Boutique Hotel

Boom in local boutique hotels not abating

Girish Jhunjhnuwala, founder of the Ovolo Hotel Group. Photo: Jonathan Wong

He looks very much at home in the newly opened Ovolo 2AR hotel in Central. That's not just because Girish Jhunjhnuwala heads the group running the joint, but because anyone would feel at home here.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 9:23am

BUSINESS in paradise

Competition is intensifying in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) sector, which is drawing greater numbers of business travellers.

Major hotels in cities across Asia have dominated the market, as they are conveniently located and well-equipped. Nevertheless, a new breed of hospitality provider has emerged.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Culture club

When philosopher Alain de Botton wrote the book The Art of Travel, he was musing about 'that ubiquitous but peculiar activity of travelling for pleasure', rather than anything artistic per se. But the title nicely articulates a global trend encapsulating travel for both pleasure and cultural appreciation- that of art hotels, wherein public areas have been transformed into gallery space.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Running paradise no holiday

From the upper echelons of the finance sector to the small back office of her first resort, Anchalika Kijkanakorn has seen many sides of the business world.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The 'Yacht' relaunches as chic boutique hotel

After disappearing from Causeway Bay for a decade, a 'yacht' aims to set sail again as the tourism industry booms.

Opposite to Happy Valley Racecourse and in Morrison Hill Road is a short building with an oblique roof. From the 1970s to the '90s, it was known as the 'yacht hotel' by those in the neighbourhood as its shape resembled a yacht's sail.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

New Hyatt Regency in TST plans to resurrect popular outlets from old site

Swire Hotels' The Upper House might have received the bulk of attention last weekend, but another new hotel opened (or should we say reopened) with slightly less fanfare. On Tsim Sha Tsui side, a new Hyatt Regency went quietly back into business starting last Friday.

6 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Bring on autumn, for then we shall dine in style

As a chef, Gray Kunz (below) is talked about in the same breath as other masters like Thomas Keller and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Hong Kong diners, though, may remember him as the executive chef of the revered Plume restaurant during its prime in the then-Regent Hotel (now InterContinental Hong Kong) for five years in the early 1980s.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

Agenda - New Hotels

Floating sensation

8 May 2009 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

New Langham place

22 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Suite spot

Having shrugged off the cloying naffness of the 'Cool Britannia' era, London these days feels more mature and sure of itself. It's certainly well endowed in the style stakes, and the hospitality industry seems to have learned that bigger isn't necessarily better - and nowhere are these two qualities more obvious than in the city's boutique hotels.

20 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

travellers' checks

Turkish delight

25 May 2008 - 12:00am

HK brands eye expansion into Asia

Hong Kong is proving a springboard for local boutique serviced apartment brands to expand into mainland China and across Asia. Last year, market leader Shama opened its first mainland luxury serviced apartment complex in Shanghai's fashionable Xintiandi entertainment district.

23 May 2008 - 12:00am

London's Dex Appeal

Brixton, London, doesn't quite hold the luxe reputation of Belgravia, but the newly opened Dex Club hopes to change that. Built on the site of the former Prince of Wales Hotel opened originally in the 1700s and rebuilt in the 1930s, the new hotel and members club has a refurbished interior that oozes style.

2 May 2008 - 12:00am

The beauty of boutique

The Putman's grand, eye-catching exterior in multicoloured stained glass on Queen's Road Central could be mistaken for an art deco-inspired church.

The first impression is not far from the truth, for this sublime new boutique apartment complex is a temple of taste.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Entrepreneur just too busy for wedding date

It's full on for Singaporean entrepreneur Yenn Wong (below), whose second Jia boutique hotel is scheduled to open in Shanghai at the end of the month. 'There are two questions everyone keeps asking me,' says Wong. 'One: when is the boutique hotel opening? Two: when's the wedding?'

5 Jun 2007 - 12:00am