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Babette Radclyffe – The Fabulous Fashionista
Must-Have Hotel Features
With thousands of hotels dotted across Hong Kong, from tourist haven Tsim Sha Tsui to tranquil Aberdeen Harbour, sometimes it can prove a little tiresome to sift the wheat from the chaff. Here’s our handy checklist for making sure you’re getting the best home-away-from-home in Hong Kong.
Whether sharing latest holiday snaps, catching up with relatives back home or checking out what’s on that eve, we all know how essential Wi-Fi access is for a smooth sojourn. Lots of high-end hotels sneak in extra costs with expensive Wi-Fi packages, so be sure to look for free Wi-Fi for a stress-free trip.
Whether you prefer to get your sweat on at the crack of dawn or at the end of the day, 24/7 gym access means fitness fans no longer have to worry about when they’ll get that burst of exercise endorphins! Some gyms are only available for a few hours a day so whether stretching or sweating keep an eye out for open-all-hours gyms.
Nothing tastes as good as free food, and those of you who’ve been left with a hefty minibar tab know exactly what we mean. Hardly any hotels offer both free mini-bars stocked with beers, free happy hour drinks at the lounge and a free European style breakfast, so if you spot added on perks like these snap up that room ASAP and trust us, both your belly and your wallet, will leave much happier and fuller.
Too often Hong Kong hotels offer archaic TVs with a limited range of channels and there’s only so much 24 hour news the weary traveller one can take! Select locations offer the latest Apple TVs so guests can stream music and movies from their Apple devices directly to their hotel room TV, meaning guests can watch and listen to whatever they want, whenever they want.
No matter how many extra outfits we pack for our trip, it never seems to be enough. High-end hotels often offer pricey laundry options, so keep an eye out for hotels with free self-laundry. Whether its dry cleaning, service washing or suit pressing, free self-laundry lets guests forget their clothing quandaries and even return home with a case full of clean clothes – how often does that happen?
The vast majority of Hong Kong hotels are set in their ways with strict checking in and out times, but sometimes that just doesn’t fit in with your business or sightseeing schedule. Look for hotels that offer flexible check-out times upon availability, meaning you no longer have to plan your day around your hotel’s schedule, and instead can focus on the pleasures of your holiday, more dim sum anyone?
Ovolo Hotels in Hong Kong offer all of these bonus features and more, with locations in some of Hong Kong’s coolest neighbourhoods from NOHO to Southside, and keep us in mind for your next stay – it’s all about location, location, location!
Fashion and lifestyle journalist Babette Radclyffe-Thomas is based in the concrete jungle of creativity, Hong Kong. Having spent her formative teenage years in Hong Kong, after a MA in Fashion Journalism from the London College of Fashion, the city’s charms lured her back and she has made it her mission to discover the latest creative hotspots and trend setters.