Land is scare, here in Hong Kong, it seems the only way is up. Some of the high rises takes your breath away. This reaching  kinda makes sense with the people here – they who work hard, work fast and work towards progress.

Hotels in Hong Kong are famous for being on the smaller side due to lack of space. But the top hotels make up for it with great, obliging service.  Most hotels reach up for the stars as well with hundreds of rooms.. well you have to make a profit right?

The Luxe Manor carves a unique position as a top class boutique hotel that offers intimacy in a crowded environment – a mere 153 guest rooms and six themed suites.  It manages to feel much more intimate than even that.  Although when you walk in, the first thing you’ll notice is it’s surrealism-inspired theming.


The foyer is insipred by master Spanish architech, Antonio Gaudi.  Inviting but also fascinating, warm and dark tones are dominated by red, violet, magenta, gold an black – creating a mystical ambiance.

The theme is turned down a little in the guest bedrooms, which are bright, comfortable while still maintaining the sense of the surreal.

But this is new year’s eve and Barbie Chan, The Luxe Manor’s PR director, invites lonely me to their NYE’s celebration in the hotel’s Dada Bar and Lounge.  There’s an Australian connection, Barbie went to Griffiths Uni!

The Luxe Manor’s Dada Bar and Lounge: what’s to say? Inspired by the Dadaism art movement of the early 20th century, it’s a place for those searching for a dose of the “bizarrely hip”. Here, they seek to stimulate the senses, the decor is visually stunning, live music each weekend excites your ears and of course, the hot cocktails warm you up.

Of the many cocktails which helped noodles, Sydney food blog see in the new year, there were a couple of standouts.  Firstly the ginger-berry (above): vodka, chambord (who doesn’t love chambord), honey with fresh ginger and rasberries.  Contrasting flavours that really stimulates.

Then there’s the oriental Sawat Di Kha, which tastes as exotic as it sounds: fresh orange, lime shaken with superfine sugar, Absolut mandarin and spicy ginger liquer.

Interested? Want to find out more? Check out The Luxe Manor website or, in a first for a top class hotel in Hong Kong, download their iPhone app.

The Luxe Manor
39 Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong
+852 3763 8888

Noodlies, Sydney food blog was a guest of The Luxe Manor.  Additional photography provided by The Luxe Manor.

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