Hong Kong's 10 Best Boutique Hotels: Small Hotels with a Big Heart

Hong Kong's got a new game to play, and it's called Flip the Office Block into a Boutique Hotel. It's a neat idea. The city could always do with more hotel beds, and especially in the middle of town. So strip out the partition walls, add mattresses, pillows and a restaurant and bar, and start welcoming guests.

Two of the most recent examples are The Pottinger and Mira Moon; each shoehorned beds, eateries and an eclectic design into what were once fairly dull skyscrapers filled with equally dull offices. The best thing about the new trend, from a guest's point of view, is that you step out of the hotel straight into the heart of the action. 

Other boutique hotels are older, larger, but by no means less interesting. Right next to one of Hong Kong Island's best shopping malls, East is a real gem. The Luxe Manor's design is one of the most unusual anywhere. And Hullett House, just steps away from the Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, was once a police station, and has been cleverly converted into very luxurious accommodation.

Wherever you stay, Hong Kong's boutique hotels prove beyond doubt that small is beautiful.

The Luxe Manor
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It's not really a manor, and it has a distinct take on luxe " but this hotel really is one of a kind. In the back streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, the decor falls into the weird and wonderful category, especially when it comes to the themed suites,...  Read More

Wan Chai
Mira Moon
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A unique 91-room hotel, Mira Moon presents a contemporary abstract interpretation of Chinese tradition in contemporary Hong Kong. Modern tech-friendly features, including 32-46" HD LED IPTV, iPad mini, handy smartphone for free local and...  Read More

The Pottinger Hong Kong
Photo courtesy of The Pottinger


The Pottinger Hong Kong offers 68 luxury guestrooms and suites, ranging from 23 square metres to 68 square metres. The "Pottinger Suite" and six cozy suites feature a bespoke décor that celebrates Hong Kong's rich heritage and diverse...  Read More



You will never realize this is a university-run hotel but for two things: the friendly rate (about 1/3 cheaper than five-stars) and the ever-lasting enthusiastic smiles from their staff. Situated in east part of Tsim Sha Tsui, the affiliation of...  Read More

Hullett House Hong Kong
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Half way between the Peninsula and the Star Ferry, Hullett House was once a police station. It's been renovated, given the five star treatment, and a fairly substantial shopping mall installed right below. But the real joy of this boutique hotel...  Read More

Hotel LKF by Rhombus
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It would be hard to define romance in a single sentence. For some couples, it means peace and solitude and gazing quietly into each other's eyes. For others, a rip-roaring celebration is called for " and there's nowhere better for clubbing,...  Read More



This luxury design hotel is located in the heart of Hong Kong Island. All 177 rooms come in extra-large sizes (by Hong Kong standard), rising from 67-square-meter studios up to a swish 182-square-meter Penthouse Suite with windows looking out to...  Read More

Eastern District
EAST Hong Kong
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This 32-story hotel is a five-minute walk from Taikoo Place, a colossal 10-tower office building cluster in Quarry Bay. Suited executives are the main patrons here and the hotel goes above and beyond to help them decompress. All staff wear...  Read More

Southern District
Ovolo Southside
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Ovolo Southside is Hong Kong's first warehouse-to-hotel conversion. Originally built in 1976, the former multi-use industrial building now features 162 open-plan guestrooms, a fully-equipped 24-hour gym and a collection of social spaces that...  Read More

The Mira Hong Kong Hotel
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The Mira Hong Kong is a smoke-free, designer hotel with 492 boldly accented guest rooms, including a collection of 56 suites and specialty suites. Overlooking Kowloon Park and centrally located in Tsim Sha Tsui, the hotel easily connects guests...  Read More


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Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his life.