After business in Kuala Lumpur, I decided that I needed some serious R&R and catch up with friends in Hong Kong. I hadn’t been there for about four years so I really needed to get reacquainted with the local scene.
I chose JIA because of a few points. Firstly, as with most Asian Pacific cities, the hotel scene is dominated by the big chains so it’s refreshing to try out a smaller, independent boutique hotel. Also, there have been some glowing reviews on this forum and I had never been to a Philippe Starck establishment before.
JIA is bang in the middle of Causeway Bay, an exceedingly busy entertainment and shopping district on Hong Kong Island. Think Shibuya in Tokyo. To get to Causeway Bay from the airport, take the Airport Express to Hong Kong Station (HK$180 return, valid 1 month). From the station take a taxi to the hotel. Tell the driver “Tung Lor Wan (Causeway Bay), Yee Wing Gai (Irving Street)”. The ride should only cost max HK$60.
The building is very unimposing, it looks like any other commercial or residential building in the area. Since it’s all covered by tinted glass, you may have trouble finding the entry, as a guiding point, it’s opposite the Regal Hotel.
The lobby is very Starck, very eclectic choice of furniture and decoration. It’s quite small by hotel chain standards but JIA has only got 54 rooms so it should be more than adequate. In the evening there is a quite lively cocktail hour where you can mingle with other guests.
There is an open air podium on the 2nd floor which you can hire out for a private party or if it’s free just chill out on one their chaise lounge with a nice cool drink.
I stayed in a one bedroom suite and as you can see in the pictures, it’s all about functional elegance, no chintz, no old world glamour here. The living area is very spacious with a sofa and a home cinema system provided. Behind that is a reading/ relaxing area by the window. There are lots of cupboards and storage space in a allready large suite. The bathroom is very small, it has no tub. The shower is very powerful but the shower head is not moveable which was very frustrating. The décor is very tasteful though with plenty of marble. Also, the toiletries provided were quite nice, especially the olive oil shower gel.
The bedroom is quite small but has a very comfatable bed and a very powerful air con system.
Overall, I was very pleased with my stay at JIA, it’s a calm oasis in the middle of a very bustling area. I don’t usually go for establishments with links to a famous architect/designer but I’m glad I did this time. This is Hong Kong’s first proper boutique hotel and it has been executed very well. The staff and service is efficient but not fussy and I think this sums up the whole concept of JIA. I thoroughly recommend JIA and will definitely for another visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- J Plus Hotel by YOO - Inspired by Starck. A boutique hotel located in the heart of Causeway Bay Hong Kong with 56 chic guests J Plus Hotel by YOO - Inspired By Starck On its 10th anniversary in 2014, the former JIA Boutique Hotel, Hong Kong was rebranded as J Plus Hotel by YOO following a dramatic, dynamic new HK$10 million makeover for the iconic fashionista address in Causeway Bay by proteges of original designer Philippe Starck at world renowned design house YOO Hotels & Resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jia Boutique Hong Kong
- Hotel Jia Boutique
- Jia Boutique Hotel
- Jia Hotel Hong Kong
- Boutique Hotel Hong Kong
- J Plus Hotel By YOO Hong Kong