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Madera Hong Kong
One of the most affordable, upmarket boutique stays in the city; the Madera is set in the less traveled district of Jordan, just above Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s not a prime location, but it’s only minutes from the main tourist district in TST. The hotel itself is a knockout with all sorts of fantastic quirks. There’s an onsite art gallery that charts the history of Hong Kong through vintage cars, British post boxes, and much-loved rickshaws – a quirky historical theme that extends into the gym and the lobby. There’s also a game room with a 100-inch 3D projector linked to all the major games consoles. Rooms are well designed and spacious and an absolute steal at this price.
L Hotel Elan
Let’s get the location out the way first. No one chooses to stay in Kwun Tong - it’s too far from, well, just about anything of interest – but the Elan might change your mind. Rooms are impeccably well appointed in deep chocolate browns and offer more than enough room to swing your elbows. There’s also a catalog of fancy devices from iDocking speakers and a cordless phone to like flatscreen TVs and room service summoned by the iPad provided. There’s also a decent restaurant, extensive gym and a fantastic rooftop pool. But the greatest reward for staying a 20min MTR ride from downtown Hong Kong is the price - it’s an absolute steal for this sort of quality.
While it rarely pulls in the photographers anymore, like the drink, the Cosmo is a Hong Kong boutique hotel classic. Misshapen chairs and splashes of bright red, green and orange certainly mark it out as a boutique set up, even if it does look a little dated. There's little in the way of amenities, although the fact that all rooms are non-smoking is welcomed in a city where hotels can often smell like BBQs. It's well up to four-star standards, but the real attraction is the price, which can often be three- star or lower. It's an absolute bargain, particularly for the heart of the city Wan Chai location.