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Hullett House, Hong Kong

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Hong Kong, China, Asia: Casam Suite's modern paintings and statues contrast with the neoclassical exterior of Hong Kong's Hullet
2a Canton Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong
China
Tel: 852 3988 0000
reservation@hulletthouse.com
www.hulletthouse.com
Concierge.com's insider take:

Neoclassical Hullett House hotel is the centerpiece of a 19th-century hilltop mansion that's been dressed up for 21st-century luxury seekers. The former Marine Police headquarters, just a stone's throw from Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, also houses swanky boutiques and Japanese, mod-Euro, and Cantonese concept restaurants. The interiors of the ten suites (ranging from 800 to 1,100 square feet), are based on different ancient-meets-modern visual themes—take your pick from updated British Regency, nuevo Chinoiserie, or a vivid red-lacquer interpretation of a local antique store. The Stanley Suite features an entire wall given over to a bamboo trellis mural of indigenous Chinese birds, offset by varnished walnut floorboards and a marble bathroom with a Lalique chandelier over the tub. Extras include complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod dock, free (nonalcoholic) minibar, and an outsize wall-hung TV. But you need to step outside the large French doors for the tour de force: each room has a broad stone balcony with a cushioned wicker chaise longue peeking through the royal palms at the courtyard below. A tad overdesigned in places, Hullett House nevertheless manages to balance respect for the building's history with a joyous evocation of art-inspired glamour.—Gary Bowerman

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The Aqua Restaurant Group, which runs a number of Hong Kong's most stylish restaurants (including Aqua), has turned the colonial-era Marine Police headquarters, just steps from the Star Ferry in Kowloon, into a combination of five eateries and ten unique suites. Named for the scenic bays once patrolled by the police stationed here, the suites all have artistic flair (think bathroom chandeliers) and generous terraces overlooking Victoria Harbour. They're also tech-happy (an iPhone dock connected to a surround-sound system and a TV hidden behind a hand-painted panel) and palatial (800 to 1,100 square feet), with thick walls that block out noise from the luxury shopping mall that surrounds this 1881 heritage building. Not surprisingly, the dining options are also notable. Mariners' Rest, a pub, has retrofitted the station's old holding cells into private drinking rooms, and 125-year-old stable doors lead to the casual Stables Grill, the best bet for light Western-style staples. For fancier fare there's the excellent St. George, helmed by a former protégé of French chef Pierre Gagnaire's.—2011 Hot List

Which room to book: Standout suites are the Stanley, its Chinoiserie theme conjured by birds hand-painted on the robin's egg-blue walls, and the Tsing Lung, with a Confucian temple canopy bed and Chinese landscape murals.

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