“A chic and funky design pad, amidst a plethora of dim sum places and superb shopping on Hong Kong Island”
The Studios and Suites randomly sport funky colour combinations of warm red and purple, cooler dark and light blue, fresh green and yellow, or playful purple and orange palettes, all against mostly white backgrounds.
Each chic and funky Studio has a small lounge and a kitchenette. Teak floors and modern fabrics creates an sense of eclecticism, and the TV cleverly swivels so you can watch it in bed or from the sofa. They aren't large, but Starck has been inventive and we found them endearingly cosy.
We stayed in one of the Suites; more spacious than the Studios, they include a full kitchen and a large living room (with dining table). In each category there a Plus option, which guarantees extra little luxuries, a top-floor location and some discounted services.
Shower rooms make good use of space and are stocked with Noble Isle products, whose scents change according to season (perhaps Perry Pear, Willow Song or Fireside). All rooms have heating, air-conditioning, a surround-sound music system and all the tech you could need. Funky postcards and mini-notebooks by Szabotage are provided for guests’ use.
A basic but filling breakfast is served in the reception area, amongst the vintage and modern (but somewhat awkward) furniture. Think fresh fruit, toast, cereal, a Danish pastry selection, cheese and unlimited tea, juice or coffee. The best pastries are liable to run out so don’t arrive too late.
Those on longer stays will be glad of the self-catering provisions: the Studios have kitchenettes, the Suites have full kitchens. All include tea- and coffee-making facilities and a well-stocked minibar.
For other meals, the concierge has excellent restaurant recommendations. Next door to the hotel lobby you'll find a great Japanese barbecue restaurant, and don't miss the dumplings at Michelin-starred Din Tai Fung (very affordable and just across the road). Nearby streets, especially Keswick and Haven, also feature some cool local eateries.
Obviously this is a hip city hotel, but the Suites are actually very well laid out for families. We even saw some children making use of the lobby's Starck furniture - having fun sliding off it!
The Suites are like little apartments, each with a double bedroom, a full kitchen and a lounge that can sleep a baby and a child. All rooms have a at least a kitchenette and a seating area.
Babysitting is available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The hotel runs straight onto a busy road, so you'll need to keep and eagle-eye on little ones.