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Monday, September 17, 2018

Tuve Hotel Hongkong: Cool and Celestial State of Mind

It felt good to be back in my element. I had again started a series of hotel hopping and staycations (from small unique properties to the latest luxurious one) in Hong Kong a few weeks ago. For this post, I will be featuring my new favorite boutique hotel called Tuve, a property that caught my attention because of its philosophy: Timeless, placeless and genderless. 

In a megacity where hotels are as ubiquitous as taxis, Tuve hotel has succeedded in setting itself apart from the rest. Let's begin with its location. Tuve hotel is right smack in the middle of Tin Hau, a foodie paradise near Central. As soon as you reach Tin Hau (whether via MTR or taxi), keep your eyes open because their unassuming sign is posted on the road. You'll miss it if you blink for a second.

It almost felt like we were entering a speakeasy bar during the Prohibition Era. 

Tuve Hotel remains true to its inspiration - the Swedish Lake Tuve during wintertime. When you enter the lobby, you'll appear to be transported to a cold and almost celestial plane. The design aesthetic is dark but there's something completely relaxing and hypnotic about it. 

ROOMS. They take minimalism seriously at Tuve, as evidenced by their choice of decor and materials. (TIP: Ask for a room on the higher floor to have a partial view of the harbor).

Premier Room. It's all about concrete and oxidized iron. 

You will not even see any paintings hanging on the wall. 

Considering the tiny bathrooms in most Hong Kong hotels, I was impressed with how generous they were with the size of the rain shower area.

Need I say more? I am obsessed with anything Le Labo.

The Deluxe Room. My concern here: You can still see the silhouette of the person in the shower area. Not exactly ideal for friends who are conservative.

The pièce de résistance: Magic in a Box.

Et voila. It becomes a desk. The bar was stocked with some local tea, coffee and chips. They even have Antipodes water in their small refrigerator.

Can I take this home, please?

Verdict: If you want minimalism and coolness bundled together, Tuve Hotel is a great choice in Hong Kong. They don't have an in-house restaurant now (They had one before but it was being renovated) but the neighborhood will leave you with dozens of options. Service is minimal but the staff are attentive and accommodating.

I left the Tuve with an apparent cool and celestial state of mind.  The whole atmosphere could change your mood a little bit, in a good way. If only they had a pool and a gym, I would give it a 10/10.


The best part was that I could spray Le Labo's Santal 33 before leaving the hotel. That alone was enough reason to stay here, at least for me. It was pure bliss. 

 For Bookings, check www.tuvehk.com
 Tuve Hotel, 16 Tsing Fung St, Tin Hay Hong Kong.
 Starts at $165.

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