Our quick guide to a range of studio flats, suites and penthouses available in Hong Kong and Kowloon. Compiled by Jacqueline Tsang
Four Seasons Place
No 8 Finance Street, Central
Newcomers to Hong Kong will never be at a loss for things to do while living at Four Seasons Place. Residents can choose to stay in and enjoy the acclaimed six-star hotel service at their serviced apartments, which includes, among other things, round-the-clock multilingual concierges and in-room fine dining, not to mention a sky lounge, a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi. The home entertainment system boasts a DVD player and a 42' plasma TV, a 15' LCD TV in the bathroom, and a NxTV, the leading provider of digital in-room entertainment that enables guests to enjoy the latest movies via a high definition video on demand system. Alternately, they could take their pick of the entertainment and dining landmarks situated nearby, which include Lan Kwai Fong, SoHo, IFC Mall and The Landmark. Four Seasons Place also offers an orientation programme to its new residents, with a team of specialists dedicated to familiarising newcomers to the local entertainment and culture. Residents can participate in hiking trips or excursions to lesser known places, or they can join any of the holiday events, such as the Easter egg hunt for the young and young at heart, or the Chinese New Year 'night market', featuring a face-reading service, dragon beard candy and other traditional fare.
The serviced apartments range from studios (from 547 sqft) to three-bedroom suites (up to 1,867 sqft), and are priced from HK$33,500 to HK$172,000 per month.
Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Living atop Hong Kong's largest shopping complex definitely has its perks. With more than 600 shops, dining and entertainment outlets to choose from, the challenge for the resident is finding a reason to leave this prime location. Hampton Court and Sutton Court, which constitute the 14 floors above two Gateway office towers from the 25th floor up, provide residents with an excellent view of the harbour and the park. The apartments offer the usual array of luxurious perks such as a multilingual concierge, room service provided by Marco Polo Hotels, Bulgari amenities, 24-hour maintenance, security and housekeeping services, LCD TV with over 100 channels, and a complimentary shuttle bus to Central and Admiralty. The most popular feature is the Pacific Club, which gives residents complimentary usage. The club is a five-minute walk from the apartments, and offers a gymnasium, driving ranges, an indoor swimming pool, along with tennis, basketball and squash courts. Residents looking to relax and be pampered can enjoy the gender-separated spas, which offer whirlpools, a steam room, a sauna, and a solarium that provides massage, slimming, tanning and hydrotherapy services. Residents are predominantly expatriates and senior executives of multinationals. Apartments come in seven layouts, from studios (about 700 sqft) to penthouse suites (up to about 3,000 sqft), and are priced from HK$39,000 to HK$160,000 per month.
202 Queen's Road, Central
Designed by Andree Putman, one of the biggest names in contemporary design, the boutique serviced apartments (below and inset) are finished in neutral, soothing hues and textured finishes, with accessories hand-picked by the designer. The apartments, minutes from the IFC and a short walk from SoHo, feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer residents a superb city and harbour view. All units come with a comprehensive kitchen that includes, among the many appliances, Jamie Oliver cookware, a Siemens refrigerator, integrated washer and dryer, and a Krups coffee maker. The bedroom and living room each have a 42-inch Toshiba high definition, liquid-crystal display television, a DVD player and a Marantz music system.
One-bedroom apartments (1,300 sqft) are HK$45,000 to HK$55,000 per month.
88 Des Voeux Road, Central
Right in the middle of Hong Kong's financial and commercial hub, the building offers 74 serviced apartments designed in contemporary Chinese style (above), with spectacular Central skyline views. Residents may enjoy free access to fitness facilities and amenities, and services include a Chinese writing desk fitted with the latest technology, unlimited internet broadband access, a DVD player, dry cleaning, laundry and maid service.
Apartments range from 440 sqft to 1,430 sqft and are priced at HK$26,000 up.
