Holding the coveted title of Hong Kong’s first designer boutique hotel is the effortlessly cool J Plus hotel, a four-minute hop from the humming Causeway Bay MTR. While design buffs flock here to bathe in the genius of celebrity designer, Philippe Starck, everyone else comes here for the quirky vibe.
Prepare to meet the dusky eyes of Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière on arrival, recline in the palm of a golden hand at check-in and rest your complimentary wine on a beaming ceramic face during happy hour. From paint-splattered furnishings by Glasgow-based textile artists, Timorous Beasties, to arresting exhibitions from emerging Hong Kong artists, every aspect of the multi-award-winning hotel pays tribute to the unconventional flair of Starck – the designer responsible for the Juicy Salif lemon squeezer, Steve Jobs’ superyacht and Tokyo’s flame-tipped Asahi Beer Hall.
A lavish makeover to celebrate the hotel’s 10-year anniversary in 2014 has kept it fresh and fashionable while remaining true to the unconventional appeal of Starck’s style. The hotel’s rebirth is alluded to throughout,
with street and pop art splashed over classical furniture and Renaissance prints.
With 56 vibrant studios and suites, a leafy outdoor podium, fitness room and penthouse meeting room, the hotel caters for comfort as much as it does cool. In a city crunched for space, J Plus offers lavishly sized rooms in four bold colour schemes: dreamy pink, tranquil blue, tangerine joy and sunshine yellow.
The chirpy design is grounded in wooden accents and modern luxuries. Think goose-down duvets, luxury linen, Noble Isle bathroom goodies, an in-room shopping guide and a smartphone loaded with free calls, internet access, a city guide and portable wifi.
The studios are cleverly designed and spacious, offering the joys of good design and comfort at great prices, in true Starck style. Each studio features a kitchenette and luxe marble bathroom, as well as space for work and play.
For those craving a little more luxury and a princely amount of space, opt for a suite. With a full lounge, dining area, fully equipped kitchen and separate bedroom, there is ample room for entertaining – or simply admiring the perfectly placed objets d’art.
Best of all, the best things in life at J Plus are free: including an ample continental breakfast, with fresh fruit and pastries, as well as round-the-clock gourmet coffee and juices, DVD library access and afternoon cake. When it hits drinks o’clock, head to the stylish foyer for free-flowing wine.
Once you’ve settled in, the surrounding Causeway Bay area is teeming with different cuisines to explore, from cheap local eateries to sushi bars, Michelin-star restaurants and artisanal coffee joints. Feeling lazy? The team at J Plus are more than happy to deliver the best of Causeway Bay to your room.
With so much art and design to explore indoors, no one will judge you for choosing to stay in.