Just across the water from the infamous Hong Kong skyscape, nestled in the glow of neon signs, the quintessentially Cantonese hustle and bustle and unmissable “is it raining?” aircon drizzle of Kowloon’s infamous Nathan Road, you’ll find the reliable French-owned, contemporary Novotel, running like the well-oiled machine it has become known as across the world. 

Unlike many chain hotels, Novotels can differ from location to location, providing the same pan-global service offering, but with a sense of individuality in tune with local hospitality – and this one was no exception.

It had obviously undergone a recent refurb, with plush, contemporary furnishings and a level of gloss not unlike some of the more design-led boutique hotels. The rooms were extremely comfortable, the best of the Novotel brand we’ve experienced in fact. The only disappointment was that, despite being 15 floors high, the hotel lacks a view, which many Hong Kong hotels of its class would offer. But Hong Kong is a city where you’re always on the go, so a room is really just somewhere to lay your head.

The hotel itself is extremely popular, so it’s somewhat busy with a constant flow of international customers. Thus, it can be a little chaotic if you’re looking to down-pace from your busy life, but the staff are attentive, helpful and plentiful, so you won’t ever feel ignored as a guest.

But the beauty of the hotel is its location. Just a stone’s throw away from Temple Street and Jade night markets, upscale department stores with luxury boutiques, the harbour ferry terminal and metro station – you get ‘real’ Hong Kong in one direction and tourist-ville the other, making it a fantastic base to explore this vibrant and exciting city.