Check-In: we arrived at the hotel by taxi, pulling into the entrance just off of Queen’s Road East. Not every taxi driver knew of the hotel, so having your room key with the address at hand – or having it written down in Chinese – may be useful. The Indigo is a very slim high-rise; there is a small arrival lobby downstairs with reception and two lifts to take you upstairs. All other facilities are higher up in the building. Check-in itself was quick and efficient.
Room Reaction: we stayed in a Deluxe Room on the 25th floor, which is a step up from entry-level Superior and gives you a corner exposure. A short hallway had a wardrobe and a luggage plank opposite, taking you into the main room where the bed takes center stage. Rather than being set against the wall, it’s in the middle of the room, with a desk at the head of the bed. There are hardwood floors underfoot, with a cute sofa in the far corner. We loved the crisp white sheets, the pop of color in the pillows, and the mosaic wall. Everything in the room – lighting, curtains, shades – is controlled by various buttons grouped around the bed.
Our room overlooked the hills behind the city; the proximity of the office building next door means leaving the shades down is probably advisable.
Our main gripe with the room design comes down to the bathroom, which is – once again – completely open plan. It puzzles us why the design would be thoughtful enough to incorporate a soft nightlight underneath the bed to allow you to get up without disturbing your partner, but render it moot when doing anything in the bathroom floods the space with light anyway.
Most importantly though – and not a surprise perhaps given our previous rants – we hate the frosted half door to the toilet. We saw a Superior Room with twin beds, which has a layout that prevents direct sight into the bathroom, but still offers the same frosted half door as the only (non-) barrier between bedroom and bathroom. Who’s with us for a petition to ban these things?
Amenity Madness: there are lots of quirky amenities, which is where the Indigo really shines. We really liked the pretty light blue lacquered box on the desk which contained office supplies, as well as the tea set next to the sofa. Toiletries were by Ban Ya Ka La, a brand we’d never heard of.
Like what you see in the room? Many items are for sale, displayed in the second floor library. There is a (very) small gym one floor below and of course the top floor pool, which juts out of the hotel’s façade over Queen’s Road East.
Internet: WiFi is free throughout the hotel, requiring last name and room number to activate. We had no issues on either our smartphone or laptop.
Dining In: we didn’t eat any meals at the hotel, but Café Post on the 2nd floor is the hotel’s eatery serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu is a mix of international dishes and Chinese cuisine. There is a Chinese restaurant opposite the hotel entrance as well, but it’s operated by a third party. On the top floor, Skybar is a small cocktail lounge – we popped up briefly early evening but it was very quiet.
Location, Location, Location: your first choice when deciding on where to stay in Hong Kong is between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Wan Chai is an up and coming area on HK Island for hotels, and while our time here was too short to really explore the local area, there is plenty to see and do – and getting around the city in general is easy between public transport and taxis.
What We Liked: there were elements of the guestrooms we really liked. The mosaic wall, the bed with desk set up, the lantern in the corner, and the quirky amenities gave a nice bit of character to the room. Staff were friendly and helpful. Hong Kong can be expensive, so the Indigo can be good value at less than US$250 a night.
What We Didn’t Like: the bathroom set up would not have worked for us had we not been alone. Just be aware of what you’re booking – whether as a couple in a double room or sharing a twin – and consider how privacy-conscious you are before going ahead.
Bottom line: with rates going as low as HK$1,600 (about $207) a night for a Superior Room if you’re willing to prepay, Hotel Indigo offers a stylish place to stay in an expensive city. Most people might shrug at the bathroom layout; if that’s you and you can score a good rate, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]