Revamped and refreshed, Eaton joins the new breed of Hong Kong hotels championing contemporary design, sustainable approaches and creative cuisine. Guests who have stayed at the hotel in its former guise will be pleasantly surprised by the hip design and vibrant communal eating spaces, while guests old or new can appreciate the excellent location five minutes from Temple Street Market and the heritage sights of the Jordan neighborhood. Eaton will appeal to all types of traveler with its playful design, easy-going personal service and sense of fun.
The considered design has created rooms that foster a sense of home. The contemporary, creative look sees bright, geometric wall art from local artists, quirky Himalayan salt lamps and an abundance of cork in rooms which vary in size from compact doubles to family rooms with dual rooms ideal for travelers with children.
The stylish design extends to the tiled bathrooms, whose chic look is a huge upgrade on the tired look that came before. Walk-in showers are the standard and sustainable, eco-friendly toiletries are a treat.
The lobby at The Eaton represents the hotel’s mission to heave itself from the past and into the future. Staff are dressed down in t-shirts and sneakers – but no less professional in their service – and the area around the first-floor check-in desk buzzes with life thanks to the downstairs food hall that attracts crowds.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While the staff are quick to help, identifying them can be tricky due to their informal dress.
A rooftop pool is the one spot that feels slightly forgotten in The Eaton’s evolution into hip design hotel. However, while the Roman-style design – think white pillars and a grand fountain – isn’t necessarily in keeping with the rest of the Eaton look, it makes for a good Instagram spot.
In addition to the impressive array of cardio machines in the gym, Eaton offers Tai Chi and Yoga classes to guests looking to flex their inner chi.
A hotel food hall with a range of international street food outlets serves everything from beef noodles to Honolulu egg and pork, vegetarian curry to sushi. The hip food hall is, without doubt, the star of the hotel, its range of eating options offering a compelling reason to stay inhouse for the duration of your stay – in culinary terms at least. Beyond the food hall, the basement Cantonese restaurant Yat Tung Heen is beautifully intimate and the Astor is a bright, stylish spot with an excellent buffet.
Drink craft beer and Tsing Tao at Flower Years in the Food Hall, a hotel bar doing its best impression of an upscale neighborhood dive bar. For a more refined experience, try the peculiarly titled Terrible Baby, where cocktails are the way to go.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Terrible Baby is an expensive spot so be warned.
The hotel is slap bang in the middle of the Jordan neighborhood which is well worth exploring for Temple Street Night Market and its street fortune tellers plus a whole bunch of excellent seafood restaurants. Jordan MTR is 6 minutes from the hotel for travel onto Hong Kong Island and inner Kowloon, while the Star Ferry Pier is a 25-minute walk, representing the scenic route.
With so many in-house eating options there’s really no need to leave the hotel. However, if you break with the Eaton, you’ll find plenty of choice in a neighborhood known for its seafood spots. Try Mido Café (5-minute walk) for an authentic, no frills Hong Kong experience with a menu made up of Cantonese basics. Or, head to Temple Street Market and nearby Tong Tai Seafood Restaurant (5-minute walk) for solid, great value seafood dishes.
Head to nearby Mong Kok and sample the best of Hong Kong’s craft beer scene at Tap: The Ale Project (9-minute walk). Since you’re on Kowloon side, why not head to the Ritz-Carlton for a drink at Ozone (13-minute drive), the world’s highest bar.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The cool food hall, contemporary design and relaxed vibe of the common areas are a departure from regular Hong Kong hotel form, making Eaton a hit with a diverse range of guests keen on something a little different. With so much to explore around Jordan, the location is a massive bonus.