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.
Address33 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
Phone+852 3518 9688
A modest boutique hotel in both ambition and price this mid-priced destination has smart rooms with bold colors and plenty of style and local character. Both the rooms and the hotel are small, which isn't unusual for Hong Kong, but do expect to feel cramped. The dealmaker or breaker here is the location. Right on the doorstep of Hong Kong's party district of Lan Kwai Fong, this is the perfect spot if you like to hit the pubs and clubs with your bed just a stumble away. If a late night margarita isn’t your thing then the LKF is worth avoiding; the crowd nearby is raucous, and in some rooms, the sound means you'll be enjoying the party like it or not.
This local brand has taken the city by storm in recent years, ticking off all the major tourist hotspots with outposts in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, and shopping haven Causeway Bay. Each of the hotels has its angle, but there is a streak of playfulness in the design with bright paint splashed across the ceilings and patterned couches slung in the corners. Rooms are small but then so are prices and given the central locations some of the deals can be attractive – especially for the prime locations.
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.