Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Checking In: Hotel Indigo - Hong Kong, China

Hotel Indigo is not your typical cookie-cutter hotel chain.

Though it is owned by IHG (who owns the Holiday Inn), the Indigo brand is based out of Atlanta and has branches in major cities around the world. Each hotel however is different and reflects the city and neighbourhood in which it is located.

I fell in love instantly with its hip & fun vibe of the newly opened Hotel Indigo Hong Kong. It is the first upscale property to open in Hong Kong's gentrifying Wan Chai district. Just up the street we spotted the Monocle store, a Club Monaco outpost, mixed in with some of the best egg tarts in Hong Kong at an old bakery called Happy Cake.

The hotel is a brand new construction from the ground-up and opened in April of this year with 138 guestrooms. The owners have worked hard to bring the neighbourhood of Wan Chai into the hotel itself. You'll find artwork referencing the local area, cushions with Suzie Wong (an actress from Wan Chai) and a very comprehensive guide on the history of the area in the hotel's info binder, complete with restaurant recommendations (such a nice touch).

The Room - Hong Kong hotels rooms can be tiny. But at Hotel Indigo, the bed 'floats' in the middle of the room and the headboard is the same piece as the desk behind it. This was an incredible use of space and actually made the room feel bigger. I also loved the pops of bright colour, the tiled mural wall and the automatic sheers and drapes that opened at a push of a button. Because this is a new construction, the heating and air conditioning worked perfectly! Some Hong Kong hotels do not have central heating and will offer to bring a space heater up to your room if you need it. The hotel is also 100% smoke-free.

I loved all the whimsical touches like the Chinese lantern hanging over our lounger, the goldfish bath mat and bright red cushions on our bed. The bathroom is also open-concept with a large sink area and two frosted rooms - one for the shower and one for the toilet. Having these open made the room feel much larger and it was nice not to have a whole chunk of the room closed away for a bathroom. It actually makes the space more relaxing.

Cafe Post – Best. Hotel. Breakfast. EVER. Which pretty much sums up my experience at the Hotel Indigo’s Cafe Post. If you have the chance to book on a bed & breakfast package – do so immediately, you won’t regret it. Enjoy a glorious spread of fresh fruit, a cereal station, yogurt parfaits in mini glass jars, fresh squeezed juice in a personal carafe, a soba noodle station, an egg station and a noodle soup station. It was heaven.

The food is laid out in bowls and stacked upon colourful cookbooks while dutch ovens filled with bacon, french toast, baked beans, sausage and potatoes stay warm over a hot plate. There are no sterile banquet hall chafing dishes here! The presentation is bright and creative with beautiful terracotta tile climbing up the side of the wall.

Hotel Indigo is pretty much the only hotel I have been recommending to everyone I know when it comes to accomodations in Hong Kong. The Wan Chai district is not polished like Central and it has lots of local charm to it. However the location is very close to all the major shopping and tourist attractions on the Hong Kong side of the island. It was very easy for us to walk around or hop on the MTR at Wan Chai station.

A lot of the hotels I looked at were $350+ night or higher! The rates are very similar to what you pay in New York City. Hotel Indigo can go as low as $250 a night and its an upscale and luxurious boutique hotel. I found a couple places at the $199 mark, but the location was terrible. For the price and location Hotel Indigo Hong Kong can't be beat.

Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong

246 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong Sar, Hong Kong

Phone: +852 3926 3888

Lisa Ng is the Co-Founder + Editor of both The Hip + Urban Girl and This Beautiful Day, where this article first appeared.

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