What? What do you mean you’re still in New York? But you only have a couple of days to get your laundry sorted and get to Hong Kong! Good thing FAD’s done your pre-trip research for you. First up, here’s where to stay:
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Visit the Spa
It’s the official hotel of Art Basel Hong Kong, so for all you playas out there, this is the place to stay if you want to rub shoulders with the great and the good of the art world. If that’s not enough of a reason, the hotel has come up with a range of fabulous bespoke services to keep a spring in your step as you make your way through the 233 galleries exhibiting. These include Michelin-starred art menus, art-inspired chocolates and cocktails, and, our favourite, a relaxing treatment to revive the feet after the bustle of the show. Nice.
A very glamorous, very comfortable home from home for the cashmere and champagne crowd. It’s not cheap, but golly it’s pretty. Right in the heart of Kowloon, the recently refurbished Langham is all about creature comforts, so expect rooms with hardwood floors, handwoven carpets and, our informants tell us, some of the most comfortable beds they’ve ever slept in. Service is insanely good, and there’s a really well thought out Club floor (free for suite guests, yours for HKD$500 a day) with free flowing French champagne. We’d move in permanently if we were allowed.
But maybe a grand hotel is too much for the pocket right now – not a worry, FAD’s got your back. If you don’t fancy Air Bn’b-ing it, and, lets face it, with killer jetlag, sometimes room service is non-negotiable, then try J Plus Hong Kong by Yoo.
With space at a premium, reasonable room rates are hard to come by in Hong Kong and sometimes a hostel just isn’t going to do it. The rooms at J Plus aren’t enormous, but neither will they break the bank. Rates are from around HKD$1550 for a good double.
Originally designed by celebrated designer Philippe Starck, it celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014 with a brand new image and dynamic revitalisation by his protégés at world renowned YOO Hotels. Expect crisp white sheets, colourful furniture, and killer cocktails on the roof terrace. Endearingly, the lobby serves guests complimentary afternoon tea, cakes and wine.
From J Plus in buzzy Causeway Bay, the main exhibition hall is a breeze, either via the MTR Island Line train or maybe hop on a charming Star Ferry from Central Pier.
Next up on #FADspots, in a city of restaurants, how do you even choose? No worries, we’ve made a list for you. We care, we really do.