Knight on Wyndham
41 Wyndham Street, Central
The fun-loving, quirky and the restless need look no further than Knight on Wyndham. Residents can scour the many shopping malls in Central during the day, dine in SoHo in the evening, then party the night away in Lan Kwai Fong. Prime location aside, it is the decor that attracts people to these serviced apartments (above and below). Styled in unique designer art, each of the nine apartments is decorated according to a different knight and the corresponding knightly value. From the Mulan-inspired Courage suite, to the Glory suite named after Sir Lancelot, residents can appreciate the unique artwork while enjoying the full range of amenities each unit offers. Gadgets include a 32-inch LCD HDTV with complimentary Now TV channel, an iPod sound dock, broadband internet access, a DVD recorder and player and a Nintendo Wii.
Each unit is 629 sqft and monthly rates range from HK$26,000 to HK$30,000.
Royal Plaza Hotel Serviced Apartments
193 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon
The apartments (right) come with a kitchenette equipped with the basic necessities, such as a fridge, microwave and hot pan, and the one-bedroom suites include a complete range of services and amenities. Residents have complimentary access to the Definition Health Club, which has a gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. Some of the many basic facilities residents can enjoy include a 24-hour concierge, broadband internet service and an exclusive private lounge for Executive Club floor guests.
Room sizes range from 350 sqft to 800 sqft and the monthly rate is HK$22,800 to HK$55,000.
119-120 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan
The Bauhinia serviced apartments (left) are within walking distance of the IFC, The Center, Cosco Tower, Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo. Residents will receive regular maid and cleaning services and have access to the roof garden with a sea view, fitness room, lounge complete with massage chairs, internet surfing stations and a reading corner. There is also a self-service laundry room.
Apartments range from studios to one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites and sizes range from 555 sqft to 900 sqft. Prices are from HK$19,000 to HK$29,000.
Two MacDonnell Road
2 MacDonnell Road, Mid-Levels
For those who enjoy the flexibility of hotel room rentals, Two Macdonnell Road allows residents to check in for any length of time, be it for a day's stay or for long-term leasing that can extend for years. The serviced apartments are designed to suit all tastes, with bright and airy living rooms, fully equipped kitchenettes, and bedrooms done in brown and gold. Building facilities include a gym and coffee shop, and residents have a DVD player, satellite and cable TV, as well as broadband connection. There is also a free shuttle bus service to Central and Admiralty. Two Macdonnell Road is within walking distance of Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens and Lan Kwai Fong.
Rooms range from 336 sqft (standard room) to 750 sqft (family suite). Monthly rates are HK$23,000 to HK$50,000, while daily rates are HK$1,500 to HK$3,500.
Functional living spaces have never looked better, as Kush offers stylish and contemporary accommodations to suit every mood and personality. Each of Kush's three serviced apartment locations caters to a different kind of lifestyle, and the units are crafted accordingly by cutting-edge designers.
111 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Kush 111 offers a tranquil retreat with its natural light and subtle tones. Organic toiletries from southern India, throws from Peru and wool carpets from New Zealand all contribute to the lush spa-like experience.
Each 750 sqft apartment is priced from HK$38,000 per month.
222 Hollywood Road, Central
Kush's flagship building has an interior (above, left, and below) inspired by the edgy and stylish neighbourhood, where design studios, old Chinese temples, and art and antique galleries are within walking distance of the building. Finished in stark blacks and sultry browns, each room in 222 has open glass-box showers, mood lighting and a comprehensive wine list, adding the perfect touches to what is the ultimate bachelor's pad.
Each apartment is 650 sqft and monthly rates start at HK$36,000.
255 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Kush 255 combines traditional Chinese decor (left) with contemporary touches to create an atmosphere reminiscent of an exclusive private club.
The 550 sqft serviced apartments start at HK$26,000 per month.
Hong Kong Gold Coast Residences
1 Castle Peak Road, Castle Peak Bay, New Territories
Those looking to take a break from the city's fast-paced urban life will find a permanent vacation spot here, with 500,000 sqft of greenery on one side and the open sea on the other. Some apartments come with a balcony with a view of the sea or marina (above). Boating fans will appreciate the adjoining Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, and families can enjoy the activities at the clubhouse, including private cruises on the 58-foot luxury yacht, chocolate bouquet-making workshops, wine-tasting events, or dolphin tours. The clubhouse has an organic farmyard for residents to try their hand at organic farming. The apartments offer concierge, maid and laundry services, resident parties and classes for both children and adults.
