I guess you can tell from the title of this post that my stay at The Pottinger in Hong Kong was nothing short of wonderful and luxurious seeing as it was voted Asia’s Best City Boutique Hotel and all. Sino Hotels welcomed me to this stylish accommodation in the heart of Hong Kong’s central business district for two nights recently. It really was the perfect way to end a month long adventure in Asia. Given the location on Pottinger Street (dating back to the 1850’s), you’ll find yourself surrounded by a piece of Hong Kong’s history along with an assortment of modernity. The lively neighbourhood is swarming with trendy cafes and high-end fashion chains amidst old Chinese medicine shops. In fact, Pottinger Street was actually granted Grade 1 historic status by the Antiques Advisory Board of Hong Kong!
I had the pleasure of staying in the Classic room, complete with all the essentials and more. Fast Wifi (a must), cable TV, a Nespresso machine and Acca Kappa bathroom products are just some of the lovely details you’ll find in your room. An innovative idea in the form of a smartphone that is free for guests to use throughout their stay was a wonderful and helpful touch. You can use the local mobile data as well as free IDD calls to selected countries, plus it has a city guide and map to help you navigate your way through the crazy city that is Hong Kong!
I loved the simple yet elegant design of the room, all while highlighting the historical parts of the area with antiques dotted throughout the shelves and photographs on the walls. The definite highlight for me was the grand, luxurious marble bathroom fit for a king, complete with plush robes and towels.
Photos courtesy of The Pottinger Hotel
The Studio Suite – Photo courtesy of The Pottinger Hotel
The Pottinger Suite
While the hotel is complete with 68 rooms, there are several styles of accommodation on offer. I was taken on an informative tour and shown some seriously fancy rooms! The one pictured above is the absolutely fabulous and spacious Pottinger Suite adorned with beautiful furniture, antiques and flowers (of course!) Perfect for a romantic getaway or special occasion in my opinion! The Studio Suite is smaller, but provides just as much comfort and space for two people.
Gradini: For quite a small boutique hotel, I was extremely surprised as to how many dining options are on offer to the public and guests of The Pottinger. The first you’ll see just out of the lobby is Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano serving guests breakfast daily while providing lunch, afternoon tea and dinner along with drinks at the classy little bar. The restaurant offers a simple buffet breakfast in the morning and by night you can sample classic Italian food with a modern twist. At first glance, I fell in love with the appearance and design of this petite restaurant. White and pale blue amongst the classy decor really give off a sweet and elegant French vibe all while adorned with flowers and beautiful tiling. It really is such a heavenly spot to sip your morning coffee as the natural light from the floor to ceiling windows seeps in.
Ta Vie: When you think the food can’t get any better, up on the second floor reside a two-michelin starred restaurant by the name of Ta Vie. Seating is limited to ensure every guest receives the highest quality of food and service, which means booking at least a month in advance is highly recommended!
The Envoy: The design of this bar just below me away. From the decor to the mind blowing cocktails in bird shaped glasses, The Envoy is dark yet cosy and is the perfect spot for a drink or light dinner. I could sit there for hours just admiring the wallpaper, art and trendy furniture!
The Surrounding Area:
While you may find it hard to leave your beautiful suite, the area surrounding the hotel has some pretty wonderful and popular sites to see.
Man Mo Temple: Just a short walk away and you’ll reach the Man Mo temple. Bring your asthma puffers people, this place is filled with incense coils! Quickly get in, have a look around and snap some photos before getting some fresh air.
The Peak Tram: Another quick 15 minute walk from the hotel is the well-known Victoria Peak Tram. Hopefully you get luckier than I did weather-wise, but I still found the view quite amazing nonetheless! You definitely cannot come to Hong Kong without checking out this view!
Tim Ho Wan: As if you’re going to come to Hong Kong without sampling some delicious dumplings! What better place to do it than one of the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants just minutes away from The Pottinger?! Located two floors down from the main entrance of the IFC Mall, it may be a little hard to find, but when you spot the lines bursting out the restaurant, you know you’ve found it!
Oddies Foodies: Hit up Oddies Foodies for a late night dessert! Just an 8 minute scenic walk from the hotel, fill your stomach with these fresh egg waffles or ice-cream and you won’t regret it! My mouth is watering just thinking about The Night Wolf waffles!
My stay with The Pottinger was absolutely wonderful. As soon as you wander into the lobby, you are greeted with a smile and an array of vibrant flowers amongst some seriously beautiful design work and decor. My mum and I were looked after so well and found that we felt like more than just a number like you would in large hotel chains. This is why I love boutique hotels – the staff remember you and have more time to make your stay that much more memorable. If you are looking for comfortable luxury on your next visit to Hong Kong, then boy have I found the hotel for you.
Book your stay at The Pottinger Hotel through their website here!
I was welcomed as a guest of The Pottinger, but as always, opinions are my own!