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2a Canton Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 852 3988 0000
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.
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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