Space is a luxury in Hong Kong so One96 suites are perfect for the independent traveller. This funky boutique hotel allows you to stay in a hip part of Hong Kong and experience life like a local. Explore cool Sheung Wan, shop nearby or sample the area’s many restaurants before returning to enjoy the urban views from your city pad.
Where is One96?
The apartment/hotel is about 10 minutes’ walk to Central’s shops and offices. If you need to explore further afield, head to Sheung Wan MTR underground train station, about five minutes away. You’re smack on the border of the interesting neighbourhoods of Noho and Soho and not too far from the bars of Lan Kwai Fong. The area is a mix of traditional Hong Kong, hip cafes and shops.
Hotel One96 – The lowdown
Friendly staff will greet you from a small reception on the ground floor. There’s no restaurant or communal areas apart from a tiny lounge on level one that’s stocked with continental breakfast, snacks and soft drinks. You can use the gym next door at the Putman.
Daily housekeeping is discrete and wifi is fast and free.
One96 is a tall slim building with one suite per floor, which feels quite private. The higher you go the quieter the room and the better the view.
The lounge and dining area is generous with an L-shaped sofa, table, seating for four and kitchenette. The TV has cable channels and a DVD player.
The bedroom is in a separate space and can be closed off from the living area. The king-size luxurious mattress will help you sleep like a baby.
I particularly like the separate air-conditioning controls for the living room and the bedroom.
The room is a calm, welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area and bedroom frame the metropolis outside.
Décor is neutral, the kitchenette is compact and the bathroom (with shower) spacious by Hong Kong standards. Overall, it’s a bright, cheery spot to retreat to.
Eating at Hotel One96
If you want a quiet night in you can whip up something in the kitchenette with full-size fridge/freezer and microwave. You can also borrow cooking equipment from reception.
Stock up with goodies from Marks and Spencers or Market Place by Jasons (just down the street).
The Nespresso machine is a nice touch plus there’s a range of good teas. Limited tableware and cutlery are supplied. Nearby is a range of cafes, noodle places and restaurants so you won’t go hungry.
What’s near One96 Hong Kong?
One96 is superbly located. A few steps away on Hillier Street is the Aussie-style Brew Bros café with speciality coffee.
Just behind is Man Mo temple, the antique shops of Hollywood Road and the fabulous PMQ (the former Police Married Quarters, which is now a design hub with cute shops, galleries and cafes).
For a leisurely exploration of Hong Kong Island, hope on a traditional two-decker tram on Des Voeux Road and for HK$2.30 (about 40 cents) you can ride for as long as you like.
You’ve got to love the Handy smartphone in every room. One96 provides guests with a smartphone with free calls, internet and city guide. You don’t have to worry about roaming charges or local SIM cards.
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One96 (196 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, tel: +852 35 196 196) has rates from HK$2700 (A$460) a night.