When it comes to hotels in Hong Kong, space truly is the final frontier. In a city of bijou boutique stays, One96 has 29 suites that sweep across a whole floor – tapping into a rich vein of Hong Kong’s most coveted commodity. Minimally styled with light woods and grey-veined marble, each suite has a soft double bed, living area, well-equipped kitchenette and dining space, too. You’ll be tempted to nest – especially in the hotel’s highest roosts where window walls frame Victoria Harbour – but hipster ‘hood Sheung Wan’s jostling kanji signs will cajole you out into the neon-lit night.
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A bottle of red wine and one breakfast voucher for two
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability (additional charges may apply). Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £99.18 (HK$1,045), including tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include one breakfast voucher for two, which can be used at four local cafés. Otherwise, it’s charged at HK$185 a day, for each guest.
Guests can use the fitness centre in the Putman Hotel next door for free.
At the hotel
A lounge with drinks and snacks, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: kitchenette (with a microwave, fridge, tableware, coffee-maker and kettle – a stovetop, cookware and cutlery can be added on request), washing machine and dryer, TV, dining area, Frette linens, Bluetooth radio, bathrobes, heating and air-conditioning, Malin + Goetz bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All suites feel like the penthouse here: you’ve your own private lift lobby, every conceivable need met for a self-sufficient stay, and zero neighbours. But, book the suites creeping up towards the actual penthouse level, dubbed the Harbour and City View Suite, and you’ll get best-of-the-bunch views from on high: a sweep over Sheung Wan down to Victoria Harbour.
Bring a few personal trinkets to add to the home-from-home ambience: a treasured book, a family photograph, the heirloom silver…
You'll be lent a smartphone with a WiFi hotspot to use during your stay.
Children are welcome. Under-6s can stay in the existing bed for free and one extra bed can be added to suites on request (HK$550 a night).
From babies to tweens and teens.
Any, they're all generously proportioned.
There’s very little to do on site, so bring treasured toys from home. Kids will love the go-go-go atmosphere around Sheung Wan and a ride on the Peak Tram. Further afield, hop on a ferry to the stilted village of Tai-O, or Ocean Park to the south of the island, for waterslides and other thrills.
The bite-size dishes of local dim-sum stops and Hong Kong’s ice-cream parlours will keep smalls sated.
There’s little baby kit at the hotel, so stash all essentials in your suitcase.
Enjoy the novelty of sitting up at a dining table in Hong Kong, especially if you’ve a suite with a view, too.
Privacy is assured here, so wear as little as you dare…
There’s no restaurant in the hotel – you can exercise your culinary chutzpah using your kitchenette. However, the hotel has partnered up with four local cafés for breakfast: fuel up with a full English at the Cottage Gastropub, rich coffees at Barista Jam, egg sandwiches in fluffy brioche at Kaffeine or pan-global eats at Café Life. Lunch and dinner picks are legion in the surrounding area, ranging from narrow noodle and dumpling joints to fine Nordic-Asian fusion fare.
Stroll out to SoHo Wines & Spirits, a 10-minute walk away, or Vinoble on Connaught Road West to build up an in-suite bar.
Either make a DIY meal with market-gathered goodies, or dine à la Deliveroo.
You’ll find the hotel in the lively shop-lined Sheung Wan district, to the north of the island, close to Victoria Harbour and Victoria Peak.
It’s a 40-minute drive to Hong Kong International. Carriers run direct flights from major cities in the UK, US, Asia and Australasia; contact our Smith24 team to arrange transfers.
Hong Kong’s underground, the MTR, is the fastest and cheapest way to zip around the city. The closest station is Sheung Wan on the Island Line, a five-minute walk away. From the airport, ride the express train to Hong Kong MTR, then transfer to Central MTR and on to Sheung Wan. If you’re staying for a while, it’s worth investing in an Octopus Card, which can be topped up to pay for public transport.
Steep hills and narrow streets – plus a lack of parking spaces – make Hong Kong tricky to navigate by car. Ditch the wheels and hop on the MTR instead. If you must drive in, you can leave your car at the Rumsey Street Car Park by the waterfront.
Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal is a 25-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride from the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
There’s little to do in the hotel but luxuriate in your apartment, whip up a light snack at your kitchenette or get all misty-eyed over the view. Or, let off some steam in the Putman’s fitness centre next door, where guests of One96 have unlimited access during their stay. Once you’ve exhausted those options, Sheung Wan will entertain you. This harbourside neighbourhood was once a site for sailors flogging antiques from their expeditions, and you can still nab old-school trinkets along Cat Street (for Communist Mao-morabilia, jade jewellery, kitsch homewares) and Hollywood Road (for carved icons, curvaceous vases, masks and musical instruments) – serious collectors should be wary of fakes. These days Sheung Wan draws in Hongkonger hipsters with its diverse dining scene, third-wave coffee shops, appreciation for the arts, and complex cocktails. Tradition is evident in Man Mo Temple, with its ceiling of many incense coils, Sai Ying Pun’s dried seafood stores and Chinese medicine markets. Then step back into the present: muse on the works at Sin Sin Fine Art and Over the Influence gallery, stock up on designer and vintage pieces at PoHo’s Château Zoobeetle and InBetween, then pose on the Jervois Rainbow Steps.
Further out, hit up the tea houses, dim-sum joints and street-food stalls in SoHo, then flex your plastic some more at PMQ, a 10-minute walk from the hotel. This shopping centre gathers local artisans under one roof to fuel a creative surge encompassing painting, ceramics, fashion and crafts, with a number of frequent hands-on workshops. There are coffee and tea stops, sweet shops, bakeries and a sake bar, too. Formerly a police station, the Tai Kwun Heritage Centre (also a 10-minute stroll from your stay) is dedicated to keeping the past alive and showcasing the best contemporary arts, from painting to performance. And, no trip to the city is complete without a vertiginous ride on the Peak Tram to get a view from the top.
Kickstart your day with a steaming cup of single-origin coffee at Fineprint on Peel Street, paired with jam and ricotta on sourdough or something avocado-ey. On Hollywood Road, seek out Chachawan’s green doorway; within, delicious Issan dishes from northern Thailand are served in a coolly outfitted space. Mix and match mouthfuls at Man Mo Dim Sum, where foie-filled xiao long bao and truffled-brie dumplings share menu space with burger and kebab buns. Yardbird’s chicken yakitori skewers run from breast and thigh to more outré offal: ventricle with shichimi, anyone? And, a little further afield, Catch in Kennedy Town cooks up inventive scrambles, smoothies and smashed hits for brunch.
Can’t get enough of that neon-flecked view? Ascend to the Peninsula Hotel’s Felix Bar to ogle the island’s iconic skyline from the Peninsula. Or, go way, way up in the world at the Upper House, which also has an advantageous aspect from its Pacific Place perch. Inspired by Hemingway and given a lovable old-school look (hello, moss-green velvet banquettes), the Old Man earnt a spot in the World’s Top 50 Best Bars 2018 for its suitably strong classic cocktails. Quinary on Hollywood Road promises a multisensory drinking experience involving unique textures, flavour combos and sounds, too. And J Boroski in Central have cocktail concierges who will make something brilliantly mad with your pick of poison.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this commodious high-rise hotel close to Hong Kong’s waterfront and unpacked their lucky maneki-neko cat statue and matcha-flavoured Kit-Kats, a full account of their neon-lit city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, let’s get comfy in hotel One96…
Throughout Hong Kong, lucky cat statues wave at you from bodega counters: lucky, because cat-swinging space is rare in this towering island hotspot. However, moggies best steer clear of hotel One96, where each wood- and marble-lined suite, dressed by interiors whizz Norman Chan, takes up a whole floor. This rare largesse allows for a family-welcoming, pied-à-terre feel, with a kitchenette, living and dining space and – on ascendant floors – a panoramic view over Victoria Harbour, AKA The View. And, thanks to architect Florent Nédélec’s undulating glass panels that recall fabric folds or busy waves, the hotel’s a looker from the outside, too.
The surrounding Sheung Wan district is a melee of red-and-gold kanji, incense-clouded shrines, superlative art spaces and pungent shops peddling dried fish. Nightlife involves a whirl of craft ales, fantastical cocktails and enter-the-fray noodle joints, and Hong Kong and its outlier isles are laid open to you from this harbourside hub. But first, starfish on your bed, slide over the hardwood flooring in your socks and generally get into the swing of having elbow-room in Hong Kong – without dragging a cat into it, of course…