My rucksack and I just fitted into the cubby hole in the tiny hostel where I tossed fitfully when I first arrived in Hong Kong. I’ve since spent my honeymoon night (sans rucksack) in a suite at The Peninsula, the city's most venerable accommodation. In between times, I’ve performed a spectacular double-take on encountering a gnome at Philippe Patrick Starck’s boutique Jia, endured a night in a windowless room at a hotel in Tai Po whose name I shudder to recall, and still can’t make up my mind whether the harbour is better viewed from a bed in Kowloon looking toward the Island, or contrariwise.
No tally of Hong Kong hotels could miss out heroic caravanserai like the Mandarin Oriental, but I’ve tried to sidestep more pedestrian (albeit well-known) accommodation in favour of hotels with real character. It’s one thing to step out of the front door into an anonymous mall: quite another to find yourself Alice-Through-The-Looking-Glass’d into a tumultuous thoroughfare whose sights, sounds, aromas and remarkable brio could only belong to Hong Kong. A final note: The Ritz-Carlton re-opens in Hong Kong in March 2011; apart from anything else, it will be the highest hotel in the world. As they say - watch this space.
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