Although I wouldn’t shy away from the chance to stay in sprawling, five-star establishments (who would?), boutique hotels are more my jam. And this one in Hong Kong is a goodie.
The first impression.
One thing I quickly learned on my debut visit to the Special Administrative Division of the People’s Republic of China known as Hong Kong, is that navigating your way to your hotel during evening peak hour, massive suitcase in tow, was never going be smooth-sailing. Hong Kong Metro’s airport express service is absolutely faultless (as is their whole metro system, actually), but stepping out of Causeway Bay station at 7-ish PM and straight into throngs of commuters meant the five-min walk to the hotel was actually a 20-min mission.
Twenty minutes and two accidental detours later and we arrived at the hotel, lit up like a swanky lounge and with the coolest lobby I’ve ever seen. Acclaimed designer dude Philippe Starck is one name behind the Yoo brand, so naturally the lobby was Philippe Starck errything. Not that I minded one bit.
We were greeted by a really lovely receptionist who handed us the keys, gave us the rundown of the hotel’s operation and sent us to the lifts with a smile. All ticks so far.
J Plus is located in the bustling Causeway Bay, just a short stroll from the MTR Causeway Bay station, heaps of alleyway cafes, shops, Victoria Park, Times Square mall and a store selling the greatest dessert I have ever consumed anywhere in the world, ever.
Like absolutely everywhere in HK, the rooms are compact and cosy. This hotel is reasonably priced so, if your budget allows, definitely treat yo’self to one of the suites. We opted for the Studio Plus, which is equipped with a small living area, bedroom with TV, kitchenette, bathroom and small work desk. It’s enough, especially because the city itself is absolutely amazing and you are probably going to find enough excuses to be out exploring (and eating amazingly cheap and glorious food), that the room will really only be used for sleeping.
Around the hotel.
J Plus features a small business/meeting space, nice open-air terrace and a gym, but the lobby is where all the action happens. Head there for breakfast, free afternoon tea and free wine time in the evening. It also doubles as a gallery space with rotating exhibits from local and international artists.
- The nightly Wine Time, and the 24-hour drinks bar (tea, coffee, water and juice).
2. The free Handy smartphone available for use during your stay. It’s preloaded with local restaurant and bar recommendations, info on nearby attractions, maps for navigating the city and you can make unlimited local and international calls (the latter to selected destinations). There’s also unlimited 3G data, so you can hotspot to your own phone and still keep your social networks updated on the go.
If you’re expecting a lavish buffet breakfast, you’re going to be disappointed. The lobby is cosy and the breakfast session means a small selection of buns, fruit, oats and toast, which gives you enough choice to fuel up for a day’s exploring.
The final word.
The appropriate amount of hipster in an equally hip part of town. TICK!
- How much? From US $211 a night. Price includes breakfast and use of the Handy phone for the duration of your stay.
- Wi-Fi? Yes, and it won’t cost you a dome.
- Contact deets? +852 3196 9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Good for? Couples, friends, solo travellers