The apartments range in size from 700 sqft to 1,372 sqft and residents can enjoy a resort lifestyle for HK$13,800 to HK$18,800 a month.
Horizon Suite Hotel Serviced Suites
29 On Chun Street, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin
Flexibility is the key word at Horizon Suite Hotel (below). The hotel has what it calls a Your Flexi-Living Long Staying Serviced Suite Package, which allows residents to choose and only pay for the services and facilities that they need. All residents have access to a 65-metre swimming pool complete with a sea view, a pool table and a sauna.
All-inclusive rates start from HK$8,600 per month, less if residents forgo maid service, membership to The Horizon Club and local calls. They may even pay for air-conditioning and electrical consumption by meter.
V Causeway Bay
9 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay
Those searching for a hip and happening home need look no further. V Causeway Bay, the newest of the V serviced apartments, is situated at the heart of entertainment and retail in Hong Kong, with five shopping malls, countless bars and roughly a hundred restaurants, all within walking distance. The V Tenant card allows residents access to California Fitness gyms (the closest one is located at 99 Percival Street, Lee Theatre Plaza, Causeway Bay), although those who prefer to stay in can enjoy the 42-inch TV, Now TV, IDD, wireless broadband internet, full DVD library and, for the young at heart, the popular Wii console is also available. Designed in the functional yet chic look that V is known for. Inventive layouts make the most out of every iota of space, and even in the smaller units, clever and stylish designs manage to maximise living areas without sacrificing aesthetics.
The more than 130 units range from 285 sqft to 1,600 sqft and monthly rates range from HK$17,000 to HK$60,000.
New World Apartments
24 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
New World Apartments has been providing luxury services since 1980. The apartments operate much like a hotel and benefits include free newspapers, limousine services, and optional maid and linen services. Facilities include a gymnasium with a golf driving range, an outdoor swimming pool and a play room. There is a complimentary membership to The Kowloon Club.
Rooms range from studios (from 338 sqft) to four-bedroom suites (from 5,909 sqft). Prices for studios to three-bedroom suites are HK$14,000 to HK$61,000, and the monthly rate for the four-bedroom suites is negotiable.
The HarbourView Place
International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
The HarbourView Place caters predominantly to business executives and expatriates, ensuring that residents can enjoy the highest level of convenience and luxury when away from their workplace. Full amenities such as a heated pool on the rooftop and a health club are included. Room service, butler services and a 24-hour multilingual concierge are available. As The HarbourView Place is the latest development from Signature Homes (the residential leasing arm of Sun Hung Kei Properties that was responsible for developing Four Seasons Place), the orientation specialists will also be at hand to facilitate the settling in of new residents. Show suites have been open for viewing since February and the official launch date is set for spring. The serviced apartments span the 50th to 70th floors of The Cullinan Two, the city's tallest residential project, located above Kowloon Station and within walking distance of Elements mall.
Studios to three-bedroom suites (400 sqft to 1,500 sqft), are priced at a target rate of HK$60 per sqft per month.
The Repulse Bay
109 Repulse Bay Road
Residents at De Ricou Serviced Apartments enjoy an exceptional view of sand and sea, and the complex offers many family-themed parties. Resident couples will benefit from their 20 per cent discount at The Verandah and Spices restaurants, while families will appreciate the proximity of international schools in the area. The younger crowd will likely find themselves occupied with the many children's activities provided by The Club, the recreation and activity centre. The Club spans 60,000 sqft and offers indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, tennis and squash courts, spa facilities and DVD rentals. Apart from the standard concierge, maid service and cleaning services, De Ricou arranges 'calendar events' such as lion dances over the Lunar New Year, an Easter fair, a Halloween parade and a Resident Artists Exhibition in addition to regular classes and activities at The Club.
The duplex suites, from 2,020 sqft to 2,243 sqft, are priced from HK$82,000 per month.