Seeking something beyond the 5-star favorites in Hong Kong? Little Steps has gone undercover to bring you our picks of best boutique and secret hotels for families looking for something unique. Whether you’re bringing the clan for a holiday, looking to host the in-laws, or seeking the perfect staycation, we’ve got a plethora of great spots to enjoy some quality family bonding time.
Hop over to Kowloon for a weekend and immerse your wee ones in a bit of Hong Kong history and culture. Opened in May, Tribute Hotel’s funky, eclectic interiors draw inspiration from its surrounding neighborhood. Walk to the local markets, as well as Temple Street, before watching an authentic Chinese opera (with English subtitles) at the Yau Ma Tei Theatre for something different.
Tribute Hong Kong, 4 Tung Fong Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, +852 2858 0788, www.tributehotels.com
The charming neighborhood of Tai Hang, just east of Causeway Bay, has a little hidden design-centric boutique hotel tucked away on a quaint corner on the road of Tung Lo Wan. Rooms on the first phase offer incredible views over the Hong Kong Harbour and Victoria Park, and each room has bespoke artisanal touches that make this enchanting hotel rather unique.
Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3899 8888, Website
Hong Kong’s east end may not be the first place you think of for a family vacation, but Swire Group’s East hotel offers weekend stay packages that will make you think again. There is a 24-hour gym, so dad can take care of his “Dad Bod” and a pool for your kiddos to play in. Plus there are great dining options including Feast’s Sunday brunch or afternoon tea spread, as well as enjoying cocktails and mocktails at the gorgeous rooftop bar, Sugar.
East, 29 Taikoo Shing Rd, Taikoo Shing, +852 3968 3968, www.east-hongkong.com
Set up base at The Mira and explore the nearby TST attractions, such as the fascinating Hong Kong Cultural Museum and Space Museum, which also boasts an IMAX theatre. There is a pool and plush spa for moms and teenagers to hang. Many good dining options await, including the one-Michelin star Cuisine Cuisine for fine dim sum, Yamm for an international buffet and don’t miss the weekend brunch at Whisk.
The Mira, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2368 1111, www.themirahotel.com
Spoil your little ones silly with a weekend at Ovolo Southside, located close to Ocean Park and the glorious sun-drenched beaches on the south end. They also have free wifi, breakfast, minibar and happy hour included in the room rate – and did we mention they’ve got a boxing ring in the gym? Make it a long weekend with the hotel’s current buy two nights get one free summer promo.
Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, +852 3460 8100, www.ovolohotels.com
Nestled in the heart of the eclectic Sheung Wan lies The Jervois, designed by the renowned French designer, Christian Liaigre. The rooms are elegant, sleek and family-friendly. Extra beds can be arranged, and children under seven are complimentary when they share the king bed with mom and dad. And if you are looking for more space, you can request a two-bedroom suite with a separate living room and breath-taking views of the city.
The Jervois, 89 Jervois Street, Hong Kong, +852 3994 9000, Website
If you wish to stay in the heart of bustling Central, then check in at the Ovolo Central. Their spacious and fresh rooms, all come with a desk and chair. Upon request, you can ask foan r Ipad, Xbox or Wii games systems to keep the kids entertained. And, if you book via the hotel's website you get loads of fun freebies. Such as free breakfast, free happy hour, free self-laundry, free in-room softocked up mini bar and an in-room Nespresso Machine. Need we say more?
Ovolo Central, 2 Artbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, + 852 3755 3000, Website
Within walking distance of The Peak Tram and Hong Kong Botanical Gardens, check yourselves into The Helena May. The exclusive members’ only ladies club, housed in a beautiful heritage building complete with leafy gardens, offers guestrooms on the beautiful grounds at surprisingly reasonable prices. The only catch is: guests must be aged between 18-70, so might be a better option for visiting parents or aunties and uncles.
The Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central, +852 2522 6766, www.helenamay.com
This boutique hotel, created by the same developer as The Putman and The Jervois, displays the same sophistication as the other boutique hotels. 99 Bonham is located in the convenient and dynamic Sheung Wan, which provides easy access into Central. There are three stunning suites with phenomenal views on each floor of the striking glass tower.
99 Bonham, 99 Bonham Strand, Hong Kong, +852 3940 1111, Website
A real boutique hotel with only 29 rooms, located in a surprisingly peaceful corner opposite the Museum of History in the vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui. The no-frills industrial design is ideal for cost-conscious guests who prefer a more minimal design. The rooms focus on saving space. When choosing a room, the categories are Good, Great, Greatest and a Penthouse, the only room that features a bath. All rooms include a lovely breakfast!
Residence G Hong Kong, 2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Website
Situated close to the Shun Tak ferry for a quick getaway to Macau or Zhuhai, as well as a stroll away from Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, IClub is a four-star hotel that offers good value for money. The rooms are well equipped, and there’s a compact fitness center, in case you want to break a sweat, and a charming open-air lounge. The hotel also has three other locations in Wan Chai, Ma Tau Wai, and Fortress Hill.
IClub Sheung Wan, 138 Bonham Strand, +852 3963 6288, www.iclub-hotels.com
Hotel Jen is located in the flourishing Shek Tong Tsui district and is a real gem in the city. It’s got everything you need including complimentary wifi, DVD player and movie channels in its suites, as well as a gorgeous rooftop pool and fitness center – not to mention babysitting services. You’ll also get a sense of being away on holiday at Café Malacca – where they serve up fiery Malaysian and Singaporean hawker fare.
Hotel Jen, 508 Queen's Road West, Western District, +852 2974 1234, www.hoteljen.com
This modern and elegant boutique hotel was designed by the late, fantastic interior designer Putman. Treat yourself a relaxing getaway, but remain in the city. It's located at the more peaceful end of Queens Road, thus smack in the middle of central and Sheung Wan. The hotel has 28 rooms, all overlooking the city. Wish to have your home away from, then book the suite. It comes with a spacious living room, fully equipped kitchen and separate bedroom and bathroom. Simply divine!
The Putman, 202 Queens Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2233 2233, Website
Sham Shui Po remains a place where you can still get a taste of local culture and, history. The Shek Kip Mei Housing Estate was built in the 1950s for low-income families and though it was demolished, the Mei Ho House block was preserved and listed as a heritage building. It’s now a museum as well as a budget youth hostel with affordable dormitory beds, as well as double bed suites and family rooms.
YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel, Block 41, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, +852 3728 3500, www.yha.org.hk
The cute little' hood of Tin Hau has an achingly cool boutique hotel, known as Tuve. The rooms have a somewhat futuristic feel to them,with themes of metal, pristine white, and precise lines follows through the entire hotel and creating a soothing effect. The hotel also has an intimate Italian restaurant, Silver Room. The menu changes seasonally and the delicious dishes can be ordered to your room. Baby cots are also available upon request.
Tuve, 16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, +852 3995 8800, Website