Jia Hong Kong
1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China
- Recommended for:
- Singles, Shopping
Expert review of Jia Hong Kong
Jia scored a number of firsts when it opened its doors in 2004. Hong Kong’s first international boutique hotel was also Philippe Starck’s first boutique foray in Asia. Its then avant garde décor may have been usurped by rival boutiques but I still reckon it’s a fabulous, hip spot to hang out. Rack rates may sound steep but factor in breakfast, the ‘insider access’ privilege card affording complimentary perks and privileges at myriad venues around town, free WiFi and local calls, local gym access, freshly baked cakes and 24-hour soft drinks, evening wine in the lobby, use of a DVD library (hard to imagine why you’d need it) and, ye gods, a complimentary self-laundry facility (unheard of in Hong Kong) and my advice is don’t think; book.
In the thick of Hong Kong’s shopping and dining hub and on some of the world’s prime real estate. With the MTR, tram, bus stops and Victoria Park mere minutes’ away, it doesn’t get more accessible.
You could give yourself a migraine trying to work out how they did it and the answer is: don’t. The locals are masters at creative use of space – which is why the studios manage to squeeze a living, dining and working area along with a marble-finished kitchen and bathroom into a shoebox of a space. Far from feeling cramped the overall look is ‘chic apartment’ rather than hotel room. The 54 rooms include two duplex penthouses.
In Mandarin Jia means ‘home’ and this isn’t far off. With its satin sofas, silk curtains and eccentric furniture the small-ish lobby manages to strike the right balance between cosy and chic and the second-floor sundeck with barbecue is a boon.
Serving Michelin-starred Italian and doubling as an art gallery The Drawing Room is something of a hot spot among design-conscious locals.
Simply not space for them, sadly. Victoria Park provides plenty of room to jog, do tai chi and there's a public pool too.
Younger holidaymakers and style-conscious leisure and business travellers (including quite a few long-stayers) eschewing big-brand fuss and frills.
You may get a better bang for your buck - specifically more space - at non-designer hotels.
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- 1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China
- Free tags / Keywords:
- designer chic
- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking
- Causeway Bay