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.