This edgy urban hotel has few facilities to recommend it other than the traditional and somewhat gritty Sheung Wan neighborhood that surrounds it. Its exercise room is claustrophobic and its liliputian outdoor pool, surrounded by buildings, is only for the desperate. Still, there's free coffee and tea throughout the day in the lobby, and its 14-seat restaurant Shikon is known for its sushi. Making the most of its small plot of land by shooting straight up into the sky with only two rooms per floor, it offers standard rooms that are basic but up-to-date and good for the price, complete with complimentary minibar, free local calls, and DVD player (there's a free DVD library). For more room, spring for the more expensive premier room, where you have the option of cooking with your kitchenette's microwave and hot plate. Some bathrooms have showers only, but the main reason to stay here is Sheung Wan itself, with access to the MTR station, tram line, and even turbojet to Macau just a short walk away.
- Beth Reiber