Ovolo is a family-owned business that has five hotels in Hong Kong. The image is sleek simplicity: not too many frills but plenty of perks. Once you’ve paid for your room, pretty much everything in the hotel is free.
In hilly Hong Kong, Arbuthnot Road is just above Wyndham Street, which itself is above Lan Kwai Fong – the nerve-centre of the island’s entertainment district. An upward escalator connects these two streets; and the Central- Mid-Levels escalator, which runs up between Central and Wyndham Street after 10.20am, is nearby. Arbuthnot Road itself is a back-street, but for anyone who wants to be right in the middle of the city – whether attending a rave or a business meeting – and doesn’t mind navigating the weekend late-night crowds, this is a very convenient location.
Style & character
Once you’ve made a booking with Ovolo, you’re part of its self-proclaimed quest to create “Shiny Happy People“. If you’re the kind of person who likes emails with effusive ‘XOXO’ sign-offs and fancies enthusiastic ‘OMG!’ (Ovolo Monthly Gossip) newsletters, you’ll be in heaven. The hotel also suits those of a less sociable nature. The small reception and lounge is on the first floor and as these are the only common areas, you can nip into the lift from the street and straight up to your room. There’s a 24-hour gym and free laundry facilities where you can “Wash and dry to your heart’s content”, as the hotel’s directory cheerfully puts it.
Service & facilities
Even before you’ve arrived, you’ll receive a welcoming email that includes your personal password to Hong Kong’s Wi-Fi hotspots and recommends the best places to visit in town. A good deal of thought has gone in to the tourist mindset – the rooms have excellent maps and guides – and there’s a general air of obligingness. Facilities include a 24-hour gym and free laundrette where you can “Wash and dry to your heart’s content”, as the hotel’s directory cheerfully puts it. There’s no pool.
- Fitness centre
For a boutique hotel, the rooms are surprisingly spacious although bathroom space has been sacrificed, and there are no baths. The low beds might not be to everyone’s taste (or backs) and the wardrobes are not vast. Light sleepers are strongly advised to book higher floors at weekends. All rooms have an Apple TV, iron, free minibar and flexible check-out.
Food & drink
There’s one pitstop: the Lo Lounge, on the first floor. This serves free coffee plus ‘nibbles’ all day and there’s a free Happy Hour between 6pm and 8pm on the first floor. Breakfast is served in Café O next door which is also part of the Ovolo group. Get there early as this small café is also popular with locals.
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