Hong Kong has a plethora of luxury accommodation available, which gives business travellers plenty of choice when visiting the Pearl of the Orient – but if you’re looking for something with a more relaxed and casual feel, Hotel Indigo Hong Kong may be just the ticket.
Operated by IHG, the Hotel Indigo portfolio of properties attempts to bridge the gap between smaller boutique hotels and large corporate chains – the bottom line being that IHG members can still collect points through the IGH rewards scheme, while soaking up Hong Kong in a more casual setting.
Join Australian Business Traveller as we explore the four-star Hotel Indigo Hong Kong and all it has to offer.
Location & Impressions
Located a few minutes from Wan Chai subway station, Hotel Indigo Hong Kong sits on the northern edge of Hong Kong Island with good access to major business travel amenities, including the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and numerous financial institutions and government buildings.
Travelling by taxi from Hong Kong airport takes just under 40 minutes, and around 45 minutes if catching the train from the airport to Wan Chai station via the Island Line.
There’s plenty of dining and shopping in the area, including more traditional options like Wan Chai Market – the neighbourhood itself is interesting, with plenty of nods to Hong Kong’s colonial past.
On arrival, you’ll notice the contrasting shutters that wrap around the modern structure of Hotel Indigo, juxtaposed with the narrow streets and more weathered buildings of old Hong Kong.
The entrance to the lobby is tucked away, and can be a little hard to spot – and the lobby itself is rather compact and underwhelming, with just a small reception desk and two elevators.
Nevertheless, the staff are friendly and helpful, and I’m quickly checked in and directed to my room.
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong has a few different room types, including Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Suites.
My Deluxe Room is modern, spacious and warm, with plenty of natural light flowing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
You’ll find light-coloured natural materials throughout, accented with splashes of bright colour.
A small area near the entrance has a luggage rack.
The room itself has an interesting layout, with the bed placed in the centre rather than up against a wall.
Behind the bed is an integrated desk area, which is handy for working but can feel a little odd due to its placement.
A small couch sits in the corner, with the television adjacent.
The bathroom opens up into the bedroom, with no door in between – while this reduces privacy, it does help prevent the room feeling too cramped.
There are separate areas for the shower and toilet...
...while the sink and amenities are contained in the outer bathroom area. Amenities are from Crabtree & Evelyn.
You’ll also find a kettle and Nespresso machine on hand, and a minibar stocked with a variety of beverages. A neat glassware drawer has champagne flutes and other glassware on hand.
A closet with bathrobes, a safe, and ironing equipment rounds out the offering, and there’s a complimentary umbrella comes in handy during inclement weather.
Hotel Indigo doesn’t have a club lounge, but there is a business centre where you can take care of any essential tasks like copying, faxing and scanning.
For the most part you’ll be working from your room, and thankfully the integrated desk behind the bed offers up plenty of space to spread out.
The complimentary WiFi offers decent download and upload speeds – I clocked around 18Mbps when downloading large files.
Conveniently placed power points at the desk and a dedicated task chair also mean that you can keep your devices charged up while working.
Indicolite restaurant is on site, serving up a range of Asian and Western options...
...but with so many dining options in the surrounding neighbourhood there’s no need to be confined to the hotel.
A Handy phone is provided in your room so that you can easily look up nearby establishments when you’re out and about – perfect if you’re not roaming or haven’t gotten a local sim yet.
With plenty of choices available nearby ranging from traditional Cantonese food to modern French, you’re only really limited by your imagination.
The Pawn on Johnston Road is often recommended, but it doesn’t feel too different to something you may find at home.
If you’ve got the time and inclination, pop into the nearby three-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation for what’s described as ‘extreme Chinese cuisine’, or noodle restaurant Wing Wah on Hennessy Road for something more casual but still delicious.
While Hotel Indigo Hong Kong has a small footprint, it does have a trick up it’s sleeve when it’s time to relax – an enticing rooftop pool and bar area, with an outdoor pool that overhangs 29 floors above the street below.
Stunning views and a refreshing swim in the Hong Kong heat is a difficult combination to beat, and there’s a decent amount of outdoor seating to enjoy a cocktail or two during the sunset.
Hotel Indigo also offers a fitness centre, with a limited range of cardio machines and strength equipment.
If you’re looking for something more casual than the typical corporate hotels in Hong Kong, Hotel Indigo offers up affordable, modern rooms that skip the bells-and-whistles of the larger hotels but still have all the essentials.
The Wan Chai neighbourhood is also interesting to explore, so if you’re looking to get out of Central and stay somewhere a little different, Hotel Indigo makes a great choice.