 8899, tuve.hk
The manicured lawns of the historical Kowloon Cricket Club form the metaphorical front yard to this 197-room boutique hotel. From its name all the way down to the the lobby design, which combines the check-in counter with an artisanal coffee bar and a well-stocked reading room, Page148 offers a pleasing respite from the bustle of the city. The rooms are designed along the principles of minimalism and natural light, offering a supremely calming place to unwind. And while there’s (thankfully) no spectacle to be had within the room, it’s the small yet thoughtful touches (like providing two types of pillows for different preferences, soothing APPELLES bath products, and high-quality, in-room drip coffee bags from local roastery Ideaology) that make all the difference. Get your fill of reading or hunker down and start on that novel you’ve been meaning to write – this hotel offers six guest-room configurations to fulfil all your intellectual needs, of which we recommend the Signature Greenery suite for its panoramic views of the surrounding cityscape.
148 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; 2132 6108, pagehotels.com
Perched above Lan Kwai Fong and a stone’s throw from Soho, the newly-revamped Ovolo Central could not be better located for those looking for a place to crash after a night out. The rock n’ roll-themed deluxe rooms are quiet (no mean feat when you neighbour a nightlife district) and the mini-bar and snacks come on the house, while an in-room Amazon Alexa can be asked to play tunes as you don your dancing boots. Make your way down to the ground floor for a hearty vegetarian dinner at VEDA before heading out into the night.
2 Arbuthnot Road, Central; 3755 3000, ovolohotels.com.hk
Tung Nam Lou
Located in the heart of Yau Ma Tei, the history of this hotel stretches back to 1950 when Chiuchow native Lo Chi-chung migrated to Hong Kong and founded the Tung Nam Lau seafood restaurant. Later repurposed into an office building, the establishment’s third transformation came last year in the form of a 52-room boutique hotel, which also encompasses a co-working space and an ‘art pub.’ History and art lovers will have plenty to explore here thanks to rotating exhibitions dedicated to local artists and the social fabric of the surrounding neighbourhood.
68 Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei; 3708 7788, tungnamlou.com
The Pier Hotel
Hong Kong doesn’t have many resorts to speak of, which makes The Pier Hotel a welcome addition to us city-dwellers. Surrounded by the idyllic, yacht-laden waters of Pak Sha Wan in Sai Kung, this newly-constructed, 40-room establishment mirrors the maritime scenery with clean lines and calming colours. Guests can lounge about at the rooftop garden or swimming pool, or stow away to the many beaches that dot this corner of the territory.
9 Pak Sha Wan Street, Sai Kung; 2912 6777, thepierhotel.com.hk