This standout in East Tsim Sha Tsui distinguishes itself from the pack in many ways, from its style-conscious design that permeates everything right down to the sexy water glasses in the bathroom to a host of green initiatives. Owned by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the hotel doubles as a teaching facility for its school of hotel and tourism management, with students working alongside full-time staff. Paperless check-in via iPads, a free smartphone app that provides access to a host of hotel services from room service to concierge service, recycling programs, edible kitchen leftovers donated to charity, and lights in guest rooms that turn on and off automatically—all testify to the hotel's commitments to sustainability and the latest in technology, but even these pale in comparison to the lobby's eye-catching vertical garden composed of 8,000 plants. Supporting the local art scene with more than 200 works by local artists, the hotel also wins kudos for its chic rooms complete with free drinks and snacks, an outdoor pool overlooking the harbor, and a lounge open 24 hours where guests can relax with free Wi-Fi, games, TV, and snacks—perfect for travelers waiting for check-in or international departures. The most expensive rooms have harbor views, but for a real splurge, there's a newly designed suite by fashion guru Vivienne Tam.
- Beth Reiber