- Eaton Hotel, 380 Nathan Rd., Kowloon (tel. 800/588-9141 in the U.S., or 852/2782 1818): This efficient hotel goes the extra mile, with free daily guided tours of the nearby Temple Street Night Market, free tai chi classes, a rooftop pool, free Internet service in its cafe, and impressive efforts at being green.
- The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui (tel. 852/3763 8888): This boutique hotel is like no other, with a whimsical decor that resembles a stage setting for Alice in Wonderland -- but designed by Salvador Dali. Unusually shaped furniture, faux fireplaces, and other fun touches make a stay here totally out of the ordinary.
- The Mira Hong Kong, 118-130 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui (tel. 852/2368 1111): Style-conscious IT junkies should make a beeline for this übercool hotel, which makes life interesting with its colorful decor, 40-inch TVs that double as computers, and personal mobile phones you can take with you anywhere in Hong Kong.
- Lan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong, 3 Kau U Fong, Central (tel. 852/3650 0000): I love this boutique hotel for several reasons, including its chic Chinese decor and its lively location in the Western District near Graham Street Market.
- Bishop Lei International House, 4 Robinson Rd., Mid-Levels (tel. 852/2868 0828): There's nothing fancy about this hotel, but I love its location near the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator in a residential neighborhood, its outstanding views from otherwise standard rooms, its coffee shop with an outdoor terrace, and its outdoor pool. A great choice for expat wannabes.
- JIA Hong Kong, 1-5 Irving St., Causeway Bay (tel. 852/3196 9000): Designed by Philippe Starck, this boutique hotel is Hong Kong's hippest, with 54 stylish rooms complete with kitchenettes and entertainment centers. Guests also enjoy a host of freebies, including free local calls, free Internet access, free breakfast and cocktail hour, free access to a nearby gym, and -- for long-staying guests -- a free massage.
- Lanson Place Boutique Hotel & Residences, 133 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay (tel. 852/3477 6888): This JIA competitor offers much of the same at slightly lower prices, including upbeat, contemporary rooms with kitchenettes (and a welcoming basket of goodies), large LCD TVs, and DVD players (there's a free DVD library on premise).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.