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Travelling to Hong Kong, check out Ovolo Southside.

My first time in Hong Kong and I wanted to make sure that I had a unique experience. I know that everyone stays in the Central and Kowloon districts, where you can find big brand hotels, fine dining and designer shops, but I wasn’t looking for that kind of Hong Kong memory. I went on a quest to find out where young, urban travellers were staying in Hong Kong and I happened upon Ovolo Southside. I am so glad that I did.

Set in the up-and-coming Southside neighbourhood, this hip area is teeming with art galleries, coffee shops, and green spaces with easy access to transit. Before I checked in, I knew that Ovolo Southside was formerly a warehouse, but I was so pleased to see that Ovolo Hotels had maintained much of the building’s original industrial charm – embracing its working class roots, which cleverly speaks to a whole new generation of world travellers.

The loft-like rooms are trendy and well thought out, with great modern amenities, AppleTV, free mini-bar and room to stretch out after a  long day of sightseeing. The main lobby (LoLounge) is uber chic, with a first-rate Italian coffee bar, pool table and Mid Century modern decor that doubles as a comfortable lounge and common work area. I wanted to live in Above, the rooftop bar lounge – like literally move in! It was the best place to just relax, order a cocktail and take in the stellar views.

The artwork on and around the hotel is quite something. You could spend several hours just taking it all in, and learning about the Hong Kong artists that created each piece. I had a few favourites – the Made In Hong Kong neon sign that was tucked away in a stairway and the graffiti style murals on the walls outside Cirqle, the modern bistro-style restaurant on the fourth floor.

Whatever your Hong Kong day looks like, you can get everywhere from here. One afternoon, we walked down to Aberdeen Fishing Village – an unforgettable experience. Another day, we hopped on a bus, grabbed the MTR and headed to Tai Po Market with Hong Kong Food Tours for an exceptional day of authentic, local cuisine (including snake soup). If you’re a foodie, I  highly recommend this tour.

Hong Kong’s first warehouse conversion hotel, Ovolo Southside is a master-class in urban architecture and  contemporary art, and is the perfect option for those  looking for a fresh, new take on a Hong Kong experience.

Learn more about Ovolo Southside at ovolohotels.com.


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