I decided to take a quick trip to Hong Kong recently to take a breather and recharge. Okay, not really, I had to squeeze a bit of work as well (I’ll talk about this in detail next time; wink).
I wanted to stay in Causeway Bay because it’s my kind of hood. It pretty much sums up the entire Hong Kong shopping scene, with up-market fashion to be found in Lee Gardens One and Two, Hysan Place, Lee Theatre, Times Square and Fashion Walk, mid-priced and luxury goods in SOGO Department Store and wtc more, affordable youth fashion boutiques at Island Beverly Centre, and bargains galore at Jardine’s Crescent street market. Oh and let’s not forget about dining, which is one of the main highlights of any visit to Hong Kong. There is such a plethora of amazing Asian (and Western) food in Causeway Bay – overwhelming doesn’t begin to describe it!
Believe it or not, there are hotels in Hong Kong at PHP4,000++ per night and not a rinky dink hostel! If you want to stay in a charming boutique hotel that wouldn’t burn a hole in you wallet, I highly recommend MINI Hotel which is in the heart of Causeway Bay!
Stepping into MINI Hotel Causeway Bay’s underground lobby and reception, it’s not long before I realized it’s most definitely an artistic home away from home. It’s a visual feast: my eyes darted happily from one artwork to the next. There’s the hotel’s signature Mona Lisa painting by Linda Vagnelind, a pop art mural of Chairman Mao, and a stunning photo taken in Chefchaouen (part of my bucket list) by Yiannis Biliris juxtaposed against mismatched hip furniture. With books, magazines and free WiFi access, it’s the perfect place to chill after a long day of exploring Hong Kong. Ahhh, I’m so glad I found a hotel that is so ME.
Art is generally a good way of creating a focal point, and the hallways and guest elevators area at MINI Hotel are no different. They also placed more photographs and artworks to brighten them up. I even spotted the very inspiring Holstee Manifesto, classic supermodel photos and travel prints in black and white. I think the word ‘Gallery’ should be added in the hotel name. Very, very cool.
MINI Hotel lives up to its name. Rooms are categorized into Solo, Classic Twins, Mini Double and Smart Queen, ranging from 80 to 120 square feet. Despite the compact size they are nice, clean and well-designed. Each room fits the maximum in the minimum without feeling you’re in such a tight and limited space. Plus, they’re thoughtfully equipped with all your bathroom essentials! Tip: the rooms on the 5th floor each have a private outdoor deck that gives you some sun and space to lounge around, so try to request for a room on this floor.
I stayed in one of the Smart Queen rooms on the 20th floor. I prefer higher floors because I can get better views. Thanks to the large, slanted windows in my room, I got to have some sunshine and see some neighboring towers. There’s a really comfortable queen bed, awesome photo frames of New York, London and Paris hanging around, a TV hanging on the right side of the room, a small yet clean bathroom, more space to use under the bed to leave the luggage, a safety box, personal care amenities, hairdryer, kettle with coffee and tea sachets, pastries, daily housekeeping service, direct dial telephone and voice mail, and a fast and free WiFi internet access. It’s all in one! I mean really, how could I ask for more?
With a central location, affordable rates, contemporary rooms with chic ambiance, and great staff service, it’s no wonder MINI Hotel has been named TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice! They also have Room Packages that you might want to check out, and MINI Privileges, wherein you could get freebies and discounts at selected restaurants, spas and shops. I was also told that the hotel is owned by Chinese-Filipino business tycoon Lucio Tan – makes it even cooler for us Filipinos!
MINI Hotel has a branch in Central too, near Lan Kwai Fong. I’m excited to stay there next time I visit Hong Kong. Based on their website, the design is totally different from their Causeway Bay branch, but both are equally stylish.
Thank you MINI Hotel, I had a swell time! Special thanks to Ms. Eva Chan. I’ll definitely come back!
MINI Hotel Causeway Bay
Address: 8 Sun Wui Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Directions via MTR: Causeway Bay station (exit F1). When you walk up the stairs, you’ll see a huge Forever 21 store. Turn right and walk up to the small hill, and then turn left on Yun Ping Road. Walk straight until you get to Chanel. Turn right on Hysan Avenue then walk straight until you reach Sun Wui Road – it’s on the third block to your left. Look for the green #28 bus stop, the hotel is literally beside it. It’s about an 8-minute walk.