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Designer Philippe Starck's incredible ability to blend seemingly unblendable themes makes every corner an exercise in eye candy, but it isn't all style over substance: each white-swathed room is like a mini suite, full of cozy corners that combine old Hong Kong, Alice in Wonderland, and everyday practicalities. Complimentary afternoon tea and cakes, evening wine, and soft drinks are served in the handsome lobby, a surreal retreat with silver, antiquelike sculptural furniture, and the in-house Michelin-starred restaurant serves Italian fare; surrounding restaurants deliver meals that can be enjoyed in the dining area of each unit. Privacy is paramount and no tour groups are allowed, so tranquility is ensured; each floor has only around three units, so if you are traveling with friends try to book an entire floor for ultimate privacy.
The first Philippe-Starck-designed boutique hotel in Asia takes its name from jia, the Mandarin word for "home." Lucite chairs, gilded Louis XIV-style sofas, and Eames-inspired chairs dot the wee hotel's public spaces and its 54 plush guest rooms. In The Drawing Room, pretty young things in little black dresses and slim dark suits tuck into modern Italian fare and sip colorful cocktails by a candlelit pond, all set to a soundtrack of JIA's own choosing. The mix of tracks will simultaneously help pump you up for a night out in the hotel's happening Causeway Bay neighborhood or soothe your frazzled nerves after a day of pavement-pounding.
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