In the hip southside neighbourhood of Wong Chuk Hang, a former industrial precinct, is one of Hong Kong’s newest hotels, the Ovolo. What I’m most excited about is this latest member of the Design Hotels group is the country’s first warehouse conversion.
First open in 1976 as a multi-use factory, the hotel has been transformed by local architecture firm KplusK Associates. Maintaining the original structure, Ovolo Southside celebrates its roots with pared back interiors – think cool concrete floors, exposed brick and high ceilings. I simply love the aesthetic of raw industrial edge. Utilitarian steel furniture reinforces the minimalist aesthetic, whilst walls of windows afford the best views of Hong Kong’s bustling cityscape and verdant forests.
The showcase that really gives this hotel wow factor however, is an impressive and lively collection of contemporary art. I’m told the art scene is booming in this locality, with pop up galleries tucked away in old warehouses and workshops.
Visitors can expect all the plentiful perks too, signature to the Ovolo Group, from free breakfast and happy hour drinks to complimentary laundry service. With an impressive view of leafy Shouson Hill, the rooftop bar is the place to be as the sun starts to set.