Last Updated on May 13, 2022 by queenie mak
Solo travellers and first time visitors have many choices when it comes to accommodations in Hong Kong. In fact, there are over 300 hotels in Hong Kong right now. That’s a lot of hotel rooms!
Personally, I love staying at a boutique hotel wherever I go. Typically, boutique hotels are smaller hotels located in a trendy urban area. And there is a strong focus on the design aesthetics and services. These independent hotels puts an emphasis on personal touches and creating unique experiences.
And there are plenty of excellent boutique hotels in Hong Kong that can cater to your every need. I stayed at all of the boutique hotels listed in this post so I can give you an honest review for each one.
So whether you are looking for a hotel for your next trip to Hong Kong or finding the perfect staycation hotel, keep reading and find out more about these seven boutique hotels in Hong Kong.
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What you need to know before booking a boutique hotel in Hong Kong
Before you figure out which boutique hotel in Hong Kong you want to book, take a look at my HK solo travel guide and get an overview of the city first.
Here are a few additional tips for booking hotels in Hong Kong:
- Book all your Hong Kong accommodations through Agoda because they have the most competitive pricing. It is my reliable and go-to hotel booking website.
- When you are searching for accommodation, read the latest hotel reviews written by other travellers. I find that the opinions of other travellers are very helpful.
- Research the potential areas that you want to stay because safety is the main concern for all solo female travellers.
- Pay attention to payment details like refund policy, etc. If you are not sure of your travel dates, choose the option where you can get a refund if you change your mind
Where to stay in Hong Kong for solo travellers, first time visitors and staycationers
If you are travelling alone or visiting Hong Kong for the first time, I highly recommend staying on Hong Kong Island as there are more things to do on the island.
And if you are doing a solo staycation in Hong Kong, there are plenty of hotels that has spacious rooms and other hotel facilities that you can use.
In this guide, I cover all the boutique hotels in Hong Kong that are excellent for solo travellers, first time visitors and staycationers.
I’ve stayed at each one of these boutique hotels myself and I will give you a general overview of the hotel and my honest opinion for each of them. Plus, I included the location and the hotel websites so you can learn more about the Hong Kong boutique hotels.
7 top boutique hotels in Hong Kong
In my search for the best boutique hotels in Hong Kong, they are located on Hong Kong Island. I am sure there are others in Kowloon and other parts of the city, but if I have to narrow down to the best of the best boutique hotels, they are all on the island.
So, in no particular order, here are my 7 favourite boutique hotels in Hong Kong and my honest review for each.
1. The Fleming
Rate: $749HKD (Small Room)
The Fleming: the best design boutique hotel in Hong Kong
The Fleming is an urban boutique hotel that is best known for its design. The entire hotel is designed with a nautical theme where every detail is inspired by Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry, the cross-harbour ferry system between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
Each of the 66 guest rooms has luxury bed linens, a separate work area, and “Shen Nong” bathroom amenities that is made just for The Fleming. And not to mention the attention to details including the mid-modern century furniture, and Art Deco inspired design details. I especially love all the brass and leather handle details.
You can get really comfortable in the small room (21sqm) in this boutique hotel in Wan Chai. And when you are hungry, head down to Osteria Marzia downstairs and try a few coastal Italian dishes.
The Fleming highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: retro design details, comfortable bed, little red notebook to take away (similar to a moleskin book)
- Lowlights: no bathrobe, no facilities (swimming pool, spa, fitness room)
2. The Figo
Rate: $590HKD (Queen Studio)
The Figo: the best centrally-located boutique hotel in Hong Kong
One of the best things about The Figo is their location. The city boutique hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Sheung Wan, a historic area on Hong Kong Island. The hotel is close to ancient temples, food markets, and some of the best restaurants and coffee shops in Hong Kong.
The most economical room is the queen studio room (18sqm). It is compact but it has everything you need for a short term stay. The Art Deco design-inspired guest room has handmade furniture including a queen size bed, a large desk and custom waterdrobe.
The Figo has a common area on the 4th floor. There is a gym, a lounge area with a 24-hour pantry and an outdoor terrace.
This boutique hotel is excellent for solo travellers, staycation-ers and little fury friends. Yes, the Figo is dog-friendly!
The Figo highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: close to many restaurants and cafes, complimentary snacks and beverages (like coffee and beer), onsite fitness room
- Lowlights: queen studio feels small (due to low ceiling), long wait for the elevators
3. The Arca
Rate: $900HKD (City Signature King Room)
The Arca: the best new boutique hotel in Hong Kong
Opened in the Spring 2001, the Arca is one of the newer boutique hotels in Hong Kong. Located in Wong Chuk Hang of the Southern District, this boutique hotel is popular with business travellers and staycation-ers.
As a sister hotel of The Figo, The Arca also takes the same design philosophy and embed it into every detail. The City Signature Room (330sqft) is a spacious room with a king-size bed, a desk/vanity, and walk-in rain shower in the ensuite bathroom.
There is an onsite restaurant, Arca Society, and a rooftop bar, Arca Sky. When the weather warms up, take a dip in the outdoor infinity swimming pool on the roof. But even if you don’t use the pool, go up to the roof and see a 270 degree view of Aberdeen Harbour.
The Arca loves to promote artwork by local and international artists. There are paintings and murals throughout the hotel and in each one of the 187 guest rooms.
