Gorgeous design-lead properties are perfect escapist options for a money-saving weekend staycation. Here are six new entrants to Hong Kong’s already outstanding hotel scene.
As a staycationer, run-of-the-mill cookie-cutter hotels should be circumvented, because the best way to experience a city you already know is from within a gorgeous hotel such as Hotel Indigo. This finely-designed green-focused boutique property is so well-made that it was recently awarded ‘Best Hotel Architecture in Hong Kong’ at the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards. This comes as no surprise, as some of the stand-out features include a vertiginous infinity glass-bottomed pool jutting out from the roof and an architectural burnished bronze ‘dragon’ which coats the building. Concealed subtle lighting attached to the solar fins of the dragon enables it to shimmer at night. Within the hotel are 138 individually-styled rooms equipped with all mod-cons and the appealing Skybar. It is situated within spitting distance from some of the heritage sites of old Wan Chai, such as the iconic Blue Building on Stone Nullah Lane.
246 Queen’s Road East
Tel: +852 3926 3888
Auberge Discovery Bay is another great hotel to escape the city without leaving. A short-term migration here would certainly ease the senses, with the property offering guests the chance to experience the greener side of Hong Kong. Positioned on the waterfront and surrounded by verdant greenery, the hotel features 261 rooms of varying size, with unobstructed ocean or mountain views in all the suites on the top six floors of the hotel. Distinguishing elements include sunken baths in all ocean view rooms, a seaside chapel, an outdoor swimming pool and a golf course situated within close proximity of the hotel.
88 Siena Avenue
Tel: +852 2295 8288
Flaunting themselves as an ‘un-hotel,’ Pentahotel Hong Kong is a trailblazing mid-range boutique property which has a neighbourhood lifestyle ethos about it. A key part of this is the pentalounge, which is a unified hub that functions equally as a reception, lobby, bar and café. At the entrance, overhead hotel signage mimicking an old cinema lightbox greets guest on arrival, with an open pizza bar adding to the casual welcome. In from here are painted concrete walls laced with Hong Kong-themed graphics, while on the first floor are two Games Rooms lined with aged brick walls inlaid with reclaimed oak. Guests can take advantage of the pool table, foosball, Wii or Internet Corners, and there are also bikes available to explore the area, which would be a great way to explore a city you might think you already know.
19 Luk Hop Street
San Po Kong
Tel: +852 3112 8222
If you want a staycation with a heavy dosage of class, look no further than the fetching Mira Moon. A collaborative baby created by Wanders & yoo and Miramar Group, the hotel reeks of modish refinement, having taken Hong Kong hospitality design to even further heights than the altitudes it was already reaching. The stunner of a property features a design theme crafted to be etched into the minds of guests long after they leave. Throughout the property are impressive, sensorially–infectious traces, including digitally composed glazed Bisazza tile graphics, flowery tailored carpets, cut shards of crystal and a unique lucky charm feature wall in the lobby. In the 91 rooms are lightning-compatible iPod docks, iPad minis and Nespresso coffee machines.
88 Jaffe Rd
Tel: +852 2643 8888
Although some might argue this brand does cut their properties like a cookie, Courtyard is one of the more unique arms of company, with this one being their biggest yet. As an in-town getaway it is ideal, with the Sha Tin location offering guests an abundance of that endangered resource known as fresh air. There is also plenty of that equally scarce element known as natural greenery, with the hotel particularly proud of their serene views over the Shing Mun River. The guestrooms were designed to emphasise the natural surroundings and river scenery as well. The outdoor pool is a great place to get your share of unsoiled oxygen, and guests have all the cultural attractions of New Territories located right on their doorstep.
1 On Ping St.
Tel: 852 3940 8888
Prominently situated in the centre of Causeway Bay, Hotel Pennington would be great for an in-town shopping spree, with Times Square, SOGO, Lee Gardens, Hysan Place and more located within minutes of the hotel. Designed as a home away from home, natural materials and a neutral colour palette run across the property, with whimsical mood lighting and accented artwork creating intimacy. Less home-like are the technologically-savvy touches, which include convenient in-room USB-charging options and LCD panels that display events outside the door for added security. The high spot (literally) of the hotel is the top floor studios which come with panoramic city vistas.
13-15 Pennington St.
Tel: +852 3970 0688