Hong Kong, China

J Plus Hotel by Yoo

Rates from (ex tax)$142.51

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (HKD1,229.80), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Sleek boutique, Starck-style


Hong Kong shopping hub

Escape Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle in style-god splendour at lively Causeway Bay's J Plus Hotel by Yoo, Phillippe Starck’s first foray into Asia. With food as impeccably designed as its furnishings, the painfully cool abode formerly known as Jia Hong Kong is a predictably on-point project from the famed designer-cum-architect.

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56, including 24 suites.




Double rooms from $142.51 (HK$1,118), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (HKD1,118.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast, daily afternoon tea and evening wines. WiFi and complimentary use of Handy Smartphone are included; there's also a free laundry service.


A covetable selection of Tang goodies can be purchased from the hotel – just browse your in-room shopping booklet. The hotel's ambassadors are your on-loan Hong Kong guides; let them know if you want to be booked into any of the city's restaurants, spas and other attractions. Guests enjoy special access to Hong Kong's hottest members' clubs, including Volar, Kee, Play and Duddell's.

At the hotel

Second-floor dining sundeck, laundry service, fitness room. In-room amenities: flatscreen TV, DVD player, surround-sound music system, free broadband, kitchenette with fridge, stove and Smeg microwave, minibar, Noble Isle bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are similarly styled and Starck-ed – light and airy, with the designer’s trademark white furnishings and a play of pastels on the fixtures and fittings. Space-wise, the luxurious suites have more to offer, but the rectangular Studio Twos feel surprisingly roomy.

Packing tips

Sturdy shoes for traipsing around vibrant Causeway Bay by day. Leave suitcase space for your night-time finery too – the HK crowd likes to dress up by night.


The hotel is a smoke-free zone.


Little Smiths are welcome: free cots can be provided; an extra bed (HK$600 a night, plus 10 per cent tax) can be set up in a Suite or Suite Plus; babysitting can be arranged with a local nanny. Over-14s are welcome in the restaurant.

Food and Drink

Photos J Plus Hotel by Yoo food and drink

Dress Code

Little black numbers and Boss suits.

Hotel restaurant

Edo serves delicious Japanese cuisine. In the lobby, Continental breakfast, 24-hour coffee, tea, juice and water, afternoon cakes and evening wine are served daily and all are free. Guests can also order food from an in-room delivery menu, which showcases local favourites including Burger Room, Pacific Coffee, Shanghai Yat Pun Heng, Thai Shing, Tiger Curry, Viet Delicious and more (timings vary, depending on the restaurant). 


Photos J Plus Hotel by Yoo location
J Plus Hotel by Yoo
1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong


Fly into Hong Kong International Airport, which services international and domestic flights daily. You can get a taxi from the airport for the 40-minute drive to the hotel.


The Airport Express train takes passengers to Central in just 24 minutes. Hung Hom Station is 5km away and Causeway Bay MTR Station is 1km away.

Worth getting out of bed for

Start with what's inside: admire the Stern Rockwell art installation in the lobby. In 'Love Story', Rockwell recalls lost loves and pays tribute to Hong Kong. Shopping is Causeway Bay's main drawcard, so head out with a clean credit card to tackle the areas malls. Highlights include Times Square for big-name brands, the enormous SOGO department store and newcomer Hysan Place. Try your luck at the Happy Valley Racecourse. It's worth noting that locals come her to punt, not dress up, so ladies you can leave your heels and fascinator at home. Climb the Peak for the best views of the city – you can either hike to the top or take the vintage tram, a hair-raising trip that departs from Garden Road in Admiralty.

Local restaurants

Several light-bite options crowd around the ground floor of the hotel: teppanyaki joint Futago (+852 2898 7707), a branch of Pacific Coffee (+852 2577 3880) and Tiger Curry (+852 2511 1051), which serves authentic Japanese fare and has a garden terrace. Dine on shrimp and mango toasts, barbecue pork and renowned seafood at Fu Sing restaurant on Lockheart Road, or join the queue for a table at dumpling hot spot Din Tai Fung (+852 3160 8998), located at 68 Yee Woo Street. The xiao long bau (dumplings filled with a squirt of steaming soup), spicy wontons and green beans with pork are a must. The soup dumplings are also divine at Crystal Jade (+852 2915 6988), in the World Trade Centre at 280 Gloucester Road. Be sure to add a side order of dan dan mian (rice noodles in a fiery seasame and pork sauce). For mouthwatering Chinese meats, make for Lei Garden (+852 2506 3828) at Times Square. This brightly lit dining room is home to the signature five-layer roast pork and top-notch Peking duck. In neighbouring Wanchai, dine on British classics, such as Scotch eggs and fish and chips, at the Pawn (+852 2866 3444), at 62 Johnston Street. This atmospheric gastro pub with multiply levels of dining and drinking dens, including a breezy balcony.

Local cafés

Don't let the no-frills setting of lime-green booths put you off... Mak's Noodles (+852 2895 5310), at 37 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, is home to some of Hong Kong's best wonton noodle soup, served in tiny Chinese bowls with delicate prawn dumplings. The egg noodles dusted with dried shrimp roe aren't half bad either. For a cool caffeine fix, pop into 18 Grams (+852 2893 8988) in Hoi To Court at 15 Cannon Street. The baristas use house-roasted beans and the kitchen turns out café classics, such as eggs Benedict and an Aussie-style breakfast.