The Arca highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: large guest room, fitness room, beautiful sunset view from the rooftop
- Lowlights: far from major touristy spots
4. 99 Bonham
Rate: $850HKD (Standard Suite)
99 Bonham: the best boutique hotel that feels like an apartment
99 Bonham is a boutique hotel in Sheung Wan designed by an internationally renowned Italian architectural and design firm. The team designed three different suites (a 450 sqft standard suite, a 480 sqft premiere suite and a 480sqft deluxe suite) that function more like an apartment than a hotel room.
Each suite has a queen-sized bed, a banquette seating area, a kitchenette, ensuite bathroom, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city. All the functions of the room are tied together by a moody palette of dark wood, back painted glass and luxurious marble.
99 Bonham also has business support services, a gym, and a laundry rooms with self-serviced laundry facilities. The boutique hotel is excellent for staycation and long term stay.
Staycation tip: pick the premiere suite for your solo staycation. This unit has a bathtub!
Another staycation tip: book during a weekday. You might even get upgraded from the standard suite to a premiere suite. I got upgraded twice!
99 Bonham highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: kitchenette, bathtub (in premiere suit), banquette seating area
- Lowlights: only 2 elevators for many floors
5. Little Tai Hang
Rate: $760HKD (Standard Garden View Studio)
Little Tai Hang: the best boutique hotel in an undiscovered neighbourhood
Tai Hang is a quiet and undiscovered neighbourhood between Causeway Bay and Tin Hau. The residential neighbourhood has several local cafes, coffee shops and western restaurants. And there are little boutique stores and car repair shops scattered around the small streets as well.
When you stay at Little Tai Hang, you are staying at one of the best boutique hotels in Hong Kong. The hotel is perfect for solo staycations and travellers who want to stay in a local neighbourhood.
Little Tai Hang has individual rooms and serviced apartments in three different buildings in Tai Hang. I booked a studio standard garden view room (358sqft) at the Corner House and was upgraded to a studio superior harbour view room (426sqft). The bigger room has a queen-sized bed, sitting area, a long desk, a kitchenette and an ensuite bathroom. Best of all, I had a gorgeous view of the area including Victoria Harbour and Kowloon.
There’s also a fitness room and lounge room on the 5th floor and a complimentary in-house laundromat just in case you need it.
Little Tai Hang highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: excellent for solo staycation, well-designed guest room, quiet residential neighbourhood
- Lowlights: not much tourist attractions in the immediate area
Rate: $700HKD (Deluxe King Room)
Tuve Hotel: the best minimalist boutique hotel in Hong Kong
With a big emphasis on creating a minimalist aesthetics with timeless design, The Tuve Hotel is truly an one-of-a-kind hotel. The hotel uses modern materials to create minimal interiors without feeling cold and stark, making The Tuve the best minimalist boutique hotel in Hong Kong.
I spurged for the Deluxe room (210sqft) that comes with a queen-sized bed, a standalone desk and a spacious marble bathroom. But what I was most impressed was the attention to detail when it comes to the ambient lighting around the room and the design details in the furniture and accessories.
Moreover, The Tuve Hotel provided Le Labo bath amenities, which is a luxurious line of amenities under the Estée Lauder brand.
What can I say? I love a boutique hotel with an excellent design philosophy!
Tuve Hotel highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: minimalistic aesthetics, well-designed room, Le Labo bathroom amenities
- Lowlights: intermittent wifi, Comfort Room feels small because of the dark decor, no facilities (swimming pool, spa, fitness room)
7. The Hari Hong Kong
Rate: $880HKD (King Room)
The Hari Hong Kong: the most affordable luxury boutique hotel in Hong Kong
Even though The Hari Hong Kong only opened in December of 2020, the 5-star luxury boutique hotel already won the title of Asia’s Leading New Hotel 2021 in the 28th World Travel Awards. And rightfully so, The Hari really lives up to the title.
I’ve stayed in the King Room (269sqft) several times because I like the open plan design of the room, the velvety upholstered banquette sofa and the pristine white marble ensuite bathroom. Plus, I really like The Hari’s signature scented bathroom amenities.
And besides the design of the hotel, I enjoyed the impeccable service. The staff at The Hari really made my solo staycation so much more enjoyable.
Moreover, you don’t have to go very far to get delicious food at The Hari. There are three restaurants serving the tastiest food: Lucciola Restaurant & Bar, Zoku Restaurant and The Terrace.
I do not have a bad thing to say about The Hari especially because it doesn’t cost a lot to stay at this luxury boutique hotel. It is the most affordable high-end boutique hotel that you can find in Hong Kong.
The Hari Hong Kong highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: luxurious guest room, very clean, excellent location, lots of onsite restaurant options, luxurious stay with a reasonable price tag
- Lowlights: check-out time at 11 am (but can request for a later check-out time)
Boutique hotels in Hong Kong: which one are you going to book?
There are many boutique hotels in Hong Kong but these are my top 7 favourite places to stay in Hong Kong. And as a solo traveller, I like these boutique hotels because they are centrally-located, well-designed and not very expensive.
I always check the rates hotels on Agoda first. Sometimes Agoda will run promotions or have specific deals. But generally speaking, Agoda’s rates are the lowest I’ve seen anywhere.
But from time to time, I’d like to also check the hotel’s website to see if they have any promotions like staycation deals or a bed and breakfast deal.
I hope you like this post and have found it useful when it comes to finding a boutique hotel in Hong Kong. Let me know which one you like the most and will book for your next trip to Hong Kong.