Hong Kong, China

Ovolo Central

Rates from (inc tax)$248.08

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21HKD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Futuristic city slicker

Setting

In-the-thick-of-it Central

Zen-chic Ovolo Central has the sexy independence of a serviced apartment with the light-touch hospitality of a hotel, all in the hard-to-beat location of sociable Central's entertainment district. A raft of handy inclusions – from free WiFi to minibar treats and all-day coffee –  leave you feeling fussed over, not fleeced. Stylish interiors fuse mid-century details with futuristic urban edge.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

42.

Checkā€“Out

2pm; check-in, 12 noon, both flexible subject to availability. There's a compact lounge to chill out in if you've arrived early or are departing later and your room's not free.

Rates

Double rooms from $248.08 (HK$1,924), 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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (HKD2,116.62), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include free minibar drinks and snacks, DIY laundry facilities and gym entry.

Also

You're slap in the heart of one of Hong Kong's most vibrant areas, so go antique-hunting on Hollywood Road, gallery-shopping in Sheung Wan or bar-hopping in Lan Kwai Fong. Bring extra totes for all that retail action.

At the hotel

Concierge, lounge, free WiFi throughout and DVD/film library, laundry, daily newspaper delivery and 24-hour gym. In rooms: flatscreen Apple TV and DVD player, iPod dock, Nespresso machine, minibar (including spirits, beer and soft drinks), free bottled water, Biology toiletries, personal office space.

Our favourite rooms

Working a muted palette of metallics, brown and beige, the Executive Deluxe rooms feel sleekly modern and spacious and will be your oasis in Hong Kong. Relax on the wonderfully comfy queen-size bed, sink your toes into the patchwork cowhide rug, check your email at the generous desk (backed by a curvy bronze wall), then soak in the ensuite onyx-marble shower (we loved the tear-shaped basins). The feng shui of the rooms on the left felt slightly better to us!

Packing tips

With great-value inclusions spanning free WiFi, minibar treats, Nespresso machine, Apple TV and DVDs, you've got pretty much everything you need ready and waiting. Ear-plugs won't go amiss, though, as you're in the mad-cap centre of the city's party-hard social district.

Also

Ovolo is a smoking-free zone. Ovolo now offers guests city-wide WiFi, so you can stay connected even when you've left the hotel.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are not permitted. See more pet-friendly hotels in Hong Kong.

Children

Welcome: kids up to 12 sharing existing beds stay for free; for those age 12 or above, you'll need to pay HK$385 a child a night.

Overview

Ovolo welcomes children, although there is no dedicated kids' club or facilities.

Best for

Kids old enough to enjoy a city break.

Recommended rooms

Children under 12 can stay for free using existing bedding in any of the Executive Deluxe rooms, which are fairly spacious for Hong Kong. For kids age 12 or older, a charge of HK$385 a child a night applies.

Activities

Children of all ages will enjoy riding on the Peak Tram to take in vertiginous views of the city up on the Peak hilltop, where there are also airy routes for strolling. Even a ride on the Mid-levels outdoor escalators is sure to entertain or take the kids across the harbour on the classic Star Ferry. Holllywood Road's fleamarket shops should appeal to culture-savvy teens, or hit the mainstream boutiques in Central. Further afield, entertain the troups with a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland.

Rates

More details

Rates include free minibar drinks and snacks, DIY laundry facilities and gym entry.

Meals

The Diner, across the road from the hotel, has a fantastic kids menu with pulled pork and apple slaw burgers, mini mac and cheese, and helathier options such as chicken-salad sandwiches.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Guests head to the Diner across the road for nachos, fall-off-the-bone ribs, buttermilk-fried chicken and other authentic US delicacies. Guests can grab a discounted breakfast here too (one main dish, hot drink and juice), for a supplement of HK$118 plus a 10 per cent service charge.

At the bar

Ovolo doesn't have a formal bar, but minibars come stocked with the usual suspects (Absolut vodka, Bailey's Irish Cream, Johnnie Walker whisky and Stella Artois beer). The Diner's happy hour runs from 5pm to 7pm, when guests can sip a choice of four liqueurs, a beer and a wine until they're very merry. 

Last orders

Breakfast runs from 7am to 9.30am weekdays or 7.30am to 10.30am on weekends, with the restaurant open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Room service

There's no room service, as such, but you'll find a little Loot Bag of crisps and sweets in your boudoir, and minibar contents are free (from sparkling water to juice, beer, spirits and Lindt chocolate).