Photos J Plus Hotel by Yoo reviews
Christopher Cottingham

Anonymous review

‘Goodness, that sounds disgusting,’ says Mrs Smith, pointing to a gruesome concoction called a curry martini on the bar menu. It might sound awful, but as it’s been created by world-renowned mixologist (as barmen like to be called these days) Mark Ward, I decide to give it a go. It turns out to be excellent, a bit like an alcoholic mango chutney, and one prepared by Michelin-starred Indian chef Atul Kochhar at that. Mrs Smith is equally delighted with her delicious, orangey marmalade martini. No Robertson’s here, thank you very much.

As the drinks menu suggests, the J Plus Hotel by Yoo (formerly Jia Hong Kong) is not your ordinary bolthole. For a start, its 54 rooms are located in a 25-storey former office block. Transcending its humble origins, it has been redesigned by French design guru Philippe Starck – hence the impeccably stylish lobby in which a silver upholstered antique sofa contrasts strikingly with mirror-finish Louis Ghost chairs. But, despite the high gloss finish, the hotel feels completely integrated into the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s energetic Causeway Bay district. There is a shop selling birds’ nests across the road, a flower and vegetable market next door, and noodle bars nearby. In fact, they all feel very, very close indeed, as the J Plus has no driveway and its Schrager-esque lobby leads straight onto the street. Once inside, however, the atmosphere is laid-back, and offers an ambience you don’t always associate with upscale hotels. 

After Mrs Smith and I check in, we are escorted to our room, where we are shown how everything works. We’re not really listening, though, as we’re in admiration mode, looking around the pristine, mainly white space and making approving noises to each other. The bed – over which the word ‘dream’ is written in silver lettering – is situated in a yellow alcove, and the bathroom has been constructed from floor-to-ceiling black-veined marble. It’s impressive stuff. Mrs Smith points out that, though it’s wonderful, everything’s a little on the small side. Small, but perfectly formed, I retort. This is Hong Kong, after all; and, like Manhattan, space is at a premium. It’s not long before Mrs Smith is walking around, taking photos of all the furnishings and design flourishes. I get the feeling our own not-so-huge flat is soon to be modelled on this bijou corner of China.

Sometimes boutique hotels forget that their main business is hospitality, not wowing style magazines. Not so J Plus. ‘Good evening Mr and Mrs Smith,’ says the concierge, remembering our names as we enter the lobby to take advantage of the complimentary wine. The hotel also serves free afternoon tea and cakes to all guests, which we both agree is a ‘nice touch’.

Later, after we’ve relaxed for a while with the aforementioned cocktails, we take the ferry to Kowloon. It costs two Hong Kong dollars – an absolute bargain, considering it affords us views from deck of the kind of nighttime skyline guaranteed to turn Mrs Smith into putty. ‘They’re opening a hotel in Thailand,’ she tells me, dreamily, looking back at the Causeway Bay lights behind us. We both smile. That’s our next trip to the Far East sorted, then.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in J Plus Hotel by Yoo’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The central location in Causeway Bay and the interesting decor design from everywhere – it's cool stuff. It's walking distance to major shopping complexes, and one road from the trams, busses and the great train system. Staff are really helpful and happy; breakfast is ok. It's close to Hong Kong Park, the Time Square complex and Paterson St designer clothing precinct. It's two doors from a Michelin-starred dim sum place. Local markets are half a street away.

Don’t expect

Space to yourself away from the hotel.


Stayed on 21 Sep 2017

We loved

Location and helpful staff. This hotel is great for access to the metro station, only a block away. If you are looking for a drink with a great view, the bar at the upper house is great!

Don’t expect

Quiet and non-smelly air conditioning (we had to turn ours off as it was very loud and and produced a damp odour). The facilities within the room also looking tired.


Stayed on 13 Jan 2017

We loved

Free upgrade to suite, daily breakfast, afternoon cake and evening wine in the reception all included in the price! Get tapas at 22 Ships.

Don’t expect

A quite road outside!


Stayed on 19 Nov 2016

We loved

Great location, attentive staff, clean and tidy, quirky but functional. Spoiled for choice when it comes to cafes and restaurants for brunches to dinners along Houston street (5mins walk), Din Tai Fung across the street for a Much-starred cheap and cheerful dumplings extravaganza, local mini bus to the beaches a 3min walk away at Jardine's Bazaar. Malls, bazaars and boutiques a short walk away. Causeway MTR practically next door.

Don’t expect

...onsite gyms, pools, massages, rooftop restaurants and bars. This is a base to explore the city, not a walled city itself.


Stayed on 8 Oct 2016

We loved

Style, location. Shari Shari Kakigori - amazing Japanese ice desserts!

Don’t expect

Big rooms


Stayed on 23 Jun 2016

We loved

The Philip Stark designed lobby Room. The free wine in the Evening. The helpful staff. The shower. The dressing gown slippers. The Station is minutes away which is well connected to the rest of the City. We ate dim sum twice at the restaurant across the road. Great food, clean and fast service. The concierge said we wouldn't be disappointed and we weren't.

Don’t expect

Your bed to be made.


Stayed on 21 Apr 2016

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