If you’re looking to get off the grid for a weekend, Ovolo Southside presents the perfect alternative getaway, and not too far from home, at that. Situated off the beaten path in the reticent area of Wong Chuk Hang, the warehouse-conversion hotel combines the grungy aesthetics of the neighbourhood with elements of modern design and presents a novel departure from the hustle and bustle of the city.
A member of Design Hotels, the atmosphere of Ovolo Southside is decidedly quirky, with marked industrial details such as exposed ceilings, chain-link curtains and the liberal use of neon and block letters on wall murals. Meanwhile, contemporary art influences in its decor give a nod to the numerous art galleries to be found in the surrounding area, tucked away inside industrial buildings.
“Ovolo Southside has that true essence of a ‘staycation’ environment due to its surrounding neighbourhood where many come to rejuvenate,” says hotel manager, Jiho Kim. (For more, see our previous article on 5 Reasons to Spend Your Next Weekend in Wong Chuk Hang.)
It is also the only Ovolo hotel in the city with food and beverage offerings, making it unique in the Ovolo canon. Cirqle, an alternative bistro serves European-Asian cuisine in canteen-style on the fourth floor, while Above, a rooftop bar serves up cocktails with a view. Lastly, the Lo Lounge, located next to reception and a staple of every Ovolo hotel, offers a space for guests to relax and enjoy a nightly happy hour.
The rooms are well-appointed with a complimentary minibar and a bed lavish in both size and comfort, while the bathroom is equipped with all your toiletry needs as well as a spacious rain shower. The floor-to-ceiling windows disclose a view refreshingly void of high-rise buildings, and a contemporary lattice partition adds a final touch of urban aesthetic to the minimalistic room.
Although Ovolo Southside is a retreat tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood, you won't necessarily be lacking things to do in the area. As Kim says, "There are many hidden gems of cafes, restaurants and even private dining inside industrial buildings around Wong Chuk Hang that most people don’t know about."
With its distinct urban aesthetic and slick concept, Ovolo Southside creates a special laid-back experience in the lesser-known side of Hong Kong, perfectly situated for a peaceful city escape. Should you desire to try it out for yourself, get 15% off your booking with the code OVOLOXTATLER.
Read our previous article on 5 Reasons to Spend Your Next Weekend in Wong Chuk Hang.
23F, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road; tel: +852 3460 8159; ovolohotels.com.hk