Location

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Address
Ovolo Central
No. 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central
Central
Hong Kong

Planes

Fly into Hong Kong International Airport (www.hongkongairport.com), 42 kilometres from the hotel. From there, whizz into town on the Airport Express train service (www.mtr.com.hk), which departs roughly every 10 minutes and takes 24 minutes to reach Central. Alternatively, Ovolo can organise transfers for the 48-minute drive for HK$750 in a seven-seater car one way.

Trains

From Central MTR subway station, it's just a 10-minute drive to the hotel. It offers connections to the city-wide network of MTR stops.

Automobiles

Given Hong Kong's traffic-clogged streets and cluster of islands, you're better to use the slick public transport system of subway trains, trams and ferries, or snare a taxi, rather than rent your own wheels.

Worth getting out of bed for

Wander nearby Hollywood Road and Cat Street to snap up vintage Chinese souvenirs, antiques and fleamarket finds, including Mao memorabilia and old-fashioned advertising posters. If you prefer more of a modern retail splurge, both Central and Admiralty are a hub of designer shops (don't miss local fashion fave Shanghai Tang's Central flagship mansion at 1 Duddell Street; www.shanghaitang.com). Sheung Wan is a must for hip galleries and niche boutiques. Mellow Hong Kong Park is within easy reach for strolling, and includes an evocative Museum of Tea Ware in historic Flagstaff House, or head to the Peak Tram (www.thepeak.com.hk) for lofty views over the city once you reach the Peak summit. Come sunset, take the Star Ferry (www.starferry.com.hk) over to Kowloon and wander the esplanade, so you can look back at Hong Kong Island's nightly light show flickering across its striking skyscrapers.

Local restaurants

For classic Cantonese fare, head for Central restaurant Yung Kee (+852 2522 1624; www.yungkee.com.hk), at 32–40 Wellington Street, famous for its roast goose. Long popular with locals and sporting atmospheric old-fashioned decor, it dishes up tasty staples including excellent wonton noodles. Be sure to order the abalone soup, soy-sauce-steamed chicken and the deep-fried tofu and bean sprouts. Cavernous Zuma (+852 3657 6388; www.zumarestaurant.com) is the go for glam Japanese dining, at Level 5&6, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road in Central. With three open kitchens, a slick bar area upstairs and a chic alfresco terrace, you're guaranteed a good night out. Treat yourself to sliced seabass with yuzu, miso-marinated black cod and sashimi omakase, and keep the Veuve Clicquot flowing. Zuma also offers one of the best Sunday brunches in town. For more appetising dining in the area, including Yun Fu, Brickhouse and Lupa, see our Hong Kong restaurant reviews.

Local cafés

Peak Cafe Bar (+852 2140 6877; www.cafedecogroup.com), beside the Mid-levels escalator at 9–13 Shelley Street in Soho, offers all-day breakfasts, pizzas and wine by the glass.

Local bars

A skip from Arbuthnot Road, Dragon-I (+852 3110 1222; www.dragon-i.com.hk) bar is a celeb-spotters paradise and has been a must-do Central nightspot for over a decade. Find it at UG/F, The Centrium, at 60 Wyndham Street. For high-rise quaffing, make for Azure (+852 3518 9330; www.azure.hk) at 33 Wyndham Street (at 29 & 30/F, Hotel LKF by Rhombus), a 29th-floor lounge bar with smart drinks, tasty food and serious skyline views. The lower floor is a hip space with a pool table and comfy sofas, ideal for perching with cocktails and bar snacks; the top floor hosts a restaurant which morphs into a nightclub come weekends, with an airy terrace. Lan Kwai Fong and the surrounding streets are always a hot spot for nocturnal bar-hopping. See our Hong Kong bar guide for more local finds, including Lily & Bloom, MO Bar, Quinary and Sevva.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Desperately seeking a minibreak, Mrs Smith and I set the compass for Hong Kong, looking forward to time together in this remarkable city – and it doesn’t disappoint.

Ducking through an almost-secret door, we find Ovolo Central, a small but tall modern building in Central. Its stylish, sultry lobby is decked with alien chrome amoebas – otherwise known as futuristic ovoid wall art – that make us feel quite at home. The staff is friendly, young and cool and proud of their hotel, which adds to the feel-good factor. They suggest some late-night clubs if we are in the mood, which we kind of are. So dropping off our bags we’re off into the night for a stroll and a cocktail in this fabulous precinct. Bring it on, Hong Kong.

