In the urban hustle of Hong Kong, space is a precious commodity. Nowhere is this more evident than in the city’s hotel rooms, where travelers are confronted with three options; spend a small fortune to stay in one of the city’s many luxury hotels, overpay for a small and cramped hotel room, or stay in a not-so-reputable guest house in Chungking Mansions.
However, things are beginning to change and in March 2012 the staid Hong Kong hotel scene saw the entrance of a new player, Mini Hotel. While falling short of Japan’s infamous “capsule hotels”, Mini Hotel nonetheless seeks to squeeze out every inch of possible living space and offer it to travelers at affordable prices.
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The hotel offers 183 rooms in three different room types, ranging from 80 square feet to 120 square feet. Each room has an ensuite bathroom, free WiFi and a clean, modern look. While it’s almost hard to believe that a functional hotel room could fit into such a small space, Mini Hotel somehow makes it work.
Located in Central, Hong Kong’s business district, just steps away from the entertainment districts of Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo, the hotel has a perfect location for both leisure and business travelers.
Prices start at $550 HK ($70 US) and max out at $900 HK ($115 US). Not bad for a private hotel room in Central, even a miniature one.
(Mini Hotel, minihotel.hk, Ph: 2103 0999, 38 Ice House Street)
Photo Credits: Mini Hotel