J Plus by YOO

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Book from HK$939

A chic and funky design pad, amidst a plethora of dim sum places and superb shopping on Hong Kong Island
Designed by French design guru Philippe Starck, then redesigned and rebranded by his protégés YOO, this boutique offering is every bit as chi-chi as you'd expect. J Plus by YOO has upgraded its exposure in Causeway Bay with an arresting architectural design, graffiti-covered façade and an exterior Mona Lisa-style portrait.

We visited in 2016 and the ambient lobby’s colourful mesh of modern and vintage, east and west, was a show-stopper, delighting us as we check-in. Chinese dragon and bamboo motifs in red and orange contrast with the eclectic art and design-savvy European furniture. During the day it's full of hip young things sipping lattes and firing up their laptops.

Upstairs, the Studios and Suites are bright, contemporary and appealing - perfect for business or leisure travellers who want an edgy hotel in the heart of Hong Kong's action. With its superb location in Causeway Bay's shopping area – think Gucci et al – and next door to lively markets and night life areas, this ticks every box. The pulse of the city is right here.

Highs

  • A bright and airy lobby, plus beautifully designed rooms by YOO - wacky, stylish and welcoming
  • Longer stay guests will appreciate the self-service laundry area and simple self-catering facilities (in-room kitchens or kitchenettes)
  • Easy access from Hong Kong airport and the helpful concierge has great local recommendations
  • In-room Handy Smartphones which you can take it around with you and even tether your own phone (free international calls to selected countries including UK, US and Australia)

Lows

  • It’s in a frenetic shopping and business area, so it can get noisy - if this worries you, request a high floor room
  • The Studios are quite compact, but this is the norm in Hong Kong
  • Some elements of the Suites are looking a bit tired
  • Room prices can fluctuate quite a lot at busy times of year

Best time to go

Spring (March-mid to May) is the best time to visit Hong Kong - the weather is fresh and warm, but not too humid. There are also a lot of spring events to see, such as the flower show, Art Basel and outdoor weekend markets. Summer is very humid, but autumn is lovely (late Sept-Nov). Book well ahead for the Chinese New Year celebrations (January or February); note that it will be very busy and many shops close.

Our top tips

Bring spring and summer clothing; add woollies if you're coming during winter (it can fall to 5 degrees). A light jacket or pashmina will be useful all year round as it can get quite cool in the evenings and malls, restaurants, cinemas and other indoor venues often feature fierce air-conditioning. A half empty suitcase will mean you can take advantage of Hong Kong's excellent shopping...

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 54
  • Breakfast (+ limited self-catering)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Self-service laundry area
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • In-room food delivery
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating: Lobby pantry
Activity:

Activities

  • Shop 'til you drop in luxury Causeway Bay - there’s always a sale on somewhere, or check out the local markets next door to the hotel
  • Stroll to Victoria Park on the bay and look out for a flower show or weekend market
  • Jump on the Star ferry to Kowloon. The views of the city are amazing, especially at 8pm, when the laser show starts
  • Travel by tram around Hong Kong Island - the old trams are beautiful and scenic, the pace great for relaxed sightseeing - plus, it’s a bargain!
  • Happy Valley Racecourse is nearby and during racing season makes an exciting evening out, cheering the horses as they gallop under the floodlit course surrounded by skyscrapers
  • Ascend The Peak, Honk Kong Island's highest point, for breathtaking views

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

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!

Family friendly accommodation:

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:

Babysitting is available on request.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs
  • Laundry facilities

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Families Should Know:

The hotel runs straight onto a busy road, so you'll need to keep and eagle-eye on little ones.

Kid Friendly: Blue Suite

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
6/
Food
9/
Service
7/
Value
8/
Overall

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