A short hop away from the heart of Causeway Bay, TUVE is a highly stylised hotel that feels like a destination for frequent travellers in the know. Minimalist, with a slightly futuristic, slightly industrial feel, it’s a very cool place in a neighbourhood with a distinctly local feel.
A five-minute walk from Tin Hau station on the Island line, the TUVE is close enough to the action of Causeway Bay but far enough away to feel like a local. The streets around the hotel are busy with small noodle shops, foot massage spas and cheap-and-cheerful clothing vendors. The hotel can be a bit tricky for taxis to find, but it’s under the Tsing Fung Street Flyover and is close to the MTR, many bus routes, and just two blocks from Victoria Park, should you need a breather.
Style & character
Minimalist and futuristic, it feels like a hotel straight out of the space scenes in Interstellar. In fact, there’s no sign outside the hotel, just a small metal plaque embedded into the sidewalk. The achingly cool reception area comprises a huge, solid concrete table with a smooth, copper top, and the walls feature rows of miniscule lights that simultaneously resemble twinkling stars (hence the outer-space feel) and thin columns of computer code running down a screen. On the upper levels, the vibe is softer, though still minimalist – think all-white hallways, polished concrete floors and walls in the rooms, and carbon steel wardrobes and door frames.
Service & facilities
This is the perfect place to stay if you’re in Hong Kong for work, or if you prefer properties that feel more like private, serviced apartments than bustling hotels. There’s always someone friendly and helpful at reception, with no standoffish attitudes despite the somewhat-intimidating effect of the ultra-cool décor. There’s also a restaurant, which is at its busiest in the evening, but no bar, gym or pool facilities. The staff can also arrange itineraries and reservations, limousines, a doctor on-call service, and laundry and ironing, though there are also plenty of launderettes in the area for full wash-and-fold services.
- Room service
There are 66 rooms, and while they’re a bit on the small side, this is common in Hong Kong and the hotel’s minimalist, industrial aesthetic lends a feeling of openness. Concrete walls and floors are softened by natural wood touches, while cleverly designed furniture, such as a desk-cum-bookshelf with a hidden seat, makes intelligent use of the space. Amenities by Le Labo and Fresh and gourmet snacks and drinks – think candied almonds and Antipodes sparkling water – complete the high-end feel. Every room also includes a Handy smartphone.
Food & drink
Silver Room is an intimate Italian restaurant that serves everything from pasta to meat and seafood. It’s busiest in the evening, though its boutique-y feel (and a handy two-course set menu) also makes it a good choice for lunch meetings. The menu changes seasonally and dishes can be delivered to your room; highlights include crab cakes with baked squid-ink risotto, pappardelle with braised Australian Wagyu beef cheek in red wine, and Iberico pork with pistachio crumble.
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