10 new Hong Kong hotels for every type of traveler
It's tempting when traveling to Hong Kong to book the same hotel you stayed in on your last trip to the city -- and maybe even the visit before that.
After all, when it comes to hotels, most of us do what we can to minimize surprises.
But before you give "old reliable" another night, you might do well to consider 10 newly opened Hong Kong hotels -- or ones that are coming soon.
One of them might convince you to try something new.
For design aficionados: Mira Moon
If a Chinese moon goddess teamed up with Lady Gaga to build a hotel, the result might look like the Miramar Group’s second Hong Kong property, Mira Moon.
Brimming with Chinese culture and tradition, Mira Moon was inspired by the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival’s fairy tale about the immortal Moon Goddess.
Guests are surrounded by antique Chinese fabrics and prints, peony flower wall details and staff wearing “Moon’s fashion collection” -- the hotel’s version of a uniform.
Mira Moon, which plans to open in August 2013, will have 91 rooms ranging from 221 square feet to a 1,247-square-feet penthouse suite on the 36th floor.
Mira Moon is expected to open in August; 388 Jaffe Road, Wanchai; from HK$2,600 ($335)/night
For families: Auberge Discovery Bay
It's not exactly El Nido, but Auberge claims fame for being Hong Kong's very first resort.
Sitting in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island -- where there's plenty of green space and no cars (just shuttle buses) -- it's great for families and nature lovers.
The resort has 325 rooms and all things fancy: an al fresco dining area with an oceanfront terrace, a European tall ship, a glass chapel and a horse carriage to get you there.
All oceanfront rooms and suites feature sunken baths and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Auberge is a 30-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong's top nightlife strip, Lan Kwai Fong. Ferries run round the clock so there's no fear of missing the last boat.
Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, 88 Siena Ave., Discovery Bay Lantau Island; +852 2295 8288; from HK$1,090 ($141)/night
For thrill-seekers: Hotel Indigo Hong Kong
Hotel Indigo's glass-bottom infinity pool on the 29th floor has attracted a lot of attention since opening in May. Next time you're in Wanchai, look up and you might see a person seemingly swimming in mid-air.
Hotel Indigo was awarded the Best Hotel Architecture Hong Kong prize at the 2013 Asia Pacific Hotel Awards.
The facade of this newbie -- located next to the Star Street Precinct, one of Hong Kong’s hippest districts -- resembles a dragon wrapping itself around the building, with a glowing pearl (the pool) in its mouth.
Interiors and furniture were inspired by the neighborhood.
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong, 242 To 246 Queen's Road East, Wanchai; +852 3926 3888; from HK$2,300 ($297)/night
For those who appreciate the little details: V Wanchai2
You might not be familiar with Edge Design Institute Ltd, the group that created V Wanchai2’s interior spaces. But you may be familiar with the home of one of its chief designers, Gary Chang. Or at least the viral video of his cramped little flat that has 24 rooms.
There aren't any moving walls to play around with in this hotel, but guests get a fusion of chic European and Chinese designs. For instance, the lattice in the lobby is made from 250 abacuses.
Its garden terrace offers complimentary happy hour cocktails.
Other features included in the room price include drinks, WiFi, a fitness room (near the hotel) and access to the hotel’s DVD library.
V Wanchai2 Hotel, 180 Jaffe Road, Wanchai; +852 3602 2388; from HK$1,380 ($178)/night
For flashpackers: Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon
Following the openings of properties in Shanghai and Beijing, this Europe-based hotel brand will expand its footprint to East Kowloon in Hong Kong this summer.
The 695-room hotel is targeted at high-end backpackers. Designed by Shanghai-based Neri & Hu, the hotel is contemporary and rustic, resembling a New York loft.
The hotel’s first floor features the hip pentalounge, a signature common space for guests found in every Pentahotel. There's also an outdoor pool and gym.
Apart from WiFi, Wii, billards and board games included in the price of the room, the pentalounge houses an upscale version of Hong Kong's wet markets that serves local street foods.
Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon is expected to open in August;19 Luk Hop St., Kowloon; rates TBA
For business travelers: Courtyard Hong Kong Shatin
Sitting in an atypical location in the New Territories, this hotel makes up for its locational disadvantage with abundant light, tranquility, an open river view and spacious interiors.
With 539 rooms, it’s the second largest Courtyard in the brand’s portfolio.
The business hotel also has a restaurant, MoMo Café, serving international cuisine and buffets.
There's WiFi throughout all public areas, a 24-hour gym, outdoor swimming pool and business center.
As with many other Marriott hotels, Courtyard by Marriot also has the newest Goboard, a virtual concierge on a 55-inch touch screen offering up-to-date local information. Guests can sync information on local events, transportation tips and maps with their mobile.
Courtyard Hong Kong Sha Tin, 1 On Ping St., Sha Tin New Territories; +852 3940 8888; from HK$1,480 ($190)/night
For urban explorers: Ovolo
"Been there. Done that."
If that's your least favorite travel catch phrase, one of Ovolo's two new Hong Kong hotels might be worth a look.
Prior to the extension of the subway line to the south of Hong Kong Island, this community of fishermen was untouched by Hong Kong's urban vibe (with the exception of Ocean Park).
Due to open this summer, Ovolo in Aberdeen sits by the sea in an area full of fresh seafood and with a traditional floating village.
Ovolo Southside in Wong Chuk Hang, on the other hand, is Hong Kong's first hotel to have been fully converted from a warehouse. It's set to open near the end of the year.
Ovolo in Aberdeen is expected to open in August; 100 Shek Pai Wan Road, Aberdeen; +852 2165 1000; from HK$2,500 ($322)
Ovolo Southside is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2013; 66 Wong Chuk Hang Road; rates TBA
For action lovers: Hotel Pennington by Rhombus
The down-to-earth version of its Rhombus sister hotels, some might be disappointed that Hotel Pennington doesn’t have a hot nightclub like the Azure in Hotel LKF by Rhombus. But with its location in the middle of Causeway Bay, it doesn’t need one.
A short walk from the Happy Valley racecourse, shopping and trendy hipster districts, this hotel is perfect for those who love being in the middle of the action.
Hotel Pennington by Rhombus is expected to open in the third quarter in 2013; 13 Pennington St., Causeway Bay; +852 3970 0688; rates TBA
For the budget-conscious: OZO Wesley Hong Kong
If your only hotel wishes are to get a good night’s sleep and have connectivity included in your room rate, OZO Wesley Hong Kong is a solid bet.
From the company behind the luxury Saffron hotels and resorts and upscale Amari hotels, ONYX Hospitality Group has made the move into no-frills accommodation.
By keeping facilities simple and practical, Ozo aims to offer value for budget travelers.
With 251 guest rooms, the hotel features WiFi included in room rates, a contemporary Chinese restaurant, meeting space and fitness center.
OZO Wesley Hong Kong, 22 Hennessy Road, Wanchai; +852 2292 3000; from HK$1,100 ($142)/night
For backpackers: YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel
YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel offers a look at an increasingly rare side of Hong Kong.
Being the last remaining building in the first public housing estate in Hong Kong, Mei Ho House is set to be the city's most buzzed about hostel when renovated later this year.
Original designs from the 1950s include the "Mei Ho House" lettering on the facade and an H-shaped architectural layout.
The hostel will have 129 rooms, an exhibition highlighting the Heritage of Mei Ho House, a cafe, convenience store, self-catering kitchen and laundry.
YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2013; Block 41, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po; +852 2788 1638; rates TBA