Luckily, Ovolo is in the old colonial area just off Hollywood Road and the Soho district, where many small bars and restaurants lurk up and down laneways. Immediately below the hotel is Wyndham Street, boasting a bunch of flashy watering-holes full of models, bankers and entrepreneurs, and the wild nightclub strip of Lan Kwai Fong, where international DJs play nightly, is just minutes down the hill.

Mr and Mrs Smith’s favourite bar is practically next door to the Ovolo – Salon Number 10, at 10 Arbuthnot Road – a beautiful little French restaurant that morphs into a boutique club full of interesting people. Yet despite the Ovolo being the perfect launchpad for late-night action, we’re now tired, smiling and ready for bed. Our Executive Deluxe room might be compact but it offers all the comforts we need once we finally slide home. The well-chosen furnishings are good quality and make the most of the floorplan, resulting in a space-savvy, cool pad.

In hot and humid Hong Kong air-conditioning can be harsh but the temperature of our room hits just the right crisp note. The manic city can also get you in a lather, but the soothing Malin+Goetz bathroom products make everything feel better in the shower built for two… or rather seven. The bathroom window actually opens, too, which is a plus – it’s nice to get some real air from time to time.

We’re loving the bed, too. The king-size number in our room seems like a waste of space until we’re spread-eagled on it, but suddenly it’s the only world Mr and Mrs Smith need for the next 12 hours. It’s firm but soft in the way we like, with a just-the-ticket light cotton blanket. Having Apple TV on tap adds an entertaining touch, and WiFi is free and fast. In town on a business trip? Then you’re sorted as there’s a fully equipped workstation for whipping through your email.

Thankfully, we’re here to play, shop, eat and to uncover as many of the city’s hidden charms as possible, and the hotel’s handy in-room guides – up to date, well thought out, colloquial and irreverent – send us directly to the good stuff. Yardbird restaurant at 33 Bridges Street in Sheung Wan and Fatty Crab at 11 Old Bailey Street in Central are great recommendations for modern yakatori and Malaysian seafood respectively, which we give the thumbs up.

Breakfast at Ovolo comes care of Café O next door. Almost all the patrons seem to be from the hotel or other local hostelries, and although it’s nothing flash it’s a fine way to kickstart the day. What’s more, we get a chance to people-watch and suss out the diverse nature of our fellow guests, discovering that the hotel caters as well to families as it does to couples. We also spy a small gym adjacent to reception which would delight gym bunnies, or those who’ve overindulged on the breakfast pastries.

As fun as Central is at night, the neighbourhood turns out to be just as buzzy by day, proof that the hotel really is in a top spot. Within easy walking distance we explore endless streets of hawker food, extraordinary vintage boutiques, contemporary art galleries, upscale department store Lane Crawford and shopping drags such as Queen’s Road, where we check out all the designer labels. We also scope out the jaw-dropping harbour. Central MTR subway station is 10 minutes away for missions further afield. The knockout location really makes our trip, as we are never far from any of the sights, and if we need to pop back for a shower or out for a cocktail, it’s a breeze.

Much though we love our forays out into the bright lights of hedonistic Hong Kong, we also appreciate the free minibar waiting for us back at Ovolo. Drinking in the room can’t compare with hitting the city’s rooftop bars, but it’s comforting to know a clutch of chilled beers and spirit miniatures are there for a cheeky nightcap. The survival snack pack also proves extremely welcome for 3am munchies, and the free Nespresso makes getting up the next morning way more civilized – even if Ovolo’s super-generous inclusions don’t stretch to a free George Clooney…
 

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 Ovolo Central’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Convenient location close to bars and restaurants. Lots of inclusions – mini bar, snacks, breakfast.

Don’t expect

Quiet. The streets below are busy at night.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Jan 2016

We loved

Central location, friendly staff, size of room, treats such as alcohol, sweeties, and bath products.

Don’t expect

Only two bedrooms per floor!

Rating

Stayed on 20 Nov 2015

We loved

The location. Room spacious. Mini bar was good touch. Problems were resolved upon request.

Don’t expect

We booked a super shiny room but we were not initially given it but a lower floor room. Also they did not give us the cafe o voucher until we requested it. I didn't think breakfast was too good.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Sep 2015

We loved

Great sized hotel rooms for Hong Kong.

Don’t expect

No lobby seating area to speak of, gym is 'cosy'.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jan 2015

We loved

Friendly staff,good location in Central, comfortable rooms.

Don’t expect

It would be better if there were more Chinese restaurants nearby rather than Western food.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Dec 2014

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