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You don’t need Terence Conran to design your hotel to find a great room. Check out our top five Hong Kong boutique hotels on a budget. The list of hotels below are the picks for the best budget and boutique stays in the city, from three stars to five stars.
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.