SOPHISTICATED PRECINCT SETS ITSELF APART FROM THE CORPORATE REST
With the opening of the new Tai Kwun Centre for Arts and Culture, the real centre of action has moved “up the hill”, so to speak.
Certainly it’s a different and more sophisticated area than Soho and the bars of Lan Kwai Fong which cater for the younger crowd on the prowl.
Tai Kwun’s colonial heritage as Central Police Station, and the enormous investment of nearly 4 billion HK dollars by government and the HK Jockey Club, has set the precinct apart from any other part of Hong Kong Island.
No wonder that TIME Magazine last year voted Tai Kwun as one of the world’s greatest places to visit.
Opposite the Tai Kwun Centre is the recently refurbished Ovolo Central Hotel.
The interior designers have had a field day with this one.
It’s quirky, amusing and definitely eclectic in taste, with avant-garde artwork meant to create a real difference when compared with “normal” bland hotel interiors.
This is a true boutique property in a town more used to big corporate hotel brand names and the lobby/lounge area with its fun artwork is warmly welcoming.
The 40 rooms (there’s also a jazzy “Radio Suite”) are beautifully appointed with comfortable king size beds, electric curtains, a huge retractable TV screen, a modern bathroom with luxury amenities and a rainshower, a free minibar refilled daily, Nespresso machine, a “loot bag” with goodies like nuts and sweets, and plenty of plugs and chargers for those whose devices are a way of life ... or business. There’s free Wi-fi of course.
Other features that make travel easier are a gym and a self-serve laundry, very useful in hot Hong Kong weather.
Ovolo’s compact eatery, VEDA, is unique in Hong Kong.
It offers the only dedicated vegetarian hotel restaurant menu.
It features standout dishes like baked cauliflower aloo gobi and corn khichdi with wild mushroom curry.
Breakfast is equally enticing (and healthy) with lots of avocado options and a wonderful halva yoghurt bowl.
Oh, and there’s daily free happy hour for guests.