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J Plus Hotel by YOO
Ranked #62 of 718 Hotels in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“JIA is excellent”
Reviewed 23 July 2006

After business in Kuala Lumpur, I decided that I needed some serious R&R and catch up with friends in Hong Kong. I hadn’t been there for about four years so I really needed to get reacquainted with the local scene.

I chose JIA because of a few points. Firstly, as with most Asian Pacific cities, the hotel scene is dominated by the big chains so it’s refreshing to try out a smaller, independent boutique hotel. Also, there have been some glowing reviews on this forum and I had never been to a Philippe Starck establishment before.

Location:

JIA is bang in the middle of Causeway Bay, an exceedingly busy entertainment and shopping district on Hong Kong Island. Think Shibuya in Tokyo. To get to Causeway Bay from the airport, take the Airport Express to Hong Kong Station (HK$180 return, valid 1 month). From the station take a taxi to the hotel. Tell the driver “Tung Lor Wan (Causeway Bay), Yee Wing Gai (Irving Street)”. The ride should only cost max HK$60.

Hotel Exterior:

The building is very unimposing, it looks like any other commercial or residential building in the area. Since it’s all covered by tinted glass, you may have trouble finding the entry, as a guiding point, it’s opposite the Regal Hotel.

Public Areas:

The lobby is very Starck, very eclectic choice of furniture and decoration. It’s quite small by hotel chain standards but JIA has only got 54 rooms so it should be more than adequate. In the evening there is a quite lively cocktail hour where you can mingle with other guests.

There is an open air podium on the 2nd floor which you can hire out for a private party or if it’s free just chill out on one their chaise lounge with a nice cool drink.

Room:

I stayed in a one bedroom suite and as you can see in the pictures, it’s all about functional elegance, no chintz, no old world glamour here. The living area is very spacious with a sofa and a home cinema system provided. Behind that is a reading/ relaxing area by the window. There are lots of cupboards and storage space in a allready large suite. The bathroom is very small, it has no tub. The shower is very powerful but the shower head is not moveable which was very frustrating. The décor is very tasteful though with plenty of marble. Also, the toiletries provided were quite nice, especially the olive oil shower gel.

The bedroom is quite small but has a very comfatable bed and a very powerful air con system.

Overall, I was very pleased with my stay at JIA, it’s a calm oasis in the middle of a very bustling area. I don’t usually go for establishments with links to a famous architect/designer but I’m glad I did this time. This is Hong Kong’s first proper boutique hotel and it has been executed very well. The staff and service is efficient but not fussy and I think this sums up the whole concept of JIA. I thoroughly recommend JIA and will definitely for another visit.

  • Stayed June 2006, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 July 2006

We stayed at the Jia for our week's vacation in Hong Kong and absolutely loved it - rooms are spacious, white and cool with funky touches (loved the hotel's CD). Breakfast buffet is good and the adjacent Ys 'bistro' serves great Asia/fusion food. Staff are friendly and helpful plus the location is just great - Causeway Bay is non-stop shopping and restaurants, plus the MTR station is a 2 minute walk from the hotel. If you're a Malmaison fan you'll find this a home from home!

  • Stayed May 2006
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Cheltenham, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2006

We stayed at the Jia for 4 nights with our 6 year old son. We had a suite, which was more of a bijou apartment, with a kitchenette and plenty of storage.
We had a wonderful stay and thoroughly recommend it - funky, friendly & charming with simple but stylish decor and very thoughtful attention to detail.
Grab the small "Luxe Guide to Hong Kong" in your room - tells you everything you need to know!
We ate at "Y" which was relaxed and casual but "Opia" does not accept children.
Simple but plentiful buffet breakfast and excellent takeaway-style room service.
We have previously stayed in the big, bland 5star business hotels in HK but preferred Jia for a more authentic experience. There are still more Gucci concessions than can be healthy within moments of the front door so shopaholics will not miss out.
Do go to Disneyland - small but perfectly formed and in a beautiful setting.
We found this hotel via the excellent Tablet Hotels website (--) highly recommend it for more of the same.

  • Stayed April 2006
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South America
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Reviewed 21 April 2006

Rooms are too small, breakfast is boring, location is so-so and for the same rate you can get much better options.

  • Stayed April 2006, travelled on business
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London, UK
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Reviewed 17 April 2006

Beautiful lobby, beautiful rooms, great amenities, could plug our ipod into the tv/ surround sound system and chill out. Loved the free soft drinks all day plus cocktail hour - free wine - always good!

Staff extremely friendly, couldn't ask for more. Our room on 9th floor was a bit noisy from buses etc below and they changed us to a quieter higher floor with no quibbles at all. Room service from the ground floor restaurant was great and i think their food was better (and much cheaper) than the rated ozzy chef, ? restaurant (cant remember name) on the 1st floor.

we would definately come back here again.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed 7 February 2006

You can't go wrong with this hotel for your next trip to Hong Kong. We stayed for 3 days and found the hotel to be clean, the staff friendly, and the location very convenient. There are several subway stops nearby to take you to any part of Hong Kong you may want to go; Victoria Park is just around the corner for those looking for sports activities (the park has an excellent tennis facility) and of course, lots of shops to visit. We even found a Bank of America ATM a half block away. The regular rooms are small but the layout of our room made the most of the space. The continental breakfast each morning and the self-service refreshment bar in the lobby are an added bonus, as well as the "Happy Hour" hosted by the hotel in the early evenings. All were included in our room rate and made a great value even better. I would stay at this hotel again even without these freebies.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Santa Monica
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Reviewed 29 January 2006

We had a perfect experience at this hotel. First of all the price was right, we paid about $190 US per night. The hotel is brand new, the staff was very nice and spoke good english, the room was great with plasma TV, fridge and an excelent shower. Breakfast in the morning was great and you can take water, soda and juices to your room for free. Room service was also very nice and the limo to the airport (brand new Mercedes) was worth the $90.
We wanted to stay at the Penninsula however this hotel was very nice and highly recommended. We also book two tours with them which were great and cheap and allows you to see HK from a nice van. The only thing that needs improvement is the bed which was too hard for my taste. enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Property: J Plus Hotel by YOO
Address: No.1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China (Formerly J Plus Boutique Hotel)
Region: China > Hong Kong > Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#51 Family Hotel in Hong Kong
#58 Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong
#72 Romantic Hotel in Hong Kong
#77 Business Hotel in Hong Kong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — J Plus Hotel by YOO 4*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
J Plus Hotel by YOO - Inspired by Starck. A boutique hotel located in the heart of Causeway Bay Hong Kong with 56 chic guests J Plus Hotel by YOO - Inspired By Starck On its 10th anniversary in 2014, the former JIA Boutique Hotel, Hong Kong was rebranded as J Plus Hotel by YOO following a dramatic, dynamic new HK$10 million makeover for the iconic fashionista address in Causeway Bay by proteges of original designer Philippe Starck at world renowned design house YOO Hotels & Resorts. ... more   less 
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