HotelsA raft of new hotels are opening in different corners of the city — with equally unusual offerings.

Inside Hong Kong's booming boutique hotel scene

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The Urbanwood Ap Lei Chau's deluxe room, which looks out to nearby Aberdeen Channel and Sham Wan.
The Urbanwood Ap Lei Chau's deluxe room, which looks out to nearby Aberdeen Channel and Sham Wan.

A flurry of boutique hotel openings over the past year in Hong Kong has injected new excitement into the city's hospitality scene.

Urbanwood Ap Lei Chau arrived in 2020 with 50 rooms across four room types, looking out to its southside neighbourhood of sea, beaches and hiking trails — which the hotel actively encourages guests to explore.

With Ap Lei Chau touted as an up-and-coming district in Hong Kong, the hotel offers unique staycations incorporating Aberdeen boat packages and walking ecological tours at Lamma Island.

The Hari Hong Kong, which opened in end-2020 following the success of its London flagship address, was also a much-anticipated launch.

Offering a boutique-luxury concept, the 210-room property straddles the districts of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai, with three F&B concepts: a lounge, Japanese restaurant with terrace seatings, and an Italian restaurant and bar. It also runs by a zero single-use plastic policy in its rooms.

Yulan Group opened its second boutique hotel, The Arca in June 2021, which offers pet staycation, just like its sister hotel, The Figo.
Yulan Group opened its second boutique hotel, The Arca in June 2021, which offers pet staycation, just like its sister hotel, The Figo.

And latest to the city's hospitality scene is the Yulan Group, which launched two new boutique hotels during the pandemic.

The Figo opened in late 2020, an intimate property of 20 rooms and 26 suites in Sheung Wan offering amenities that include a gym, multi-purpose games room and lounge with unlimited access to its refreshments and snacks counter. Guests with pooches can also book the dog staycation which features pet amenities, plus access to a dog swimming pool and for afternoon tea.

The Arca, the group’s second venture in Wong Chuk Hang, opened its doors last month with incentives incorporating similar pet staycations, fitness facilities and an infinity pool. There are 187 rooms and suites at The Arca.

Meanwhile, at the old fishing village of Sai Kung, a new resort hotel is underway. WM Hotel by Savills will feature 270 rooms, a swimming pool, fitness centre, dining facilities, and an address along Wai Man Road offering plenty of natural greenery, rock formations and waterfalls in the vicinity.

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