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21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th October
Shenzhen was a stopover close to the China and Hong Kong border. We never really had anything planned for these few days (and there is not a lot happening in Shenzhen) so we took the opportunity to chill out and the hotel and wonder around the town.
We got up nice and early …
We landed in Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon. We mentioned to the hotel that it was our "honeymoon" and we got upgraded to a club suite! The room was amazing and had floor to ceiling floors over looking the harbour. We headed out to get some lunch, chicken with soft bones (cartilage!) sticky rice (which had some suspicious tasting meat in it) and a BBQ pork sweet bun - it was an interesting lunch! Friday morning we were ...
... a RyanAir plane the only plus is you get a tv in your face (literally) My plan is to stay awake for this entire flight and then sleep on the next one so my body is used to Sydney times! I do not want jet lag I have a lot of administration to do when I arrive! So far on this plane I have been in and out of my bag 10 times to the annoyance of my pal on the aisle seat, the toilet twice, watched dolphin tale (so happy this was one of the films) and played around ...
... amazing! We watched them feeding the seals, and we were sitting in the front row and the seals came right up to us! They also had heaps of rides and roller coasters and stuff. Tom wanted to go on one called the "hair raiser" but I wouldn't go (scaredy cat), and so instead we went on the mine train, a less scary roller coaster, but I still screamed and kept saying I wanted to get off. It was the greatest theme park! On our ...
... In this heat? Oh look, a bar and it's happy hour! Maybe we should add this to the most exciting list. Hmmm... The most exciting escalator ride ended in a shopping bindge at H&M for Rae and a long walk down. Yes, in the interest of full disclosure I bought a few things too. Emphasis on 'few'....
The next 2 exciting stops we thought we would hit on yet another installment of Scott and Rae ride the big Red ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews J Plus Boutique Hotel Hong Kong
Small, but fine
We stayed at Jia 2 nights in November, and were very satisfied. OK, the rooms are really very small, if you compare with Hyatt or Shangri-la. But everything is very lovely, nice furniture, very clean. The staff was really helpful and friendly. The reastaurant Opia is superb! If you don't stay at the hotel, ypou should at least try the restaurant, but book in advance, it is always booked out. The bar is also very lovely. The only problem I had with this hotel, that might be an obstacle for my second stay at Jia, is the noise. Well, Hongkong is always noisy, and the Causeway Bay is really very crowded area, but still... Our room was on the 15th floor, but if you have just single glas window, you have 24-hour traffic noise directly in your room, so that was really not nice.
The hotel was fantastic. A previous reviewer mentioned a few things that any traveler should know abou it: the rooms are small, for instance. But most of the complaining in that review is uninformed and unreasonable. We stayed at Jia for 5 nights. I arrived before my fellow travelers and spent one night in one of the small rooms. Then we moved into the two-bedroom penthouse suite for the other four days. While the rooms are small, the penthouse suites are not small; they are quite large and were a great value. They could easily accomodate three adult friends (who don't want to sleep in the same bed), two couples or even three couples or a large family. There's a nice dining area, efficiency with great fridge; washer, dryer, work area with high-speed internet access. There are free sodas, waters and snacks in the lobby 24/7, and breakfast every morning that includes nice fruit, yogurt and pastries. The gym is a five-minute walk at most, and is large, has great equipment and great facilities. I would rather walk to use a gym like this than go to a small fitness center in a much larger hotel. Seeing the amazing collection of people who come to the gym was one of the most interesting things I did in Hong Kong. Also, with all respect to a previous commenter who did not think the location was great, I strongly disagree. If all you saw of Causeway Bay was the Times Square mall and the Sogo department store, I understand why somebody would not be impressed by the location of Jia. But there is a ton more in Causeway Bay, you just need to walk in the other directions. We loved staying there, in part because it's not as touristy as other places in Hong Kong, in part because of the great street and nightlife, and in part because you can get anywhere easily by walking to the subway stop, five minutes away. Finally, we were treated like royalty at Jia. The staff were fantastic, helpful, courteous and responsive. I can't say enough about them. If you are staying in Hong Kong more than two or three days, get one of the suites at Jia; you'll love it.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Jia Boutique hotel for two nights at the end of August while in Hong Kong just to check it out since all the travel magazines had been raving about it lately. We've stayed at a number of other Philippe Stark designed hotels around the world and let me just say, this one has got to be the least trendy and glamorous of them all - by a long shot.
Fantastic - Excellent
Stayed in this hotel at the beginning of October. Excellent location, excellent service - a must for everyone who doesn't like large hotels.
Like a Second Home
Causeway Bay, where the hotel is located, is edgy and not far from the center of town. Shopping in the area is not bad. Both restaurants in the hotel are highly rated, and the bar is cozy. The rooms are modern and very functional with kitchenettes. The California fitness club gym is only a 7 minute walk from the hotel. All in all, thanks to a hotel booking website called Tablet Hotels, we were able to book this hotel at a great rate and experience a new hip hotel we would have never known about.
Great serviced apartments in Hong Kong - stayed for extended business trip and it was made the trip much more pleasurable. The hotel feels very lux but young and trendy - much better than the usual run-of-the-mill business hotels.
Great restaurant, too!
Dont miss the Opia Restaurant at the Jia. Head Chef, a young Australian, Dane Clouston under the auspices of Teague Ezard from Melbourne does an a-m-a-z-i-n-g job. Soooooo talented. Dont miss it!
We found the JIA hotel whilst searching the internet and it has been a real find. Not only is the location superb; the staff are friendly, the rates are reasonable for Hong Kong and the quality of the rooms is fantastic.
We stumbled across JIA when we were researching boutique hotels in Hong Kong. It's relatively new, so it's not widely advertised on the web... But if you phone the hotel direct you're sure to get a good price. Particularly while it's still new and 'undiscovered'.